KarzaiThe former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in Afghanistan would not be possible without the foreign backing.

Karzai also warned that the terror group would threaten neighboring Russia and China if the group gained a strong foothold in the country.

In an interview with the Russia Today television network, the former President said the Islamic State (IS), called Daesh in Arabic, is “quiet alien” to Afghanistan.

“So, if you hear ever in the coming days, or months, or years that Daesh is on the rise in Afghanistan, and is strong and expanding militarily, it will mean that it is a foreign-backed force intending to destabilize the region, particularly Central Asia, China and Russia,” he added.

Karzai put the blame for the rapid expansion of IS on “foreign interference” in Iraq and Syria saying that it was all “the result of events” there.

The remarks by Karzai comes as Afghan national security advisor Hanif Atmar has said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group is looking to have access to drugs market by starting operations in Afghanistan.

Speaking to lawmakers in the upper house of the parliament – Meshrano Jirga earlier last month, Atmar, said the terror group wants to finance the group’s activities by having access to drugs market.

Atmar also warned that the terror group wants to expand its operations not only in Afghanistan but the whole region and wants infiltrate in Central Asian countries.

He said the ISIS group is led by a Pakistani militant and the group recognizes no boundaries since they have already declared the regional countries in their map as Khurasan province.

Concerns regarding the expansion of ISIS activities in Afghanistan comes as President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani acknowledged for the first time in the month that the terrorist group was gaining influence in the country.

Speaking during a press briefing ahead of his visit to United States, President Ghani said “Daesh’s characteristic is that it is man-eating. It swallows its competitors.”

“Here, it is not physical presence of people from Syria or Iraq. It is the network effect,” President Ghani added.

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