The Islamic State (ISIS) commanders look down on fighters from India, Pakistan and other South Asian countries.
According to a report in Sputnik, the ISIS has set out a clear-cut hierarchy in their fighting squad. Fighters from the Arab countries are treated as the top-dogs while those from Europe are treated as secondary fighters.
However, those from South Asian countries are considered inferior and not given important assignments.
"In fact, ISIS has clear cut hierarchy in their fighting squad. Top ISIS commanders treat the fighters from Arab countries as the top-dogs in the hierarchy. They are considered as real fighters. Arab fighters are given significant and important assignments. People from Europe are treated as secondary fighters. But Indians, Pakistani and other South Asian fighters are considered as inferior and hardly given any important assignments," a source from India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) was quoted as saying by Sputnik.
The report quotes Subhani Haja Moideen, an ISIS operative who was arrested earlier this month, as saying that a common language has led to Indian, Pakistani and other South Asian recruits bonding in Iraq.
However, the second-class treatment from ISIS commanders is causing disillusionment among South Asian fighters and that’s why some of them are returning back.
"The lesser treatment meted out to the Indian and Pakistani fighters among the Daesh squad is the main cause of disillusionment among these people and this is the main reason that some of them are returning to India," the NIA source was quoted as saying by Sputnik.