ISLAMABAD, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan Thursday told the parliament that nearly 250 terrorists have fled the port city of Karachi after the paramilitary troops launched operations and they have now entered the Waziristan tribal region.
The security forces have launched targeted operations against the terrorists, target killers, extortionists, kidnappers and criminal gangs in Karachi following sharp increase in terrorist activities, killings, kidnapping for ransom and crimes.
Paramilitary Rangers are leading the operation with the support of intelligence agencies and police and have arrested hundreds of suspects over the past few weeks.
The interior minister told the National Assembly that terrorists from Karachi have started moving to other places.
"Over 250 terrorists in small groups have entered North Waziristan since the targeted operation has been launched in Karachi," he told the Lower House of the parliament.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the terrorists in Karachi are on the run but they will find no place to hide and will be brought to justice.
Rights groups said that nearly 1,800 people have been killed in target attacks in the first six months of this year.
The minister said the toll of target killing in Karachi has substantially been reduced to lower part of single digit.
He said the Rangers have carried out 400 targeted actions in Karachi and have arrested a number of target killers and other suspects.
He also said the first phase of the operation is going to end soon but the second and third phases are crucial, adding the targeted operation will be further intensified in the second and third phases.
On the issue of talks with the Taliban, the minister said the killing of senior military officers in the Taliban attack on Sunday has caused a setback to the proposed peace talks. He however requested political parties not to politicize the Taliban attack in the northwestern Upper Dir district.