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Published Date: Jun 19, 2014

Taliban control 25pc of Karachi, says MQM leader

Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, Farooq Sattar, on Monday
claimed that Taliban control 25 per cent of Karachi and warned that, if
immediate steps are not taken, the commercial hub of the country could
slip into a bigger crisis.

"Taliban are running a state within the state," the MQM parliamentary leader said.

Sattar was speaking at a seminar on negotiations with Taliban and
operation Zarbe Azb. The seminar was organised by Sustainable
Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

The MQM parliamentary leader further stated that militants and their
sympathisers had made transactions of around Rs1.25 billion in various
banks of Karachi, but the state was not paying any heed to this
important issue.

Sattar said that the whole nation is standing by the troops waging war against Taliban in North Waziristan.

If steps are not taken the commercial hub can slip into a bigger crisis

"We require a national counterterrorism policy and coordination among the agencies and community," he said.

ANP Senator Afrasiab Khattak, while hailing government’s decision of
launching a military operation, said the government should take care of
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and they should be accommodated in
settled areas and provided high level of security.

Taliban had agreed that they would not provide shelters to foreign
militants, but they (Taliban) violated the agreement," Khattak said.