"This is the message [Pakistan] would like to send the world: it's tough on extremists. And yet, what we're witnessing here is that it's very selective," Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute told ThinkProgress.
IS’ predecessor, the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI), lost multiple leaders to U.S. airstrikes and the group appears to be buttressing its leadership by putting forward charismatic figureheads while the masterminds continue to operate in the shadows.
“[The arrests were] the last resort as there was no other option. There is a lot of pressure on the local administration to tackle these refusals,” Pervez Kamal Khan, the head of health services in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said.