“Pakistani military gave us weapons and used to tell us that Afghan forces are infidels and you must kill them,” Zaitoon, a former ISIS fighter said.
Pakistan’s military provides weapons and training to ISIS militants in Afghanistan and instructs them to kill the “infidel” Afghan forces, according to the terror group’s fighters who laid down their arms.
They also said that Pakistani military provides light and heavy weapons to ISIS fighters in Afghanistan.
“Pakistani military gave us weapons and used to tell us that Afghan forces are infidels and you must kill them,” Zaitoon, a former ISIS fighter who laid down his arms and joined the peace talks, was quoted as saying by the TOLO news on Wednesday.
Arabistan, Zaitoon’s co-fighter, said: “I was tasked to fight in Nazian district [in Nangarhar]. We used to present our daily report to Punjabis and Pakistanis and they encouraged us to fight the Afghan government.”
The 10-member group has joined the peace process due to efforts by the High Peace Council office in the province and also with the help of the Afghan security forces, said Chairman of Nangarhar Provincial Council Malik Nazir.
“There were 24 men in two groups — the first group was 14 Taliban fighters and the second group included 10 Daesh fighters who for the first time joined the peace process,” Mr. Nazir added.
The article originally appeared on The Hindu.
The Afghan Tribune | The Hindu | Published: February 26, 2016, 02:38 PM