Islamabad —Talibanisation is fast spreading in Karachi and the militants' network is getting strengthened amid political mayhem and continued target killings.
According to sources and data collected by human rights organizations, more than 1,100 people have lost their lives since January 2011 in target killing incidents in Karachi.
Pakistan's Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, has repeatedly pointed out the existence of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Karachi. However, his alarms have been rejected by the opposition parties and coalition partners of the Pakistan People's Party except for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
MQM chief Altaf Hussain was the first to point out the increasing activities of the Taliban in the port city. However, the Pashtun nationalist party ANP always rejected the MQM's charges as propaganda against Pashtuns living in Karachi.
The recent arrest of the militant commander Fazal Mehsud, one of the close aides to Baitullah Mehsud and Maulvi Fazal Ahmed in Karachi, exposed the ongoing activities of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).