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Nadeem Commando, Terrorist Group of Pakistan

A relatively small terrorist outfit, Nadeem Commando (NC), comprises largely of Mohajirs (Muslims who migrated to Pakistan in 1947 from areas in India). It professes the ideology of the Mohajir Quami Movement (MQM) and fervently advocates the rights of Mohajirs.

The origins of the outfit are not well documented but it is reported to have become active in the early 1990's. NC is alleged to have close links with the Muttahida Quami Movement-Altaf (MQM-A).Their main areas of operation are Karachi and Hyderabad, the chief concentrations of Mohajir community in Pakistan.

The outfit's supply lines and funds have been traced to expatriate Mohajirs, particularly those based in London. The city is also the main base for the MQM-A with its leader Altaf Hussain living in exile there. NC's terror tactics are based on random shooting of carefully selected targets and staging violent incidents during political strikes called by MQM-A in Karachi and Hyderabad.

Pakistani authorities have alleged that the NC was responsible for the assassination of two US diplomats in Karachi in April 1995 is among the outfit's most publicised terrorist strikes. Pakistani officials have also reported that most of the outfit's cadres were either killed or arrested in Karachi during the Pakistan government's counter-terrorist operation in May 1996, called 'Operation Clean Up' .

Even though their current status is not clear, Nadeem Commando is alleged to provide its cadres and material during periodic strikes called by MQM-A in Karachi and Hyderabad. The disruption that NC cadres are alleged to be causing in Karachi during the strikes called by MQM-A have been a source of serious concern to the Pakistani government since Karachi is also the commercial capital of Pakistan.





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