Pakistan asks Afghanistan to hand over IS-Khorasan Chief Aslam Farooqui. Who is he?

Farooqui and his group have also been involved in several terrorist attacks in Pakistan.


Pakistan has officially asked Afghanistan to hand over Aslam Farooqi, leader of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), an associate of the Islamic State (IS).

On April the 4th, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, stated that they had arrested Farooqi, whose real name is Abdullah Orakzai, in Kandahar province.

Pakistan’s Views

According to a statement released by Pakistan’s Foreign Office, “The ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan was invited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was conveyed Pakistan’s views about the arrest of the ISKP leader, Aslam Farooqi, by the Afghan authorities on April the 5th, 2020.”

The statement further noted, “It was highlighted to the ambassador of Afghanistan that since Farooqi was involved in anti-Pakistan activities in Afghanistan, he should be handed over to Pakistan for further investigation.”

It was further stressed that the two countries should work together against terrorism, including through organized mechanisms.

Farooqi and his group took the responsibility of a recent attack targeting a Sikh Gurdwara in Kabul, leaving many dead.

Terrorist Attacks

The group has also been involved in several terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Islamabad has long suspected that the group enjoyed the tacit support of the Afghan intelligence agency. It has also accused the group of being the proxy of RAW.

It was not clear under what circumstances Aslam Farooqi was detained, though the group claims he surrendered to the Afghan authorities.

There were reports that he might have handed himself over to the Afghan authorities to avoid being targeted by the Afghan Taliban, who agreed to eradicate all groups using Afghan soil against others.

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