The issue of concern to India since there are intelligence bureau reports which suggest that 4 out of the 16 Indian youth who have joined the ISIS may be fighting in the Afghanistan region for the ISIS which calls itself the al-Khorasan.
The ISIS according to intelligence bureau reports has around 4,000 members in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. The number of fighters are growing and with several splinter groups extending support to the ISIS, the issue is threatening to snow ball.
Indo-Pak talks on ISIS in Afghanistan:
The rise of the ISIS in Afghanistan is not only a concern for India. Pakistan too is deeply concerned about this rise as this outfit is not known to sit across any discussion table. They are not looking for solutions, but seeking control over regions and countries.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi is expected to discuss this issue with Pakistan, PM, Nawaz Sharrif on the sidelines of the BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at Ufa on July 9. The two leaders are expected to chalk out a plan to thwart this threat. Since it concerns both nations, joint operations would need to be carried out and the same would be discussed by the leaders.
Apart from the ISIS, there is also a growing concern about the various splinter groups that are mushrooming in the Af-Pak region. These groups will hold the key to the rise of any terrorist group. Both the Taliban and the ISIS are gunning for such groups and if the security mechanism does not react then there would be absolute chaos.
More attacks underway in Afghanistan:
Intelligence Bureau officials suspect that the Taliban and the ISIS are likely to carry out more attacks in Afghanistan. The country has already witnessed a series of attacks in the past few months. These are attacks to stay relevant and be in the game.
The ISIS and the Taliban which will be the primary players in Afghanistan would try and outdo each other in this game of supremacy, an Intelligence Bureau official informed OneIndia. The ISIS has not come out and carried any attack as yet in Afghanistan. The recent strikes have been attributed to the Taliban which is desperately making a statement.
However the ISIS has so far managed to forge alliances with several splinter groups which have lost faith in the Taliban. They have also managed to recruit over 4,000 persons for their Afghanistan chapter. The ISIS is growing at an alarming pace and this has become a great matter of concern for both India and Pakistan.