Senior leader breaks ties with IS Khorasan chief
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior leader of the self-styled Islamic State or Daesh group for Afghanistan and Pakistan region, Maulvi Abdul Rahim Muslimdost, has announced parting ways with the terrorist group’s Khorasan leader.
The Iraq and Syria-based militant outfit last year appointed Hafiz Saeed as governor of the group’s Khorasan region (Afghanistan and Pakistan). Before his appointment, there had been rumours that Muslimdost had been named as IS Khorasan chief, but the rumours were rejected by Muslimdost.
Muslimdost, a resident of Batikot district of eastern Nangarhar province, is considered among key members of the Daesh Khorasan region.
“There is no doubt in the fact that the solution to Muslim Ummah’s problems lies in the establishment of a just Islamic State and that was why I pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (IS supreme leader),” Muslimdost said a statement issued to Pajhwok Afghan News.
After his allegiance, Muslimdost said he invited Hafiz Saeed Khan and others to pledge their allegiance to al-Baghdadi.
When Saeed Khan was appointed as the governor of Khorasan, Muslimdost said he warmly welcomed the decision and offered himself in his service.
“But regrettably, Hafiz Saeed Khan against our advices left Terah valley (in Pakistan) which we had conquered and moved to Afghanistan. He was supposed to let the people taste the fruits of Islamic State and establish a system based on justice, prosperity and happiness and spread knowledge, but he unleashed atrocities on people and pushed them into ignorance, violated Islamic teachings and disrespected Afghans.”
Muslimdost said Saeed Khan had started arresting and killing innocent people, imposing heavy fines, closing education institutes and harassing residents in Kot and Shinwari districts. These atrocities were in no way justifiable, he said.
He said religious scholars, who joined the group at his invitation, were of the view that the cruel tactics of Saeed had put the outfit in a wrong direction.
Muslimdost said Hafiz Saeed was committing injustices in the name of Islam and thus earning a bad name to the Islamic State.
“Due to this reason, I consider it my Islamic obligation to part ways with Saeed Khan, but it does not mean I have quit the group, I am still loyal to al-Baghdadi.”
Muslimdost said had many times verbally clashed with Hafiz Saeed and had long decided to break ties with him, but he could not do this because Saeed was in the region and now he had left the area.
The group has so far said nothing about Muslimdost’s decision.
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