Islamabad: The ISIS in Iraq is influencing Pakistani terrorists, with at least one group declaring allegiance to the insurgents, a Pakistani security analyst has said. Muhammad Amir Rana said in Dawn Sunday that the Pakistani terrorist group Tehreek-i-Khilafat’s declaration of allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) “has surprised many”.

The ISIS, now calling itself the Islamic State, is now in control of vast areas of Iraq.

This “does indicate that ISIS has started to inspire some individuals and groups in Pakistan with similar objectives”, Rana said.

He said that like the Afghan Taliban of the 1990s, today “ISIS is attracting Islamist terrorists and financial resources in an almost similar way.