Interesting Times: Taliban Threaten to Attack MQM in Karachi! Shri. Altaf Hussain and his band of party wanksters have interested me ever since he said the partition of Independent India was a mistake. On the other hand, the Taliban are starting to interest me now that they have pledged open support for the BLA and the freedom fighters of Sindhodesh. There's a storm coming. And it's heading south to the port city. -x-x-x-x-x- Pakistani Taliban threaten to target MQM Press Trust of India l Reporting from Islamabad, November 02, 2012, 22:55 PST The Pakistan Taliban today threatened to launch attacks on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the largest political party in Karachi, to "free the oppressed people of the city from the hold of the tyrants". The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has announced its decision â€œto liberate Karachiâ€ from the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), adding that â€œevery step would be taken against them.â€ In a statement issued on Friday, TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the decision has been taken to set the people of Karachi free from the clutches of â€œthese persecutorsâ€. Furthermore, Ehsan called on the leaders of all nationalist parties, including the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and Sindh Liberation Army, to struggle for their rights in â€œan Islamic wayâ€. The MQM has been a vocal critic of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and had organised a huge rally last month to condemn the Taliban attack on 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai in Swat valley. MQM leaders also claimed that Taliban have sneaked into Karachi, its stronghold, and were involved in terrorist and criminal acts. "We have decided to deal with the brutal, apostate MQM, which has occupied Karachi. We will show no mercy on the group," Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said in his statement. "We have taken the decision to free the oppressed people of Karachi from the hold of the tyrants. We are with every oppressed people," he said. The Pakistani Taliban spokesman also announced opposition to the upcoming parliamentary elections. Earlier, MQM had announced that it would hold a referendum throughout Pakistan, urging people to vote on whether they want to live in a Pakistan run by the Taliban, or the one envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam. â€œWe want a Pakistan that does not discriminate based on religion but one envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam. The referendum will go ahead next week,â€ said MQM leader Faisal Subzwari. The TTP's statement said: â€œIslam protects everyoneâ€™s right and you (nationalist parties) are passing through dark ages of oppression and this shackle of suppression has to be broken down". The spokesman also called out to Pakistan's judges to work for an Islamic system. Pakistani Taliban threaten to target MQM | Business Standard Pakistani Taliban threaten to target MQM | DAWN.COM Warning: Taliban threaten action against MQM â€“ The Express Tribune Taliban threaten to target MQM | The Nation -x-x-x-x- "The idea of Pakistan was dead at its inception, when the majority of Muslims chose to stay back after partition, a truism reiterated itself in the creation of Bangladesh in 1971." - Altaf Hussain Some key points for discussion: - the impact of this, and any subsequent action, on Pakistani politics, economics and society - the impact on India's interests in the region, including its own security - the impact on radicalization in the region and the global war on terrorism - the impact on third party state interests, including on US supply lines running through the region.