Kidnappings by the Taliban in Karachi, Pakistan

in Transnational Crime

Police in the Pakistani city of Karachi report the Taliban is generating revenue from kidnap and ransom activities, extortion and bank robberies.

In 2011, there were over 100 cases of kidnap for ransom cases in the city, an all time high.

Local criminals who kidnap for ransom generally hold their hostage for up to six weeks until some sort of payment or settlement is made. Hostages held by the Taliban are generally held between 6 months to 1 year and demand payment in foreign currency.

Source:  “Taliban’s brisk trade of kidnapping in Karachi,” BBC News, March 23, 2012.

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