Ban Ki moon warns against ISIS spread in South Asia

United Nations (PTI): UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned of the danger of the Islamic State terror group spreading its tentacles to South Asia through organisations like the Tehreek-e-Khilafat in Pakistan.

“The recent expansion of the ISIL sphere of influence across West and North Africa, the Middle East and South and South-East Asia demonstrates the speed and scale at which the gravity of the threat has evolved in just 18 months,” Ban said in a report to the UN Security Council.

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In Afghanistan and Pakistan, ISIL continues to develop a network of contacts and sympathisers who carry out attacks in its name, Ban said in his report which was submitted to the Security Council by Jeffrey Feltman, the Under-Secretary- General for Political Affairs during a debate on the threat posed by ISIL — also known as Daesh — to international peace and security.

On 13 January 2016, the ISIL group ‘Khorasan province’, which operates in Pakistan and Afghanistan, issued a statement claiming credit for an attack on the Pakistani Consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, he said.

The complexity of recent attacks and the level of planning, coordination and sophistication involved raise concerns about its future evolution, said the Secretary General.

“Moreover, other terrorist groups, including the Islamic Youth Shura Council and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Libya Province (Derna) in Libya, the Mujahideen of Kairouan and Jund al-Khilafah in Tunisia, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Tehreek-e-Khilafat in Pakistan and Ansar al-Khilafah in the Philippines, are sufficiently attracted by its underlying ideology to pledge allegiance to its so-called caliphate and self-proclaimed caliph,” Ban said.

In his report, Ban said ISIL has also benefited from the arrival of a steady stream of foreign terrorist fighters, who continue to leave their communities to replenish its ranks.

The return of these fighters from the battlefields of Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic and other conflict zones is a further major concern, as returnees can extend the presence of ISIL to their States of origin and use their skills and combat experience to recruit additional sympathisers, establish terrorist networks and commit terrorist acts, the Secretary General said.

The report further analyses ISIL’s finances, highlighting the group’s capacity to mobilise vast resources rapidly and effectively.

Its main sources of financing included the exploitation of oil and other natural resources, “taxing”, confiscation and the looting of archaeological sites, as well as external donations and use of the Internet and social media to raise funds.

The report recommends member states to criminalise travel by foreign terrorist fighters, in accordance with relevant resolutions and take measures to strengthen border-management regimes.

The United Nations, for its part, should step up capacity-building assistance in that context, he said, asking Member States to strengthen their tools for disrupting ISIL’s capacity to plan and facilitate attacks.

2 Comments

  1. I do not understand this politics.
    On one hand, Ban Ki Moon says ISIS may spread through Pakistan.
    U S on the other grants 800 million dollar! to Pakistan.

    What is happening in the world!

  2. Mr. Ban Ki Moon we all know the problem the whole world faces (it is an open secret) and the solution is still in your hand provided you work fast, but all you are offering is lip service while Syria is being completely destroyed. How many more people will have to die, woman get raped, families displaced, men woman and children seriously injured and the fighting rages on.

    We should have seen world powers and the neighbouring countries go and stop the fighting years ago, instead they have all joined the fight. As UN Secretary General you had a ton of resources and you should have gotten member states to use their full capacity in building all required assistance for disrupting the Islamic state right from the day they were formed.

    You MUST arrange right away a peace conference by sending in regional, spiritual and other world leader to go Raqqa in Syria and meet with the self proclaimed Caliph Abu Baker Al Baghdadi and demand he STOP the fighting, and negotiate a political settlement with Bashar Al Assad.

    Regrettably, with you at the helm of affairs we see the world is heading in the wrong direction. Instead of solving the problem or at the very least containing the situation, you are now talking of it spreading across the world, again with no concrete solutions. This is disastrous, and it would have a catastrophic effect on each and every one across the planet.

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