Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has already lost hundreds of youngsters to the ‘charm’ of the various Taliban groups and factions. Now, it appears the Khorasan franchise of the ultra-extremist group Islamic State (IS) has moved in to tap into this recruitment pool, security officials told Daily Express.
Muhammad is 22. He went to the country’s most prestigious boys’ school – Aitchison College in Lahore. He eventually got a scholarship to study in the United States.
Then, two-and-a-half years into his degree programme, he started showing interest in IS propaganda literature on the internet. Soon after he moved back to Pakistan, he grew out his beard and started showing signs that worried his family.
A little while later, he disappeared from his house in the Gulbahar area of Peshawar. He had allegedly fled to Afghanistan to join IS. His parents say they have disassociated with him.
Muhammad’s brother got a text message from an Afghan number in which Muhammad informed his family that he has reached Afghanistan and asked them to stop looking for him.
The family then registered an FIR stating that Muhammad had voluntarily joined an anti-state group and that his family takes no responsibility for his future actions.
It is true that worrying number of highly-educated youngsters are joining militant organisations, particularly IS.
Security forces arrested three graduates of University of Engineering and Technology along with their teacher a couple of weeks back for facilitating IS, and another month earlier, security officials arrested dozens of suspects from Charsadda for facilitating IS.
It is interesting that Daesh is targeting University graduates from the top educational institutes which show a dangerous tactics from the notorious terrorist group. ISIS is well aware that Pakistan students has a lot of potential that can help him in both setting up technology and carry out its terrorist acts.