PESHAWAR: There are no Taliban present in Karachi and political parties, under the pretext of Taliban presence, want to achieve political advantage against their rivals, said Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference at the party’s central secretariat, Sherpao said that previously the Awami National Party (ANP) gave the impression that Taliban were present in the city and now the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is using the same narrative.
He maintained that political parties are using this false excuse to initiate military operations aiming to get political benefits.
Sherpao said if such operations are conducted, Pashtun population will be at the receiving end.
MQM refutes Sherpao’s claim
Senior members of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee Mustafa Azizabadi, Muhammad Ashfaq and Qasim Ali Raza denounced Sherpao’s statement.
In a joint statement, the members said that Sherpao was trying to mislead the people of Pakistan and that the world knew who is behind the attacks on defence installations, violence, bloodshed and kidnappings cases in Karachi.
Referring to today’s suicide blast at the Rangers Headquarters in Karachi, they questioned who carried out the attack if Taliban were not involved in it.
They further asked if it should be assumed that all the murderous attacks on Sherpao were self-arranged in order to get cheap publicity and deceive the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
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Sher Pao Your statement about Taliban's Presence in KHI is such illogical. The Wold says now that Taliban of Swat moved KHI when Army was doing operation there. And and and .... the NorthNazimabad Suicidal blast TTP accept the responsibilty. so What do you say !!!
ager taliban nahi kar rahy hai to phir ap karva rhay ho gay yeh sub .. ya ap ka group active hoga every one is saying and taliban excepting but you are not agreed why .. what is the logic behind.. the statement.. taliban is now in karachi after travel in whole pakistan
I think your statements are just for preparations of upcoming Elections .and it’s a way to give message to Talibans that please let me live , let me elect …. Pls you do your work and let me do my work ….
This is ridiculous reason and racist too. Be fair in your opinion and say clearly that “you love taliban
Mr sherpao dont affriad every one have to go upstairs dont worry if you support them then defenitly you will affriad if you not then come forward to safe Pakistan
If there are Taliban in Karachi then why steps are not taken against them? Instead of criticizing Sherpao, ask the govt to reveal the. If you he is wrong them you guys should provide some proofs instead of abusing with words like "Stupid". Useless comments given here by many readers. You guys just criticize, do not have positive sense. Karachi is being pushed into misery this time too. May everybody stay blessed! Ameen.
Aftab Sherpao is confused, like many others, on the taliban issue. Politically his party is in disarray as many of his workers are joining other parties, especially ANP. So much so that he took an ideological u-turn and changed his party name, flag, manifesto focussing now on pakhtun neo-nationalism. His statement is confusing and clearly aimed at getting cheap popularity because at least he shouldnt have any doubt about taliban as he has a role in their creation (when he as interior minister partnered with dictator in lal masjid that triggered suicide attacks, killing thousands) and also the victim of terrorists. So these confused statements are actually the desperate attepts to gain prominance by a politician losing in prominence.
Knock.. Knock.... any one there ? when MQM and Altaf Hussain from a long time pointing towards increasing activities of Talibans in Karachi and Sindh Pakistan then are you all sleeping at that time ? why you all are going to support Talibans they paid you ? or you from Taliban .. what the Talibans did they except it on electronic and print media i think you missed that busy in dealing of business Mr Sherpao Shaib .. wake up now or never...
By refusing presence of Taliban in Karachi Aftab Sherpao is trying to misguide Nation
Aftab Sherpao Has Tried To Delude The Nation By Saying That Taliban Are Not Present In Karachi http://t.co/LYrI13Vd
Taliban claim responsibility of Rangers HQ blast in Karachi http://t.co/bpa0Kjgu TTP
Taliban claim responsibility for suicide attack on Rangers in Karachi. http://t.co/hU4pwxSY wont any other prove sherpaoo sahab
ET can i please swear at this guy
TTP accepted responsibility for the suicide attack on Rangers HQ in Karachi Lier MR SHERPAO
MR SHER PAOO first clear about ur self r u 1 paooo or 1.5 paooo lol
Pakistan Taliban claim responsibility for bomb strike on #Karachi sec force station. These are Imran Khan's heroes? http://t.co/391WL8mw
YES Aftab Sherpao has tried to delude the nation by saying that Taliban are not present in Karach
Taliban do suicide attacks nd kill our forces and ppl in Karachi but Sherpao and many others say No Taliban in Karachi. is this a Circus ?
Aftab Sherpao Has Tried To Delude The Nation By Saying That Taliban Are Not Present In Karachi
Advocates of Taliban,Imran khan and Aftab Sherpao approved Swat operation against TTP http://t.co/se9ReDVC
U R WRONG MR SHERAO TALIBAN TOO MUCH ACTIVE IN KARACHI
It is in everyones benefit especially Pashthons in Karachi if Taliban's are seperated and punished.
sher pao gone maid ohh sorry I think he didnt wanna die through sucide attacker thats why he will favour taliban
And Mr Sherpao lives on the moon.........
@Asif Ali khan: What are Pakhtuns doing in karachi .they should be going to Kabul,not karachi.
Majority of the target killings in pakistan are done by political workers from MQM, ANP, and PPP. There is tussle for power and control of karachi and its land between them as can be gauged from here http://www.thenewstribe.com/2012/10/20/political-activists-among-11-killed-in-karachi/
The blast today could have been done by taliban but the question to ask is why now? Is it because muharram is around the corner? If the govt has any common sense, then it should allow majalis inside imam barghas only and ban outside processions because processions are very easy to target like what happened in 2009 at a muharram procession in karachi. A procession is not more important than the precious lives of many humans. Lets use common sense.
The Federal govt is soon going to ask Kayani to launch operations in Karachi against Taliban but military would first ask the 21 million people to leave the city like in SW and if somehow that is also achieved, the military will march into Karachi with troops, tanks, artillery guns and claim an emphatic victory over Taliban who had already left the city along with the people. The military would then proudly ask the people to come back to the half ruined city cleared of all militants but Taliban too would return along with the people continuing its activities more vigorously than before, a repetition of so called successful operations in SW.
Aftab khan sherpao is 100 percent right that there are no Taliban in Karachi.The ground realitiy is that all ruling alliance parties in Sindh prvincial & federal govt have militants gangs & mafias who are killing each other.It a battle for political power of Karachi between PPP & MQM.The miserable & poor Pukhtuns are killed & being used by their leaders against personal selfish interests.
@Ch. Allah Daad: Ch Sahib, you really cracked me up. Loved your comment! Regards, Mirza
Any guesses where one can buy 150Kgs of explosives.
yes there are no taliban , the rangers have started commiting suicide themselves by driving trucks full of explosives into their headquarters. Stupid man just because your government couldnt find [email protected]*t even in a toilet doesnt mean it doesnt exist
Sherpao is also looking for general pardon from Talibans for what he supported anti Taliban as CM in Musharraffs tenure, as recently ANPs leader Bilour announced bounty for maker of anti islam movie and got pardoned by the justice of talibans, a man should stand for whaat he supported once.
@Pessimist: Can Mr Sherpao get his friends to deny the following see link below
@Dr Asif: yeah thats why he ran away to Britain so long ago.
@khan: This is ridiculous reason and racist too. Be fair in your opinion and say clearly that "you love taliban"
@salman: get ur facts correct PTI or PMLN have never said that taliban dont exist in karachi.
@mak: They aren't strong. It's more like an insect infestation.
To the (B....Bleep) Taliban(s) and their Well wishers,Sympathizers & their Excuse propelling Rationalists & (M....Bleep).
Ooh my how ignorant he can be it's a shame
Mr sherpao U urself have faced Taliban attacks but why you are trying to give cover and sympathy to terrorists . At one day you gave statement to persuade these terrorists at negotiating table while the other day from miles alway U declar that taliban are no where in burning city of Karachi. Do you forgot attacks on scuidal attacks in Karachi attacks on shrine , on public places etc ?? I think your statements are just for preparations of upcoming Elections .and it's a way to give message to Talibans that please let me live , let me elect .... Pls you do your work and let me do my work .... OR behind close doors U have dealt with them .......And pls arrange one other press conference you must know which agency of political party is behind today's Karachi attack ?????
@ Dr Asif , they are actually allies hiding in their little closet
MQM and Altaf Hussain from a long time pointing towards increasing activities of Talibans in Karachi and Sindh but noone took it seriously, but now the news is confirmed and if the Top Leadership is moving in karachi, it is all under the patronage of People who are running the security apparatus and with the help of Religious and Sectarian outfits including Jamat e Islami.
Al JAzeera TV exposed the strong Taliban network in Karachi which is using Karachi for financing their war in FATA and NWFP. Taliban Presence in Karachi who are not doing measure terrorists activites in Karachi just because they are financing their war from Karachi but soon they will lauch measure assalt in Karachi and the people denying Taliban presence in karachi like Jamat e Islami, PTI, Peoples party and speacially ANP will be responsible for the deaths of innocent peple of Karachi.
Shutup Sherpao, you are the guy who brought Talibans to Karachi.
How many times Sherpao be in Karachi or does his party has any presence in the city about which he is talking ? Sherpao jee please start reading newspapers and watching TV you will come to know about many facts
Its actually become fashion to contradict anything that MQM says, height of discrimination
The first such warning on Talibanisation of Karachi was given by Altaf Husain of MQM more than 3 yrs ago,then all had a laugh....
The day we realise that Talibans are not people but in fact a state of mind and an ideology, is the day we'll solve half the Taliban problem.
Yes, he is right. The last one killed himself today in sucide attack.
The statement of the Supreme Court in the light of intelligence reports that there are over 7,000 Taliban present in Karachi means nothing to Sherpao. Nor does the fact that several senior commanders of Taliban have been arrested in Karachi. Or the fact the TTP has accepted responsibility for most the attacks that have taken place in Karachi. It is very clear that sitting in Peshawar Mr Sherpao is not aware of the ground realities in Karachi and he should refrain from giving such irresponsible statements. Now the real question is that "is he really that ignorant or is he towing the Taliban agenda?"
HAHA, is he kidding me !
No Taliban present in Karachi, says Sherpao There are no Romans in Rome either...
Another sympathiser of military's proxies.
@RKM: i think the is due to MQM,PPP mostly and ANP. mr Sherpao said rightly. supreme court has already been said that political parties are responsible for the situation in karachi.
He is right, No Talibans are in Karachi. They are angels who are hidden from the eyes of security forces and Azaad judiciary.
@nadeem! He was attacked by taliban a few years ago! And before 10years who killed people in khi? Pistol mafia? Th3y are jeans pants wearing bhayas!
Aftab Sherpao gone made and I think he needs mental treatment. because after few days he can deny the presence of Taliban in KPK. not only this he may deny his family too.
Hahahaha ... What a joke and this isnt even April 1st.
We request the family members of Aftab Sherpao to urgently take him to the nearest mental centre for complete checkup. Sometimes it is best to keep silent as it stops words just falling from one's mouth.
There is been a sucide attack in Karachi on rangers HQ , its a paramiltary force. Parties like sherpao , PTI , PML have nothing but denial for all claims made by our local political parties let be MQM , ANP or PPP.
These right wingers will realise when Taliban / TTP attack them. Few years back shahbaz sharif pleaded mercy when Lahore was under attack .. Karachi or the people of karachi will not plead mercy to barbaric killers , We will help our law enforcement and hunt every single one of these talibans, Taliban know their fate in karachi.
This is a biggest stupid statement of the year. and this statement shows the mental condition of the Aftab Sherpao.
He, actuallym wants ammunity from them
Sherpao's statement is rubbish. He needs a reality check and come to senses. Such a statement only proves his inability to think and his strong support to Taliban. Needs a mental check-up and that too urgently.
This statement of Aftab Sher Pao is largest stupid and rubbish statement of the Year. and this statement shows the mental condition of this stupid man.
What a farce! Either he is so ignorant or supporter of Taliban as he stupidly forgot that so many Talbian leaders have been arrested reportedly from Karachi. Several suicide bomb blasts have been conducted and claimed by Taliban. The Supreme Court has not only acknowledged but ordered action against the presence of Taliban in the city.The Taliban themselves are claiming their presence in the city and yet Mr Sherpao felt it necessary being a Taliban die-hard supporter to make a fool of himself and deny their presence in Karachi. He has totally lost it and needs to leave politics and do something else.
Certainly, the great politicians always makes a great talk.
Sherpao: There is no Taliban in Khi. Reporter: How do you know? Sherpao: Because I asked them and they kindly said no. Reporter: What about today's blast? The Taliban claimed responsibilty! Sherpao: It wasn't them. It was the RAW/RIA/Mossad/Ronald McDonald axis of evil...
I wonder how strong are Taliban; US, Allied Forces, Pak Armed forces, FC, Rangers, Police etc. etc. cant defeat them. Either they are strong or being kept alive by these forces themselves.
They do not enter with your permission any where . There may be no Taliban in Karachi but threir mentality is very much there to support them and hence operation is very much required to save the life of innocent people .
I guess he knows better - with him sitting miles away from Karachi and his party non-existent in the city.
I guess he is a non-visionary politician. What happened today in Nazimabad, its responsibility was taken by Taliban. Taliban are roaming around carrying explosives weighing 150kg in the city and he says no Taliban present in Karachi. When they'll exter his one of so many houses, then only he'll realise?
If he claims there arent any taliban present then who does he think the military operation would be against?