Zia Ur Rehman

They came in trickles and floods; as individuals, whole families, and entire caravans. Fleeing the insurgencies and operations in their homes, displaced persons from various parts of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sought refuge in Karachi as well as other cities. But along with the tormented, came their tormentors: the very Taliban the refugees were fleeing from.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may have been born in the tribal agencies, it might have even ruled Swat, but it is Karachi that has been crucial to the TTP's perpetuation of power across the country. It is Karachi that helped fund the TTP's war in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as the organisation routinely conducted bank heists to generate finances. It is also Karachi where members of the TTP found sanctuary as security forces pounded their hideouts. Slowly but surely, the largest city of Pakhtun people has witnessed three factions of the TTP taking control of a number of areas and exert their influence in many others. This is a process that has spanned more than half a decade; it promises to decisively shape the future of the city.

Back in 2007, as the Pakistan government began an operation to regain control of the Swat valley, thousands left their homes to escape being caught in the crossfire. The choice of Karachi was a natural one for these victims of war; with some four million Pakhtuns living in this megacity, many of the internally displaced people (IDPs) had kin they could count on, and with whom they could shelter until they returned home.

In 2009, guised as IDPs, militants from Swat, South Waziristan, Mohmand Agency, Bajaur, Dir, and elsewhere began taking refuge in Karachi, as the military operations reached their respective areas. At first, they did their best to blend in: a number of militants who fled to Karachi shaved their breads, cut their trademark long hair, and worked in the city as petty labourers. Thus disguised, they waited for the right time to establish and reinforce their networks in the city.

Prior to such large-scale migrations, small cells of various TTP groups existed in the city; their job was primarily to raise funds for the operations of their parent groups, largely through bank robberies. “In the beginning, the TTP did not get involved in subversive activities. This was in line with the TTP policy of using Karachi only for fund-raising, rest and recuperation,” said a Mehsud tribal elder living in Ittehad Town.

“But then they seem to have changed their strategy for Karachi. Political leaders from Swat say that Swati militants who fled to Karachi had been assassinating pro-government Swat residents in the city, all under the cover of then ongoing ethno-political targeted killings.”

In short, the TTP took advantage of the chaos of Karachi to, quite literally, get away with murder.


The perfect distraction: ‘target killings’


When the TTP entered Karachi proper, it found a city in the midst of politico-ethnic conflict. At the time, it was convenient for both the police and political parties to sweep any so-called ‘target killings’ under the larger rug of ethnically-fuelled violence and political turf wars. Assassinations carried out by the Taliban also came under this catch-all phrase.

In fact, it was largely thanks to the peculiar political dynamics of Karachi that the Taliban presence remained mostly unnoticed and unremarked. When the MQM, in 2010 and 2011, began to warn that the Taliban militants were acquiring a presence in the city, the ANP accused it of trying to use that claim as a pretext to ‘ethnically cleanse’ Karachi’s Pakhtuns.

“MQM chief Altaf Hussain had pointed out the presence of the TTP in Karachi years ago, but the authorities, despite taking the issue seriously, denied the reports regarding the presence of the TTP in the city," said Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan, a MQM leader.

Privately, members of other political parties and analysts say that the MQM’s claims may have been proved true later on, but they were definitely written off as politically-motivated when first raised. There was no trust between the ANP and MQM, and the Taliban effectively took advantage of this gap, eventually becoming a direct threat to both parties.

Background interviews with Pakhtun elders, analysts and police officials familiar with the network of the TTP in Karachi suggest that most of the Pakhtun-populated areas of the city are now under partial or complete influence of the TTP.

A direct result of this dominance is the deterioration of the law and order situation in these areas. Here, the various factions of the TTP have joined hands with banned sectarian outfits and criminal syndicates in the city to increase both their subversive activities and fund-raising campaigns (mostly through extortion, robberies and kidnapping for ransom). These areas have become extremely dangerous not just for law enforcement agencies, but also for political activists of mainstream parties, especially the ANP, polio vaccinators and non-governmental organisations.


The battle for Pakhtun representation: ANP pummelled


The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has traditionally tolerated no opposition, political or otherwise, when establishing a stranglehold over local populations. In keeping with their modus operandi, the TTP first went after local Pakhtun leadership in Karachi — which in this case was also the Awami National Party (ANP).

“Killing influential Pakhtun elders is a key strategy of Taliban groups, first successfully carried out in Afghanistan, then FATA and KP, and now in Karachi,” said Kahar Zalmay, an Islamabad-based security analyst who monitors the network of TTP across the country, saying that through an organised campaign of killing influential Pakhtun political leaders and elders in Karachi and forcing the ANP to vacate most of its traditional strongholds, now all Pakhtun-majority areas of the city are under varying degrees of TTP influence.

In fact, the first open acknowledgment by the TTP of its presence in this city came as a threat to the ANP. In June 2012, it openly threatened ANP activists to quit the party, remove their party’s flags and graffiti and close their offices.

The TTP then claimed the responsibility for killing Amir Sardar, an ANP leader and former union council mayor, in the Frontier Colony area in August the same year.

On Feb 21 this year, three ANP activists — Dr Israr, Jamshed Khan and Razeemullah — were shot dead along with two guests by unidentified people in MPR colony in Orangi Town. Israr’s relatives said that the three party activists were receiving threats from the TTP Swat chapter. Earlier, on Feb 8, grenades were thrown at the Sher Shah residence of Raza Jadoon, then Sindh president of Pakhtun Students Federation as well as at the home of ANP leader Rahim Swati in Qasba Colony area. Jadoon said that he had been receiving threatening calls from the TTP with the phone code of Afghanistan.

In a series of interviews with Pakhtun political and civil society activists, it emerges that the TTP Swat faction has killed a number of political activists mainly belonging to the ANP as well as social activists in different parts of the city.

Shahi Syed, Sindh president of the ANP, claimed that around 80 leaders and office-bearers of ANP have been killed by the Taliban. As a result, party offices across the city, including even the Baacha Khan Markaz, the provincial party headquarter situated in Pirabad, have been closed. Perhaps there can be no greater example of how serious the threat is than the fact that several leaders of the party have left Karachi and migrated to their native towns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because of threats issued by the TTP.

The political strength of the ANP has also diminished as a direct result of this: In the 2008 general elections, the ANP won two provincial assembly seats from Karachi’s two largest Pakhtun-populated areas — SITE Town and Landhi industrial area. But in the 2013 polls, the rallies and offices of ANP candidates — Bashir Jan and Amanullah Mehsud — from these two areas were targeted by TTP militants, killing and injuring several party activists. The TTP claimed the responsibility of the May 2, 2013 killing of Sadiq Zaman Khattak, an ANP candidate from NA-254 Korangi, in the Bilal Colony area.

Because of the attacks on the ANP, some party members and leaders sought safer pastures, joining other political parties such as the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and even the Ahl-i-Sunnat Wal Jammat (ASWJ). Khurshid Inqilabi, an ANP candidate in the general elections from Baldia Town area, has recently joined the PTI. Inqilabi’s family sources said that he joined the PTI in order to save his life as he was also receiving threats from the TTP.

Besides the ANP, the TTP Swat faction has also started targeting leaders of the PPP. On Jan 24, Mujibur Rehman, president of the PPP PS-96, was killed near Banaras chowk. A Pakhtun leader of PPP in district West said that they are also feeling insecure because of the tough statements issued from the party chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari against the TTP. They fear that the TTPs retaliation will target them.

But political parties are only a few of the targets. In Karachi, the TTPs Swat faction had also killed dozens of Swati pro-government elders and those who were associated with peace committees in Swat or who supported the security forces during the operation. “A number of influential political figures and members of anti-Taliban committees of Swat travelling to Karachi for personal or business reasons have been murdered since 2009,” said Sardar Ahmed Yousafzai, a political analyst and president of Kabal Tehsil Bar Association in Swat, adding that majority of assassinated people were from Kabal tehsil as that area was the birth-place of TTP Swat. He said that dozens of Swati families living in Karachi for the last three to four decades have recently migrated to Swat because of the security situation in Pakhtun neighbourhoods.


The golden goose of the TTP


All three TTP factions have been involved in collecting extortions from the Pakhtun traders and transporters, school and hospital owners and even madressahs for the last several years in Karachi. A number of Pakhtun traders interviewed for this report revealed that increasing incidents of extortions remained unreported because of immense pressure and threats by the TTP. The use of hand grenades as a scare tactic, and the killing of those who refuse to pay on time is part of their strategy. And, as usual, they prey mostly on those who are ethnically and tribally connected to them. “They know very well about the wealth of everyone belonging to their own tribe,” said a Mehsud transporter.

The TTP Mehsud faction, for example, has systematically occupied the trade bodies of the business of heavy machinery (heavy-duty vehicles) and local truck and mini-bus associations of Sohrab Goth and imposed fixed taxes on the traders and transporters associated with these bodies. Of course, the reason is that Mehsud tribesmen are largely involved in these businesses. The TTP Mohmand faction has been collecting extortion money from Mohmand tribesmen based in Karachi, who are well-off and mainly involved in selling timber and construction material.

Analysts are of the view that the TTP has been facing a severe financial crisis and a shortage of funds in wake of the measures taken by Pakistani authorities to cut off their international sources of income, especially from gulf countries. Now, the central leadership of all three TTP factions have directed their Karachi members to collect funds through extortion and kidnapping for ransom from the businessmen and transporters belonging to tribal areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These funds are then used to purchase equipment, weaponry and fill the many expenses associated with running an insurgency.


Killing of law enforcement personnel


In keeping with their increased strength on the ground and their raised profile, the TTP also started posing a greater threat to law enforcement agencies. In recent months, a number of personnel of Police and other law enforcement agencies and their informers have been murdered in different Pakhtun areas of Karachi.

Police officials believe that the TTP is working off a hit list that includes police officers involved in the arrests and deaths of a number of militants, including its key commanders in Karachi. Bahaddin Babar, a well-known police officer, was gunned down on Dec 31 2013 by unknown assailants near the Bab-i-Khyber in the Metroville area of SITE Town. At the time, Chaudary Aslam said that the TTP Swat faction killed Babar because he was actively working against TTP operatives in the city. But after nine days of the killing of Babar, Aslam was also killed along with his two guards in a massive bombing on Jan 9 this year.

Several police stations and mobiles have also been regularly targeted in the areas under the influence of the TTP. For example, in February, Pirabad Police station was targeted with hand grenades twice in eight days. Similarly, Sohrab Goth, Mominabad and Mangophir police stations have been attacked several times by Taliban militants. Recently, trenches were dug around the Sohrab Goth and Surjani Town police stations while the same measures will be implemented in other sensitive police stations of the city soon.

In interviews with low-ranked police personnel, they said that the TTP militants target policemen standing on the roadsides, attack their vans by hurling grenades and in some cases, carry out grenade attacks near their houses when they are not on duty. “It has become very dangerous to patrol in these areas during night,” said a police officer deputed in the Mominabad police station.


Ongoing operation and the TTP


Although law enforcement agencies, and especially the Rangers, claim to have arrested several suspects belonging to banned militant outfits recently, leaders of political parties — especially the ANP and the MQM — and Pakhtun residents said that law enforcement agencies have not focused on the TTP in the whole operation.

“It is true that the ongoing operation has disrupted the network of targeted killers belonging to different political and sectarian groups and extortionists of different gangs, but the TTP-linked militants are still openly threatening and killing the people,” said a Pakhtun trader in the Pathan Colony area. In interviews with Pakhtun residents of different areas, they claimed that law enforcement agencies largely apprehend innocent people during the operation while militants flee the area before the arrival of the law enforcers.

“We have asked the government several times to take action against the TTP militants, who are killing our ANP members and capturing the Pakhtun areas, but instead of taking the matter seriously, no action has been initiated so far,” said Shahi Syed. The MQM has also similar reservations. Izharul Hassan said that the ongoing operation in Karachi was being conducted against the MQM and not against the Taliban militants.

However, sources familiar with the network of TTP in Karachi said that operation has in fact shattered the network of TTP Mohmand chapter in Karachi by killing its key leaders in encounters. However, the LEAs have not arrested or killed any significant leader of the Swat and Mehsud factions.

Sindh Rangers’ director general Major Rizwan Akhter, in a Feb 25 interview with an Urdu daily, claimed that they have arrested and killed a number of militants associated with different Taliban groups and that reports of ‘No-go areas’ for law enforcement agencies is baseless.


Implications


The strengthening of the TTP in Karachi has nationwide security and political implications. Karachi is considered a key area in the nexus of terrorism in the country because it has become the main hub of militants’ fundraising and alliances. Security experts, politicians and law enforcement all agree that TTP wants to tighten, where they already have great influence in the Pakhtun dominated suburban areas. It not only adds to the city’s already worst security situation, but also adds to TTPs financial and strategic assets.

The TTP militants in Karachi are drawing their strength from the continuing silence of the government and a lack of focus by the security forces. Government is still in position to control the spreading TTP network in the city through launching a ‘selective and surgical’ operation against various factions of TTP in Karachi. Although a month-long ceasefire between the TTP and the government has been announced, analysts believe that it will not stop the TTP’s campaign of fund-raising and killing Pakhtun leaders.

“The TTP can stop targeting law enforcement agencies in Karachi but their campaign of fund-raising and killing Pakhtun leaders in the city will continue,” said Kahar Zalmay.

Zia Ur Rehman

It is important to note that the TTP is not a monolith and is, in fact, composed of different groups. As TTP militants moved into Karachi, they predictably organised into factions according to where they had come from. In Karachi, three factions of TTP — Mehsud, Swat and Mohmand — are active and running their network in various neighbourhoods of the city.

Swati and Mehsud militants migrated to Karachi after military operation began in Swat and South Waziristan in 2008 and 2009 respectively while the TTP Mohmand chapter sent their militants to Karachi for fund-raising in 2011. The three groups have their own leadership structures but support each other in subversive activities.

And the network of terror spreads further beyond TTP proper as well.

Analysts say that TTP’s tribal militants don’t have the resources, skills and expertise to conduct specialised operations in Karachi like the Abbas Town attack or the attack on the Mehran base. Therefore, they have joined hands with local sectarian and jihadi outfits, especially Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, and this nexus has increased the risk of terrorist attacks in Karachi.


TTP-Mehsud’


The most powerful faction of the TTP in Karachi is dominated by the Mehsud tribe. In Karachi, the TTP Mehsud faction was organisationally divided into two groups — one is loyal to TTP’s former chief Hakimullah Mehsud while the second is loyal to TTP-South Waziristan chief Waliur Rehman Mehsud.

Hakimullah Mehsud appointed Qari Yar Muhammad as TTP Karachi chief and Sher Khan as operational commander for Karachi. Similarly, Waliur Rehman Mehsud appointed Mufti Noor Wali as TTP Karachi chief and Khan Zaman as Karachi commander.

However, after infighting between both factions in Karachi, the Waliur Rehman faction has expelled the Hakimullah group from Karachi. Infighting between both factions began when militants belonging to Waliur Rehman killed Sher Khan in the Manghopir area on Aug 16. At least 30 key leaders of Hakimullah Mehsud have been murdered by the rival faction since August.

Khan Saeed, alias Sajna, who was appointed as successor to Waliur Rehman after his killing, has strengthened the group in Karachi. It is important to note that the Sajna faction depends on militants of its own Mehsud tribe but also supports the Swat and Mohmand factions. They also settle the business disputes of Mehsud tribesmen through jirgas.

Now, Khan Zaman runs the powerful network of the TTP in Karachi. Other key commanders of this group are: Zikria Mehsud (head of TTP Sohrab Goth chapter), Mufti Javed, Fareed Mehsud, Landay, Muqadam Wazir and Rafiq alias Tor. They are active in suburban areas of the city including Ittehad Town, Mangophir, Kunwari Colony, Pakhtun Abad, Sohrab Goth and settlements on Super Highway, Pipri, Shah Latif Town and Gulshen-i-Buner (Landhi) areas — all of these are largely Mehsud tribe-dominated areas.


TTP-Swat’


Another Taliban faction largely comprises Swati militants who are loyal to TTP Swat leader Maulana Fazlullah, the incumbent central leader of the organisation.

There was little information available about the leadership of Swati militants operating in Karachi but the CID Karachi on Feb 3 claimed that Azizullah alias Shamzai is heading Karachi network of TTP Swat faction. His deputies are Qari Shakir and Wakeel, according to the CID officials.

An intelligence official in Swat said that since 2009, notorious TTP Swat’s commander Ibn-i-Amin, of the lower Shawar area of Swat, was issuing directions to Swati militants hiding in Karachi but then he was killed in a drone attack in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency in December 2010.

Most Swati militants operating in Karachi belong to Kanju, Kabal, Matta and Charbagh sub-divisions of Swat valley. TTP Swati militants operate in Ittehad Town, Pirabad, Qasba Colony, Frontier Colony, Banaras, Metroville, Future Colony, Sherpao Colony and Gulshen-i-Buner. Unlike the Mehsud militants, Swati militants do not settle family and business disputes of the people of Malakand division.


TTP-Mohmand’


The Mohmand chapter of TTP has also formed its organisational setup in Karachi for collecting protection money from the people belonging to Mohmand Agency.

Unlike the Mehsud and Swati militants, they did not come to Karachi under the guise of displaced people. There are two reasons for this: first, there was no massive displacement in Mohmand Agency; and second, because Mohmand tribesmen mainly choose Peshawar and Rawalpindi over Karachi.

TTP-Mohmand chief Abdul Wali, popularly known as Omar Khalid Khorasani and his deputy Qari Shakeel, developed a network and sent it to Karachi to raise funds. After killing of several leaders of the TTP Mohmand faction in Karachi by law-enforcement agencies, there is very little information about their Karachi leadership.

However, Mohmand tribal elders in Karachi claim that TTP Mohmand’s network is run by Haleem Syed. They are not concentrated in any specific areas because it is believed that their sanctuaries are in settlements on the Northern Bypass and in the Manghopir area.

Comments (31) (Closed)


Bakhtawer Bilal
Mar 09, 2014 08:40am

But the Govt says that majority of the Taliban are very patriotic. I feel like banging my head with a wall.

Agha Ata
Mar 09, 2014 08:46am

If things continue as they are now, you will see Pakistan becoming a Talibistan in due course.

eye opener
Mar 09, 2014 09:17am

Very well written piece.

janan
Mar 09, 2014 10:21am

Well written piece this helps to understand the complexity of Karachi law and order situation.

The Sardar
Mar 09, 2014 06:58pm

I did not read the full article. Pictures are worth a few thousands (million) words. SAD :- ( ..Sardar

M. Siddique
Mar 09, 2014 07:17pm

@Bakhtawer Bilal: For Taliban national boundaries mean nothing. Since they live in Pakistan they feel its their turf for crimes. If they get a chance to cross over to other countries they will do the same.

Ali Mirza
Mar 09, 2014 07:41pm

Chickens have come home to the roost. You reap what you sow.

zubair
Mar 09, 2014 08:39pm

Another mystery unveiled but in vain! The untimely exaggeration. I wonder why wouldn't they dare at the right time........

Born & Raise in Karachi
Mar 09, 2014 08:58pm

A few years back, when someone told me that Taliban Terrorist can take over Karachi in few hours I thought he was kidding. The article is an eye opener. Karachi seems to me in real trouble in days to come.

Tue Patriot
Mar 09, 2014 10:53pm

How come the TTP able to seep in Karachi during past decade or so? Was not it the job of Intelligence agencies and local government to keep tab on such elements? ANP was it self in power along with PPP and MQM. What it did to block the influx of alleged TTP elements in its neighborhoods? The point is, there is a jungle out here in Karachi and it has got new predator that started to hunt on the packs of jackals and hyenas already terrorizing the wildlife.

Haroon Rooha
Mar 10, 2014 02:17am

@Ali Mirza: Problem is most people cannot/donot want to see and refuse or/ are incapable of democratic responce.

El Cid
Mar 10, 2014 03:22am

@The Sardar: Pictures are worth a few thousands (million) words.

Yet the words and witnesses provide the context. Pictures mean nothing by themselves...they imply, not prove anything. Note that what is happening in Swat, FATA, Baluchistan is 'missing' both words and pictures.

imran
Mar 10, 2014 05:00am

There is no way you can beat Taliban without understanding the complexity of the problem. Only and only when we will understand that the root cause of Taliban is none other than our own highly qualified scholars forcing their thoughts on us through media. Not one scholar has said a word against the Taliban jihad as a matter of fact, they are treated as martyrs when they die.

Yawar
Mar 10, 2014 06:54am

Following the footsteps of the Federal government, the Sind government should initiate "muzakiraat" with these criminals to bring peace in Karachi. What a mess.

Abuzar
Mar 10, 2014 08:20am

situation is not complex, introduce the law and things will be normal. in no time.

El Cid
Mar 10, 2014 09:55am

How may of you know that these explosives were not made in someone's kitchen...that they are military grade demolition munitions, have 'signatures' of coming from across the border.

Rahim
Mar 10, 2014 10:19am

@Ali Mirza: I agree

Karachite
Mar 10, 2014 02:08pm

Spot On target and very well explained. I hope people out side Karachi must read this article and try to understand the complexity of Karachi law and order situation. Karachi for being multi ethnic over population of 20 million people has never been treated like what it deserved. Never owned by the two main stream political parties when ever they got the chance to be in Power. ANP realized very late that they have become the victims of their own ethnicity while MQM was unfortunate, not able to convey the whole message to the masses, though they tried but majority took that as to gain a political edge. I do not have now a slightest of doubt in my mind that unity of Talibans against our scattered and divided population has taken advantage over us every time. We still think that they are idiots with no sense of what they are doing but literally they are genius and know very well how to conquer the divided people in disguise with continuous and consistent in their anti Islam, anti Pakistan and anti human agenda, Taliban shows us the real face of our nation. we consider them our own and they kill us with out discrimination. With their tactic they got huge support from with in us just on the name of Islam, anti America and anti liberal basis. The Taliban mind set is all around us and we are unable to realize them, identify them, stop them and defeat them. Few sane voices against the barbarians seems to be Faisal Abidi, Bilalwal Bhutto but not PPP as a whole, MWM, Sunni Ittihad council and most of all MQM but who cares, Since people hate Altaf Hussain and MQM so there is no chance people from other part of country listen to them. I am proud to be Karachite and I know history will remember all Karachites as the one who took stand and faced the heat, bearing all consequences against the worst people on earth.

rashid zaidi
Mar 10, 2014 02:20pm

They should be uprooted from Karachi and everywhere else as they are a scourge to society at large and the very well being of Pakistan and progress. The public whole heartedly supports what the government is doing. There should be no negotiations with people who have killed thousands of innocent people. Imagine them being in charge of a nation of 190 million people. That would be the biggest disaster in human history. People refuse to have extremist fundamentalist anywhere run a nation. Moderation is needed for mordernity and progress.

Talat H.
Mar 10, 2014 07:27pm

Oh dear! next time do not listen to how he [Altaf Bhai] says it , listen to the what !!!!

shahid
Mar 10, 2014 11:55pm

Only solution. give All tribal areas back to Afghanistan .Bring Pakistani/Afghani boreder area to settled ares and cordon it off completly.

Red Alert
Mar 11, 2014 08:11am

A very well written article. There is no doubt that umbilical cord of financial supply line of TTP runs through Karachi. TTP is largely involved in bank heists, kidnapping for ransom, and street crimes in Karachi. Pashtun and Afghan slum areas are their hiding and now breeding grounds. These slums are very well identified. If there is a will on the part of provincial government and law-and-order enforcement agencies, these slums can effectively be monitored using human intelligence and technology. There is no denying the fact that Pakistan Army will fight its last war against terrorism in Karachi. I can feel a unique urban warfare in Karachi since there is no check and balance of countering terrorists' influx in Karachi from the North and South Waziristan. It is important to cordon off these areas tightly and every single individual who is leaving these areas must be recorded with their intended destination in other parts of the country especially Karachi.

Naeem
Mar 11, 2014 08:30am

One solution; justice system that actually works, there are 8000 inmates awarded death sentences in Pakistan's over crowded jails (Imagine what kind of evidence it must have been to wake those sleeping judges up) anyways, its all a joke. Spend millions on police to apprehend a criminal, millions more to prosecute him and he sits in jail and runs his criminal network.

Start now. Let Justice mean something....

ahmed hasan
Mar 11, 2014 11:39am

My Country burns... my beloved City is burning.... will this end? Nope... will this get worse... yes.

Rizwan afridi
Mar 11, 2014 03:13pm

@shahid: Give back? No Pashtun wants to be part of Afghanistan ever again. Even if Pakistan is bad, Afghanistan is ten times worse.

Khanzada
Mar 11, 2014 05:21pm

Where is Pakhtun honour and bravery? Is it dead? Why have the Pukhtuns allowed a handful of Taliban TTP Terrorists to take over their regions in FATA and then surrendered to their demands in Karachi? Why have they given refuge to the TTP who are traitors of Pakistan?

nz
Mar 11, 2014 08:12pm

please allow TTP to open their EMBASSY at Peshawar n Karachi, instead of asking them to open offices. in return ask them to allow open your embassy there.

cynical
Mar 12, 2014 08:35am

TTP can effectively be uprooted not only from Karachi but also from the entire country if our Pashtun brothers identify suspicious next door neighbors hiding among them and engaged in subversive activities.

This menace of terrorism can only be resolved if people don't support them. TTP in fact, is now a big threat to the business interests of Pashtun diaspora living elsewhere in country. If our Pashtun brothers support them in Karachi, it will be end of their business and financial interests in this city. They will be seen as suspicious and will not be trusted by those who prefer to hire them as their guards, drivers, salesman, etc. It is in their own interest to reject this evil ideology which is being used in the name of Islam to create murder, violence, crimes, and terror in Karachi. It's about time to understand this threat and survive as a happy and thriving community in this city.

someone
Mar 12, 2014 01:07pm

@El Cid: Well would you please care to explain why the Pakistan government not even once showed any sort of proof of indulgence from across the border? Why is it so interested to speak to these "misguided" but "patriotic" people? Why is your army still chilling in the barracks and just using airforce for carpet bombing which by the way is worse than drones? I will leave you to ponder over this.

Shahid
Mar 12, 2014 11:46pm

I know one thing. No one wants to control this situation. No one dares to challange them. Our agencies gave birth to them. Our politicians are only making money. In the end, Karachities will remain their to bear all mess. Be prepared for further mess.

Kashif Farooqi
Mar 12, 2014 11:52pm

Very well written, but present only one side of the picture