At least 24 Islamic State-linked Pakistani women jailed in Afghanistan
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Two dozen Pakistani women having links with the Islamic State are imprisoned in Afghanistan, a media report said on Thursday.
The South Asia Press reported the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul had written a letter to the Foreign Office in Islamabad on the arrests of the Daesh-linked women.
Detained in different parts of the war-devastated country on charges of militant activity, the women are languishing in prison along with their children.
The internal government document reveals that Pakistani officials visited in May the Pul-i-Charkhi prison, where the female inmates are held along with their children.
It added the females and their children were Daesh-affiliated prisoners. The Foreign Office was sent statement of their names, addresses and interviews.
The Paris-based news portal said the presence of Pakistani women in Afghanistan-based terrorist groups indicated a larger trend of females being radicalised and leaving the country.
The relative of one of the prisoners confirmed to South Asia Press that their daughter had been in an Afghan jail for more than a year.
The relative said: “She had problems at home with her husband. She did not approach us and instead approached her friend from a local seminary, who recruited her, and took her to Afghanistan.”
This belies Pakistan’s claim that the Islamic State has no presence in the country, and that it does not allow its citizens to steal into Afghanistan to join militant outfits.