By Lucas Theriault The announcement of the Islamic State expanding into Afghanistan and Pakistan (AfPak) came from Islamic State Spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani shortly after a January 10th 2015 video from former Pakistan Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid (who had already pledged allegiance in October). The video shows 10 commanders pledging allegiance to the Islamic State and announces that they have chosen Hafiz Saeed Khan. It was declared Wilayah Khurasan (The Khurasan Province) of the Islamic State.
There was a rivalry between Khan and current Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Maulana Fazlullah in 2014 when they competed for leadership. After losing out to Fazlullah and and Fazlullah brought a 10-month bloodbath upon the TTP after evoking the ire of the Pakistani government. With Fazlullah behind the shooting of Malala Yousafzai and the Peshawar School Massacre, Khan and other local commanders were likely turning to the Islamic State not only for support, but to distance themselves from the current TTP leadership.