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The Taliban-Karachi connection

December 5, 2009

Shakespeare’s Queen Margaret told the Duchess of York, “From forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept a hell-hound that doth hunt us all to death,” referring to Richard III.

The same could be said by America today to Pakistan about the Taliban.

In a new interview by Reuters with the mayor of Karachi, Pakistan, Syed Mustafa Kamal calls Karachi the “revenue engine” for the Taliban.  Karachi is a hotbed for ransomings and drug trafficking.  I’ll quote a brief passage here, but you really should check out the whole article for yourself:

KARACHI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s biggest city and commercial hub of Karachi is the revenue engine of the Taliban who pose a threat to the U.S. military operation in Afghanistan from city no-go areas, Karachi’s mayor said on Wednesday.

The city of 18 million people generates 68 percent of the government revenue and 25 percent of Pakistan’s gross domestic product but it is vulnerable to both militant attacks and political violence, said mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal.

“As Karachi is the revenue engine for Pakistan, it’s the same revenue engine for the Taliban,” Kamal told Reuters in an interview in his office.