IN November last Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, in a statement, said that they had decided to attack the MQM. In Pakistan any extremists with a gun can go out and commit an act of terrorism. On Jan 17 gunmen had shot dead four people, including the MQM’s provincial lawmaker Manzar Imam, in Karachi’s Orangi Town.

Once again, the TTP has claimed responsibility for the killing of an MQM provincial lawmaker. It is the second shooting of an MQM provincial lawmaker in just over two years in Karachi. The death of MQM lawmaker Raza Haider in an ambush in August 2010 sparked a fierce wave of ethnic and politically-linked violence that killed scores of people.

On Jan 1 the Taliban bombing in Karachi, near a political rally, cost at least four lives and injured several others. Just one month ago the Taliban murdered a number of women polio health workers in a series of attacks in Pakistan. The four women aid workers were gunned down in Karachi.

The roots of the TTP as an organisation began in 2002 when the Pakistan military conducted incursions into the tribal areas to originally combat foreign (Afghan, Arab and Central Asian) militants fleeing from war in Afghanistan into the neighbouring tribal areas of Pakistan.

The Pakistani Taliban are an umbrella organisation of various Islamist militant groups based in the northwestern federally-administrated tribal areas along the Afghan border in Pakistan. Most, but not all, Pakistani Taliban groups coalesce under the TTP. In December 2007 about 13 groups united under the leadership of Baitullah Mehsud to form the TTP.

Among the TTP’s stated objectives are resistance against the Pakistani state, enforcement of their interpretation of Sharia, and a plan to unite against liberal or moderate political or religious parties.

Karachi last year saw its deadliest year in two decades, with around 2,000 people killed in violence linked to ethnic and political tensions, raising fears for elections due this year.The Taliban and their backers bear the responsibility for the consequences of these outrageous acts. Terrorism is a big danger for Pakistan’s independence. There is an urgent need to fight this danger for the sake of independence of Pakistan.

DAWAR NAQVI California

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Nasir
January 25, 2013 11:20 am
Has any body ever thought who is this Ehsan Ullah. Always ready to take on the responsibility of every terrorist attack in any part of country. He is nothing just a puppet playing at the hands of our enemies who never want to see Pakistan a stable country. Foreign powers including our adversary is involved in all these terrorist attacks and Ehsan Ullah is always there to take on the responsibility. But its really poor on the part of government that we are still not able to develop any law against terrorists. Our SC is worried about 50 missing people from jail but not worried about thousands of security persons and civilians killed in terrorist attacks. We are with our army, our intelligence agencies and our morale can never die down by these coward attacks.
Jaseem Pasha
January 24, 2013 3:35 pm
The Taliban industrial complex is a form of God's punishment for Pakistanis for their ignorance of real Islam that promotes peace thru Taqwa, personal integrity, respect for human dignity, human rights, rule of the law and justice.
UNITED STATES OF INDIA
January 24, 2013 4:55 pm
Best of luck for the sake of world peace...
Imran Khan Niazi
January 25, 2013 5:46 pm
until we keep distinguising between good and bad militant groups pakistan will continue to bleed. destroy all of them including LeT and JeM
Fazal Karim
January 25, 2013 6:26 am
Talihans are openly terrorist, every body knows. What about political parties who have terrorist groups and are mostly invoved in target killing. Who killed Imam, Wali khan Babar and scores of other persons. Surprisingly democratic forces in the country are silent to talk about them loudly.
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