Pakistani Taliban denies joining ISIL

Spokesman for armed group negates latest iteration of gossip referring to joining up with ISIL

Pakistani Taliban denies joining ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pakistani Taliban spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani
 denied the latest rumours regarding the group joining ISIL Friday.

Lately somebody on social media claimed that a video of Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazullah pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is "coming soon". Pakistani Taliban's official propaganda arm Umar Media dispelled these claims.

According to Khorasani, these reports are "based on lies". Any claims that Mullah Fazullah, the head of the Pakistani Taliban, has sworn allegiance to ISIL are "false".

The current Pakistani Taliban leadership has made it clear in the past that they would not be joining the Baghdadi-led armed group. In May, Pakistani Taliban published a 60-page long pamphlet rejecting the ISIL's "self-professed caliphate" in Iraq and Syria.

Earlier this year ISIL has picked off some disaffected Pakistani Taliban commanders. In January, a group of mid-level leaders pledged their loyalty to Baghdadi. In February, the Pakistani Taliban's emir for the tribal agency of Bajaur also defected to the ISIL's side.

Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2015, 11:47
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