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Sindh Timeline- 2014

Month/Date

Incidents

January 2

Three alleged gangsters, identified as Attaullah (35), Adil Khattak (30) and Hamid alias Mota (36), were shot dead during an ambush by a rival group in Ibrahim Hyderi's Ilyas Goth area in Karachi.

Two alleged militants of the TTP were killed in an encounter with the Rangers in Manghopir. An unnamed Rangers official claimed that both the suspects were affiliated with the Wali-ur-Rehman group of the TTP. "One of them was their explosives expert."

Two dead bodies were found near the Tonga stand on Tannery Road in Lyari Town.

One person identified as Tahir Siddiqui (28), was shot dead by unidentified assailants near Naseerabad on Shara-e-Pakistan.

January 4

At least three Shia men were killed and four others were injured in an incident of firing by armed assailants Maskan Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi.

At least three Shia men were killed and four others were injured in an incident of firing by armed assailants Maskan Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Karachi.

Two Policemen were killed and another was injured in an armed attack within the precincts of Peerabad locality in Orangi Town.

A Policeman, identified as Mohsin (37), was shot dead in Shahnawaz Shar Goth area within the precincts of Sacchal Police Station in Gulshan Town.

An unidentified person was killed by unidentified assailants in Pak Colony area of SITE Town.

A peanut seller, identified as Syed (40) was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Hyderi area of North Nazimabad Town.

An unidentified dead body of was found dead from Link Road of Gulshan-e-Hadeed within the remits of Shah Latif Police Station.

January 5

Unidentified armed assailants hurled a hand grenade at the shop of ANP leader Abdul Razzak Buneri and also opened fire in Madina Colony of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, killing two Policemen identified as Abdul Raheem and Khan Muhammad.

Two persons, identified as Ameer Bukhsh (65) and Shafi Muhammad (60), were shot dead and another was injured in Mawach Goth in the precincts of Mochko Police Station.

A senior worker of the PTI, identified as Qari Jaffar, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in SITE Town.

A senior worker of the PTI, identified as Qari Jaffar, was shot dead by unidentified assailants in SITE Town.

A prayer leader of Masjid-e-Khizrul Islam was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Baldia Town.

A factory owner, Muhammad Iqbal, was shot dead while he was on his way on a car in Qasba Colony of SITE Town.

A person, identified as Muneeb Ahmad was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Ashfaq Colony of Kiamari Town.

One Asif, who had sustained injuries during an attack on a police van in Pirabad locality, succumbed to the injuries.

Rangers and Police claimed to have arrested over two and a half dozen suspects during separate targeted raids and operation across the Karachi.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the targeted operation in Karachi will continue till the elimination of criminals and terrorists.

January 6

An activist of the MQM, identified as Shahid Sheikh, was killed in a targeted attack on M.A. Jinnah Road near Jama Masjid in Jamshed Town of Karachi.

Unidentified militants attacked the office of LDA at Civic Centre in Gulshan Town and set the office furniture on fire.

Law enforces during their ongoing drive against criminals and gangsters claimed to have arrested 94 suspects during separate targeted raids and operations across Karachi. In the first incident, Karachi Police claimed to have detained around 69 suspects during 73 raids and three encounters in different parts of the city.  In addition, Pakistan Rangers Sindh claimed to have arrested 25 criminals during separate targeted raids conducted in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town, Korangi Town, Landhi Town, New Karachi Town, Gadap Town, North Nazimabad Town and other areas.

Pakistan Rangers, Sindh prepared an elaborate security plan to meet any eventuality during the forthcoming Chup Tazia and 12th Rabi-ul-Awal celebrations.  

January 7

At least six dead bodies were found near the Sufi shrine of shrine of Ayub Shah Bukhari in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Gadap Town in Karachi.  Two of the victims were beheaded, while the rest had their throats slit, said a Policeman. The Police found a bloodstained knife and note, written by TTP, which read, “Stop visiting shrines — from the Pakistani Taliban”. “People visiting shrines will meet the same fate,” the note read.  

Two security guards, identified as Muhammad Shafiq (40) and Dilshad Ansari (27), posted at United Bank Limited in Korangi Town were killed, while three people, including Branch Manager, cashier and another employee sustained injuries when six masked robbers opened fire at them and looted around PKR 1.7 million.

An unidentified Police Officer was killed in firing incident in Pak Colony area of SITE Town.

Another unidentified man was shot dead in Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim Town.

An unidentified dead body was recovered near Malir checkpost in Malir Town.

Police arrested a target killer from Musharraf Colony in Baldia Town and recovered two Kalashnikovs, two hand-grenades and two home-made bombs from his possession. Police alleged that the arrested suspect was wanted in the killings of 28 people and that he hailed from a political party.

January 8

Lyari remained tensed as Lyari gangster Abdul Jabbar alias Jabbar Jhengu and his companion Abdul Ghani were killed in a road accident in the Bella area of Balochistan on January 7, 2014. However, Jhengu’s comrades claimed that they do not believe he was killed in a road accident. “Jhengu’s killing was pre-planned,” one of his associates said, adding, “The law enforcers are behind his killing. They abducted him and then killed them in this way.”

Police released sketches of two suspects it believes were involved in the January 7, 2014 slaughter of six men at a shrine in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of Gadap Town.

HRCP strongly condemned the killing of six men at a shrine in Karachi and demanded meaningful steps to put an end to killing of citizens by the extremists. HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf said in a statement that the brutal killing of six young devotees in Karachi apparently for visiting a shrine was a proof that staying alive in Pakistan today was a privilege reserved for those who unthinkingly and without question comply with the whims of cold-blooded killers who are religious fanatics.

January 9

CID of Karachi Police claimed killing a trio of TTP militants in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi. "The Policemen, who busted a terrorist hideout in Manghopir area, following a promising lead, were met with heavy armed resistance", said Chaudhry Aslam, a senior CID official.  

Three Policemen, CID SP Chaudhry Aslam Khan was killed and 10 others were injured when a suicide bomber smashed his car into Aslam’s convoy near Essa Nagri at the Lyari Expressway. Two others were identified as Farhan (27) and Kamran (34). TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP Mohmand Chapter ‘spokesperson’, Sajjad Mohmand said that the group has carried out a “successful” attack to take revenge for several Taliban members killed by the Police.

AIG of Police Sindh Shahid Hayat said that targeted operation against the anti-social elements would continue to maintain peace in Karachi.  

January 10

Three TTP militants were killed in an alleged Police encounter within the jurisdiction of Mauripur Police Station in Musharraf Colony of Baldia Town in Karachi. The dead were identified as Mirza Ali (45), allegedly the TTP Amir (chief) for Ittehad Town; Sher Muhammad (35), allegedly the TTP Amir for Landhi Town, and Amanullah (22).

Three people, including prayer leader Maulana Iqrar and two students of the seminary, identified as Salahuddin (16), and Naseer (17), were injured in a bomb blast at the rooftop of Jannat Masjid (mosque) in Gulshan-e-Ghazi area of Al-Falah Society in Malir Town.  

Two people, including ANP leader Aziz Khan, was injured when his house in Future Colony of Quaidabad area in Bin Qasim Town was attacked with a hand grenade. Quaidabad Police said that Khan blamed extortionists for the attack as he failed to pay an amount of PKR 5 million. 

Two Police Officers were injured when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a Police mobile in Karachi. The Police retaliated and injure done of the attackers.

An alleged suicide bomber who detonated his explosive-laden vehicle to target SP CID Chauhdry Aslam on January 9, 2013, was identified as Naeemullah (26), a resident of Banaras Colony in SITE Town.

January 11

Anti-Terrorism Court-II adjourned the hearing of March 16, 2014, Arshad Pappu murder case till January 29, 2014 after investigation officer failed to produce witnesses in the court. All accused nominated in the murder cases of Arshad Pappu were produced in an armoured personnel carrier (APC) before ATC-II Judge under tight security.

January 12

A gangster, identified as Mulla Nisar, was killed in clashes between rival groups and hand grenade attack in Jhat Pat market, Rangewara and Kalakot areas of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified dead body was recovered from Mewashah graveyard in SITE Town. The victim was subjected to torture before killed.

Law enforcers arrested 160 suspects, including members of banned outfit, target killers and gangsters in the ongoing-targeted operation across the city.

January 13

Two suspected gangsters were shot dead and four others were wounded when unidentified militants opened fire at two gangsters near Zonal office within the jurisdiction of Chakiwara Police Station in Lyari Town. Tension prevailed in Lyari Town.

A woman, identified as Gulshan Bibi, was shot dead for her alleged links with Baba Ladla group in Shah Baig Lane within the precincts of Baghdadi Police Station in Lyari Town. She is accused of being an informer for Baba Ladla group.     

A Police Inspector, identified as Mohammad Iqbal alias Bijju, was shot dead at his son's hardware shop in MPR Colony within the limits of Orangi Town Police Station in Orangi Town. According to officials, the Iqbal was involved in investigating extortion cases.

Four people were injured at Jumma Shah Plot when gangsters of two rival groups fired RPGs in Lyari Town. Routine and commercial activities were suspended in Lyari following the cross firing. The Rangers were unable to curtail firing. 

Police arrested 29 suspects during raids in different areas of the city and confiscated weapons, stolen goods and drugs. Under the supervision of Superintendent of Police Kiamari, 29 suspected criminals were arrested in Shershah, Mauripur, Machchar Colony, Sultanabad, Mawach Goth areas of Karachi. 

January 14

The Federal Ministry of Interior informed Sindh Government that MQM leaders are on the hit list of terrorists and, therefore, appropriate security measures should be made. A special communiqué sent to Sindh Government, the Federal Ministry of Interior has expressed fear that extremist might target MQM leaders.

The Director General Rangers Major General Rizwan Akhter expressed concern over the news circulating in the media regarding high-level postings in the Police department, and said that the Rangers wanted that present Police setup in the city should continue for a year. During a high-level meeting held in Pakistan Rangers Sindh Headquarters, the option of discontinuing targeted operations in Karachi was also discussed, said a handout issued.

January 15

Two Policemen were shot dead in a firing incident near Police post situated at Gulberg area within the limits of Yousuf Plaza Police Station in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh. Police said the incident took place when unidentified armed riders arrived at the Police post and opened fire on the cops.

The law enforcement personnel also killed two alleged gangsters during an encounter in Lyari area.

A traffic police warden was gunned down near Matric Board office within the jurisdiction of North Nazimabad Police Station. Police said that unidentified armed men riding on two motorbikes waylaid their target, Mehmood Raza, son of Manaan halaak and shot him dead.

Lyari remain tensed as an armed clash occurred between rival groups of gangsters of the area. Two gangsters were killed in a joint encounter of police and rangers in the same locality. Police sources said that the clash started at Jhat Phat Market, Lyari between the members of Baba Ladla Group and defunct PAC over the dispute of extortion money collection from vendors of the area.

Police and Rangers conducted a targeted operation against criminals involved in the clash, where gangsters group resorted to fire on the law enforcers’ vans near Khada Market area. In retaliation by the LEAs, two gangsters were killed in the alleged joint encounter while three were apprehended in the operation.

Police conducted another raid at the CHK and arrested injured gangsters and shifted them to an undisclosed location.

The decomposed bodies of a young boy and a girl were found from a water tank of empty plot Sector 16-A, Orangi Town within the vicinity of Pakistan Bazaar Police Station.

A bullet-riddled body of a man was found from garbage dump in Gulistan Society within the limits of Chakiwara Police Station in Lyari Town.

The Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar vowed to continue the targeted operation in Karachi against criminals. At a meeting with members of the KCCI, he shrugged off the rumours about halting the operation in Karachi. “There is no plan to compromise on the operation,” he said and added that the authorities were standing by the prime minister’s word on restoring peace to the commercial hub of the country.

January 16

Two Policemen, identified as Head Constable Mohammad Javed (40), and Constable Asif Khan (30), were killed and two persons, including Constable Saleem (28), and a passerby, identified as Khano Ada (40), were injured in an armed attacked on the Police van near Shafiq Mor within the jurisdiction of New Karachi Police Station in Gulberg Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A man, identified as Syed Junaid Akhtar (43), was shot dead on Manghopir Road within the precincts of SITE-A Police Station in SITE Town.

An officer of a spy agency, identified as Captain Ehtesham Haider, was injured in a targeted armed attack near Jauhar roundabout within the limits of Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.                                      

Police claimed to have arrested around 85 suspects during 94 separate targeted raids and seven encounters conducted across the city. According to Sindh Police spokesman, those detained include 25 absconders, 19 drug peddlers, four robbers, one terrorist, two target killers and two extortionists, while 27 have been arrested for possession of illicit weapons.

PM Nawaz Sharif directed the authorities that the Karachi operation should continue at all costs till the restoration of peace in the city. While talking to the Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan at the PM House, Nawaz Sharif observed that the targeted operation in Karachi was fruitful in restoring peace in Karachi.

The Government will provide resources needed for continuation of the operation and next phase would be conducted in accordance to the plan. It is understood that the two have also discussed the situation arising due to difference of opinion between the civil administration and authorities carrying out the operation.

January 17

Three people, including Mufti Usman Yar, the Secretary General of JUI-S, were killed when unidentified militants opened fire on a car near Awami Markaz in Shahra-e-Faisal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The other two killed were his driver and a personal guard.

TTP militants killed three Express News staffers, including a technician, guard and driver, by opening fire on a DSNG vehicle near Matric Board Office in North Nazimabad Town. TTP Karachi Chapter ‘spokesman’ Sajjad Mohmand claimed responsibility for the attack. "We will continue to target the media if they do not stop propaganda against Islam and the Taliban," he said. Former TTP ‘spokesman’ Ehsanullah Ehsan told the station it had been attacked because the Taliban considered its coverage biased and the Taliban would continue to attack journalists they disagreed with. "Channels should give coverage to our ideology. Otherwise we will continue attacking the media," the TV station broadcast him saying.                                        

A roadside vendor, identified as Shafi Muhammad (50), was shot dead in a targeted attack near Fancy Bakery on Tannery Road in Lyari Town.

A “wanted criminal”, identified as Ashraf Khan, was shot dead near the Paposh Nagar graveyard in Nazimabad Town. Investigators claimed Khan was affiliated with a political party and was wanted by the police in a number of cases. 

Security was put on high alert at Central Jail in view of the risk of terrorist attack. According to the Police, heavy contingent of Police and Rangers have been deployed at the jail while the roads around the jail have been closed for traffic.

A report by the HRCP stated that the year 2013 was the deadliest one for Karachi so far with as many as 3,251 fatalities. The city has seen a sharp increase in killings in the past few years with 1,981 people killed in 2010, 2,382 killed in 2011 and 3,105 killed in 2012. Of the entire year, August was the bloodiest month with 334 killings or deaths. According to HRCP chairperson Zohra Yusuf, sectarian and police killings have increased in 2013 as compared to previous years. Referring to the targeted operation that started in September last year, she said the start of the operation showed some improvements in law and order but it failed to sustain.

January 18

A man who was injured during a shooting incident in the Gulbahar area of Liaquatabad Town succumbed to his injuries.

Six people were injured in a hand grenade attack in the Khadda market area of Lyari Town.

January 19

A Police Constable, identified as Noman Ahmed (26), was killed while two passers-by and an ASI, identified as Sohail, were injured in an armed attack targeting the Police van near Dow Medical College in the Arambagh area of Saddar Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified dead body of an old man was found from Mureed Jhokiyo Goth, within the jurisdiction of Steel Town Police Station area in Malir Town.

Rangers claimed to have detained at least 20 suspects belonging to TTP during a targeted raid conducted at Kunwari Colony area of Manghopir in the Gadap Town. The third phase of the operation is against banned outfits' militants, target killers, terrorists, extortionists and others criminals. Kunwari Colony area of Manghopir is said to be a stronghold of TTP, and a number of TTP militants operate from there to carry out terror activities across the city.

January 20

Three unidentified dead bodies were found near Baba Wilayat Shah Shrine located within the vicinity of Sharafi Goth Police Station in Baldia Town. Police said the victims were first kidnapped.

A worker of PPP, identified as Noor Khan (32), was shot dead in MPR Colony of Orangi Town.

A man, identified as Mohammad Saleem (35), was shot dead in Daryabad area within the precincts of Kalri Police Station in Lyari Town. Police said the deceased had no affiliation with any political party or gang.

A man, identified as Mohammad Saleem (35), was shot dead in Daryabad area within the precincts of Kalri Police Station in Lyari Town. Police said the deceased had no affiliation with any political party or gang.

One official was wounded when unidentified militants hurled a cracker on a Ranger's vehicle in Nusrat Bhutto Colony of Manghopir in North Nazimabad Town. Later, Rangers launched a grand targeted operation in Manghopir locality and detained around 20 suspects, which included four TTP militants.

At least three armed bandits robbed PKR 270,000 from a branch of private bank in Gol Market area of North Nazimabad Town. Police, while quoting initial investigation, said that they suspect the involvement of security guards and a cashier in the bank heist. "We are sure the guards and one of the cashiers helped robbers to loot the booty from the bank," claimed SHO Ejaz Lodhi.

January 21

Three anti-polio workers were shot dead when unidentified militants opened fire on them in Qayyumabad area of Korangi Town. The attacks came just days after the World Health Organisation warned that Peshawar was the world's "largest reservoir" of the polio virus.

Two alleged gangsters, identified as Jan Mohammad alias Janu and Jawad alias Current, were killed during an encounter with the Police near Phool Chowk area of Kharadar in Saddar Town. As per details, the encounter took place when at least four armed gangsters came and opened indiscriminate firing at a police mobile stationed in the said area. Two of the attackers were killed in police retaliatory firing. SHO Idress Bangash claimed that the suspects were associated with Sheraz Comrade group of Lyari gangsters, and were involved in a number of cases, including killings of a CID officer, extortion and kidnapping-for-ransom.

ASWJ leader Maulana Zarin escaped an attack by unidentified militants in Labour Colony of Landhi Town.

Rangers recovered a hostage, identified as Qamar Mehmood, during a raid in Kunwari Colony of Manghopir area in Gadap Town and arrested at least nine suspects. Qamar was abducted on January 20, 2014 from Kati Pahari area in Orangi Town.

Law enforcers claimed to have arrested around 126 criminals during separate targeted raids and operations conducted across Karachi. In the first raid, Pakistan Rangers Sindh arrested around 19 suspects, including gangsters and militants, during separate targeted raids conducted in Kunwari Colony, Sherpao Colony, Federal B Area, Rozi Goth, Mehmodabad, Manghopir, Kalakot, Gul Goth, Khokrapar and Bahadarabad. Weapons of different calibres were also recovered from their custody.

January 22

At least five people, including a woman, identified as Raquiya (35), her son and a relative, were killed and several others were injured in a grenade attack during a clash between gangsters near Juna Masjid in Zikri Mohalla of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Four unidentified dead bodies were found an empty plot near Link Road, within the jurisdiction of Memon Goth Police Station in Bin Qasim Town. SHO Naeem Khan said all the four victims were clad in shalwar kameez, and appeared to be young while one of them was believed to be in his 50s, he added. Police officer while quoting the initial investigation said unidentified persons first kidnapped the victims and later shot them to death.

SI of Police, identified as Nazeer Khaskheli, was killed in a targeted attack near Shama Shopping Centre in Shah Faisal Colony of Shah Faisal Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead and several people, including women and children were reportedly injured because of firing in Lyari Town.

A man, identified Bashir Ishaq (40), was shot dead in Rabbani Mohalla in Frontier Colony within the precincts of Peerabad Police Station in SITE Town. Police said the deceased was hailing from Swat and had arrived in a city a couple of days ago.

A old man, identified as Azad Gul (60), was killed and a rickshaw driver, identified as Hameed Gul (24), was injured in an armed attack in Gulshan-e-Bunair area within the vicinity of Quaidabad Police Station in Landhi Town. Police said the deceased hailed from Bajaur Agency and lived in Gulshan-e-Buner area.

A man, identified as Zar Lal (30), was shot dead in Siddiq-e-Akbar Colony within the limits of Iqbal Market Police Station in Orangi Town.

A suspected gangster was killed in an incident of firing within the limits of Chakiwara Police Station in Jhat Pat market of Lyari Town. An extra contingent of law enforcers including Police and Rangers was unable to control the situation and to take any reliable action against the gangster groups.

A Lyari gangster, identified as Behram, affiliated with Waliullah Lakho group was killed in an alleged encounter during a targeted operation conducted by Police and Rangers at Super Highway. Police officer said that the encounter took place when they along with the Rangers conducted a joint raid on a tip-off about criminal's hideout.

In the same area, SIU Police claimed to have killed an alleged criminal, identified as Gulab Jatoi, during an encounter. According to SIU officials, the raid was conducted on a tip-off at the criminals' hideaway near Super Highway.

January 23

The driver of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre ambulance service, identified as Muhammad Ali (30), was killed and the patient in the ambulance, identified as Waseem Abbas, suffered gunshots in a targeted attack near the Federal Urdu University in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town campus in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A Bohra community member, identified as Mufasil Zohaib (35), was shot dead at his stationery shop at Jhatpat Market in Lyari Town.

Two Policemen, identified as Constables Rab Nawaz (35), and Abdul Hafeez (28), were injured when an IED exploded near a mobile van of the Jamshed Quarters Police Station in Lasbela Morr of Jamshed Town. BDS officials said that the IED had been hidden in the ground. Police said the attack was intended to target paramilitary soldiers, whose mobile van stood at the spot routinely, but this time a Police mobile was stationed there instead to carrying out snap-checking in the area.

A home-made bomb hurled at the Peerabad Police Station in Orangi Town failed to detonate. The bomb prepared in a cold drink's metallic can containing aluminum powder as explosive and stuffed with ball bearings failed to explode when it was hurled towards an Armoured Personnel Carrier of the Peerabad Police.

Karachi Police and personnel from the CID arrested 93 suspects during raids conducted in different areas of the city on June 23. According to a statement issued, Police arrested 93 suspects, including 25 absconders and three robbers, during 104 raids and eight encounters.

January 24

District President of PPP, identified as Mujeebur Rehman (50), was shot dead in a targeted attack near Banaras Chowk in Peerabad locality of Orangi Town in provincial capital Karachi.

A torture-marked unidentified dead body of a man was found from Supper Highway within the limits of Gadap City Police Station in Gadap Town. Police while quoting initial investigation said that unidentified assailants kidnapped the victim and later threw his body after torturing him to death.

Lyari gangster, identified as Akbar Baloch alias Dada, was killed in retaliatory firing during encounter with law enforcers in Nawlane area of Kalakot in Lyari Town. However, the remaining suspects managed to escape. Police claimed to have recovered a Kalashnikov and hand grenade from his possession. According to SHO Shahjahan Baloch the gangster was wanted in 26 cases including target killings of Policemen, extortion and kidnapping-for-ransom.

A Policeman, identified as Kashif, and three passersby were injured when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at Civic Centre within the vicinity of Aziz Bhatti Police Station in Guslahn-e-Iqbal Town.

At least 23 crackers attacks were reported in different parts of the province, including Hyderabad, Dadu, Larkana, Jamshoro and Karachi Districts soon after the Sindh's nationalist party, JSMM, gave a strike call across Sindh for January 25, 2014 (today) against the recent statement of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain over partition of Sindh. At least seven attacks were carried out in Hyderabad, eight in Jamshoro, three in Dadu, two in Matiari District and three in Karachi. However, no injuries were reported in any of the attacks.

The Hyderabad and Jamshoro Police claimed to have arrested four suspects of JSMM. According to Hyderabad SSP Syed Irfan Bahadur, a party activist Kamran Bughio was arrested along with a cracker and a pamphlet. Jamshoro SSP Syed Wasee Hyder also claimed that three suspects had been arrested - two from Jamshoro's Kotri town and the third one, Mukhtiar laghari, from Sehwan.

January 25

At least 12 persons were killed in separate incidents in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh. Unidentified assailants, riding motorcycles, attacked a Police van near Afaq House in Landhi town with a hand grenade and opened fire on the other. The attacks left six Policemen injured who later succumbed to the injuries at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.

A worker of the PPP and a boy were shot dead near Sindhi Hotel in the Liaquatabad Police Station.

An ASI, identified as Sabir Ali, was shot dead in Taiser Town in the jurisdiction of Surjani Town Police Station.

An activist of MQM was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Orangi Town.

Two dead bodies were found from near Rasbella Bridge in the Gulbahar Police Station.

January 26

At least 82 suspects were arrested during the continuing targeted action in Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh. According to officials, Police conducted a raid in different parts of Landhi after the killing of six police officials in the area and arrested 26 suspects. The area was sealed before the raid and Police launched a massive search operation. In a separate development, Police conducted a targeted operation in Qayyumabad and rounded up 30 suspects. Meanwhile, Ranger arrests 26 suspects from Quaidabad, in which a strong contingent of 500 personnel including women took part.

The Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that Pakistan Protection Ordinance is to curb the terrorists and to control the miscreants who believe in creating chaos and fear among the masses through crackers and hand grenades. Speaking to media men at the seventh convocation of Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, he informed that as many as 15000 alleged terrorists had been arrested by Police and rangers in a targeted operation and trials of around 1000 alleged terrorists were underway in the antiterrorism courts.

January 27

Two brothers affiliated with PTI, identified as Mohammad Ibrahim and Mohammad Riaz, were shot dead during a robbery in Qasba Colony within the precincts of Peerabad Police Station in SITE Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police said that the brothers were on the way to their shop when unidentified militants shot them for resisting a robbery. However, their brother, Haji Iqbal who is also a provincial leader of the PTI said, "They were killed in a targeted attack." "Police has failed to protect the lives of citizens." PTI leader Dawa Khan said while condemning the incident.

An alleged criminal, identified as Tahir Mehmood Khokhar alias Pappu, was killed while two Rangers personnel, identified as Rashid and Zaheer, and two passersby, Abu Zar and Altaf were wounded during an encounter in their hideout in Karnal Basti area of Old Sabzi Mandi within the limits of PIB Colony Police Station in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. About nine suspects were also arrested during the raid. DSP Nasir Lodhi said that the criminal was associated with the Ahmed Ali Magsi group of Lyari gangsters.

A former assistant producer at Samaa TV, identified as Syed Mohammad Arif Rizvi, was picked up by Rangers on January 20, 2014, and his family is still looking for his whereabouts.

Law enforcers claimed to have detained around 101 criminals during 98 raids and eleven encounters across Karachi. According to the officials nine dacoits, 36 suspects under Arm Ordinance, seven under Narcotics Act, 12 absconders and 35 others criminals were among the detainees. Weapons and drugs were also recovered from their possession.

January 28

Police killed a suspect, who was allegedly involved in murders and extortion, during an encounter at Sukhia Ground in Old Sabzi mandi area of Jamshed Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Rangers' personnel conducted a targeted operation in different areas of Karachi and arrested 29 suspects, including Lyari gang-war elements and criminals affiliated with political groups as well as members of defunct groups involved in heinous crimes. The raids were conducted in the areas of Wazir Goth, Korangi 100 Quarters, Shah Faisal Colony, Bilal Colony, Bhittaiabad, Nishterabad, Gulshan-e-Ghazi, Mujahid Colony, Orangi and Lyari. Rangers also recovered 40 weapons, including SMGs, Uni-Barrel Rocket Launchers, G-3 rifles, hand-grenades and mixed ammunition.

January 29

Five persons were killed in simultaneous attacks in the North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Two Rangers and the security guard of a nearby telephone exchange were killed while two passersby were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the main entrance of the Headquarters of Pakistan Rangers Sacchal Wing. "A bearded young man, dressed in shalwar kameez and wearing a suicide vest, attempted to breach the Rangers HQ," one of the surviving soldiers said. "He blew himself up as soon as one of our jawans noticed him and asked him to stop," he added.

A bomb, planted by the roadside under the Nazimabad No 7 flyover, exploded but resulted in no casualties. However, 15 minutes later, as Rangers and Police personnel were collecting evidence from the site, the second bomb exploded. One Ranger was killed while four other Rangers, a Policeman, rescue worker and bystander were injured in the blast.

TTP 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid claimed responsibility for the attacks.

At least 16 people, including a local leader of the ANP, were injured in a series of three explosions that took place in the Mohammadpur area of Qasba Colony in SITE Town. Police sources said that Mohammad Ali, a local ANP, appeared to have been the target of the attack and that the incident seemed to be a result of personal enmity. However, other angles are to be investigated.

Orangi Town Pilot Project's head on research and training, Saleem Alimuddin, was injured after his car came under a bomb attack in the Peerabad area of Orangi Town. He was returning home from his office when unidentified militants hurled a low intensity IED at his car near Pashtun Bazaar in Peerabad. This was the third attack on officials associated with the OPP.

January 30

Two unidentified men were killed in an incident of firing on Superhighway in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Two unidentified men were killed in an incident of firing on Superhighway in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

One Mansoor Ali, was killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at him in Gulshan-e-Bihar Colony area of Orangi Town.

Unidentified assailants shot dead an unidentified man at Northern Bypass in Manghopir area of Gadap Town.

January 31

Unidentified assailants killed one person, identified as Professor Azhar Ali Zaidi and injured his wife near the Aysha Manzil area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unknown persons fatally shot ASI, Manzoor in Orangi Town.

Assailants also killed Maulana Akbar Hussain, a prayer leader, in the Manghopir area, and Ikram, a rickshaw driver, near in Orangi Town-12.

The driver of a NATO oil tanker, Syed Nabi Shah, was shot dead by unidentified assailants riding on motorcycles at Bhirya on the Indus Highway in Sukkur town (Sukkur District).

Assailants also killed Maulana Akbar Hussain, a prayer leader, in the Manghopir area, and Ikram, a rickshaw driver, near in Orangi Town-12.

The driver of a NATO oil tanker, Syed Nabi Shah, was shot dead by unidentified assailants riding on motorcycles at Bhirya on the Indus Highway in Sukkur town (Sukkur District).

A local leader of ANP, Noor Mohammad, survived a bomb attack in SITE area.

Two people were injured when unidentified persons threw explosives on a Police mobile, busy near Sohrab Goth within the limits of Federal B Industrial Area.

ASWJ held a protest rally and sit-in, against involvement of Iran in flaring religious and sectarian strife in Pakistan. As per details, the ASWJ planned to protest in front of Iranian Consulate General for which a large number of leaders, workers and supporters gathered outside party Head Quarter Siddique-e-Akbar Masjid in Nagan Chowrangi after the Friday's prayers.

Around 150 people lost their lives in Karachi, due to violence in January, 2014. Karachi remained unstable due to targeted operation with political and religious killings of different people and bomb attacks by extremists and extortionists.

February 1

Two Policemen were injured when unidentified motorcycle-mounted attackers hurled a hand grenade at the main gate of Peerabad Police Station located in Orangi Town of Karachi (Karachi District). According to officials, unknown miscreants riding on two motorbikes lobbed a hand grenade at the gate of the Police Station and fled the scene after abandoning their vehicles and weapons.

February 2

A woman, identified as Zulekha (25r), was killed and a man, identified as Sohail (30), was injured during an armed clash between two rival groups in Moosa Lane area of Baghdadi in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. A man, identified Mohammad Tanveer (26), was shot dead within the jurisdiction of Mominabad Police Station in Orangi Town. SHO Ahmed Butt said that the victim was a factory worker and hailed from Mansehra District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistan Rangers Sindh claimed to have detained around 23 suspects including suspected militants and gangsters during a targeted operation in Gulshan-e-Ghazi area of Baldia Town. Rangers also recovered weapons from their possession.

February 3

Four Police Officers were killed when unidentified militants attacked their vehicle in Ibrahim Hyderi area of Bin Qasim Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Two suspected TTP militants were shot dead in an encounter in Allahu Akbar Colony of Baldia Town. 

The Anti-Terrorist Wing of CID arrested LeJ militant, identified as Nadeem Iqbal, from North Karachi Town. ATW Chief Mohammed Fayyaz Khan said that the CID Police came under fire in North Karachi and after a shootout Iqbal was arrested.

CID published the picture of the most wanted TTP militant, Azizullah alias Shamzai. According to CID officials, Azizullah is involved in more than 30 cases of target killings of Policemen and bomb attacks. The officials also said that they have been raiding different areas for the arrest of Shamzai and his companions Qari Shakir and Waqeel. CID has also appealed to the Provincial Government to set reward money for the arrest of Shamzai.

February 4

Three unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a Police check post in the Juhi area of Dadu in Sukkur District, killing one Police Officer, identified as Younus Shahani, and injuring another. The incident took place when there were three Police officers on duty at the checkpoint.

A bomb blast on a railway track, ten kilometres outside Ghagar Phatak of provincial capital Sind, Karachi (Karachi District), derailed at least 10 bogeys of the Shalimar Night Coach Express leaving one child dead and at least 20 people injured. A passenger said that they were travelling to Lahore (Punjab) from Karachi.

In an exchange of fire, Rangers killed a suspect in the Mujahid Colony area of North Nazimabad Town in Karachi District. According to officials, two suspects on a motorcycle, who were signalled to stop by Rangers personnel positioned at a nearby check post, started firing at the check post. In retaliation, Rangers personnel also fired, killing one suspect on the spot while his companion managed to escape.

A man, identified as Zulfiqar Jafer, was injured in a ball bomb hurled by unidentified militants on Manghopir Road within the precincts of Orangi Town Police Station. The injured person was receiving threats from extortionists, said Police, adding that assailants attacked on him over refusal to pay the extortion money.

Unidentified militants lobbed a cracker bomb at an oil shop in Qasba Colony area within the jurisdiction of Peerabad Police Station in Orangi Town. However, no casualties were reported in the attack. Police said that the incident occurred over refusal to pay extortion money, however further investigations are underway.

February 5

Police claimed to have killed an alleged criminal, identified as Javed alias Bakri, during an encounter in New Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police also claimed to have recovered a TT pistol and motorbike from his possession.

ASWJ President of District Malir Mohyuddin Shah was injured in a firing incident in the Landhi area of Landhi Town. 

Police claimed to have recovered weapons from Taiser Town near Northern Bypass within the limits of Surjani Police Station in Malir Town. According to Police officials the recovery was made when locals informed Police about some abandoned bags in the area.

BRA claimed responsibility for the February 4, 2014, bomb explosion targeting Lahore-bound Shalimar Express at the main railway track near Karachi. BRA ‘spokesman’ Sarbaz Baloch informed the media in Quetta, “It was a reaction to the killing of political activists and dumping their bodies in Tootak area of Khuzdar District.”

February 6

A man, identified as Anwar Ali, was shot dead in Frontier Colony within the jurisdiction of Peerabad Police Station in SITE Town. 

One unidentified bullet-riddled dead body was found within the vicinity of Zaman Town Police Station. 

Another bullet-riddled dead body was found from within the limits of Jackson Police Station.

BDS defused a bomb at the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board Head Office in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

BDS defused a bomb in the SITE area. The SITE area bomb was found in a bottle on a footpath near Habib Bank Chowrangi. According to BDS, 10 kilograms of explosives were used in the bomb. 

Pakistan Rangers Sindh during search operation in Garden East Lyari Nazimabad Usmanabad Quaidabad and Paposh Nagar areas arrested 12 suspects. According to the Rangers sources a criminal identified as Irfan Baloch was also arrested from Lyari Town.

February 7

At least 15 persons were injured when unidentified militants opened fire at two passenger buses in Kashmore District. According to details, the militants had attacked the buses with the intention of looting the passengers. "The drivers of both the buses stepped on it to avoid the highwaymen but lost control after the gunshots blew holes in the tires. The coaches flipped over on their sides injuring scores”, sources said. Reportedly, the Police escorting the buses fired back giving rise to a shootout and injuring two of them.

BDS defused a two kilogram bomb planted outside the house of a local leader of the ANP in the Baldia Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Four hundred Rangers personnel of the ATS during a targeted operation arrested many suspects from the Hasan Noman Colony in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town. According to the Rangers spokesman, in the operation the entry and exit routes were sealed off. The spokesman added that during the operation, a huge quantity of arms and drugs were also recovered from the possession of the suspects.

The Sindh Assembly passed the Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014 on a temporary basis for the period of one year, allowing law enforcers to bypass normal authorities in emergency situations. The Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014 was not on the order of the day however; during the proceedings Sindh Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr Sikandar Mandhro moved supplementary agenda and sought permission from the chair to table the Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014 for urgent introduction and consideration.

MQM lawmakers supported the spirit of the bill, but they also demanded some means of ensuring transparency in emergency procurement for Police and other law enforcing agencies. It was also suggested to form a committee of MPAs to ensure transparency and fair deal in this regard.

February 8

Three persons were killed and several others injured in a fresh spate of violence in different areas of Karachi city. Police said unidentified gunmen shot dead a person in Baghdadi area of Lyari. Further, a body, wrapped in a gunny bag, was also recovered from Lee Market. Police said that the deceased was kidnapped and then killed, adding that his body was dumped in Lee Market. In a separate incident, rescue personnel also found the body of a newborn in Korangi area. Security personnel also arrested 23 suspects, including two foreigners, during a search operation and recovered weapons and drugs.

Firing incidents continued across Karachi resulting in injuries to more than 10 persons. Rangers arrested eight suspects, including two foreigners, and recovered weapons from them during a search operation in Patel Para. The arrested suspects included six members of Lyari gang war.

As many as 79 Police Officers and troopers were killed in the wake of the ongoing operation against criminals and terrorists in Karachi. In September 2013, when the operation was launched, 15 Police men were killed and further 12 were killed in October, 11 each in November and December, 25 in January 2014 while during February until now, 5 died at the hands of the outlaws and terrorists. In a report, submitted by the Police Department to Inspector General of Police, Sindh, Shahid Nadeem Baloch, on the performance of Karachi District Police and CID, it was said that during this period 10,254 raids and 804 encounters, a total of 131 miscreants were killed while 15,671 were arrested.

February 9

At least nine people, including an infant, were killed and 10 others were injured when unidentified militants opened fire on a shrine of Meharban Ali Shah alias Jalali Baba in Saeedabad area of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police said the attackers also hurled a grenade before firing at the people with automatic weapons. They said the shrine belonged to a retired DSP Tiika Khan. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP ‘spokesperson’ Shahidullah Shahid said that the group was not involved in the attack.  

A prayer leader, identified as Nadeem Qadri (38), was shot dead in a targeted attack while he was returning after evening prayer at a mosque in Raees Amrohi Colony in Orangi Town.

February 10

Three people were killed in the Malir Town of Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh.  Police said that two extortionists came to the meat market at Malir 15 and demanded money from a shopkeeper, who refused to pay and instead opened fire on the extortionists. During the exchange of fire from both sides, an extortionist died on the spot while two passers-by, identified as Karim and Haji Noor Mohammad, were also killed in the incident. The other extortionist fled from the incident site.  

One Abdul Samad Tabani (35) was killed when unidentified armed extortionists opened fire at a rickshaw at the mobile market in Saddar Town. 

Unidentified armed assailants opened fire in Khada Market of Lyari Town, killing one Raheel (25). 

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade in the Sher Shah area of Kiamari Town, injuring two people, identified as Fahim and Jan Mohammad.

A man, identified as Ali (35), was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

Police claimed to have arrested 61 accused, including eight absconders and an extortionist, and recovered arms and drugs from their possession during 82 raids.

February 11

Two alleged criminals, identified as Atif (20), and Akram (25), were shot dead in an encounter with Rangers in Nawa Lane area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man was killed by unidentified armed assailants near Gazi Town graveyard in Malir Town.

Unidentified militants opened fire in Bihar Colony area of Lyari Town.

MQM accused Police of extra-judicial killings. MQM’s Haider Abbas Rizvi claimed that a party worker, Muhammad Adil, died of Police torture on February 10, 2014, adding that 45 other workers are still missing.

February 12

Two unidentified dead bodies bearing torture marks were recovered from Memon Goth area of Malir Town.

Two suspects were killed in an exchange of fire between Police personnel and Lyari gangsters in Salar Goth area of Malir Town. Police also recovered two hand grenades from their possession.

Meanwhile, Rangers arrested 41 suspects during a targeted operation in Pathan Colony area of SITE Town.

At least 40 medical practitioners of Karachi have received threatening emails from certain extortion mafias demanding hefty protection money, claimed Dr. Idrees Adhi, President of the Pakistan Medical Association Karachi Chapter.

February 13

At least 13 Policemen were killed and 58 others were injured in a suicide blast targeting a bus carrying 50 Police officers near the gate of Razzakabad Police Training Center in Shah Latif Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. TTP claimed responsibility for the suicide attack Claiming responsibility for the “revenge” attack, the TTP said the suicide bombing was in retaliation for the killing of their militants by Law-Enforcement Agencies in Karachi, Swabi (Swabi District of KP) and Peshawar (provincial capital of KP).

TTP ‘spokesman’ Shahidullah Shahid said, “We carried out the attack against the Police because they are killing our people”. “Our defensive war will continue until an agreement is reached on a ceasefire” between negotiation teams representing the Government and the Taliban.

February 14

Four people were injured when a suicide bomber attacked the patrolling vehicle of Rangers’ Sector Commander, Brigadier Basit, in Qayyumabad area of Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

CID arrested three suspects, identified as Junaid Alam, Armaan and Hassan, belonging to of al Qaeda affiliated outfit Ashaab. The CID also recovered explosive material and a large quantity of ammunition from their possession. CID anti-terrorism cell in-charge, Raja Umar Khattab said that the suspects were active at the University of Karachi and other private universities of Karachi from where the group recruits religiously-inclined students. The group, whose chief is currently in Waziristan, carries out its activities in Karachi, Khattab said, adding that the arrested men did not employ mobile phones in their operations.

February 15

Four persons, including a supporter of the MQM, were killed in different parts of Karachi city (Karachi District). A young man identified as Arif Hanif (30), who had gone missing a couple of days back, was found shot dead in Manghopir. He was blindfolded and trussed up before being killed. The MQM, in a statement issued to the media later, claimed that he was their supporter. Meanwhile, two unidentified young men who looked Pashtuns were found shot dead in Memon Goth. Four spent bullet casings fired from 9mm pistol were also found at the crime-scene. The Memon Goth Police said the victims, in their mid-20s, had long beards. Separately, a vendor identified as Tanveer (50) was gunned down by assailants in Ranchhore Line Area. Police said that Tanveer was returning home with a pushcart when assailants attacked him and fled.

At least five people were injured in two successive bomb blasts near Mominabad Police Station in Orangi Town. According to Police sources, the first attack was by a hand grenade hurled at a street vendor near the police station while the second explosion which occurred within a few minutes was by a bomb planted at a taxi-stand.

February 16

At least six people, including four children, were killed and more than 35 were injured when two coaches of the Peshawar-bound Khushhal Khan Khattak Express derailed after a bomb attack on the tracks near a canal in Thull town of Jacobabad District.

Rangers shot dead five alleged terrorists in shootouts near Afghan Basti in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town and in Ittehad Town of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. A Rangers spokesperson said that two terrorists attacked a vehicle of the Paramilitary Force on Super Highway near Afghan Basti. In the ensuing gun battle, Rangers killed the two militants.

The Paramilitary Force conducted a search operation in Mohammad Khan Colony, Ittehad Town, during which they were attacked. The terrorist fired gunshots at the soldiers and also attacked with a grenade injuring one of them. Three terrorists were killed in the encounter.

Baba Ladla group gangsters shot dead gangster Anees Memon (24), who was affiliated with the Uzair Baloch gang in the Kameela stop locality in Lyari Town.

An unidentified Uzair Balcoh gangster was found in the bushes near the Mewa Shah graveyard in Pak Colony area of SITE Town. According to residents of the locality, gangsters from the Baba Ladla group had brought the victim to the locality on a motorcycle and then shot him dead.

One Kamran Baloch (34), was shot dead by unidentified gangsters while he was passing through Jhat Pat Market in Lyari Town. Police said the victim was affiliated with the Uzair Baloch gang and was also related to notorious gangster Rehman Dakait.

One Taj Muhammad (60), was shot dead outside his house in Umer Marvi Goth area of Shah Latif Town. 

An unidentified dead body of a man was found in Gulshan-e-Buner area of Landhi Town.

Rangers arrested 21 suspected criminals in raids conducted in several parts of the city, including Baghdadi, Chakiwara and Noor Muhammad Goth.  The paramilitary force seized 54 weapons in the raids.

February 17

Two employees of a media house, identified as driver Abdus Sattar and guard Rasool Bux, were injured Nawa-e-Waqt Group when two unidentified militants hurled a hand-made bomb at the gate of The Business Recorder office near Guru Mandir Chowrangi in Jamshed Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A home-made bomb was hurled at the office of the Nawa-e-Waqt Group on M.A Jinnah Road in Jamshed Town.

February 18

Police recovered four dead bodies from Surjani Town area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Three of the victims were identified as Sami-ul-Haq, Hafeez, and Muhammad Faisal, while the fourth dead body could not be identified. All four were affiliated with an unspecified banned outfit.

Two people were shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Orangi Town.

A man was shot dead in Gulistan-e-Johar area of Gulshan Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead by militants in Mehran Town area of Korangi Town.

An unidentified bullet-riddled dead body was found in Shah Faisal Town.

Rangers and Police arrested 23 suspects during targeted operations in various areas, including Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Dhobi Ghat, Faqeer Goth, Kausar Town, Frontier Colony, Qayumabad, Gulshan-e-Buner, Shanti Nagar and Lyari Town. According to a Rangers spokesman, a large amount of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the suspects.

An ATC remanded in Police custody two TTP militants, identified as Muhammad Kashif and Muhammad Irfan, over charges of demanding extortion and issuing life threats. They were remanded in Police custody till March 4, 2014. The Taliban-linked accused face charges of demanding extortion of PKR 200,000 from a woman and threatening to kill her son in case she failed to pay the money.

February 19

Two people were killed and two others were injured when a 36-inch gas pipeline of the Qadirpur gas field exploded in the Mir Kosh area of Ghotki District. The deceased were identified as security guards of the gas pipeline.

An IED bomb was defused by the BDS near Naurus Chowrangi in SITE Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Police claimed to have arrested 93 suspects in 81 raids and recovered arms and narcotics from their possession. According to a Karachi Police report, a total of 93 criminals were arrested during raids and six encounters in various areas of the city. One accused was held in a murder case, one in extortion case, three in kidnapping-for-ransom cases, four for their involvement in robberies, 15 under the Arms Ordinance, 19 under the Narcotics Act, and 34 in miscellaneous cases, said a Police spokesman.

February 20

Unidentified militants opened indiscriminate fire on the car of Israr, a doctor, killing him and four others in the car on the spot in MPR Colony of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The other four victims were identified as, Razimullah (40), Jamsheed Khan (30), Iqbal Hussain (37), and Sajjad (12). ANP spokesman Abdul Malik said that Israr, Razimullah and Jamsheed were his party workers and belonged to ANP MPR Colony ward. Following the incident, at least 67 suspects, including foreigners, were arrested by the Police during a targeted operation in different areas of Karachi on February 21 (today), reported Dawn.

Two unidentified tortured dead bodies of were found from Northern Bypass on Link Road in Baldia Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead in Qaimkhani Colony of Baldia Town.

Acting on tip of a Federal Intelligence Agency and the CID Sindh Police foiled a terror attack by arresting three suspects, identified as Humayun, Saeed Ayub and Umar Farooq alias Faridullah from Mauripur area of Kiamari Town. CID officials claimed Faridullah was an expert in preparing explosive laden vehicles for carrying out terror activities. Police also seized a 100 kilogram explosion-laden vehicle from the area reportedly prepared for targeting a key political or Police figure.

28 suspects were arrested during an operation in the Sharafi Goth area of Bin Qasim Town.

Five suspects were arrested by the Police after raids in Clifton area of Saddar Town and Azizabad area of Gulberg Town.

Police arrested an alleged target killer, extortionist and gang-war suspect Amir arf Marchi from the Malir Town. He belonged to the Wasiullah Lakho group.

A survey by Geo News team has revealed that many Government-run schools in Karachi face illegal occupation of mafias. These mafias have not only occupied the school premises but converted them into retail shops, factories or razed the school buildings and built new residential apartments. The land of these schools is worth billions of rupees. The Provincial Department of Education colluded with the land grabbers and put many schools under the control of illegal occupiers.

February 21

Unidentified militants hurled two cracker bombs near a house located in Jamshed Colony area of Jamshed Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties were reported.

February 22

Police have arrested 10 suspects during a targeted operation in Kanwari Colony area of Manghopir, in Gadap Town. SSP West Irfan Baloch said the operation was being carried out on a tip off about presence of criminal elements in the area. As many 100 policemen were taking part in the operation. Entry and exit points of the locality were sealed during the search.

February 23

Three unidentified men were killed and two others were injured in a firing incident in Jhatpat Market area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A man, identified as Ali Yar (50),was killed and two others, identified as Ishaq (8) and Muhammad Shahid (35), were injured in a firing incident at a mosque in Peerabad area of Orangi Town. According to Police, a suspect, Waheed, was arrested after the shootout.

A man, identified as Ameer Khan (50), was found dead in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Bin Qasim Town.

An unidentified man was killed in a firing incident on Super Highway near New Vegetable Market.

A man, identified as Naseer (28), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Banaras area of SITE Town.

One Nasir (35), was shot and injured by unidentified militants on Jamshed Road in Jamshed Town.

One Shah Nawaz (40), was injured in a firing incident by unidentified armed assailants in Nusrat Bhutto Colony of North Nazimabad Town.

One Zia (36), was injured in a firing incident in Baldia Town.

Rangers arrested 25 suspects during targeted operations in different parts of the city and recovered 42 weapons. The suspects were arrested from Bhittaiabad, Mehran Town, Bilal Colony, Gulzar Colony, Model Town, Baloch Goth, Mianwali Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and Shah Faisal Town.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan will resume hearing of Karachi law and order case on February 24. The Sindh Government, the Rangers, Police and Intelligence Agencies, the PTA and the FBR will present their reports about their performance in improving the law and order situation in the metropolis in the light of Supreme Court orders issued in the last hearing on November 29, 2013.

February 24

Two unidentified dead bodies bearing torture marks were recovered from Pak Colony near Rexer Bridge in SITE Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man, associated with an unspecified religious party, was killed in firing incident in Chishti Nagar of Orangi Town.

An unidentified man succumbed to his injuries after being shot by unidentified armed assailants in Orangi Town.

The Karachi ATC sentenced three accused, identified as Shujaat Ali, Shehzad Memon and Mohammad Farhan, to death for the kidnapping and murder of trader Muhammad Nawaz in 2010. They had demanded PKR 10 million in ransom and killed Nawaz despite receiving the ransom from the Nawaz's family.

The SC while hearing a case related to the implementation of Supreme Court's earlier order (in 2013) over Karachi's law and order situation expressed its dissatisfaction over a report submitted by the Karachi Police and chided jail officials for installing jammers around the Central jail premises which has caused inconvenience to residents of the surrounding areas. The bench also sought a report from revenue officials by February 26, 2014 pertaining to the recovery of encroached lands in the city.

During the hearing held at the Supreme Court's Karachi Registry, AIG Karachi, Shahid Hayat, submitted before the bench a report over the performance of Police, according to which 13,000 suspects were arrested since September, 2013. The report further said that charge-sheets against 175 accused were filed in Anti-Terrorism Courts whereas charge-sheets against more than 7,000 arrested persons had been filed in Sessions Courts.

February 25

Two unidentified men were shot dead in the Mominabad area of Iqbal Market Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man was killed at a motorcycle workshop near Gulbahar area of Liaquatabad Town.

An unidentified man was killed in a shooting incident near Ath Chowk in Lyari Town.

An unidentified dead body of a man bearing torture marks was found in the Alam Pride area of North Karachi Town.

The ATC-III remanded two TTP militants, identified as Sajid Hussain and Meraj, until March 4, 2014 to Police custody in extortion case. According to the prosecution, the suspects demanded PKR 1500,000 protection money from Mohammad Akram, a trader, and extended him threats of killing in case of non-payment. The accused were arrested during a raid conducted by the Police on February 24, 2014.

The Sindh Rangers arrested 11 suspects during targeted raids in MPR Colony of Orangi Town. The Rangers also recovered 43 types of weapons including, submachine guns and mixed ammunition.

February 26

DIG Police, Hyderabad Sanaullah Abbasi suspended 23 Police officials in Hyderabad District, working within jurisdictions of various SHOs and SDPOs, because of their suspected involvement in extortion-related activities. The 23 Police officials were previously posted in AVCC Hyderabad.

They were allegedly involved in extortion in their respective remits in entire Hyderabad Range and were directed to report to SSP, Matiari Amjad Shaikh with immediate effect. The order said that they should remain confined to Police Lines till finalisation of the inquiry pending against them.

February 27

Two persons, including the administrator of a seminary Qari Ali Hassan and his son were shot dead outside a seminary located at Abul Hassan Isphahani Road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Two unidentified people were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on a car in Hussainabad area of Malir Town.

Two unidentified people were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on a car in Hussainabad area of Malir Town.

Two unidentified people were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on a car in Hussainabad area of Malir Town.

Two unidentified people were killed when unidentified armed assailants opened fire on a car in Hussainabad area of Malir Town.

Police arrested 20 suspects during targeted operation in Saeedabad, Gulshan-e-Ghazi and Ittehad Town areas of Baldia Town.

February 28

Two senior workers of the MQM, identified as Khalid Matin (45), and Hamid Ayub (55), were shot dead when they walked out of a mosque after offering Friday prayers at Gol Market in North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. A beggar, identified as Abdul Aziz, was also injured in the incident. SHO Ejaz Lodhi said that four armed assailants were behind this incident. "Two of the culprits offered the prayers along with the victims while two stayed outside the mosque," he said. As soon as the victims came out of the mosque, two assailants standing guard outside opened indiscriminate fire on them.

In a sectarian attack, a salesman, identified as Manzar Ahmed (55), working at a sanitary shop was killed while another salesman Imran was wounded within the limits of Rizvia Police Station in Petal Wali Gali in Liaquatabad Town. SHO Hassan Haider said that the victims were attacked on sectarian grounds.

Unidentified militants blew up an 18-inch diameter gas pipeline in Abdal Raheem Bajarani village in Kandhkot city of Kashmore District, suspending gas supply to Karachi and other cities of Sindh.

Police claimed to have arrested three gangsters and recovered arms from their possession during an operation in SITE Town.

March 2

At least two people were killed and two others were injured in an incident of firing between two rival Lyari gangsters in Ali Muhammad area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Markets and business outlets were also reportedly closed. As soon as the Rangers personnel reached the area, the assailants hurled grenades on the forces. The Rangers arrested three injured criminals after retaliating to their firing.

An unidentified man was shot dead in Maripur area of Kiamari Town.

Another unidentified dead body of a man was found from Maripur.

An unidentified dead body of a man was found from Khuda Ki Basti in Surjani Town area of Gadap Town.

Police claimed to have arrested three gangsters and recovered arms from their possession during an operation in SITE Town.

ATC in Shikarpur District convicted six suspects of murdering Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar on January 13, 2011, and handed out death sentences to two and life imprisonment to four others. Faisal Mehmood, Mohammed Ali Rizvi, Mohammad Shahrukh Khan, Syed Tahir Naveed Shah were sentenced to life imprisonment. Mohammed Shakeel was acquitted. Two of the accused were sentenced to death in absentia as they were never caught.

March 4

Police arrested a suspected target killer, identified as Roshan alias Bengali, from Ibrahim Hyderi area of Bin Qasim Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to Police, the suspect has political links. The Sukhan Police Station DSP said the suspect has confessed to five instances of target killing and about 20 extortion and robbery cases.

Police authorities admitted that no clue has been found so far in the high-profile murder case of Perween Rehman and no arrests had been made in the murder cases of the Orangi Pilot Project Director and PTI Sindh Chapter Vice President Zahra Shahid Hussain. Perween Rehman was killed in Qasba Colony area of SITE Town on March 13, 2013, while Zahra Hussain was shot dead in Defence area of Saddar Town on May 18, 2013.

March 5

District West and Central DIG Javed Odho revealed that the two suspected target killers who were killed in an encounter with the Police on March 3, 2014, were also involved in the attacks on the office of Express Media Group. "The cross-matching of ballistics reports has confirmed the two suspects were involved in the first two attacks on Express Media group last year," he said. The suspects were identified as members of SMP, an outfit believed to be involved in over 300 target killings. DIG Odho said that Police investigators had confirmed that the suspects were involved in 17 target killing cases and the majority of their targets had been Policemen.

March 6

An unidentified man was shot dead in firing incident in Haji Camp area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man was shot dead in firing incident in Haji Camp area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

The Rangers arrested five suspected militants during operations in Atta-u-Rehman Goth area of Landhi.

March 7

Four persons, two of them brothers, were shot dead in Lyari area of Karachi (Karachi District), the provincial capital of Sindh, in the night. Kalakot Police said Rizwan alias Sunni was gunned down in Gul Mohammed Lane. Later, a body stuffed in a gunny bag was found in Sarbazi Mohalla. The deceased was identified as Waqas Baloch, brother of Rizwan. A Police official said there were reports that Rizwan had 'sympathies' with the Uzair Baloch group. Subsequently, gunmen resorted to heavy firing on Mirza Adam Khan Road, leaving two people dead and injuring two others, including a passerby Policeman, Imran Beg.

The BDS prevented a terrorist attack by defusing a two kilogramme bomb planted alongside the road in Orangi Town.

March 9

Unidentified militants opened fire near Vita Chowrangi and shot dead two unidentified people and injured two others in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Police and Rangers conducted targeted operations in several areas of the city during which police claimed to have arrested 66 suspects whereas Rangers officials claimed the arrest of 15 suspects. A large number of weapons and ammunition was recovered from their possession.

More than PKR15 million were looted from 10 banks across the city during three months of 2014. According to a data available from police sources, four bank robberies were reported in January, three in February and three in first nine days of March. On January 7, armed men looted PKR 1.8 million from a bank in Awami Colony, Korangi and killed two guards on resistance. A bank heist was reported on February 20, 2014, in North Karachi. The armed men looted PKR 350,000 from that bank. March proved to be a more fruitful month for the looters as three banks were looted within a span of nine days in the month. The first incident was reported within the limits of Garden Police Station where PKR 1.5 million was looted in a day light bank heist.

March 10

Five people were found dead in the Brohi Mohalla area of Mawach Goth area in Baldia Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The victims were relatives of a suspected gangster, Lala Orangi-wala, one of the main characters of a gang led by Noor Mohammed alias Baba Ladla, said City SSP Faisal Bashir Memon. They were allegedly killed by the Sheraz Comrade Group, which was supposed to be a rival gang of the Ladla group, he added. The SSP said that so far they had not found any criminal record of the victims. The complainant Munir told the Police that his brothers, Ismail and Shoaib, as well as their maternal uncle, Taj Mohammed, were boxers who played for different Government and non-governmental organisations in the city. The Police investigators linked the five killings with the ongoing gang warfare in Lyari.

Lyari, which is the hub of footballers in the country, is losing of its athletes to the Government’s inability to control the unrest. “We are losing our best sportsmen to violence,” complained Ali Akbar Shah, a national boxer, adding, “The Government should have to play its role to safeguard the country’s future.”

With the increase in weapons and crime in Karachi, the concerned citizens took to the streets, demanding de-weaponisation and the depoliticising of the Police. The protest was organised by the Citizens Trust against Crime (CTAC) in which members of varying segments of society, including retired army officials, members of human rights organisations, politicians and students urged action against the deteriorating law and order situation. “The previous Government issued 70,000 licences of prohibited weapons, they should at least cancel these licences as an initial step” said Nazim Haji, a CTAC volunteer.

Daily Times in its six months report on crime in Karachi stated that despite the claims of arresting over 17,000 criminals during six months in the ongoing targeted operations of paramilitary force, security agencies were unable to stop the proportional increase in terrorism, where some 928 people were killed during September 5, 2013 to March 4, 2014. In a recent issued crime statistics, law enforcement agencies in last couple of months conducted 1,002 raids excluding 848 encounters held, whereas, the security agencies claimed to arrest 17,743 criminals while killed 135 in encounters. Police conducted 11,002 raids in various localities of the city.

March 11

A MQM activist, identified as Itrat Hussain Rizvi, succumbed to his injuries after he was shot at by unidentified armed assailants at a video shop in North Karachi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. He was injured on March 9, 2014, and was a member of MQM Unit 173.

Unidentified armed assailants killed one person, identified as Manir (30) on March 11 in Lasbela Colony of Baldia Town.

A man, identified as Nisar Ahmed (30), was shot dead by unidentified militants in Rehri Goth area of Landhi Town.

Two alleged gangsters associated with the Shakeel Badhshah group of the Uzair Baloch gang, identified as Saddam and Faisal Baloch, were killed in a joint raid by the Police and Rangers in Lyari Town.

A gangster, identified as Nasir Baloch, allegedly involved in the abduction and murder of three Lyari boxers and two of their family members on March 10, 2014, was killed in an alleged encounter with the Police.

Another gangster, identified as Nazeer, was killed during a Police raid at Ali Mohammad Mohalla of Lyari Town. Though Police officials believe Sheraz Comrade to be the mastermind behind the killings, they have no evidence to link him directly to the incident as he has not been seen in the area for the last six months. “Two of the nominated suspects have been killed so far by Police in separate encounters while the remaining will be killed or arrested soon,” said DSP Sohail Afzal.

At least eight suspects were arrested during targeted raids conducted by Rangers.

March 12

At least 19 civilians, including 10 women and four children, were killed and more than 50 others were injured in gang war clashes among rival gangsters, Uzair Baloch, Ghaffar Zikri and Baba Ladla in Gahribshah locality of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Violence triggered after the March 10, 2014, killing of five relatives of Baba Ladla. However, violence continued on March 12 after the killing of a brother of Ghaffar Zikri, the head honcho of another powerful gang allied with the Baba Ladla group, in an alleged encounter with the law enforcers. According to details, the two gangs suspected that their rival, Uzair Baloch, the head of the PAC, was behind these killings.

Gangsters from Baba Ladla and Ghaffar Zikri groups, armed with RPGs and automatic weapons, decided to avenge the deaths of their cadres, said the insiders. “They mounted the attack after reaching the Rangiwara locality, the stronghold of Baba Ladla group, on Gahribshah, the bastion of the Uzair Baloch group,” said one of the insiders. “However, stiff resistance checked their march and the two sides rained bullets and rockets on each other from a distance.” Most of the casualties were caused when shoppers in the busy Jhatpat Market, which serves as a buffer between Rangiwara and Gahribshah, were caught up in the cross-fire. “Jhatpat Market is a Line of Control between the two gangs,” said another insider. “Innocent shoppers and traders in Jhatpat Market had fell victim to the gang war,” he added.

The Rangers claimed to have killed at least nine suspects and arrested 56 others in Lyari after the clash. According to sources the suspects killed by Rangers were affiliated with Baba Ladla group.

Sindh Chief Minister, Qaim Ali Shah during a meeting with members of KCCI and Karachi SITE Association said that the Sindh Government was successfully heading towards strengthening the Sindh Police with latest weapons, vehicles and equipments and controlling the crime rate in Karachi. He said during the target operation Karachi Police killed 180 harden criminals in encounters. Shah said the Sindh government was working on the plan to strengthen the Sindh Police more and it was engaged in negotiations with the companies in America and other European countries to get the explosive/metal detecting latest equipment in addition to 100 APC vehicles more than 500 Police mobile and other deterrence for Sindh Police.

The three-member Special Court bench, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, that is trying former President General (retired) Pervez Musharraf for high treason, summoned the head of the Intelligence Agency that reportedly informed the Interior Ministry about the possibility of an attack on him. The bench remarked that Justice Arab had witnessed some documents which stated that not only the accused but the courtroom and the lawyers were also under threat of an attack. He said that some documents were presented to him in which the Interior Ministry was the complainant.

Justice Arab said that the courtroom, prosecution head and the defence counsel were also threatened. Tariq Hassan, a member of the prosecution team said that the TTP has denied a plan to attack Musharraf and said it has not threatened him. The court directed the intelligence agency’s head to appear before the court on the next hearing and adjourned the proceedings till March 13, 2014.

March 13

Two gangsters affiliated with Baba Ladla group, identified as Asif Niazi and Imran Niazi, were killed in an exchange of fire with the Rangers in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The Police said that Asif Niazi was brother-in-law of Baba Ladla and was booked for his involvement in a grenade attack in Jhat Pat Market on March 12, 2014.

Sindh Chief Minister, Qaim Ali Shah directed the heads of Sindh Police and Rangers to prepare a comprehensive contingency plan for conducting a specific surgical operation with full force to root out gangsters from Lyari. He said that any delay in this action would cause a negative impact on the achievements made during the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi. “Enough is enough! The government will not tolerate killing of innocent people,” the Chief Minister said.

March 14

An unidentified man was killed when armed assailants opened fire at Yusuf Goth in Saeedabad area of Baldia Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified dead body was found from Garden area of Saddar Town.

Unidentified dead body was found at Rheri Goth area in Landhi Town.

One person was injured when unidentified assailants opened fire at Shah Faisal Colony of Shah Faisal Town.

An unidentified man was injured when militants opened fire in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town.

Five suspects, including a Lyari gangster, identified as Saddam Shahikh, were arrested from Bukhari Muhalla area of Thatta District. According to SSP Haseeb Baig, they were all wanted for committing crimes in Karachi.

Rangers personnel produced a suspect, identified as Abdul Razzaq, before an ATC-III Judge amid tight security. The paramilitary force had information about his alleged involvement in target killing, extortion and other criminal activities. According to Rangers, Razzaq belonged to a political party and was arrested during a raid from Garden area of Saddar Town.

While chairing a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the operation in Karachi will continue and that he would himself monitor it. “Karachi operation will continue. The sacrifices rendered by our security agencies are invaluable. Karachi operation is not a routine issue for the government and I will regularly monitor and supervise operation and will help the provincial government in resolving their issues,” the Prime Minister said. He directed that the ban on recruitment in the Civil Armed Forces be lifted. On the recommendation of Rangers Director General, Prime Minister Nawaz directed that in order to ensure merit and transparency, army recruitment centres be engaged to facilitate recruitment in Police. “Recruitment should be purely on merit, without any favouritism,” he said.

He directed the Sindh Government to expedite the establishment of isolated high security prisons in Sindh for internment of terrorists. The meeting agreed in principle that additional Police Stations would be established in Lyari Town of Karachi. The Prime Minister directed the Interior Ministry to expedite the blocking of illegal mobile phone SIMs and use of biometrics system for issuance of SIMs in the future. He also asked the Sindh Government and Rangers to take action against land mafia, which is illegal occupation of state lands. He said Police and Rangers should use new anti-terrorism laws to combat terrorism, extortion and land-grabbing.

March 15

Karachi ATC-III extended remand of an accused, identified as Shahid Bikik, to Police custody till 18 March 2014 for his involvement in a bomb attack case on former President Asif Ali Zardari’s security guard on July 10, 2013. Police had arrested Bikik from on February 11, 2014.

March 19

Three mutilated dead bodies which were recovered 20 days ago from Nooriabad area near Super Highway that lies between Karachi and Hyderabad Districts were identified as that of the workers of the MQM. The victims who were abducted from different parts of Karachi were identified as Yawar Abbas, Shamshad Haider and Farooq. According to details, Abbas was kidnapped from PIB Colony in Gulshan Town in November 2013, followed by Shamshad, and Farooq who went missing since January 2014.

Senior MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that the Government must fulfil its responsibility of recovering missing workers of the party. He said that the writ of the state and Government was not visible in Karachi. The senior MQM leader mentioned the recovery of three MQM workers' mutilated dead bodies from Nooriabad and Hyderabad.

An ATC-III ordered to release a suspect, Shahid Bikik, for his involvement in a bomb attack case on former President Asif Ali Zardari's security guard Bilal Sheikh and three others on July 10, 2013. The Police produced the suspect in court and also submitted a report that the suspect may be released under Section 169 (release of accused when evidence deficient) of the CrPC as no evidence was found against him. In addition, the JIT report also declared him clear which forced the Police to file report under section 169 of the CrPC, said the court sources.

March 20

A former SHO Anwar Jaffri was killed and his driver was injured, in an incident of firing in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A Policeman, identified as Mehboob, was killed and another Policeman Farooq was injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at them at the signal stop in Orangi Town.

A man, identified as Mushtaq, was killed in firing by unidentified armed assailants in Korangi Town.

An unidentified dead body of a man was found from bushes in Jam Goth area of Malir Town.

Two persons, identified as Saqib and Adnan, were injured in an alleged retaliatory firing by Rangers in SITE Town. According to Rangers official, both the men opened fire on Rangers personnel first. DG Rangers formed a committee to probe the incident. The committee will submit a report by March 21, 2014. A Rangers Spokesman said that those personnel who were involved in the shooting would remain in detention until completion of the inquiry.

Five robbers looted a bank in Federal B area near Gul Plaza in Gulberg Town. According to Police, robbers entered Habib Bank Limited, Gul Plaza branch after its closing time. They looted PKR eight million and decamped with booty to unknown destination after swift operation. DIG West, Javed Alam Odho said that security guards were involved in the robbery.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered federal authorities to appoint permanent IGP Sindh within 24 hours. Three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jilani showed grave concern over non-appointment of permanent IGP Sindh and said that they were shocked that Province had no permanent IGP since February 20, 2014. The bench directed secretary establishment division to appoint a regular IG in Province and issue notification in this regard within 24 hours.

The DG Rangers Sindh Major General Rizwan Akhtar on March 18 said that the power granted to the Rangers was a mere 'piece of paper'. He said that the power of the paramilitary force, granted after a suo moto notice of the Supreme Court on August 24, 2011 does not hold any significance due to lack of proper proceedings, the criminals held in raids by the force are handed over to the Police who later let them go. He further said that Lyari was not the only area rife with criminal elements, adding that Karachi has various areas where the law and order situation resembled that of Lyari.

Tassaduq Hussain Jilani said that he was shocked that DG Rangers Sindh had complained that he had limited powers. He said that DG Rangers statement gave an impression that Law Enforcement Agencies were not on same page. Major Ishfaq, Law Officer of the Rangers told the court that Rangers had no power of investigation. He said that it was proposed to set up five stations in each District of Karachi for investigating the criminals but neither station was set up nor they were provided with investigation powers. He added that during the past six month, 517 people arrested by the Rangers were released by local courts. The bench directed DG Rangers to submit a report within 3 days, highlighting their reservations regarding their limited powers.

March 21

Two JSQM leaders, identified as spokesperson Maqsood Qureshi and Salman Wadho, were killed in a targeted attack near Bhiria city in Naushehro Feroze District. Wadho was the Secretary General of Latif Sangat - the literary wing of JSQM. After the attack, the assailants set the vehicle on fire and escaped from the scene. The killing has triggered widespread unrest in many towns and cities of Sindh, with business activity coming to a halt.

Sources said that the MQM has decided to join the PPP Government in Sindh. The sources said that the Government had offered five Ministries to the MQM. They said that both the parties had agreed four days ago that two Advisors will also be appointed from MQM besides five Ministers.

March 22

Three gangsters associated with the Faisal Pathan group of Lyari were killed in an encounter with Police and Rangers in Aath Chowk area within the remits of Kalakot Police Station in Lyari Town. The gangsters were identified as Bilal, alias Bilawal, Abid and Akbar, alias Seti. Officials claimed they had recovered radio sets, hand grenades and weapons from their possession.

DSP Agha Jameel, who was active during the infamous 1992 Operation Clean-up and also nominated in the Murtaza Bhutto murder case, was at a restaurant near Sharfabad Chowrangi when he was shot at, said the New Town Police official. He was taken to a private hospital, where he expired. Police said a passerby, Faizan (10), was also killed and his mother injured in the incident.

A Police Constable, identified as Naeemuddin (40), was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Korangi town.

A Shopkeeper, identified as Shujaat Hussain (24), was shot dead and his friend Taufiq was injured in Rizvia Society of Liaquatabad Town.

A person, identified as Haroon Raees (30), was shot dead in Sector 11-L in North Karachi.

A person, identified as Ghulam Shabir (31), was shot dead on Mirza Adam Khan Road in Gulistan Colony of Lyari town.

Three dead bodies were found in different parts of the Karachi. A body was found in the Mewa Shah graveyard of Pak Colony another in Slaughter House of Lyari area and a person, identified as Jawad Hassan's body in Lyari River of Sher Shah area.

Police arrested a gangster belonging to Uzair Jan Baloch gang, identified as Hussain, alias Abuzar, after an exchange of fire with the Police on Mirza Adam Khan Road within the limits of Chakiwarha Police Station in Lyari Town.

The MQM and the PPP announced a formation of a coalition Government in Sindh as five ministries are likely to be handed over to the MQM. According to sources, the Ministries of Health, Information Technology, Auqaf, Industries and Commerce are likely to be offered to the MQM. Two advisers will also be appointed from the MQM. The names of the potential ministers have been sent to MQM chief Altaf Hussain for approval.

March 25

A man, identified as Abdul Aziz (35), was shot dead in Photo Lane area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead another man, identified as Yaseen (44), in Korangi Crossing of Korangi Town.

A man, identified as Younis (60), was shot dead near Electronics Market in Baldia Town.

Two abductees kidnapped by a Policeman, who was deployed at Special Investigation Unit, were released and the accused Policeman was arrested near Jinnah Mausoleum in Jamshed Town. The abductees were kidnapped on March 24, 2014. The Police mobile and weapons used in the kidnapping were also recovered from his possession.

At least 13 suspects were arrested and weapons were recovered from their possession during raids conducted by Rangers personnel in Mohammad Khan Colony and Ittehad Town of Baldia Town.

Police booked seven suspects, including MQM Zonal Committee member Farhan Ali Shaikh, for killing JSQM cadre, Manzoor Channa on March 21, 2014. However, the MQM District Chapter strongly condemned the registration of the FIR against Shaikh.

AIGP, Karachi range, Shahid Hayat said "1,500 more phones were snatched in the city when compared with the corresponding period before the operation". He said that mobile snatching is on the rise in Karachi and the situation could improve if supply was curtailed and those individuals selling the phones were arrested. He further said that the targeted operation had brought the number of homicides in the city down, which would further decrease by 50 per cent at the end of 2014.

March 26

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, on March 26 announced that in order to ensure safety of Policemen in Karachi, the Karachi Police, according to the Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014, will purchase security related equipments, including 300 bombproof APCs, bullet-proof vans and jackets, worth PKR 8 billion. The Government and the opposition in the Sindh Assembly supported the Sindh Emergency Procurement Bill, 2014, and it was was unanimously passed on February 7, 2014. The law allows the Law Enforcement Agencies to procure latest weapons, bombproof vehicles and other material by putting existing procurement rules in abeyance for one year.

March 28

Two alleged gangsters, identified as Arshad and Abdullah, were killed in a joint encounter by Rangers and Police in Baghdadi area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Two unidentified dead bodies were found packed in gunny bags near Bagh-e-Korangi in Korangi Town.

A member of an unspecified political party, identified as Anwar (40), was killed in firing incident near Allah Wala Town in North Karachi Town.

A man, identified as Abdul Waheed (30), was killed in an incident of firing by unidentified armed assailants in North Nazimabad Town.

An attempt by unidentified criminals to run away with the pulled out ATM machine of a private bank was foiled near NIPA Chowrangi in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Gulshan Town. According to details, the accused successfully pulled out an ATM machine of a private bank and were about run away with the machine, when the guard of the bank foiled their attempt by switching on the siren causing panic among the accused who threw the machine on the road and fled away.

Three armed assailants entered the temple belonging to the Hindu scheduled-caste community and desecrated it in Latifabad area of Hyderabad District. The men prayed for two minutes and then broke Hanuman's idol before setting the temple on fire. This temple is located in the same compound as the more popular temple of Kali Mata. "They asked me to let them in because they wanted to pray," said Darshan, a student of class five, who has been looking after the temple for the last five months. "But, once they entered, they broke the idol, sprayed kerosene oil and set everything ablaze."

MQM's senior leader Saleem Shahzad, soon after his suspension from the party for an indefinite period, said that that several elements within the party were involved in extortion, killings and smuggling. "The party leadership knew I have decided to resign from the basic membership," Shahzad said while reacting to news of his suspension in London. "There is a corrupt lobby in the Muttahida which is against the ideological workers…These elements are involved in extortion, murder, smuggling and other illegal activities," he said.

April 1

At least two torture bearing dead bodies of MQM activists, identified as that of Sanaullah and Masrur, were recovered from Ghagar Phatak near National Highway in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to Police sources, they were abducted from Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town and then tortured to death.

A seminary student, identified as Muhammad Ahsan (25), was shot dead and another student, identified as Saad (24), was injured when two unidentified armed assailants wearing surgical masks opened fire on them in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. According to Gulshan SP Iqbal Tanweer Hussain Tunio, the two students were on their way home after attending classes at the Ahsanul Uloom seminary on Abul Hasan Isphahani Road. "It seems the two students were killed due to their sects," claimed SP Tunio.

At least four persons were injured in two separate explosions in Karachi. The first incident took place near NIPA Chowrangi area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal town where bomb went off that left one person injured. Police said that the militants tried to enter an identified seminary, however, the guard succeeded to stop them after which militants left the bomb outside the seminary and managed to flee.

Two unidentified persons were injured in a firing incident in Sharafi Goth area of Landhi Town.

A bomb exploded outside a Mosque in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area, leaving two children injured.

April 2

Two unidentified dead bodies were recovered from Mianwali Colony in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to Police, the victims had been tortured before being shot dead.

April 4

Rangers claimed to have arrested three alleged target killers from Musa Lane area of Lyari Town. According to Rangers sources the accused were affiliated with PAC.

April 6

Two TTP militants, identified as Abdullah and Zikaria, were killed in an alleged Police encounter in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police also recovered weapons from their possession.

A suspected gangster, identified as Mullah Nazir, was shot dead in a Police encounter in Kiamari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to SSP South Nasir Aftab, Police also recovered two hand grenades and other weapons from his possession.

April 7

Unidentified armed assailants attacked the house of Special Public Prosecutor, Advocate Abdul Maroof, the prosecutor in the Wali Khan Babar murder case, in Akhtar Colony of Jamshed Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties were reported in the attack. Advocate Maroof said that unidentified militants fired gunshots towards his residence in Akhtar Colony and then fled from the scene. He also demanded of the Government to take notice of the incident. His residence had come under a similar attack in the past too.

April 8

A gangster affiliated with a Lyari group, identified as Navid Baloch alias Nazir, was arrested from Garden area of Saddar Town. The Police claimed to have seized a hand grenade and pistol from his possession.

Elsewhere in the Town, another gangster from Lyari, identified as Danish, was arrested from Mithadar area. The Police said that the accused was involved in various crimes.

At least 24 low intensity bomb blasts hit different cities of Sindh as JSMM announced a strike for April 9, 2014 against Protection of Pakistan Ordinance Bill and the March 21, 2014, killing of JSQM leader Maqsood Qureshi.

According to reports, hand-grenade explosions took place in Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Nowshero Feroz and other Districts. SSP Hyderabad, Pir Farid Jan Sarhindi said that Police and Rangers had arrested 13 suspected cadres of a nationalist party after attacks. However, no outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade near shops at Zamzama market in Karachi District, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties were reported in the attack.

April 9

Unidentified militants killed three unidentified students of an Islamic seminary near Continental Bakery in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A Shia doctor, identified as Haider Raza, was shot dead while another man accompanying him was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at his car in front of Darul Sehat Hospital in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

An attempt of terrorism in Karachi was foiled when a bomb planted in busy commercial area of city was defused. According to details, a major disaster was prevented in the metropolis when a 14-kilogramme bomb was recovered and defused at Khalid Bin Waleed Road in PECHC Block 6.

April 10

A lawyer, Syed Waqar Shah (42), was killed when unidentified militants opened fire at his car in Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. Police said Waqar was en route to the court from his house. He was the Vice President of PML-N Lawyers' Wing.

Further, an unidentified man was shot dead by armed assailants in Block 7 area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

One Nabi Bukhsh (25) was shot at and injured near Aath Chowk in Eido Lane of Lyari Town.

One Aqeel (25) was shot and injured when unidentified militants opened fire on him near Meera Naka Bridge in Lyari Town.

April 11

A Shia lawyer, identified as Advocate Syed Ghulam Haider (52), was shot dead in Martin Quarters on Martin Road in Jamshed Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to the Police, Haider was attending a majlis at Shah Najaf Imambargah (Shia place of commemoration), on Martin Road, when two unidentified armed assailants opened fire at his car, killing him on the spot.

April 12

An alleged gangster affiliated with Sheraz Comrade group, identified as Arshad, was killed during a joint raid conducted by the Police and the Rangers in Kalakot area of Lyari Town in Karachi.

April 13

At least three suspects, identified as Amjad Farooqui, Shahid Qadri and Shakeel Qadri, were killed when two unidentified militants opened fire at a car near Gulfam Sweet in Cant Bazaar area on Drigh Road within the limits of Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station in Shah Faisal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police claimed that Farooqui was associated with ASWJ, while the other two were the members of ST.

A shopkeeper, identified as Badaruddin (50), was shot dead in New Karachi Town.

A security guard, identified as Shah Fahad, was found dead near Safoora roundabout in Guslhan-e-Iqbal Town.

Unidentified armed assailants shot and injured a man, identified as Abdul Shakoor (45), on Northern Bypass in Surjani Town.


Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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