IS using ‘messenger app’ to avoid detection in Pak

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Mar 2017 08:21:03


ISLAMABAD,

Mar 10,

(PTI)

THE Islamic State militants in Pakistan are dodging authorities by using a messenger app to communicate instead of calling each other to avoid detection, media reported on Friday.

The militants have been using the Telegram messenger app and not the traditional communication channels like mobile phones to avoid detection and so far their strategy has proved more than successful, a police official was quoted as saying by ‘The Express Tribune.’ The application has proved beneficial for militants to communicate and the most important feature is that it is “self-destructible,” he said.

“Once a voice message is sent via Telegram app, it is deleted automatically from the phone so you have no back-up and that is why it is currently impossible for the police and Intelligence agencies to intercept it," he said. The official said that this app was the only way of communication in addition to verbal communication in which messengers (people) are sent to inform other members.

The police and security forces lack the technology to intercept this app. The militants were forced to stop use of mobile phone due to tough measures by Pakistan to stop issuing of SIM cards to fake persons. Hundreds and thousands of SIMs blocked since 2014.