Pakistani military warns nation’s Christians to prepare for ISIS attacks

Pakistani military warns nation’s Christians to prepare for ISIS attacks

Pakistan’s Christians should take measures to prepare against a coming wave of attacks by Islamic State (ISIS), the country’s military has warned. They have been contacting churches, individuals, and Christian organisations in the country to inform them that jihadists may attack imminently.

ISIS affiliated groups within Pakistan have already made their intentions clear, publicly announcing that they will start to attack “infidels” within the country. At the same time, the military has begun purging ISIS sympathisers from within its ranks, and contacting Christian groups to warn them of potential attacks.

According to the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), they have been warning Christian leaders not to meet people unknown to them, and have even advised one pastor not to take his usual morning and evening walks.

Depending on the political circumstances, the Pakistani military has in the past similarly intervened against extremists to protect minorities, including Christians. …

The BPCA reports that some Taliban units have remained with the Taliban but have declared themselves to be local representatives of ISIS. Others have announced that their men will join ISIS “when the time is right”.

The former Pakistani Taliban Commander Hafiz Saed Khan is said to be among those who have switched allegiance, along with a number of his fellow commanders. …

ISIS has not yet formally accepted the allegiance of the defectors, nor claimed responsibility for any attacks carried out in Pakistan, Reuters reports.

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