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Police chief a tough referee in Pakistani militant’s home town

RAHIM YAR KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – Sohail Zafar Chattha set the tone for his tenure as police chief in a corner of rural Pakistan by launching Operation Clean Up, an audacious assault on river bandits featuring a home-made floating bunker he nicknamed “The Shark”.

Eighteen months on, the no-nonsense officer faces a tougher test: keeping the peace in the home town of Malik Ishaq, a founder of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), the urban guerrilla force targeting the country’s Shi’ite Muslim sect.

Mar 6, 2013

Insight: Police chief a tough referee in Pakistani militant’s home town

RAHIM YAR KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – Sohail Zafar Chattha set the tone for his tenure as police chief in a corner of rural Pakistan by launching Operation Clean Up, an audacious assault on river bandits featuring a home-made floating bunker he nicknamed “The Shark”.

Eighteen months on, the no-nonsense officer faces a tougher test: keeping the peace in the home town of Malik Ishaq, a founder of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), the urban guerrilla force targeting the country’s Shi’ite Muslim sect.

Mar 6, 2013
Mar 2, 2013
Feb 24, 2013

Insight: Spiral of Karachi killings widens Pakistan’s sectarian divide

KARACHI (Reuters) – When Aurangzeb Farooqi survived an attempt on his life that left six of his bodyguards dead and a six-inch bullet wound in his thigh, the Pakistani cleric lost little time in turning the narrow escape to his advantage.

Recovering in hospital after the ambush on his convoy in Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial capital, the radical Sunni Muslim ideologue was composed enough to exhort his followers to close ranks against the city’s Shi’ites.

Feb 16, 2013

Pakistan party vows to quit ruling coalition as polls loom

KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) threatened to quit the ruling coalition on Saturday, piling fresh pressure on President Asif Ali Zardari ahead of elections due this spring.

The MQM, which dominates the commercial capital Karachi, said it would leave the coalition to protest against the authorities’ decision to drop charges against a group of murder suspects accused of links to Zardari’s ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Jan 17, 2013

Firebrand cleric raises fear of “soft coup” in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – To Pakistan’s ruling party, a firebrand cleric camped outside parliament with thousands of protesters is looking more and more like the harbinger of their worst fear: a plan by the military to engineer a “soft coup”.

In their eyes, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri seems like the perfect candidate for such a mission. A practiced orator who has electrified crowds with his anti-corruption rhetoric, the doctor of Islamic law leapt into action to back the last power grab by the army in 1999.