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Taliban in Karachi: the real story


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The activities of TTP have an enormous impact on life for the citizens of Karachi; criminal undertakings are their favored means for raising funds for the battle in the tribal areas. -Photo by AP

ON the evening of March 13, Director Orangi Pilot Project Perween Rahman was shot and killed by masked men half a kilometre from her office just off Manghopir Road in Karachi. The police were quick to point a finger at the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

In an “encounter” the very next day, they killed Qari Bilal who they claimed was a leader of the TTP and the mastermind behind Ms Rahman’s murder. Many in the development sector, however, believe she was targeted because she had fallen foul of the city’s land mafia because she was placing their activities on record. They may both well be right, even if Qari Bilal was falsely accused by law-enforcement agencies.

The latest players in Karachi’s land grab — for long the domain of those with close links to the major political parties and forces amongst the establishment here — are TTP elements who have been putting down their roots in various parts of the city over the past couple of years.

Large swathes of Pakhtun neighborhoods in districts west and east, as well as pockets in districts Malir, central and south are reported to be under the influence of the TTP. While all 30 or so of its factions have a presence in the city, the most influence is wielded by the Hakimullah Mehsud and Mullah Fazlullah factions.

According to local police and residents of the affected areas, elements belonging to the TTP have entrenched themselves in these areas after having terrorised the local Pakhtun population into submission, and driven out the ANP from most of its traditional strongholds.

In the past few years, after it won two provincial seats in the 2008 elections and acquired real political clout in Karachi, the ANP and MQM frequently clashed in a deadly turf war. Both accused the other of killing its workers. In 2010 and 2011, when the MQM began to allege that the Taliban were acquiring a presence in the city, the ANP accused it of trying to use that claim as a pretext to ethnically cleanse Karachi of Pakhtuns. However, on 13th August 2012, when an attack in Frontier Colony killed local ANP office bearer and former UC nazim, Amir Sardar, and two party workers, the ANP did not accuse the MQM. Since then, numerous ANP offices have been shut down, scores of its workers killed and many driven out of Pakhtun-dominated areas. Qadir Khan, an ANP spokesman who has now joined the MQM, says “no political party or group can stand up to these militants”.

The TTP affirmed its presence in Karachi for the first time when the organization claimed responsibility for an attack on The Business Recorder/Aaj TV offices on 25 June, 2012 as a warning to rest of the media houses in the country.

The military operations in Swat and South Waziristan in 2009 triggered the latest wave of migration of Pakhtuns, compelling tens of thousands of residents to flee the fighting. Embedded within the exodus of these desperate internally displaced people (IDPs) were a number of Taliban fighters. Although the urban jungle that is Karachi had been a refuge for the latter even earlier, the untenable situation in their native areas prompted many of them to adopt a more permanent abode here.

The new arrivals, both IDPs and the TTP militants among them, gravitated towards where their compatriots had earlier settled, mostly in katchi abadis. Thus, for example, while natives of Swat moved into places like Pathan Colony in the west and Future Colony in Landhi in the city’s south-east, an influx of Waziris and Mehsuds from Waziristan, adjoining tribal agencies and settled areas moved into Sohrab Goth, parts of Manghopir, areas along the Northern Bypass and RCD Highway. This ultimately determined which TTP faction — usually either Hakimullah Mehsud or Mullah Fazlullah as mentioned before — held sway in that particular area.

The new migrants also took shelter in pockets within the heart of the city. According to one of Karachi’s most senior cops, there are more than 7,000 fresh Mehsuds in Sultanabad locality adjacent to the PIDC Bridge.

In 2010 and 2011 TTP elements were still gaining a foothold in the city, but last year saw them flexing their muscles to establish control over areas where they had a presence.

Let us just take the area on the northern side of Manghopir hills, where Ms Rahman was murdered on her way home. The militants are so well-entrenched here that confronting them is becoming exceedingly difficult even for law-enforcement agencies.

The SHO of the Pirabad police station discovered this to his peril one night in the spring of 2012. The official had received information that several militants were attending shab-e-dars inside Masjid-e-Tayyaba on the stretch of Qasba Road that is locally known as Ghausia Road. He arrived with a contingent and arrested the imam, Qari Fazal, and the nine militants who were present. However, while his men swept the building looking for more that may have been in hiding, he realised they were being surrounded by armed men. When the SSP Orangi received his SOS, he headed to his SHO’s support with additional police. Calls to other law enforcement agencies and relevant authorities within police for backup were met with refusal. The outnumbered police officials were roughed up by the militants and finally had to negotiate their release and that of their men, as well as set free the nine heavily armed militants they had apprehended.

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About 100 metres east from Masjid-e-Tayyaba on this road is a building that houses the TTP office which operates by the name of “Anti Crime Control Committee”. A short distance from this office one comes across Masjid-e-Ibrahim where members of jihadi organisations gather for shab-e-dars every Thursday night. Further down Ghausia road is the dera (compound) of the transporter Haji Rohtas that was attacked with grenades last year, allegedly by the TTP for not paying extortion money in time. Swinging towards Manghopir road one comes upon Masjid-e-Aqsa and another office – euphemistically named Ittehad-e-Qabail (Tribal Alliance) – of the TTP. Less than half a kilometre from here is situated Masjid-e-Safa at Quarry Colony. Further down are Pakhtunabad, Gulzarabad and Sultanabad, which also fall within the TTP stronghold in Manghopir.

Late last year, when the government released several Taliban prisoners as a goodwill gesture towards the Karzai government, there were wild celebrations in the part of this area that lies just north of Kati Pahari. These included a procession of vehicles, including four Vigos (double-cabin pickups), packed with young men firing incessantly into the air. According to Akbar Khan, a Pakhtun resident of the area and himself no stranger to celebratory firing, one of the men was standing head first on the bonnet of the lead Vigo, balancing himself on one hand as he triumphantly fired his gun into the air with the other, over and over again. “I have never seen something like this in my life,” he says. “That is how battle-hardened they are.”

The social order in these settlements has gradually reshaped itself to allow the TTP to set up courts for residents looking for a quick resolution to their problems in places like Quarry Colony, Gulshan-e-Buner (Landhi) and Sohrab Goth. Here, the qazi presides over a jirga-like setting, to pronounce judgment in the light of a mix of tribal traditions and his understanding of the Shariah.

The close links between the TTP, the Afghan Taliban, sectarian and other jihadi organisations in Pakistan’s tribal areas continue outside that theatre of war.

Khyber Mohalla, which lies towards the hill slopes east of the afore-mentioned Tayyaba Masjid , is populated mostly by Afghan refugees. Many claim that the area’s Allahu Akbar Masjid and Maulana Zarghai’s adjoining madrassa serve as a rest house for Afghan Taliban visiting the city. According to some local PPP and ANP supporters, the notorious extortionist Bhalo who now operates in tandem with the TTP lives nearby, close to the summit of the Manghopir Hills, competing for influence in the area with a lesser known criminal Kamran aka Kami who us believed to be affiliated with a sectarian group.

Further north, members of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen are reportedly holed up in Sultanabad. They were led by Maulvi Haroon until he was killed last year over a land dispute. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) and Ahle-Sunnat-Wal-Jamaat (the erstwhile Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan) elements as well as a witch’s brew of “good” and “bad” Pakistani Taliban and their militant cohorts have established a presence in mosques and madrassas dotted all over the city, including Hijrat Colony just off Mai Kolachi, behind Clifton Centre, on Korangi Industrial Area Road, Shah Faisal Colony, Gulistan-e-Johar, Gulshan Iqbal Block-2, Sohrab Goth and Nagan Chowrangi.

It is important to desist from facile assumptions that Pakhtuns in the city as a whole are TTP supporters. Although the community shares the TTP’s austere Deobandi beliefs – which may have helped tar them with the same brush – most of the residents have been forced by their tribal linkages to provide space to the militants. More than anything else, the latter have established their writ through the barrel of the gun. Therefore while their number may be extremely small in some areas, these heavily armed militants wield a disproportionate amount of influence here. The few remaining social activists within these communities and some police sources suggest that over 60 IDPs were killed by the militants soon after their arrival in Karachi because they had been on the wrong side of the TTP back home.

In this city of about 20 million, the directly affected settlements have an estimated population of around one million. It is difficult to estimate how many militants are among them, but according to local residents, they number mostly in the low double digits and may not exceed a triple digit in any particular area. However, one also cannot say with any certainty how many sympathisers they have within Karachi’s Pakhtun population.

What can be stated without any doubt is that the activities of TTP elements have an enormous impact on life for the citizens of Karachi. Criminal undertakings such as bank heists, kidnappings and extortion are their favored means for raising funds for the battle in the tribal areas.

The police and other law-enforcement agencies are well aware of their modus operandi, as they are of other jihadi and sectarian organizations, but they have not made substantial headway in countering them. One common reason for their limited success remains that the law enforcers hardly ever agree to timely sharing of information with others in the same trade. There is money to be made in policing the largest metropolis of the country and it suits everyone to keep the fear alive.

The information was gathered through interviews with residents of affected areas, law-enforcement officials, members and leaders of political parties and religious organizations- spanning over a period of eight months, as well as from data and maps developed by DawnGIS. Given the subject matter, most of the interviewees spoke only on condition of anonymity.

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Fahim Zaman Khan is a former Administrator of Karachi City, currently working with the Dawn Media Group. He also heads Dawn's post-2005 earthquake relief efforts in Chitral.

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The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Bilal Mar 31, 2013 04:25am
This is what I call true journalism , excellent and outstanding piece of work . Both the journalist should be awarded for this elegant research . Also this research work can serve as a baseline for Law Enforcement agencies , Supreme Court should take sou motto notice on this report and order Pakistan Army for operation cleup in all those areas identified in the map . Keep up good work Dawn
Shahzad Mar 31, 2013 04:29am
So, shouldnt they be dealth with the 'Italian style' or perhaps 'Indian Style during Punjab crackdown'? The fact that our intelligent Mr. CJ would push back on b/c of his poor beleif of 'human rights' for these rascals. Oh well, he has his own agenda and i guess we have to wait till he is gone for something to significantly chage
realistskeptic Mar 31, 2013 04:59am
As it looks more and more likely that the next parliament would be a hung one, it seems highly unlikely that the next government will have the will to ease the pain and suffering of Karcahiites by dealing with all the terrorists with an iron hand. Negotiating with these animals have never worked and never will as they use it as a delay tactic to regroup and plan their next move which has proven to be the case time and time again. When will anyone realize this, is it too hard to understand. Any military solution will result in collateral damage and extra judicial killing no doubt, given the tarnished history of paramilitary forces in this city. One way to approach this problem would be to cleanse the paramilitary in the area of political hirings and then form SWAT teams like in the US whose identities would have to be kept secret and do systematic raids once the supply routes, financial support has been cut off and masterminds apprehended then have their trials in secret so as to protect lawyers, witnesses and judges from threats and influence (many will disagree with this suggestion as this might result in unfair trials and political victimization but as a counter argument Shahzeb murder trial can be considered as such a case in point). It is not that all the required information is not with the intelligence agencies as it has been proven by a statement by the higher court that numerous if not all political parties in the city have militant wings and militants belonging to all of these groups have been captured, it is simply a case of will to act as different parties/forces in the city and in the country have something to gain out of unrest in the city and a few of them have even formed alliances and provide moral support to these miscreants. God forbid but the future looks bleaker than ever for Karachiites.
Maaz S Mar 31, 2013 06:26am
what an article...! Quite thorough with insights Excellent work fahim zaman khan and Naziha Syed Ali Karachi need a cleanup operations particularly in selected madrassa and Masjid to avoid it falling into the hands of Taliban and criminals. Police and Rangers joint operation is the urge of time. I have seen how scared is police; their families are not save and they are living a fearful life.
Ram Krishan Sharma Mar 31, 2013 07:31am
Definitely , not a happy situation to be in . The whole atmosphere is that of fear. How one can discharge his/her normal duties , when you do not know who is sitting beside you in the next seat in the local bus or in the next row at the prayer time in the mosque. May God give peace and freedom to all the citizens of Karachi and Pakistan .
Hidayat Waris Mar 31, 2013 08:02am
ANP due to its ethnic composition failed once in Swat when it failed to see the danger and Army has to go for an operation after a futile peace deal of ANP which gave Talibans time to strongly hold the area. Now they have repeated same in Karachi Just to get support against other political parties but they will bear the fallout.
Sonia K Mar 31, 2013 08:56am
Insightful. Although small but TTP has influence and provoke fear- that is the worst part!
janan Mar 31, 2013 09:16am
Who are collecting batha in other part of karachi? or who are responsible for those targeting killings in karachi TTP? I don't think so.. everybody in karachi knows if you are not with "them" they will hit you even in London. So stop lies and wasting time on false data spend your energies on real criminals , patha khors.
Concerned Pakistani Mar 31, 2013 09:37am
So apparently the so called die hard followers of 'religion of peace' are holding entire areas to hostage and indulging in criminal activities to finance a so called 'holy war' against their fellow country men and co religionists. How absurd is that! Its time apologists for these Jihadis woke up and stop supporting them or we can all kiss our nation good bye. The rest of us lesser muslims 'non violent types' can meanwhile keep applying for immigration et al. Great work Dawn!
Imran Mar 31, 2013 10:11am
It seems as if Law enforcement agencies have just surrendered to these people and have no will left to fight them. This is dangerous and will have serious repercussions.
adeel Mar 31, 2013 10:29am
Why nobody gives the same details about modus operandi of millitant wings of political parties oprtaing in Karachi. This article - though well written - presents only only one side of the picture.
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune. Mar 31, 2013 10:29am
what do you mean???
ishrat salim Mar 31, 2013 10:41am
TTP making in-road and spreading of its activity in Karachi was first exposed by MQM 2009 / 10....then ANP & others were critical that MQM do not want other province people to come to karachi....since then the condition is now everyone to see.....
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 31, 2013 10:46am
TTP is financially supported by rich arab countries for their own motive reasons - pakistan govt is very well aware of it but does not have the courage to question them because they subsidize oil to pakistan - what a shame!
A Common Man Mar 31, 2013 11:10am
You have a tiger by the tail - the TTP. God help Pakistan from these elements.
irfan Mar 31, 2013 12:06pm
Its time to pay for the action taken by Musharaf.
A Common Man Mar 31, 2013 01:29pm
It is not the question of having influence. They provoke fear because these guys are heartless, inhuman and will resort to violence at the smallest pretext. They live in the dark ages, do not see reason, are not willing to let the country develop and will do all in their power to impose their misguided beliefs on the vast majority. They must be curbed for the good of the nation.
Azzy Mar 31, 2013 01:46pm
This is a hugely biased article. Why should it not mention the criminals of another Karachi 'political' party . They were and are even more barbaric. Witness the targeted killing of over a hundred police officers. The growth of the TTP is a reaction to this state of affairs already in place. people will fight to safeguard themselves. Is that any wonder?
Mustafa Razavi Mar 31, 2013 01:47pm
Taliban have a "Terror for Rent" department. These "services" have been rented out to any enemy of Pakistan. They have even served abroad, in fact are serving abroad in Syria, they joined hand with the West in Libya and now fighting against the West in Mali.
Syed Mar 31, 2013 01:58pm
Good work free from fear and favour. Keep it up. However, Our LEA's shall take a lead from this point onward to enforce the writ of the government.
Lahori Mar 31, 2013 02:17pm
Its MQM's failure to to counter back any outside influence to disturb the peace and discipline of Karachi. The pathans have been a source of cheap labor to the industrial city. They have a big contribution in Karachi's cheap transport , construction labour and industry. If they had a will they could have controlled even the mobile snatching. So the others like Sunni tehrik, ANP joined them for easy money in addition to other small criminal gangs. Now TTP, why blame them? First of all why those who are born and live in Karachi - have no place to go elsewhere in Pakistan, were victimized by their own people. Its a simple rule, if you have traitors and indiscipline in your ranks the invaders will succeed easily. So instead of shedding tears, stand up ,unite and fight back - Karachites before they destroy your beautiful city. Lahori.
noman Mar 31, 2013 02:22pm
it seems others are worried that their gangster rule is coming to an end and TTP will now steal their bhatta and sacrificial hides also. Nobody has the guts to write such a long article about certain Parties decades of brutal reign of terror in Khi, not even Dawn.
abc Mar 31, 2013 02:27pm
i agree about all the information but why not mention others area like North nazemabad and nazemabad where number of people killed in daily basis. why these two journalist dint mention the other political parties involve all criminal activities.
Ali Mar 31, 2013 02:30pm
Dear Faheem & Nazia, I salute your courage for writting such an article and pray to Allah to save you both from these 'Holy" beasts. My heart bleeds when I think of how much harm they caused to the very meaning of Islam & Humanity by using Islam as a scapegoat for their bloody campaign against humantiy. Why cant we all unite and flush them out of our country ? are they that strong that the entire country cant take them on ? Cant we all,Sunnis Shias Christians Hindus & each and every Pakistani fight this war for the sake of humanity if not for Pakistan ?
Maqbool Basha Mar 31, 2013 02:35pm
If this article is published in The Nation, then the last paragraph will be 'involvement of RAW, Hindus etc. etc. There is only one credible paper in Pakistan and that is 'DAWN'. I appreciate
S. A. M. Mar 31, 2013 02:52pm
I wonder any sensible person would opt to go to the mosques mentioned in the news item or send their children for religious education. when so much information is available why these mosques and madressaha have not been demolished. the first thing should be to raze them to ground level as this is their breeding heaven. what would they be teaching during the entire thursday night's prayers i wonder? On the other hand police of karachi and elsewhere in the country are also targeted by ttp. I am very sorry to say but i don't feel sorry over the loss of police personnel. they are also to be blamed as in return of bribery they would let the criminals thrive fearlessly. May Allah send our saviour soon send our Imam soon send Jesus soon Ilahi Ameen.
pathanoo Mar 31, 2013 02:52pm
The situation is hopeless. Democratic means of law and order seems to have failed completely. Places in Karachi are run by Taliban and other terrorist groups. As much as I firmly believe in democratic ways using established laws and protection provided under the constitution to the Pakistani citizens; these are not normal conditions. A war exists in these areas of Karachi and it can only be solved by actions taken in war when a country has to defend itself from total destruction. Army needs to take over these areas (only) in Karachi, declare an emergency and find these terrorists and try them in military courts and provide justice. That is the only cure. Will it happen? I have my doubts.
Omer Irfan Kayani Mar 31, 2013 02:57pm
Whatever happens in future is anybody's guess.but they(Taliban) have outlived their usefullness,either they get used up as cannon fodder in Syria after making a deal with U.S-Afghan government or get chewed up in urban combat in Karachi and Quetta,its end of the line for them.
Xulf Mar 31, 2013 03:17pm
The reason people are tolerating this scum of TTP is that the so called elite, who has been ruling the country since inception are worse than them. So choice is between rock and a hard place...Something has to give before a change comes and public can decide...Vote for change!!
Iftikhar kazi Mar 31, 2013 03:22pm
Who told you that they subsidize oil for Pakistan? They even don't agree on deferred payments anymore. This is a Frenkenstein who was supported in its infancy by all of Muslim countries to counter USSR in general and India in particular. Now they have turned the guns the other way and we are in trouble.
Rana Husssain Koshal Mar 31, 2013 04:44pm
By far the best story of the year so far.
Robert Patterson Mar 31, 2013 04:52pm
well religion of pakistan also came from arabia
Atherr Mar 31, 2013 05:32pm
These people were created by ZIA not Musharraf, had it not been Musharraf's operation, they would have gained control of your nukes too.
hyderphd74 Mar 31, 2013 05:34pm
Because there is no other side !! We have got to get rid of Talibans and get rid quickly. There are no ifs and buts. If we want to save Pakistan and our nation, this is the ONLY way. Drive all Afghans back to Afghanistan. They have no place nor right to stay in Pakistan. Go back and Karzai will deal with you, Afghans, the destroyers of Pakistan.
SBB Mar 31, 2013 05:49pm
Amazing that areas that were previously dominated by Sindhis and low caste Hindus are now places where even the police can't go to. They killed off the locals and now will kill those who killed the locals. Sad story, but I hope they get the strength to fight the terrorists, wherever they are, and whoever they are. Pakistan needs more Parveen Rahmans.
PM Mar 31, 2013 05:56pm
Now It is time for another Lal Masjid operation by Pak army to flush out and remove TTP terrorists from this city before the cancer spreads to whole of Karachi
State of Pakistan Mar 31, 2013 06:05pm
How long will Pakistanis keep blaming Arabs/Americans. When will personal responsibility and accountability come in to play? Everything is blamed on others! Are you that hopeless/sad/insignificant that you can not defend yourself? Sad Sad state of the Pakistani public. Stand up for what you believe in or just lay down and let them walk all over you. Then just blame everybody else but yourself.
Beg Mar 31, 2013 06:10pm
Agree with you adeel. The much a do is due to the fact that the political parties bhatta has been reduced by taliban. People in karachi have no good effect, they were paying bhatta to political parties now they are also paying to taliban
Beg Mar 31, 2013 06:23pm
True janan. The political parties don't want to share bhatta with taliban. It is political parties livelihood which is now partly taken away from them by taliban. If we really love karachi and Pakistan we should have clean up operation across board irrespective of political parties or taliban
Kris Mar 31, 2013 06:27pm
Arabs subsidize Oil and give them money....for what reason. Find the reason and then talk. TTP has various ways of getting money out and so is the police. It's the politicians that have not guts to open their pie hole.
Akram Mar 31, 2013 07:01pm
the way to deal with this is to learn lessons from other nations who have had similar problems in the past. I would suggest Pakistan needs a Elliot Ness type figure at the FIA level. To pursue mercilessly the people at the top and the mafias on the ground in a joined up manner. the local police are neither motivated or trained or have the proper resources to be able to deal with these mafias. Breaking their stranglehold is possible, what is needed is political will, resources and unity to consisently pursue them without politicians pulling the investigators this way or that. Freeing the FIA from political influence will be a start.
zzzz Mar 31, 2013 07:21pm
Nice! stop Islamabad!
Ansar Mar 31, 2013 07:45pm
Metallica first album is called "kill 'em all" . It is time that we kill these ttp like we swat a bug.
KHAN Mar 31, 2013 08:11pm
please dont insult tiger
Mustafa Mar 31, 2013 08:16pm
The only solution to save Pakistan and its future generation is (1) postpone election (2) let the country be ruled by military generals until all militants and terrorists are captured or killed (3) the military have full powers without due course of law to clean Pakistan from militants and terrorists outfits (4) After the militants and terrorists are eliminated, then restore democracy, have election and let the elected government rule Pakistan and let military go back to their bartaks. Ya Allah, you have all the powers at your command. Please perform a miracle by guiding Pakistanis to make the right decision. Aa-Meen Ya Rabul Alameen.
Cyrus Howell Mar 31, 2013 08:44pm
High praise indeed.
Cyrus Howell Mar 31, 2013 08:49pm
If Qari Bilal was falsely accused by law-enforcement agencies, then the police are taking pay offs from the land mafia and working with them.
Khawar Khyam Mar 31, 2013 08:51pm
This is one side of the story. What about the other half?. Please speak the truth. This half is full of illiterate people. Other half is educated and equally deadly.
bharat Mar 31, 2013 09:33pm
a long time ago you set a culture in place 'Violence was okay, as long as it met some political ends.' Now that culture has been set in concrete. Moreover this culture has no success in meeting any political ends, nor any possibility of changing it's nature
BEA Mar 31, 2013 09:50pm
Round up all the Taliban and shoot the murdering scum, if they are willing ti kill innocent people young and old why should they not get the same justice.its about time Pakistan Gov got rid of this parasite that is eating Pakistan from its roots.
Waqas Raza Mar 31, 2013 10:00pm
From reading the article above I understand that the names of the political parties mentioned along with the new player in town ie. Taliban have all made life miserable for the residents of the city. The government that ruled our country for five years was too busy corrupting the system and it is because of the social injustices they helped propagate that the system has completely broken down now.
Silajit Mar 31, 2013 10:37pm
This is where the ISI needs to conduct targeted killings, not in Balochistan. Another data point to remember that the enemy of your enemy is not always your friend.
AHA Mar 31, 2013 10:38pm
So true. The present day ANP is a disgrace to Bachha Khan - one of the great sons this soil has produced.
Chandio Mar 31, 2013 11:34pm
Younus Mar 31, 2013 11:36pm
I think you should read one more time and if you have still have doubt take a short ride.
Tanvir Apr 01, 2013 12:59am
All Pakistani citizens, regardless of their race, religion or sect, should have the right to settle in any city or town. However if any one of them maakes a mischief or breaks the law, all should be treated equally. So what Pathans or Talibans are living in Karachi? Aren't Muhajirs and Panjabis living in Peshwar and Quett? What matters is their behviour; not their race.
Ayub Apr 01, 2013 02:59am
I think it is one sided analysis of Karachi situation. The writer is biased and has targeted only one ethnic group while sparing the others who are equally responsible for current state of affairs in Karachi. Would the writer honestly search into his own soul please.
Javed Apr 01, 2013 03:41am
Any Pakistani with a connection to the Pak govt, army, police and in a position of authority where they could make a difference should be ashamed of themselves if they don't take action after reading this article. You have names, locations, addresses of the scum that are terrorizing something....or you are just as guilty as they are.
raza aly Apr 01, 2013 04:00am
I was born in Pakistan but I live abroad. I strongly suggest that our government should get rid of these evil monsters, i.e. TPP before they take over; like cancer they will keep metastasizing and should be surgically removed.
Mustafa Apr 01, 2013 05:00am
Well-said Raza Aly. These vicious animal are danger to Pakistanis, its future generations and the world at large. They should be hunted down from every city, every town, every village, every tribe and every cave, It is difficult job but there is no alternative. Pakistan must be cleaned from these enemies of humanity the killers of man-kind at all costs.
Mike ghaous Apr 01, 2013 05:30am
hats off to the 2 reporters who did the story with real info. Now it is time for interim govt & Army to do something about it otherwise we may see a SWAT type scenario in Karachi soon.
atis Apr 01, 2013 06:36am
Unless Pakistan government banishes the control of Islam from its constitution by first removing blashphemy law,it can not have any peace from these criminals under the garb of religion.
Uzair Apr 01, 2013 07:31am
We need to call Batman urgently!! Thumbs up for the brave writers.
Shair Khan Apr 01, 2013 08:33am
It is very disappointing that PPP, PML-N and PTI the current three political parties do not come out and say these people are anti-Pakistan and what they are doing is against the teaching of Islam. Either they are silent supporters of Taliban or they are afraid to speak up. What kind of leaders are these who are afraid to speak the truth? There should be no if and but on these kind of killings.
muhammad Apr 01, 2013 08:37am
Mr. Tanvir I do not know why people like you equate Pathans with terrorists Pathans have been living in Karachi since 1947 and they are very harding working people as regards, TALIBAN they happened to be Pathans but that's not mean that all Pathans are terrorists however few people who have some sympathy for TALIBANS are always try to confuse the masses whenever anybody pointed out towards TALIBANS they try to confuse this matter by labelling the accuser that he is against the Pathans
muhammad Apr 01, 2013 08:43am
Dear Silajit Please remember TALIBAN have killed more innocent people in Pakistan than anywhere else in the world. Moreover TALIBANS are the enemies of humanity they are simple a curse for human race they are not friend of any human being let alone the question of religion, cast and creed
Syed Imran Ali Apr 01, 2013 08:58am
Only MQM and ANP speak about them.....
Abdur Razzaque Apr 01, 2013 10:03am
"United we stand,Divided we fall'. Everybody has rights to walk in our society. They are our own ones. and they were created and formed for an important purpose. Their ideology is based on the tradition of our own ones. Whatever they were taught and trained in the past are eager to materialize that dream. There is no doubt on it!
Naved Apr 01, 2013 10:19am
Who is objecting on settling of pathans in Karachi? This article is about settling of TTP and other sectarian elements in Karachi. Please come forward to demand the law enforcing agencies to take action against these people instead of deverting the subject to some where else. Secondly, if so many people are coming to settle in Karachi than government should make arrange additional funds to take care of the city properly, generate employment & make sure to maintain law and order situation.
Raj Apr 01, 2013 10:22am
"Afghans, the destroyers of Pakistan". A small correction, You guys taught them how to destroy their home, their culture and basically every thing that defines a sovereign nation. They have perfected that art and are now teaching Pakistan how to do it perfectly the first time itself... Now you can sit back and enjoy the "Strategic Depth" you guys created... Enjooyyy...
Shamim Apr 01, 2013 10:56am
After Karachi they will reach Lahore easily.
Peace Apr 01, 2013 11:08am
Welcome to the fall out of strategical depth, which our security establishment, mostly military, has given to this land of pures. Well, its do or don't, or, live or die time for our country. Wake up nation before our next generation open their eye and find them in Taliban siege, like Afghanistan.
Ahmed j Apr 01, 2013 11:12am
Fahim Zaman and Naziha Syed Ali, the picture on top says the motive of your writing. Is the photo from Karachi as well? This speaks your mind.
AHA Apr 01, 2013 11:18am
Ever wondered why Allah has never answered our prayers. As the oft-repeated joke goes, you need to first buy the lottery ticket to win the lottery.
khalidgandhi Apr 01, 2013 12:08pm
a well researched article ...though does not give any solution
John Apr 01, 2013 02:00pm
Those who hate others start hating themselves one day.
muhammad Apr 01, 2013 02:23pm
Dear Azzy Then according to your philosophy Shia population should pick up the arms and start killing innocent people as they are the most targeted community in Pakistan
muhammad Apr 01, 2013 02:28pm
well said
muhammad Apr 01, 2013 02:34pm
Mr. Younus, They would not accept the realities until one day they will also be killed by the TALIBAN they are not GOOD MUSLIMS as they can read and write espacialy english
hyderphd74 Apr 01, 2013 02:35pm
You are completely wrong, Sir.
Shahid Apr 01, 2013 03:20pm
Fahim Zaman and his team did a commendable job in developing this story and put some actual facts and names to what has been quietly talked about for several years. It also adds a perspective to the shameless killing of Parveen Rehman and points out the holes in the police system that make them ineffective. One cannot but emphatize with the police official who tried to perform his duty, but in the end only got humiliated and insulted. This story also reflects the sad inaction of the concerned authorities as illegals and criminals set-up roots in the city. One wonders why the "cordoned off and search" operations are not conducted in the identified areas and only being directed at petty criminals? The neighhood residents also need to rise up and identify the issues with whatever means they have, through their local bodies, the media or the local admisntrtion, to protrct their homes and families. That would be a fitting tribute tio the memory of Parveen Rehman. By not doing anything and just being quietly resigned doesn't help, it will only worsens and exacerbates the problem
Angel Apr 01, 2013 04:37pm
demolishing a mosque in pakistan? are u kidding me!!! it will be called blasphemy and the authorities who order and their families will be killed freely!!! its the people who should think what's better for their children.
akki Apr 01, 2013 04:59pm
all this is american conspiracy
Silajit Apr 01, 2013 05:11pm
And yet there is a push to install them in power in Afghanistan?
Aqeel Apr 01, 2013 05:28pm
Actually those who hate themselves are the ones hwo hate others....
Yawar Apr 01, 2013 07:51pm
The only way to bring peace in Karachi is for the city to become a weapons-free city. The Army should conduct house-to-house weapons search raids, and subject anyone possessing a weapon to a court martial type proceeding with no room for bail or appeals. Those guilty should be locked away in a special Guantanamo Bay type facility for a minimum of two years. But unfortunately, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi supporters exist in our government in very high positions. They will do whatever they can to keep their bretheren from getting caught.
hassan Apr 01, 2013 07:53pm
The above story says it all. if the government along with the law enforcement agencies even still dont feel the need to round up these miscreant elements, then i guess they never will.