Pakistan: Al-Qaeda-friendly militants operating in Karachi, warns top advisor

Karachi, 21 Nov. (AKI) - By Syed Saleem Shahzad - Various militant organisations are present in the southern port city of Karachi and may figure in the terror network's plans. This is what the the Government's top advisor for interior affairs, Rahman Malik, told Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday.

Rahman Malik briefed Zardari in a high profile meeting in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and the country's financial capital.

Several militant organisations especially the anti-Shia Lashkar-i-Jhangvi have regrouped in Karachi, according to Malik.

He said that militants are taking refuge in Karachi after fleeing from the anti-Taliban operations being carried out by the military in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan in northwest Pakistan.

Sindh province's home minister Zulfiqar Mirza has categorically denied Karachi is being 'Talibanised'. The claim was made by a coalition partner in the Sindh provincial government, the Muttehida Quami Movement (MQM).

Malik said however that everyone entering Karachi needs to be screened.

The city is home to 3,000 out of the country's 17,000 Islamic seminaries, Malik noted.


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