The Islamic State (IS), the jihadist group operating in Iraq, has distributed leaflets in Peshawar and Pakistani provinces bordering Afghanistan, calling for new recruits and appealing to the local population to support the creation of an Islamic caliphate.
According to Fides, the news has created concern in the Pakistani civil society, principally among young Christians and organizations that defend human rights: it therefore calls on the government to stop the spread of propaganda on behalf of IS.
A Pakistani Christian lawyer and rights activist says, “we cannot ignore the growing threat of IS in Pakistan. As Christians, we can carry out our role in society, in the field of culture and publishing, to counter this ideology of death, bringing a vision based on values such as respect for life, the dignity of every human being, human rights and harmony. We hope that the Pakistani government gives an effective response at a federal, provincial or local level, preventing IS to penetrate in Pakistan”.