July 10, 2014
A Pakistani terrorist organization – Tehrik-e-Khilafat has vowed to rise the ISIS flag above south Asia and Khurasan. Tehrik-e-Khilafat is apparently the first foreign extremist group to pledge their allegiance to the Islamic State currently wreaking havoc across Syria and Iraq.
"From today, Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shall consider Tehreek-e-Khilafat and Jihad mujahideen fighters of Pakistan as one of the arrows among his arrows which he has kept for his bow," the terrorist group said following a statement.
The statement further added, "We are praying from the almighty Allah to give us chance in our lives to see the expansion of Islamic State boundaries toward the SubContinent and Khurasan region in order to hoist the flag of Islamic State here." Tehrik-e-Khilafat, affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in Pakistan.
On June 30, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was revoked and a new state namely the ‘Islamic State’ was declared by Islamist radicals in captured territories from Iraq and Syria. The move by the Pakistani terrorist group is believed to further bolster Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, who has garnered the nickname ‘the invisible sheikh’ due to his elusive nature.