Sheikh Abdul Rahim Muslimdost, in a recent interview with al-Mersaad Media, claimed that Pakistan is financing the ISIS group in Afghanistan.
Muslimdost was a former founding member of the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) who surrendered to the Taliban in March 2022, according to the media reports.
In his interview, he claimed that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba provided 50 Lakh Pakistani Rupee to the ISKP in 2015.
He added, “The PAK embassy attack in Kabul was just a drama. Nothing happened to the Pakistani Ambassador. Only a bodyguard was injured. They want to whitewash the ISKP group,” he said.
The IS-Khorasan branch has emerged as the primary security challenge to the Taliban government since 2021.
The group has intensified their attacks on several regions of the country, particularly Kabul, Balkh and Herat provinces.
The recent attacks in the Balkh province claimed by the Islamic State killed the governor and two others. A separate incident in Tebyan Cultural Center during the gathering’s journalists in an award ceremony killed 18 journalists and wounded more than seven. Both the responsibility of the attack claimed by the group.
The IS group is the main rival of the Taliban government, aiming to target Taliban officials, foreigners and Afghan civilians.