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Pakistan Rounds Up 300 Ethnic Militants

At least 300 members of a militant ethnic group have been arrested in recent weeks and another 300 are being sought by police, Interior Minister Nasrullah Babaar said Sunday.

“People are beginning to feel safe,” Babaar told a news conference in Karachi, a port city of 12 million which has been terrorized in recent months by relentless violence.

Police blame much of it on members of the largest faction of the Mohajir Qaumi Movement, led by Altaf Hussein.

Several warrants are out for the arrest of Hussein, a charismatic 39-year-old who has been living in self-imposed exile in Britain for three years.

The movement represents Indian Muslims who fled to Pakistan in 1947. They claim they have been discriminated against since coming to Pakistan.

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