Taliban involved in ‘bhatta’ collection in Karachi, says Sindh CM

Malik warned the target killer­s,‘bhatta khors’ and the ‘perchi mafia’ of fierce action.

Our Correspondent August 07, 2012


A meeting at the Sindh chief minister’s residence on Monday was informed that certain militant groups, especially the Taliban were collecting extortion money or “bhatta” in Karachi.

The meeting was jointly chaired by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

Since the police had no facility to trace callers who are threatening citizens for extortion money, the federal government asked the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited to supply a Call Detail Record (CDR) to the respective IG police.

The meeting also decided that more areas of Karachi will be patrolled henceforth, including highways, to prevent extortion crimes.

It was claimed that the Taliban’s involvement in such crimes, particularly against the business community, has been witnessed. However, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said that with the concerted efforts of the police, Rangers, law enforcement agencies and the general public, the law and order situation had rapidly improved in the city.

Malik said that the objective of criminals was to destabilise Karachi. He warned the target killers, ‘bhatta khors’ and the ‘perchi mafia’ of fierce action if crimes were not curtailed.

The meeting was further informed that 133 ‘bhatta’ collectors had been arrested by the police and Rangers from January to August. Furthermore, over the last few months, 55 policemen and two rangers were martyred in action against criminals. It was also decided that paramilitary forces will take action against Taliban dens and other criminals while exercising zero tolerance.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2012.


Shaz | 11 years ago | Reply

Give powers to MQM or else they will continue this... even i m a urdu speaker but now i am sick of Muttahida -_- May Allah Bless Pakistan

Syed Shah | 11 years ago | Reply

ONe can only laugh at his claims. There is no change on the streets with respect to crimes. Every day every minute people are being looted in Karachi. The culprits get caught but their faces are hidden why? They are then let off. Show their faces as we see on Indian channels. They show faces of suspects and criminals when arrested coz that itself is a deterrent. Why dont they show their faces. They somehow want to protect identities so that people should not know who is doing it. Please show their faces on television and press whenever they are caught. Ths CM is going to improve the situation. Forget it. He has not donein five years now will he do? No way. But if he does that will be great for Karachi. We will garland him and weigh him in flowers.

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