Lahor Shah, an Afghan who defected from the ranks of ISIS-Khorasan, spoke to Alaan TV, explaining why he had joined ISIS and why he had defected. They are "destroying our country and our lives," he said, recalling that in the six months during which he was with ISIS, he had "witnessed the worst crimes against humanity, perpetrated against Afghans, like the kidnapping and rape of girls aged no more than 10 or 12." The short interview aired on September 8.
Lahor Shah: "I joined ISIS at the beginning of 2014. I had been influenced by their propaganda, and I believed that ISIS was a moderate Islamic movement, serving the interests of Islam and the Muslims. But I learnt the truth about them when I was in their midst and in their camps. They are not what they pretend to be, and their actions are completely against Islam. They use the religion of Islam in the service of their interests. They are always claiming that the infidels are plundering our beloved country, but it is they who are destroying our country and our lives. I joined ISIS through an old friend of mine, Hafez Said. He had been with the Taliban for 18 years, before defecting in order to join ISIS-Khorasan.
"I was with ISIS for at least six months and participated in various operations. I witnessed the worst crimes against humanity, perpetrated against Afghans, like the kidnapping and rape of girls aged no more than 10 or 12. They rob the farmers and impose unbearable taxes on traders. Therefore, I decided to defect from ISIS and return to my family. The day of my return is like a new birthday for me. I don't think that anyone else should consider joining those terrorist groups. If anyone is contemplating this, I'm telling him not to do it."