Pakistan: Group of militants announces set-up for Islamic State

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A group of Taliban militants formally announced a set-up for Islamic State that would consist of border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan and pledged allegiance to Abu Baker Al Baghdadi.

The group released an online video on Sunday in which former spokesman for the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Shahidullah Shahid is addressing a group of militants in a forested area. He read out a message in Arabic and disclosed names of commanders for different areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The footage shows that the militants have assembled in a secluded valley where they put their hands together and narrate oath in Arabic pledging their allegiance to Baghdadi, founder of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham.

The video also carries a horrific scene of beheading of a soldier who they claimed belonged to the Pakistan Army. A newly appointed commander of IS read out charges in Pashto, giving the name of the soldier who was sitting on a green lawn on his knees with uncovered head.

Nearly 100 Taliban and their ‘commanders’, some of them riding horses and some walking past, carry black flag…