IS Footprint in Pakistan: Nature of Presence, Method of Recruitment, and Future Outlook

By Farhan Zahid, RSIS Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses Volume 9, Issue 5 | May 2017 Since its formation in 2014, terrorist attacks and violent incidents linked to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have risen steadily in Pakistan. IS in Pakistan has been active, with varying degrees, in all four provinces of the country and has forged tactical alliances with like-minded local militant groups. Looking ahead, IS is likely to assert its dominance through local affiliates in urban centres of Pakistan, specifically the Punjab province. Introduction In June 2014,…