PESHAWAR: The Islamic State—also known as Daesh, ISIS, and ISIL—has adopted a new strategy to gain a foothold in Peshawar, according to security forces.
Security forces are on alert as the terrorist outfit has devised a new strategy to gain influence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in general and Peshawar in particular. According to details, members of IS picked up by security agencies have disclosed that members of the banned outfit are now operating under the guise of tailors and street vendors.
Security agencies, during the past five months, have nabbed as many as 55 members of IS from Peshawar and surrounding districts. According to sources, the arrested members of the terrorist network had been feigning appearances of tailors and street vendors.
Security forces have also issued an important warning that as compared to Taliban, IS members were more trained and possess sophisticated security weapons.
Moreover, the outfit also reportedly has links to Afghanistan from where it obtains weapons, as well as funding, to carry out destabilising activities in Pakistan.
It is pertinent to mention here that a couple of months ago, security forces had broken the backs of militants in the Shahpur operation. Law enforcement agencies have vowed to never let the militant outfit gain influence in the city again.