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    TTP trying to re-establish financial network in Karachi for renewed strikes
    Imtiaz AliUpdated July 30, 2017
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    KARACHI: While security officials claimed that they have eliminated the strongholds and infrastructure of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Karachi, they are apprehensive about reports that the banned outfit was attempting to re-establish its financial network in the city in a bid to increase its capability to launch terrorist attacks.

    The officials also claimed that although the capability of banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi had ‘almost’ been wiped out in Karachi, its activities were increasing particularly in upper Sindh with the help of “Afghans” and financial support from the militant Islamic State group.

    They added that the IS did not have a “formal structure” anywhere in the country but there were reports it was operating in some parts of Sindh with the help of sectarian outfits and it reportedly attracted “educated militants” of Karachi.

    The LJ militants who escaped from prison may target PSP, MQM workers in Karachi

    The security officials assessed that the recent emergence of Ansarul Sharia Pakistan in Karachi — the outfit which was involved in a number of attacks targeting a former army official and several policemen — posed a serious threats to law enforcers.

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    In a recent analysis of threat perceptions in Sindh, the Counter-Terrorism Department assessed that the TTP’s infrastructure and capability had been severely eroded due to both Operation Zarb-i-Azb and the Karachi operation.

    “They have largely been eradicated from the localities that were formerly under their control, such as Kunwari Colony and parts of Sohrab Goth,” the analysis said.

    New TTP Karachi ‘emir’
    But the CTD apprehended that by appointing Dawood Khan, a former police constable from the Quaidabad police station as their emir, or local chief, they indicated that Karachi remained a key battleground for them.

    “The TTP was most likely to focus on re-establishing their financial support networks in Karachi and rebuilding the capability to launch large-scale attacks on public places or security forces,” feared the CTD.

    The CTD claimed that LJ’s largest faction, the Naeem Bukhari group, had been almost completely eliminated in the provincial capital.

    “While their ability to conduct large attacks has been mitigated, LJ retains a large support network and cadres in Karachi, who are most likely to either merge with other groups, such as IS, or create independent splinter cells to conduct targeted killings,” warned the CTD.

    Regarding other parts of Sindh, the security officials apprehended that LJ was increasingly active there, operating largely through a network of veterans of Afghan training camps and their families, such as the Hafeez Brohi network.

    “The ability, especially of Brohis, to move freely across the Sindh-Balochistan border means they can transport explosive materials and suicide bombers without hindrance.”

    Citing intelligence reports that these sectarian outfits were “now receiving financial support from IS”, the CTD warned that if these groups joined hands then their capability was likely to be further enhanced, and an escalation in attacks in upper Sindh could be feared.

    “They are likely to continue to target Shia community, Sufi shrines, and local political notables.”

    The CTD also warned that such outfits might carry out attacks on venues like Garhi Khuda Bakhsh Bhutto.

    Pointing out the recent escape of two high-profile LJ militants from the Karachi Central Prison, the CTD assessed that there was a possibility that the escaped militants might attempt to form a new cell to start targeted killings of Shias and workers of the Pak Sarzameen Party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement and other political parties.

    IS operating through banned groups
    The CTD claimed that IS did not have a “formal command and control structure” in Sindh or other parts of Pakistan but it appeared that it had preferred to act through either the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami, with whom it had made a strategic alliance in Kandahar, or by co-opting local factions of LJ (such as the Hafeez Brohi network).

    Regarding its possible presence in Karachi, the CTD assumed that young hardliners were likely to be attracted to the militant outfit’s global image.

    “While these individuals will have lower capabilities than established terrorist groups, they will likely come from more educated backgrounds, and thus will be more innovative in planning terror attacks.”

    About Ansarul Sharia Pakistan, the CTD believed that ideologically it was a new and independent group that did not owe its allegiance to either Al Qaeda or IS.

    The group’s modus operandi was to go after “soft targets” affiliated with the security services.

    The police feared that this new outfit might target personnel of security forces, particularly ‘soft targets’ such as retired personnel and patrolling teams of police and Rangers.

    The CTD also claimed that there was compelling evidence that the banned Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) and “Sindhi sub-nationalist groups” were receiving support from “hostile foreign intelligence agencies”.

    “Their target pattern will focus on IED attacks on economic projects especially CPEC-related projects or other projects where Chinese nationals are involved,” it said.

    About the Altaf Hussain-led MQM, commonly known as MQM-London, the CTD report said: “If Altaf Hussain perceives that he is being squeezed out of political space, he may launch an escalation of attacks in Karachi, basically meant to remind the provincial and federal governments of his nuisance value and to undermine the claims of the government that the Karachi operation has restored peace to the city.

    “Attacks would be carried out by militants loyal to MQM-London and they are likely to target the media, police and law enforcement agencies and potentially plan assassinations of prominent social or political figures,” it added.

    Published in Dawn, July 30th, 2017
     
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    smuggling is also one of the reason to re-establish financial network

    an example: Zardari petrol Pump & Rao Anwar link with Petroleum and Diesel mafia in sindh.
    start your investigation from karachi area Gulistan-e-Johar & gulshan-e-maymar and malir development authority specially under Rao Anwar also investigate the dumping location of petroleum and Diesel between Sindh & Baluchistan. Port Qasim, PSO, and other petroleum resources should also be investigated.

    until you dont eradicate illegal smuggling you cant fully stop mafias and terrorists.

    recently Altaf Hussain 'congratulated target killers' for PSP men's murder. kill this b@st@rd.

    the only solution is NACTA should be fully
    implemented because security should be centralized it is a national problem not just provincial.

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    intelligence know each & every thing but always react on crucial time. it's time for political elites stay away from corruption or else be ready for your destruction, you are not superior then pakistan. choice is your's.
     
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    There are to much loopholes and no one wants to eradicate terrorism.
    It simply suits everyone in power corridors to make money and accumulate more power in name of security measures.
     
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    its time to turn operation to inner sindh and against these politician goons :guns:
     
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    jab tak ppp/mqm ka sindh me raj hai tab tak kuch b nahi ho sakta
     
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    Well that's obvious since its a big fuzzin city and financial hub.

    The political mafia have bred militants who take any guise be it sectarian or criminal mafia.

    Economic terrorism
     
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    as long as burhan wani is our hero we cannot understand what terrorism actually is, these are the people who join al-qaeda, ttp, tta, LJ or ISIS. watch isis in afghanistan documentary on youtube and you will know the truth. most of the isis in afghanistan is pakistani fighters either from ttp or kashmiri mujaheedin
     
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    you are mixing two entirely different movements. Kashmiri are fighting for their freedom as per the right given to them by United Nation resolutions and hence fully supported by the people of kashmir while TTP is a mixture of splinter criminal groups which are supported by intelligence agencies and not by the people of the land, have you see any political rally in favor of TTP? from where they are operating? and list goes on ....
     
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    Don't pay him much heed. He's probably a false flagger.
    On topic, if anyone thought that TTP was jut gonna go without a wimper here and there, they are in for a big surprise. Karachi was their main cash cow and their control over smuggling rackets and bhatta and a host of illegal ventures provided them easy money. Thankfully, those days are behind us when one couldn't even walk in TTP infested areas in Karachi. TTP remembers the good old days and will try to get whatever they can get their hands on. The only long term remedy we have against them is social justice and education of the masses. in the short run, we gotta be one step ahead of them and the IBOs are a great way to reduce them. The capability of the Police to take them on has also increased but constant vigilance is the way to go for now.
     
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    if kashmiris fight for their freedom that is understandable but everybody knows that most of the mujahideen are not kashmiris they are pakistanis brainwashed by molana masod azhar and hafiz saeed's organization, and these are the people who join ttp and isis afterwards when they dont find much adventure in jihad against india
    P.S i am not a RA&W agent
     
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    I agree. TTP and LeJ have many fighters who are Ex JUD and Jaesh
     
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    Need to start operation against PPP in sindh right now there is just so much black money being made in Karachi from PPP leaders, their families and friends thats its impossible to stop rot.

    Get rid of PPP and MQM and watch Karachi develop into one of the leading cities of the world just in 20 years.
     
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    MQM is almost over, Politically .. they might be saved by the Political goons like Pee Pee Pee or PMLN ..but if you follow up Karachi , MQM has resort to old tactics of Shoot and scoot , they are using Target killers to attack Police and random Business men to create a atmosphere of Fear, they want to tell people that they are still there to terrorize people but Rangers are kick their Arses on every front .. sooner or later MQM will be broken into pieces as it was destined to , unless Mushi takes over the command or Merge it into his Party ..but it will be a huge Political Gamble .

    as for TTP , they will hit the Areas like Mango pir, Kati Pahari and Afghan basti , predominant Pashtoon areas .. TTP will try to sell their old manjan of Muslims are been killed by Kaffir Punjabi Army, to the Pukhtoonistan loving Afghan bastards . Rangers are doing it job but Political Mafia is there to protect , and TTP and ISIS likes pests take advantages of such situations .
     
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    you did't answer this yet ... Kashmiris are fighting for the right of their self determination which is based upon UN resolutions... what mandate TTP has? if have no logical answer then dont evade the question
     
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    TTP is a terrorist organization and kashmiri mujahideen are terrorists as well, as long as they are pakistani proxy. when they will start to fight on their own with their own agenda then i will say that they are not terrorists they are freedom fighters
     
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