In a First, Aghanistan Alleges Hafiz Saeed is Behind ISIS Attacks

Recently, three suicide bombers affiliated to ISIS led an explosion at a rally in Kabul, killing 80.

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Hafiz  Saeed, Chief of  Jamaat-ud-Dawah. (Photo: Reuters)

For the first time, Afghanistan alleged that Hafiz Saeed, chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawaah, who is wanted in the US and India, is over-seeing the attacks orchestrated by the Islamic State, Voice of America reported.

On Tuesday, during a high-level meeting between Afghan and Pakistani military officials in Kabul and NATO, Afghan officials claimed that Saeed–the former head of Lashker-e-Taiba has been managing ISIS activities in Afghanistan, according to a statement released by the Afghan Defense Ministry.

Although the US has a bounty of $10 million on JuD leader Hafiz Saeed’s arrest, Pakistan has repeatedly rejected allegations against him. The internationally wanted militant, currently lives in a fortified compound in Lahore.

According to Voice of America, statement released from Afghan Defense Ministry stated:

The Afghan DGMO (Director General Military Operations) shared details of the measures being taken by the Afghan government to crush Daesh (Arabic acronym for ISIS) and called for the Pakistan army to take similar actions against Daesh.

This allegation confused Pakistani reporters and militants all through Wednesday, as they tried to ascertain whether Aghan officials mixed up former LeT leader and current chief of JuD–Hafiz Saeed with Hafiz Saeed Khan–head of Islamic State’s local branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), who was not believed to be related to the former.

The Islamic State has stepped up the number of attacks in Afghanistan. Recently, three suicide bombers affiliated to ISIS led an explosion at a civilian protest rally in Kabul, killing 80 and wounding 230 others.

(Source: Voice of America)

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