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One third of Karachi being ‘ruled’ by Taliban: Altaf Hussain

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has claimed that many areas of Karachi are being ‘ruled’ by Taliban and they have their courts and justice system in those areas, ARY News reported.

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In an interview with Newsweek Pakistan magazine, Altaf Hussain said that he has been claiming it for years that Taliban have taken control of one third of Karachi and have been ruling there with their own judicial system and courts issuing penalties on daily basis.

He maintained that people of Karachi were not amazed at the June 8th airport attack as they knew that Taliban have gradually strengthened their hold on the city and are using slums as their hiding places adding that most of extortion and kidnapping for ransom calls are being received from these areas.

MQM chief claimed that Taliban not only forcibly occupied many lands in the city but are controlling the exit and entry routes of the city.

Lamenting on the issue, Hussain said that IDPs from North Waziristan shall be screened strictly besides stressing that government should reclaim its writ in areas occupied by Taliban in Karachi.

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One third of Karachi being ‘ruled’ by Taliban: Altaf Hussain

by Anees Hanif