A group of former Taliban members pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a video released on January 11.

After Taliban, signs of cracks have been experienced in the lines of Khorasan group of the Islamic State which is also known by its Arabic name ‘Daesh’.

Mawlawi Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost who is a senior commander of the Islamic State’s so-called Khorasan region and among the first ones who pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has separated ways with Hafiz Saeed Khan, the chief of IS-Khorasan region who was reported dead in July but later the reports were turned down by the group.

Mawlawi Muslim Dost accuses Hafiz Saeed Khan of “killing, arresting and insulting people” in violation of Islamic principles. “We had wholeheartedly welcomed and declared full support to Hafiz Saeed Khan after he was appointed IS chief for Khorasan region. But he unleashed cruelty, took the people to ignorance, violating Islamic injunctions and humiliated Afghans,” Dost says in a statement as per the report of a Pakistani news agency that publishes most of the Taliban and Daesh stories.

“It is sad that Saeed left Tirah (in Khyber Agency) without consultation and came to Afghanistan. He started killing and arresting innocent people in Kot and Shinwari areas of Nangarhar province instead of enlightening people about the merits of caliphate, justice, tranquillity and education,” Dost stated. “He used to impose unjust penalties, closed educational institutions, maltreated people and indulged in such actions that cannot be justified,” the report published by The Express Tribune further states.

“He is doing all this in the name of Islam and has earned a bad name for Da’ish. Therefore, I consider it as an Islamic obligation to withdraw allegiance to Saeed,” the report adds.

Mawlawi Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, a former U.S. prisoner kept at Guantanamo Bay detention center, was with Hizb-i-Islami and Taliban before joining Daesh.


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