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Sindh Timeline- 2015



January 1

The Sindh Rangers arrested 11 suspected persons during raids in Mianwali Colony, Jam Goth and Lyari areas of the provincial capital Karachi. According to a spokesman of Sindh Rangers, the members of banned outfits were also among the detainees. Four alleged gangster were arrested in Gulistan Colony area of Lyari. Arms were also recovered from their possession.

January 3

Pakistani Rangers, in an operation, killed four criminals, identified as Sanaullah (25), Ameer (35), Hassan (28) and Liaqat (30), near Jumman Shah Road of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. "The criminals were involved in many cases of murder and extortion," the Pakistan Rangers spokesperson said. Weapons were also recovered from their possession.

Unidentified gunman shot dead a man, identified as Ghulam Ali (25), near Gareeb Shah Shrine in Lyari Town in Karachi.

January 5

ANP’s District West President, identified as Haji Saifullah Afridi, was killed in a targeted attack while he was on his way home from the mosque in Ittehad Town of Baldia Town in provincial capital Karachi. The law enforcers believed that the militants from TTP-Swat Chapter, who were also involved in previous attacks and killings on the ANP leaders and workers in Karachi, were behind Afridi’s killing. DSP Javed Hussain Shah said that TTP militants were behind the incident.

A man, identified as Nazeer (30), alias Siraiki was shot dead in Mawach Goth within the jurisdiction of Mochko Police Station in Baldia Town. According to Police, three gangsters, identified as Imran, Yasir and Arafat, affiliated with Kamu group of Uzair Baloch group, called the victim outside his home, shot him multiple times and escaped from the scene.

An unidentified man was shot dead in Baghdadi area of Lyari Town.

An unidentified dead body of a man was found dead from Bhains Colony area in Lyari Town. Police officials said the victim was tortured to death after kidnapping.

A Policeman, identified as Naqeebullah (42), was shot dead in Mawach Goth area within the jurisdictions of Mochko Police Station in Baldia Town.

The senators belonging to the MQM and the ANP demanded a military operation against terrorists in Karachi. The demand came when ANP’s Shahi Syed drew the Senate’s attention to what he called the continued targeted killing of his party’s workers as well as Pakhtuns in the city. Supporting the ANP’s call for the military action, Nasreen Jalil of the MQM said it was her party which had been demanding an army operation against terrorists in Karachi where Taliban were strengthening their presence.

Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) warned all the mobile phone companies that their respective executives will be booked for terrorism if a phone connection sold in violation of set rules is found to have been used in any terror activity. In a letter sent to the regional headquarters of Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor, Warid and Zong, the Sindh Chief Minister and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the Rangers came up with the strong measures to counter the flaws which they said were causing ‘deterioration of law and order situation’.

With a conviction rate of nearly 32 per cent, the ATCs in Sindh have disposed of 798 cases between September 2013 and November 2014 while around 2,700 cases are still pending. The statistics of 33 ATCs in the Province showed that of the 798 disposed of cases, accused were acquitted in 543 cases and convicted in 255 cases. Eight of the total ATCs had a cent per cent acquittal rate in the 15-month period. The ATCs were established under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, for speedy trial of cases pertaining to terrorism, sectarian killing, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.

January 6

Three suspected militants, identified as Gul Pir Khan, Noor Alam and Ameer Mohammad, were killed in a Police encounter led by CID’s Counter-Terrorism Unit on Northern Bypass, on the outskirts of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The militants are suspected to be affiliated with the TTP. CID further claims to have recovered three pistols, two grenades and Improvised Explosive Devices from their possession.

Two Rangers personnel were killed and a civilian was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at the Rangers' raiding team and also hurled a hand grenade during the encounter in Khurramabad area of Landhi Town.  

Sindh Government directed all private schools to finalise their security arrangements before the end of the winter vacation as the Government is not in a position to ensure Police deployment. Home Secretary Dr Niaz Ali Abbasi said that the Government would ensure effective patrolling around the schools under threat.

January 7

Abdul Latif (30), the brother of the ASWJ District Central president, Abdul Rauf, was shot dead while another was injured when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at a general store near Pahar Ganj within the limits of the Sharae Noor Jahan Police Station in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A factory worker was gunned down near his house in Qaimkhani Colony within the jurisdiction of the Ittehad Town Police Station. The deceased was identified as 50-year-old Zameen Gul, son of Abdul Hameed. He was on his way to work in Sher Shah when unidentified men shot him.

A man identified as Syed Shah (24), was shot dead near 4-K Chowrangi within the limits of the Surjani Police Station. The Police said that the deceased was a resident of Qasba Colony, Orangi Town and was on his way to do some errands in Surjani when he was killed.

A factory supervisor was killed inside his office located on the second floor of a clothing factory in Godhra Colony within the limits of the Gabol Town Police Station. Police officials said that the deceased was sitting in his office when unidentified men walked in and shot him in the head.

The body of a woman identified as 45-year-old Feroza was found in her house in Orangi Town within the limits of the Pakistan Bazaar Police Station. Police officials said that deceased was strangled to death while her husband was not at home.  

An unidentified woman was found dead in the bushes near New Port Qasim within the limits of Shah Latif Police Station.

January 8

Four Al-Qaeda terrorists, including a ‘commander’, were killed in alleged encounter with Police in Qayyumabad area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. CID In-charge Raja Umer Khattab said the shootout with terrorists took place in sector D area of Qayyumabad. Police also recovered suicide jackets and weapons from the custody of terrorists. He said Al-Qaeda ‘commander’, identified as Sajjad, was among the dead.

Unidentified armed men shot and injured two Policemen in Nazimabad 3 area. Both the Policemen were rushed to a nearby hospital but they succumbed to their wounds on the way. The deceased Policemen were identified as Bughio Khan and Abdul Bari.

A man named Suleman Rizvi was killed when armed assailants opened fire on a mechanic shop in Paposh Nagar area.

Police claimed that the accused opened firing on patrolling Policeman in Jhatpat market, Kalakot and in retaliatory fire gang war accused identified as Ramzan was killed. Police said Ramzan belongs to Baba Ladla group and was involved in several cases.

In an exchange of fire, gang war accused Abid alias Abba was killed in Saifee Lane area within the limits of Baghdadi Police Station. Police said Abid was involved in more than 10 cases of murder. Five personnel of Baghdadi Police sustained injuries in exchange of fire with gang war accused.

One MQM activist was shot dead and two sympathizers were injured in a firing incident in Orangi town. Rescue sources said unknown gunmen opened fire at shop in Orangi town near Rehmat Chowk as a result MQM 119 unit worker, identified as Muhammad Nadeem was killed and two others sustained injuries.

January 11

Dr Akbar Ali was shot dead when he was seeing patients in his Al-Syed Clinic of Paposh Nagar in Nazimabad town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Ten minutes after the killing of Dr Akbar Ali, a homoeopath Doctor, Yawar Hussain, was shot dead by unidentified assailants when he was pulling down the shutter of his clinic near Khilafat Chowk in Nazimabad town. 

One Abdul Rauf was shot dead while he was busy in his shop in Gulberg town.

January 13

SSP Malir Rao Anwar claimed to have killed five alleged terrorists in an encounter at Gulshan-e-Bunair area of Karachi, the Provincial capital of Sindh. SSP raided the area of Quaidabad along with 500 Policemen on secret information about the presence of terrorists of the plotters of Karachi jailbreak attempt. When Police reached the scene terrorists opened fire on them, as a result a Police mobile was damaged. However, in retaliatory fire five alleged terrorists belonging to a banned outfit were killed. Police recovered weapons and explosive material from the possession of dead criminals. Later, two killed terrorists were identified as Sajid and Mateen. Police sources said that Sajid was the mastermind of Karachi jailbreak foiled bid.

Two MQM workers, identified as Mohammad Ashraf alias Guddu and Mohammad Abdul Rehman, were shot dead while they were sitting along the road outside their homes near Taqva mosque in Rizvia Society of Liaquatabad Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead the joint in-charge of the MQM Balochistan Committee, identified as Ashraf Khan (35) in Farid Colony of Orangi Town.

January 15

An unidentified man was shot dead near Haider Chowk in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Law Enforcement Agencies arrested two target killers affiliated with a political party, who were involved in several cases of target killing and other crimes, from an undisclosed area of Karachi. Weapons were also recovered from their possession.

An ATC declared the TTP 'chief' Mullah Fazlullah, his former spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid and six others as proclaimed offenders in the June 8, 2014, Karachi Airport attack case. Six others were identified as Malik Mumtaz Awan, Asim Sharif, Abdur Rasheed, Akhtar alias Plumber, Iqbal alias Thekedar and Abdullah Baloch. The Police submitted that Fazlullah and Shahid had addresses of Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town but they could not be traced. The court declared the suspects as proclaimed offenders, ordering confiscation of their properties. The hearing of the case was adjourned till January 26, 2015.

Sindh High Court directed the Provincial authorities to apprise it about what measures they have taken to secure the public and private educational institutions across the Province, excluding the government's advisory regarding security arrangements in wake of December 16, 2014 attack on an Army Public School in Peshawar. A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar issued notice to Sindh Chief Secretary, Education and Literacy Department Secretary, Home Secretary to submit their response to the petition by January 21, 2015.

January 16

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan said that there has been 60 to 70 percent reduction in extortion and kidnapping-for-ransom cases and target killing incidents have reduced in Karachi. Khan said that after the Abbas Town blast in March 2, 2013, we focused on elimination of four heinous crimes with all available resources which include terrorism, extortions, target killings and kidnapping-for-ransom and we got success and today there is clear reduction in these crimes in the city.

January 18

Two officials of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), identified as Sohail Yusuf Bhatti (47), and Yusuf Talat Khan (56), were shot dead in a targeted attack near the Federal Urdu University on the main University Road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Yusuf was the Deputy Director of Lyari Development Authority and Bhatti was the Detector Land LDA.

Two Policemen, identified as Abdul Ghafoor (50), and Muhammad Farooq, were shot dead in North Nazimabad Town.

A doctor, identified as Dr Farooq Ahmed Shaikh (55), was shot dead in a targeted attack in Federal B area of Gulberg Town. On his way home after work around 1:45am when he was shot dead in a target attack in Federal B Area.

A man, identified as Rehan (50), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Chhota Maidan area within the limits of Paposh Police Station in North Nazimabad Town.

Muttahida Qaumi Chief Altaf Hussain demanded the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to impose martial law in Sindh for the safety of life and property of people. He said the Sindh Government has failed in maintaining peace in the city as killing of innocent people in Karachi was on the rise. He demanded the Prime Minister to issue arm licenses to citizens if martial law couldn't be enforced.

Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali of the Supreme Court, who is also the monitoring judge of the ATCs in Sindh, chaired a meeting that was informed of bifurcation of cases into "militancy-related" and "others" by the ATCs. Of the over 2,700 cases pending disposal before the 19 ATC across the Province, 192 cases of bomb blasts and militant attacks by militant organisations have been prioritized for hearing on a day-to-day basis as provided under the ATA of 1997.

January 19

An ASI, identified as Tabassum Ali, was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants while he was providing security to polio team in Banaras area of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Later, the anti-polio drive was suspended in Orangi Town and SITE Town.

An unidentified alleged target killer was killed in a retaliatory firing by the Police near Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) in Paposh Nagar of North Nazimabad Town.

January 20

An activist of the MQM Unit-6, identified as Danish (30), was shot dead and another man, identified as Touseef (26), was shot at and injured in Malir Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man was shot dead and another unidentified man was injured near Kharadar in Lyari Town.

An unidentified dead body of a man was found near Hijrat Colony area of Lyari Town.

Police claimed to have killed a criminal in an encounter in Manghopir area of Gadap Town. However, the identity of the suspect could not be ascertained.

At least 10 people, including one woman and two children, were injured in a hand grenade attack carried out by Lyari gangsters in Bhimpura area of Saddar Town.

A man, identified as Wali Ahmed, was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants in Bhains Colony area of Lyari Town.

In an incident of firing, one Fahad (18) was injured near Usmanabad in Lyari Town.

One Shahid (30) was shot and injured by unidentified armed assailants near Mominabad in Orangi Town.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while presiding over a meeting on law and order directed the Law Enforcement Agencies to intensify and strengthen vigilance at entry and exit points of the Province. He added that the ongoing targeted operation had started producing encouraging results, but he wanted the law enforcers to intensify the operation to purge the Province of terrorist elements.

The IGP Ghulam Hyder Jamali briefed the Chief Minister on the targeted operation. He said the operation gave positive results. "If the 496 days of the targeted operation are compared with the corresponding 496 days [of the previous years], 337 per cent more criminals have been killed in encounters while 16 per cent more targeted killers arrested, 285 per cent more terrorists and 96 per cent more extortionists apprehended," he said. A total of 766 criminals had been killed during the 496 days of the operation, while 175 criminals had been killed in encounters during the corresponding period, he said. Similarly, 1,399 criminals involved in targeted killings had been arrested, while 1,200 had been arrested earlier, he said. The number of militants and extortionists arrested increased from 124 to 478 and from 236 to 463, respectively, he said.

January 21

A man, identified as Shoaib (30), was killed by unidentified armed assailants near Madni Masjid in Azizabad area of Gulberg Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

One Muhammad Ali was shot dead and another man, identified as Abdul Rasheed (35), was injured near Jhat Patt Market on Muhammad Ali Road in Lyari Town.

January 23

An unidentified man was shot dead in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

The CID Police claimed to have arrested three Lyari gangsters, identified as Sheeraz Faisal, Muhammad Zubair and Abdul Rehman, during a raid in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. SSP CID Usman Bajwa said that three Lyari gangsters belonged to Sohail Ladla group and were involved in the killing of 14 Policemen and several other people. Police recovered massive weapons and hand grenades from their possession.

The CID Police also arrested a suspect, identified as Abdul Ghani alias Akram, and recovered proscribed electronic devices from his custody. These devices included mobile phone trackers, FM frequency tracker, hacking and transmitters and the instruments used in terrorism.

January 24

One person was killed and two others were injured in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Unidentified men gunned down an unknown person aged about 30 near Rangers check post in Mehmoodabad 2.

One person aged about 30 was shot and injured by unidentified armed men near Shah Latif town in Bhens Colony Landhi.

Arif Abbas (45) was shot and injured by unidentified gunmen in his house near Total Petrol Pump in Korangi.

January 26

An unidentified man was killed while nine others were injured in a bomb explosion in Dawood Goth area of Malir city in Malir Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. During investigation, it was found that armed gangsters riding a motorcycle had lobbed an RGD-1 grenade at a cattle pen of one Jawed alias Chotu. Initial investigations reveal that the criminals belonged to the Akber Maleri gang of Uzair Baloch group.

The FIF, the charity wing of JuD, launched a free ambulance service at the Markaz-e-Taqwa in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. "This [welfare work] is our key area for which we are known across Pakistan," JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed said at the launching ceremony. "After launching several such projects in rural and disaster-hit areas of the country, we now plan to expand to facilitate the maximum number of people," he said, adding, "We are neither a political party nor do we have an electoral agenda. So we are stick to our social welfare projects."

He said that in the first phase, the FIF would operate a fleet of 15 ambulances in all city districts and the number of vehicles would be increased gradually. "We are operating an ambulance service in 118 cities across the country. From Tharparkar in Sindh to Turbat in Balochistan and from Sadiqabad in Punjab to Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, you would find footprints of our welfare projects in every corner of the country," he said.

January 27

Unidentified militants shot dead a Policeman, identified as Shahmir Jhandir (22), deputed for the security of anti-polio volunteers near a bakery in Nazimabad No 3 area of North Nazimabad Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. No outfit claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities, however, termed the incident a targeted attack on Police and not on the polio team.

Principal of Iqra Rozatul Atfal School, identified as Fazl Urrhman (45), was shot dead by unidentified militants near Bhetak Hotel, Munawar Chowrangi in Gulistan-e-Johar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

Unidentified armed assailants shot dead a man, identified as Israr (30), in Defense Housing Authority in Gadap Town.

An unidentified man was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Hawkesbay Scheme 42 in Hawke's Bay Town locality of Kiamari Town.

One Abdul Khair (28) was shot at and injured near Usmania Chowk in Garden area of Saddar Town.

The Sindh High Court directed the Home Secretary, Provincial Police Chief, Rangers Director General and others to submit their respective replies in the petitions against alleged detention of seven workers of the MQM by Law Enforcement Agencies. A division bench comprising Justices Ahmed Ali M. Sheikh and Syed Muhammad Farooq Shah also issued notices to the Federal and Provincial law officers to ensure the filing of comments on behalf of the official respondents. The hearing was adjourned till January 15, 2015.

According to details, on January 15, 2015, Shahzad Khan, a worker of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, was held in Orangi Town and on January 16, 2015, MQM worker Syed Tahir Ali, an employee of the education department, was arrested Later, on January 20, 2015 the paramilitary troops arrested Abrar, owner of a roadside tea stall, in Orangi Town within the jurisdiction of the Mominabad Police Station. He said that on the same day another worker of MQM, Umair Sharafat, an employee of Honda Atlas, was arrested from Sector 10 in Orangi Town. Also, the LEA personnel and Police raided the house of Naseer, an employee of a hospital, in Orangi Town and took away the victim. On January 21, 2015, he said, another worker of MQM, Bilal, was taken into custody in Hingorabad area of Lyari Town. The same day, Suleman, a factory worker, was also picked up by the Rangers and Police within the jurisdiction of the Kalri Police Station.

An Antiterrorism Court declared the 'chief' of the TTP, Mullah Fazlullah, its former 'spokesman' Shahidullah Shahid and six others as proclaimed offenders in the Karachi airport attack case of June 8, 2014. Earlier in October 2014, three suspects, identified as Sarmad Siddiqui, Asif Zaheer and Nadeem alias Burger alias Mullah, were arrested for providing logistic support, funds and weapons to the militants.

January 28

SSP Malir Rao Anwar Ahmed claimed to have killed five militants in Nawab Goth area within the limits of Steel Town Police Station in Bin Qasim Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The Police recovered weapons, explosives material and suicide vests from their possession. SSP Malir raided in Nawab Goth on spy information of the presence of terrorists and killed five alleged terrorists during the encounter. According to SSP Rao the militants belonged to TTP were planning to attack the Razzakabad Police Training Centre.

An activist of MQM, identified as Sohial Ahmed (46), was found dead near Machko in Mawach Goth area of Baldia Town. Ahmed was the MQM unit-64 in-charge. According to details, on December 15, 2014, PPP held an open house in Bahadurabad area of Gulshan Town. During the open house, Ahmed raised various questions regarding Sindh Government's performance where PPP activists and Police officials were also present. In the same open house, Suhail was threatened by PPP's Saeed Chawla. The same night, Ahmed was arrested by the Police and on January 28, he was found death in Mawach Goth.

An unidentified man was shot dead near Yousuf General Store in Kamela Stop area of Lyari Town.

A man, identified as Sajjad Maqsood (30), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Chungi Naka on Surjani Road in Korangi Town.

A man, identified as Anwar Bux (25), was shot at and injured near Godown Chowrangi at Ding Dong Factory in Korangi Town.

AIG Sindh Police Ghulam Qadir Thebo said that Police had arrested one of the five suspects, identified as Mohammad Mansoor, involved in the murder of Karachi University Dean Islamic Studies Faculty Dr Shakeel Auj. In September 2014, Dr Shakeel Auj was shot dead in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

January 29

A considerable portion of the railway tracks were destroyed when a huge explosion took place near Thull, in Jacobabad District of Sindh. More than three feet of the tracks were blown off. The bomb went off as soon as Peshawar-bound Khushal Khan Khatak Express passed from the spot of the blast.

January 30

At least 61 Shias were killed and 50 others were injured in a bomb explosion at Karbala Maula Imambargah in Lakhi Dar area of Shikarpur District. Jundullah, a splinter group of TTP claimed responsibility for the attack. "Our target was the Shia community (mosque)… They are our enemies," said Fahad Marwat, Jundullah 'spokesperson'.

The PM Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that cases of target killings in Karachi could be sent to the proposed military trial courts for speedy disposal. The PM stated this at the Sindh Governor House where he chaired a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation after reaching Karachi just one day after the city observed a strike called by the MQM against the extrajudicial killing of a party activist. The PM expressed the resolve at a meeting to eliminate the terrorists who had been responsible for causing lawlessness in the city while dubbing such criminals as enemies of the country.

February 1

Rangers claimed to have killed five gangsters in an encounter in Salar Goth area of Malir Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. They were identified as Akber Maliri, Khalid Lashari, Sheraz Ibrahim alias Comrade of Malir, Gulab Hasan alias Peero, and Yousuf Pathan. Akbar Maliri, was stated to be the main character in the gang warfare in parts of Malir and belonged to the Uzair Baloch group.

CID of Sindh Police claimed to have killed four TTP militants in a shootout in Manghopir area of Gadap Town and recovered weapons and explosive material from their possession. The names of the killed terrorists were not released to the media yet. ATC In-charge Ali Raza said the action was conducted on secret information about the presence of terrorists in the area.

Two carders of the ASWJ, identified as Naseem Khan (28) and Mohammed Asif (24), were killed in a sectarian attack on the main National Highway near Malir Halt in Malir Town. The victims were office-bearers of the ASWJ in District Central, said a spokesperson for the ASWJ.

A shopkeeper and a cadre of ASWJ, identified as Akhtar Hussain (55), was shot dead while his son, Athar Hussain (26), was injured when unidentified militants opened fire at them at Islam Chowk near the Farooq-i-Azam mosque in Pakistan Bazaar area of Orangi Town. The victim was a worker of the ASWJ, said the party spokesperson.

A customs official, identified as Mohammed Salahuddin Khan (56), who was shot at and injured in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town on January 29, 2015, succumbed to his wounds. Salahuddin was parking his car near his house in Block 13-C when unidentified armed assailants attacked him and fled.

An extortionist was shot dead in the Kalakot area of Lyari Town. His identity could not be ascertained immediately. Initial report state that he had gone there to collect 'protection money' when he was attacked, claimed SHO Safdar Mashwani.

February 2

A man, identified as Sultan (26), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Chanesar Goth in Mehmoodabad area of Jamshed Town in the provincial capital Karachi.

One Iftikhar (35) was shot dead near Teen Hatti in Liaquatabad Town.

Two people identified as, Muhammad Farooq (19) and Ibrahim (18), were shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants near Raheem Shah Colony in Orangi Town.

A man, identified as Yousuf Masih (21), was injured near Double Road in Surjani Town of Gadap Town.

A man, identified as Imran Khan (30), was shot at and injured in Ranchor Line.

A man, identified as Shair Muhammad (40), was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants in Old Sabzi Mandi area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

The LeJ militants hurled a grenade near a private school in Block-7 area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. However, no casualties were reported. The militants also left a threat letter before escaping from the scene.

The Sindh Government decided to set up a 1,000-strong Police force - ATF to be trained by the Army - and approved the creation of a Counterterrorism Department and three zonal committees each having top officials of military, Rangers and Police to execute a Provincial Action Plan. The committee meeting, which was jointly chaired by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah also decided to forward 57 terrorism cases to the newly-established military courts in the first phase.

“Brigadier Ahsan Gulrez of V Corps said that in order to ensure execution of the PAP across the Province, three zonal committees — Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur — would be constituted." The statement read, “The directives of the provincial action plan are action against proscribed organisations, dealing firmly with sectarian terrorists, action against armed militias, Karachi targeted operation, choking of financing for terrorists and their organisations and establishment and deployment of a dedicated counterterrorism force.”

February 3

A man, identified as Adil (30), was shot dead and another identified as Ayaz (27), was injured by unidentified armed assailants near Nadeem Clinic on Jamshed Road in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

One Bilal (20) was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Madrasa Arabia in Mehfooz Road area of Malir Town.

An unidentified criminal was killed while tow of his accomplices managed to escape during a Police encounter near Ganna Mandi in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town. Police also recovered one TT pistol from his possession.

A man, identified as, Sadam Hussain (22), was shot at and injured by unidentified militants near Mochko in Baldia Town.

Two convicted terrorists affiliated with LeJ, identified as Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif, were hanged till death in Karachi Central prison. Qasim and Sharif were sentenced to death for killing Dr Ali Raza Peerani in June 2001 in Soldier Bazaar area of Jamshed Town. An ATC had declared both of them guilty of the murder in July 2004. The convicts' appeals against capital punishment had been turned down by the Sindh High Court and later the Supreme Court. Black warrants for the execution of the two condemned prisoners were issued on January 24, 2015 on a request of jail authorities.

February 4

Two members of a polio team, Saifullah Jamali and Sikandar Jamali, were injured when unidentified assailants armed with hatchets and clubs attacked them in Bahadurpur village near Thull town in Jacobabad District of Sindh. Residents of Bahadurpur village said the polio workers were without any police escort.

February 5

A man, identified as Faisal (30), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Soldier Bazaar area of Jamshed Town in provincial capital Karachi.

One Manzoor (40) and Altaf (50) were shot at and injured near 5-L Chingchi stop in North Karachi Town of Karachi District.

A man, identified as Muhammad Iqbal (40), was shot and injured near Native Jetty Bridge in Kiamari Town.

Sindh Police reached Dubai to take into custody Lyari gangster and the chief of PAC Uzair Jan Baloch alias Sardar Uzair. Uzair Baloch was arrested on December 29, 2014 by the Interpol in Dubai, when he was attempting to cross into the UAE from Oman. According to sources, Baloch was travelling on a fake Iranian passport with his name listed as Abdul Ghani Khuda Bukhsh. “We are in constant contact with the Interpol for the extradition of Uzair Jan Baloch,” said SSP Naveed Khawaja, who is heading the Police team.

Interpol had issued red warrants for two key figures of the Lyari gang-wars, Uzair Baloch and Noor Mohammad alias Baba Ladla, on June 11, 2014.

February 6

Rangers and Police killed a terrorist, identified as Aziz Afghani, during a joint raid in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town. A spokesman for the paramilitary force said that Afghani was involved in various crimes, including kidnapping-for-ransom.

Police killed a suspect, identified as Ubaidur Rehman, in Altaf Nagar area of Orangi Town when he tried to escape from custody after snatching a gun from a constable. The Police said that a constable was also injured in the exchange of fire. Rehman was involved in the killing of 22 people including four doctors and eight Policemen.

February 8

Rangers arrested a target killer, Abdul Rafique alias Kaein, during a raid in the Mehmoodabad area of Jamshed Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Kaein is Mehmoodabad sector in-charge of the MQM. During the initial interrogation he confessed to his involvement in the May 12, 2007 massacre. Rafique disclosed to the interrogators that a team of target killers, headed by Amir alias Dawani of Manzoor Colony, used to take orders from him. He has also confessed to numerous killings and gun battles with Ashok and Kobra group in Chanesar Goth area of Jamshed Town.

February 10

A man, identified as Anees Memon (50), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Hollywood Bakri in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man was shot dead near Munawar Chowrangi in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

One Nasir (27) was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants near Mirza Adam Khan Road in Lyari Town.

There has been a 32 per cent rise in the number of people killed by LEAs in a single month of January in 2015 as compared to the number of people killed by the LEAs during the same month in 2014, though the overall number of people killed during both the corresponding periods decreased by 29 per cent in Karachi, stated HRCP report released.

The report states that the number of people killed by the LEAs in January 2015 was 52 in the city as compared to the 36 killings carried out by the LEAs during January 2014. The report further says that the total number of people killed in January 2014 was 273 as compared to 194 killings during January 2015.

Giving the breakdown of killings in January 2015, the report notes that 114 men were killed in January 2015. These included 33 targeted killing of non-political persons, political activists killed (11), sectarian killings (eight), abducted and killed (eight), dead bodies found (16), killed in bomb blasts (one), killed in Lyari gang warfare (seven) and killed by banned outfits (11).

February 11

Two extortionists, affiliated with Lyari gang war group, were arrested after they were injured in exchange of fire with Police in Kalri area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Fida Hussain said the Police recovered arms and two hand grenades from their possession.

February 12

Two foreign gangsters, involved in kidnapping-for-ransom cases, were killed in an exchange of fire with Police during an encounter near Indus Plaza in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town in provincial capital Karachi. SSP Malir Rao Anwaar said that the gangsters after opening fire at Police party in the area tried to flee. The Police retaliated and two of them were killed on the spot.

At least 25 people were wounded after a remote controlled explosion on railway track derailed Khushhal Khan Khattak Express near the Dilmurad Railway Station in Jacobabad District. The train was heading towards Peshawar (KP) from Karachi.

Police claimed to have arrested two target killers, identified as Iqbal alias Shahzad and Ayaz, involved sectarian killings during a raid conducted in Korangi Town. SSP Korangi Junaid Shaikh that the accused were involved in sectarian killings and murders of doctors. He added that the targeted killers had killed 15 people in Landhi, Korangi and other areas, saying they were also involved in the multiple acts of extortion.

Intelligence Agencies and officials investigating the January 30, 2015 Shikarpur Imambargah attack during an apex committee meeting jointly chaired by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah identified a militant group operating in Sindh and Balochistan border areas. "The meeting discussed the progress made so far on the Shikarpur probe," said the source, adding, "It was stated that the Imambargah was bombed by the TTP group operating in the Balochistan-Sindh border areas. The mastermind of the bombing is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the facilitators were in Shikarpur. The investigators picked up five suspects during the course of probe but later released two of them. Twelve people are under investigation."

February 13

A man, identified as Guddu (20), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Muhajir Chowk in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

An unidentified man was shot dead near Mianwali Colony in Manghopir area of Gadap Town.

One Asif Ahmed (24) was shot at and injured in Orangi Town.

February 14

The Central President of ASWJ, Aurangzeb Farooqi, escaped an attack near Quaidabad bridge in Bin Qasim Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, three of his bodyguards sustained injuries in the attack.

February 17

A man, identified as Babu (24) was killed and a passer-by Navid (20) was injured in a firing incident near Lal Masjid in Paposh Nagar area of North Nazimabad Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

One Abdul Qadir (30) was shot dead near Janjal Goth in Gulshan-e-Maymar of Gadap Town.

A man, identified as Mohammad Sharif (25), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Azeem Plaza in Garden area of Saddar Town.

February 18

Two people, including an Ismaili Shia, identified as Karim Hashwani, and his driver, Nawaz (45), were shot dead in a sectarian attack at Ali Garden in North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The militants belonged to SSP. Police arrested one of the militants, identified as Hashmi Ishaq, after an exchange of fire while his accomplice, identified as Khalid, managed to escape under the cover of fire.

At least two people, including a worker of MQM, identified as Amir (28), were killed when an unidentified target killer opened gunfire at him and his friend Naveed in North Nazimabad Town.

Police, in coordination with the District Intelligence Agency, arrested more than 50 Afghan nationals in Sukkur District under a security plan chalked out to implement the NAP. According a survey conducted recently, around 9,900 students were enrolled at 226 religious seminaries in the District, said District Intelligence bureau Manzoor Jamali, adding that 98 of them were unregistered institutions. Sukkur SSP Tanveer Tunio said that flags of banned outfits were being removed and graffiti likely to foment sectarian strife was being erased across the District.

Hyderabad Deputy Inspector-General of Police Dr Sanaullah Abbasi while speaking to journalists at the local press club in the District warned all banned outfits against organising any procession, saying that participants in such events would be apprehended. He said the Rangers and Army were partners of Police, who were in the front line. The DIG said that about 50,000 students were studying in religious seminaries functioning within the Hyderabad Police range.

According to a report, at least 116 accused were killed in 464 Police encounters and 330 accused were arrested read-handed during these encounters from January 1 to February 18, 2015. Sindh Police of Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad Division arrested 5,428 accused in raids and encounters and recovered arms from their possessions.  In addition 175 criminal gangs busted and 15 patharidars were arrested. Those arrested included 2,983 absconders, 450 proclaimed offenders, 11 extortionists, five kidnapers, 15 terrorists, three target killers, 1,609 other accused and robbers, including seven dacoits with head money. Police recovered one G3 rifle, three MP5, seven SMGs, 117 shotguns, 36 rifles, 5,556 rounds, three suicide jackets, two bombs, one rocket launcher, 67 hand grenades, and two detonators from the accused.

February 19

Four TTP militants were shot dead in a Police encounter near a graveyard in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Malir SSP Rao Anwar said that the SHO of Bin Qasim Town Police Station Azhar Iqbal had received secret information that chief of TTP- Sohrab Goth Chapter, Qari Alamgir, was staying in a house there along with his accomplices. “Qari Alamgir was wanted in kidnapping for ransom and other criminal cases,” said SSP Anwar.  The Police claimed to have seized explosive material, arms and ammunition from their possession. “Eight to 10 bags containing explosive material, a suicide jacket, pistols, submachine guns and hand grenades were seized,” claimed SHO Iqbal.

MQM worker, identified as Danish Kaleem (24), was killed while he was sitting at a milk shop in Orangi Town.  Iqbal Market Police said that the victim was the member of MQM’s medico-legal aid committee. Meanwhile, condemning the killing of MQM worker Kalim in Orangi Town, party chief Altaf Hussain on February 19 said that the neighbourhood has become a hub of al Qaeda and IS terrorist activities, reports The News. In a statement issued in Karachi, Hussain said that thousands of MQM workers have been killed in Orangi Town area. “Orangi Town, Pakistan Bazaar and Chishti Nagar have become hubs of al Qaeda and Daish (IS),” he said.

A gangster, identified as Talha alias Gwadari (24), involved in the killing of three PPP workers, was shot dead in an encounter near Gabol Park in Lyari Town. Gwadari hailed from Gwadar District in Balochistan and was one of the key members of Uzair Baloch gang.

Unidentified gangsters shot dead a man, identified as Naseer Baloch, at Benazir University Road within Kalakot Police precincts in Lyari Town.

February 20

A man, identified as Mohammad Qamar (30), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Quaid-e-Azam Colony of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town in provincial capital Karachi.

An unidentified man was shot dead and a another man, identified as Raja Naeem (25), was injured by near Tipu Sultan signal within the limits of Bahadurabad Police Station in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

One Iqra University student, identified as Javed Haris, sustained injuries after he was set on fire by unidentified assailants in Akhtar Colony area of Jamshed Town. According to Police sources, Javed had been abducted four days ago from Baloch Colony in Orangi Town, but details surrounding his abduction are not yet known. A threatening letter was also recovered from his pocket, warning of similar actions if the military operation did not end.

A bomb weighing 1 kilogramme found outside the residence of local ANP leader, Gul Muhammad Khan, in Bhains Colony of Bin Qasim Town was successfully diffused by Bomb Disposal Squad. ANP Sindh’s spokesperson said that Gul Muhammad Khan has been receiving continuous threats from militant outfits.

Shahbaz Rangers claimed to have arrested two TTP militants in a raid on a Karachi-bound coach coming from Peshawar (KP) on February 19. Sindh Rangers Commander Colonel Abdul Ghaffar said in press briefing at the Shahbaz Rangers headquarters that the 60-Wing personnel on a tip-off carried out a raid on the coach while it was passing through an area near Mirpur Mathelo town of Ghotki District. They picked up two suspected passengers and during the subsequent interrogation it emerged that they belonged to the TTP, said Colonel Ghaffar. The Rangers commander said that they were fleeing to Karachi to escape death in the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb and intended to fly to a foreign country, probably the UAE. Col Ghaffar spoke of some startling disclosures by the suspects during the interrogation but declined to share them with the media at this juncture.

He further said that another TTP suspect was arrested in a separate raid and interrogation with him was under way. “At the moment, we can share the only information with the media that this man was tasked with opening a TTP unit in Shikarpur District to coordinate with the network of international terrorism,” the Rangers commander said.

February 22

Two gangsters, affiliated with the Uzair Baloch group, were killed during an encounter with the Police in the mill area within the limits of the Kalakot Police Station in Lyari Town of provincial capital Karachi. 

Two Baba Ladla gangsters, identified as Sohail alias Khoof and Shaheryar alias Sherry, were killed during another encounter in Bihar Colony of Lyari Town.

Uzair Baloch gangster, identified as Arsalan Baloch, was killed in Daryabad area of Kalri in Lyari Town.

Eight people were injured when two unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade near Tanga stand in Behar colony of Lyari Town.

Rangers claimed to have arrested a TTP Swat Chapter militants during a targeted raid conducted at the militants’ hideout in Metroville area of SITE Town.

In an attempt to move forward to implement the National Action Plan at the Provincial level, the Sindh Government during a meeting chaired by Sindh Home Secretary Abdul Kabir Kazi on February 21 decided to ban establishment of new madrassas and mosques without a prior permission of the Home Department. The Government also decided to build a ‘high-security prison’ in Jamshoro District within a week for high-profile terror suspects.  Other key decisions included repatriation of all Afghan refugees by the year end, proposing legislation for the regulation of mosques and seminaries, recruitment in the newly-established CTD of Police and expediting process of forensic lab facilities in major cities to improve investigation and prosecution.

February 23

Military courts have been established in Sindh to hear the cases pertaining to terrorism. Two colonel rank officers have been nominated as head of the courts. It has been said that an officer of major's rank will be appointed as the prosecutor. After the process of appointment of officers is completed, the courts of Sindh will begin hearing cases. The Sindh Government and Police officials said that more than 65 cases of hardened criminals and those involved in terrorist activities would be sent to the military courts for trial.

February 24

The District President of ASWJ Molana Sahbir Ahmed Haidri was shot dead in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

One Waseem (33) was shot dead near Bihar Colony in Lyari Town.

A man, identified as Faizal (40), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Yousuf Plaza in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap Town

A man, identified as Shahabuddin (20), was shot at and injured near Azmeen Plaza at Shoe Market in Garden area of Saddar Town.

February 25

Sindh Police received a note from Intelligence Agencies warning a probable terror attack in Karachi. It stated that the terrorists might be in uniform. The number plates of two suspected trucks have also been mentioned. Police have started checking on check-posts.

Sindh Police Chief Ghulam Haider Jamali said that the leader of PAC Uzair Jan Baloch has not yet been produced in court in Dubai, while rejecting reports that he would be extradited to Pakistan within a day or two. "The Police team and a Rangers official have submitted the documents in court which include FIR against him and details of around 55 cases pending in Pakistani courts against him," he said. He added, "We are close to getting the custody of Uzair Baloch."

According to details, Uzair Baloch had fled Pakistan soon after the launch of the Rangers operation in Karachi in September 2013. The Sindh government had sent documents to the federal authorities in May 2014, seeking the issuance of red warrants against both Lyari gangsters Uzair Baloch and Baba Ladla who were said to have fled to Iran, Oman, the UAE or South Africa. The warrants were eventually issued against both Uzair and Baba on June 11 and 12, 2014, respectively. In December 2014, the Interpol arrested him in Muscat and brought him to Dubai. On February 5, 2015, the four-member law-enforcement team left for Dubai after the Federal Ministry of interior ministry directed the Provincial and Federal authorities to complete the PAC leader's extradition within a week.

February 26

Two persons were killed and two others were injured in separate incidents of violence in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Bashir (40), a resident of Manghopir was shot dead by unidentified armed men near German School in Orangi Town. Separately, the body of Umer Gul (35) was found dead near Gulzar Masjid. The motive behind killing could not be ascertained. In another incident, Dawood (25) and Zakir (28) of Ghulam Rasool were shot and injured by unknown armed men near Sajjan Goth in Baldia Town.

Police said that 30 kg of explosive material was recovered in Ittehad Town. The Bomb Disposal Squad officials told that 160 rods of 50 gram each were also attached with the explosives.

February 27

Two Shia men, identified as the employees of Qatar Hospital, Saleem Akbar and Ali Haider Rizvi, were shot dead at Ghausia Chowk in Orangi Town of provincial capital Karachi, while they were returning home from their duties.

A leader of ASWJ and a Peshimam (prayer leader) of a mosque, identified as Yaseen, was killed in a sectarian attack at Safoora Chowk next to Johar Complex in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

The Shikarpur Police claimed to have arrested two alleged terrorists, Ghulam Rasool and Khalil Ahmed Brohi, who had given refuge to one of the suicide bombers who had blown himself up at a mosque in an Imambargah (Shia place of commemoration) of Shikarpur District on January 30, 2015. The police also claimed that the two suspects had also planned to attack a protest rally taken out against the mosque bombing incident in Shikarpur. The SSP of Shikarpur, Saqib Ismail Memon, said that Police also recovered a suicide jacket, explosive material and other things from their possession. He said that the suspects belonged to Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad District in Balochistan and were affiliated with a banned religious organization.

March 1

The wall of a government-run girls' school and two vehicles were damaged in a bomb blast at Gul Mohammad Kalmati Goth near Murtaza Chowrangi area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Sources said that an explosive device weighing about half a kg was placed near the boundary wall of the School. Two cars parked near the school-building were also damaged when the device containing ball bearings exploded. The school was closed for the weekly holiday. No one was injured.

At least six criminals were injured during a clash between Lyari-based gangsters associated with Sheraz Comrade group and the Jabbar Jhengu group at Aath Chowk in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. 

March 2

A child, identified as Rasheeda (2), was killed and seven others were injured in a hand grenade attack on Mirza Adamkhail Road in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

March 3

Three dead bodies of suspected persons were found dumped on the road that linked Gulshan-e-Hadeed with the Superhighway in the Dhair Sharif area near Quaid-i-Azam Public School in Memon Goth area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Memon Goth SHO Jan Mohammed Ahmdani said, “Sporting long beards, the men looked like Pakhtuns or Afghans.” “The killing appeared to be very recent as fresh blood stains were found there,” said Sub-Inspector Wazir Ali Channa.

March 4

Two persons, including the General Secretary of ASWJ, identified as Dr Muhammad Fayaz, and his driver, were killed when unidentified militants opened fire at his vehicle near Paracha Chowk in Sher Shah locality of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

A senior Shia lawyer, who was also a counsel for several activists of the MQM, identified as Advocate Ali Hasnain Bukhari, was shot dead by two unidentified militants in Korangi Town. A MQM spokesperson said that Bukhari was a party worker and added that the killing was the fourth incident of its kind during the past week. The MQM Rabita Committee condemned the incident and said in a statement that the killing of party workers had become routine.

Lyari Town traders protested outside the Sindh Assembly against the deteriorating law and order situation in their neighbourhood, including extortion and threats from Lyari gangsters. Major markets and bazaars in the area remained shut as traders and residents held the protest. Shopkeepers from Jhat Pat Market, Gharib Shah Market, Chakiwara Market, Kumbharwara, Green Timber Market and goods transporters shut their business for the day to demonstrate against extortion and threats.

March 6

The DIG Sanaullah Abbasi while speaking to journalists at the CPLC office in Hyderabad District of Sindh said that extrajudicial killings and other actions cannot be justified officially but society has come to accept this ‘modus operandi’ of Police to eradicate crimes and make streets safer. “It is not necessary for an encounter to be seen as genuine only if a Policeman loses his life in it. You can see Police have restored peace and order in the city (through this modus operandi)…,” he said.

Asked if ‘half fry and full fry formula’ used by policemen to refer to a particular treatment meted out to arrested suspects in proportion to severity of their crimes, did not amount to extrajudicial actions, the DIG said he could confidently say that society had come to accept the ‘formula’. The terms ‘half fry’ and ‘full fry’ are commonly used by police to mean if officers are convinced the arrested suspects are involved in crimes they will be shot in the leg to render them disabled before sending them to jail. It had gained notoriety during the tenure of SSP Farid Jan Sarhandi.

SSP Irfan Baloch who was also present at the briefing said that over the past three months, 73 suspects were arrested after they fell injured in encounters with Police. “Remember, none of them [suspects] can obtain bail. We have made a strong case to ensure they were denied any chance of getting bail,” he said.

March 7

Two TTP militants were killed in a Police encounter in the area behind the new Sabzimandi off the Superhighway in Sohrab Goth locality of Gadap Town. Malir SSP Rao Anwar identified one of the deceased TTP militants as Shahzad Ali. He had been arrested in Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in murder and other cases and sent to the Dera Ismail Khan prison from where he had escaped along with 174 other inmates during July 30, 2013 jail break. The Police claimed to have recovered two pistols from their possession.

March 8

Three TTP militants were shot dead and one Policeman was injured in retaliatory firing in Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to details, Police party on its routine patrol on Ijtimahgah road near Medina restaurant came under attack by suspected militants. ASI Imran got wounded in the attack, said Manghopir Police Station SHO Ghulam Hussain Korai. The police returned fire and killed three militants, while their three accomplices escaped. The Police claimed to have seized a Kalashnikov and two pistols from their possession.

Three Lyari-based gangsters, identified as Abdul Rehman, alias Lamba, alias Goinda Alishan, alias Shan and Subhan, alias Grenade, were killed during a targeted raid conducted by Police on a suspected hideout of gangsters in Jatoi Para in Baghdadi area of Lyari Town. “They were involved in 30 cases of killing, extortion and kidnapping,” said City SSP Fida Hussain. The dead belonged to the gang of Kamran, alias Kamo Laasi.

The paramilitary force killed two alleged abductors, identified as Ziarat Gul and Amir, during an intelligence-based targeted raid in Mussarat Colony of Liaquatabad Town. The raid was conducted on information about the presence of suspects allegedly involved in short-term kidnapping-for-ransom cases.

March 9

Four TTP militants, including 'chief' and deputy chief', were killed and three SFs were injured during an encounter conducted by Police and Rangers in Sector 10 of Surjani Town in Gadap Town of provincial capital Karachi. The injured included two Rangers personnel and one Police constable, identified as Usman. Police claimed to have seized a suicide jacket, two grenades and four pistols from their possession. According to officials, Tariq Khan alias Chota Abid, said to be the 'chief' of the TTP's Khan Sajna group in Karachi, was killed along with his 'deputy chief' Rehmanuddin alias Lala, Amjad Khan and Sardar Rab Khan.

An unidentified man shot dead near Madina Hotel in Manghopir area of Gadap Town.

One Mousa (50) was shot at and injured near Madina Bakri in Nai Abadi area of Baldia Town.

A man, identified as Abdullah (40) was shot and injured near Mezail Chowk in Ittehad Town of Baldia Town.

The IGP Ghulam Haider Jamali while speaking to journalists at a reception hosted by Shikarpur SSP Saqib Ismail Memon said that the Sindh Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies were making joint efforts to curb terrorism and other criminal activities including kidnapping for ransom and extortion across the province in general and Karachi in particular. He said action was being taken against all terrorists and criminals without considering their political or religious affiliation. He claimed that a remarkable reduction in heinous crimes was noted after launching of operations in Shikarpur, Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshoro and other areas.

Sindh Police chief during a press conference held in the office of the Sukkur DIG said that the law and order situation in Karachi had registered a significant improvement due to the Rangers-led operation, which would continued until lasting peace was restored to that city.

March 10

At least two Policemen, identified as ASI Riyasat Ali and head constable Saeed, were shot dead and another constable, identified as Jahangir, was injured when unidentified armed assailants opened fire at their van stationed near Rimpa Plaza on M.A Jinnah Road in Saddar Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The attackers shot both the victims in head using 9mm pistols, said Raja Umer Qatab, the head of the Anti-Terrorism Cell of the CID.

Head constable Shakeel was killed and another Mujahid was injured when unidentified militants opened fire on them near Pakistan Chowk in Aram Bagh area of Saddar Town. Officials said that initial investigation revealed that the suspected attacker waited for the Policemen to arrive before he opened fire on them. "From the initial investigation, it appears that both incidents were carried out by the same group," said DIG South Abdul Khaliq Sheikh.

March 11

One MQM worker, identified as Waqas Ali Shah, was killed during a Rangers led raid in at Nine-Zero, the headquarters of MQM in provincial capital Karachi. He was the member of the party's Central Information Committee. However, Karachi Police Chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo refuted the claims and said that Waqas was not killed by the Rangers. MQM leader Aminul Haque claimed dozens of party workers had been picked up by the Rangers. “Rangers opened fire killing one of our workers, Waqas Ali Shah, and wounding a cameraman from a private news channel,” he added.

Many towns in interior of Sindh shut abruptly after enraged workers of the MQM took to the streets in the wake of a predawn raid its headquarters. In Hyderabad, angry youths burnt tyres on roads in units No-8 and 10 of Latifabad. The party’s women workers also held a demonstration in unit-7 of Latifabad. A partial strike was observed in Sukkur against the Rangers’ raid. A complete shutter-down strike was observed in Mirpurkhas against the raid as all shops and shopping centers remained closed.

Two unidentified dead bodies were found from Link Road area near Super Highway in Bin Qasim Town.

A man, identified as Abdul Majeed (50), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants near Lyari General Hospital in Lyari Town.

A man, identified as Mueenuddin (40), was shot at and injured near Paracha Roundabout in Shershah area of Kiamari Town.

One Saeed (42) was injured in firing incident near Choona Depot in Liaquatabad Town.

A man, identified as Najeebullah (25), was shot at and injured near Banaras Chowk on Manghopir Road in SITE Town.

The CTD arrested two TTP militants after an exchange of fire near Hub River View Road Paracha Chowk in Kiamari Town. The terrorists are expert of laying landmines and they have been shifted to undisclosed destination for interrogation.

Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that the raid on MQM headquarters was lawfully conducted by Rangers. In a statement, he said that the raid was carried out on intelligence report, adding that taking action within the ambit of law was the responsibility of Police and Rangers. The Minister said that the MQM itself demanded the ongoing targeted operation against criminals in Karachi. He said that the prime minister had granted the permission of carrying out the Karachi operation after the Cabinet’s approval. Chaudhry Nisar said all political parties were taken into confidence over the action, adding it was agreed upon that political affiliations would not come in the way of the operation.

An ATC issued the black warrants of death row prisoner Saulat Mirza. Mirza is an MQM activist and is expected to place at 5:30am on March 19, 2015. Mirza was sentenced to death by an ATC in May 1999 for murdering the managing director of then named Karachi Electric Supply Corporation Shahid Hamid, his driver Ashraf Brohi and guard Khan Akbar in July 1997.

March 12

Appreciating the Sindh Rangers for their commitment to restore normality in Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh a day after they raided the MQM headquarters Nine-Zero, Corps Commander Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar said that  the ongoing targeted operation will continue till the elimination of the last criminal and target killer, reports The News. He said the operation should continue till the port city was purged of terrorists and criminals.

In a detailed briefing, Deputy General Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar informed the Corps Commander that the operation was conducted on March 11, 2015, after confirmed information about the presence of alleged criminals, target killers and anti-social elements along with a heavy cache of arms and ammunition. He said the Rangers, in compliance with the Supreme Court’s orders, arrested the absconding criminals sentenced to death for their involvement in targeted killings, while prohibited weapons were recovered from the Khursheed Begum Memorial Hall and surrounding offices and houses.

The statement further maintained that those arrested, including the 26 alleged target killers wanted for more than 50 killings, were presented before an ATC, while 27 others were designated in various FIRs. “Preventive detention as well as joint investigation of individuals is also being procured. The arrested individuals as well as the seized weapons would be handed over to the city police,” it said.

March 13

At least three gangsters, linked with Baba Ladla group and identified as Mohammad Hassam, Azhar alias Buddha, and Waseem Ahmad, were killed in retaliatory fire after the suspects opened fire on the Rangers in Rexer Lane of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. A Rangers official was injured in the exchange of gunfire. They were involved in 23 different cases of murder, extortion and kidnapping-for-ransom. The criminals had been running their network for over four years, said a Rangers spokesman.

Rangers arrested 17 suspects as they carried out a search operation in residential apartments located in Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block 18 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.

Several religious parties staged a sit-in organized by Tanzeemat-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, an alliance of several parties representing the Barelvi School, at the Numaish traffic intersection on M.A. Jinnah Road in Jamshed Town against the Islamabad High Court decision to uphold the death sentence of Malik Mumtaz Qadri in the then Punjab Governor Salman Taseer murder case. The protesters demanded that the conviction of the self-confessed killer be reviewed.

At least 58 suspects belonging to the MQM arrested from Nine Zero on March 11, 2015, were presented in an ATC, which granted remand of 32. Faisal alias Faisal Mota, who was sentenced to death in the January 13, 2011, in the murder case of journalist Wali Khan Babar was also among the 58. Also, the ATC granted custody of Faisal Mota, Nadir Shah, Shabbir Mullah, and Amir Ali to Paposh Police on remand till 25 March, 2015. Additionally, Police have requested the remand of 26 suspects for 14 days.

Unnamed official sources stated that the Rangers’ raid on MQM's Nine-Zero headquarter is said to have seriously dented the alleged militant wing of the political party as the initial interrogations reveal that those arrested include head of the MQM's militant wing and a set of most dangerous target killers associated with the party. According to sources the ammunition seized from Nine-Zero include US and German weapon together with a M4 rifle that is clearly embossed “Property of the US government” and lots of bullets used by NATO. These sources claim that the MQM leader Amir Khan, arrested during the raid, faces serious charges and alleged to have strong connection with the target killers and others, involved in heinous crimes, but arrested during the raid.

MQM leader Wasay Jalil strongly denied that the MQM ever had any militant wing. He spoke high of Amir Khan and dubbed him as patriotic and law abiding citizen. About the weapons recovered, Jalil said the party did own weapon but all the arms and ammunitions were licensed.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while addressing the 87th passing-out parade of the Sindh Police Saeedabad Police Training College in Baldia Town said that the ongoing targeted operation was launched in consultation with the MQM and it had yielded positive results with regard to elimination of terrorism, targeted killing, kidnapping-for-ransom and extortion. He said the country was passing through a crucial period and routine life in Sindh, Karachi in particular, had been virtually paralysed due to terrorism and lawlessness. He said that targeted killing, kidnapping for ransom, extortion and terrorism had emerged as a big challenge for the government. He claimed that the result of the government’s effective strategy and coordinated performance of the police and Rangers was evident from the fact that now there was not a single case of kidnapping-for-ransom, traders were not receiving any extortion slips and targeted killing had become almost nonexistent.

March 13

One person was killed and four others sustained injuries in an explosion in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Rescue sources said the blast took place near Birohi Hotel, however, the nature of the explosion was not ascertained yet.

March 15

A Rangers spokesperson said that ambulance services of certain welfare organisations, and their officials, were involved in the illicit trade of illegal weapons in the city. An official of the paramilitary force said that during investigation of arrested suspects, it has been uncovered that “officials and personnel of certain welfare services are involved in smuggling and hiding of illegal weapons across the city”. Through the statement, the paramilitary force warned that “direct or indirect involvement in smuggling of arms is a high level crime. All those involved in such illegal practices will be brought to book under the Sindh Arms Act”. The paramilitary force had claimed in a statement that one accused Umair Hassan Siddiqui, allegedly involved in killing of 120 people, was a key member of the target-killing racket and he became part of a team when the MQM decided to carry out killings on ethnic grounds in 2008.

March 16

Five alleged gang-war criminals belonging to the ‘Shiraz Comrade’ group were killed during a search operation by Police in the Lyari town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Details reveal that around 200 Police officials were carrying out a targeted search operation in Lyari when they were fired at by gang-war criminals belonging to the ‘Shiraz Comrade’ group. Police’s retaliation left five members of the group dead, while two Policemen also received bullet wounds in the exchange of fire. According to SSP City Fida Hussain, the slain gangsters were involved in target killing, extortion, murdering police officials and kidnapping for ransom.  

The Sindh Government banned pillion-riding in the city from March 17 to March 23, keeping in view the security situation during polio eradication campaign in Karachi. Officials of the Home Department said the provincial administration on the advice of the Karachi Police banned pillion-riding which would be effective from March 17. The ban shall not be applicable to women, children below the age of 12 years, senior citizens, journalists, personnel of law-enforcement agencies and security agencies in uniform and employees of the essential services.

The founder and leader of the MQM, Altaf Hussain, categorically declared that the party has no militant wing and it never patronised criminal elements In a statement issued from the party’s London Secretariat, the MQM chief said that the party does not believe in confronting the law enforcement agencies. He urged the party workers and office-bearers to follow the MQM’s peaceful and non-violent policy. He said that the MQM had hundreds of thousands of workers and if any of them was involved in any criminal activity, he did not do so as a party policy since the party had zero tolerance against criminals and crime.

March 17

Militants hurled a grenade at a mosque in Orangi Town of Karachi in Sindh.

March 18

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a school near KDA roundabout in North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties were reported. The attackers also dropped a threat letter in the school premises before escaping from the scene. The Bomb Disposal Squad personnel present at the scene said 500 grams of explosive material was used in the making of the bomb.

Just hours before his execution, MQM’s convicted worker Saulat Mirza alleged in a supposed televised video confession shot in Mach Jail in Balochistan that he killed former Director of KESC Shahid Hamid on the directives of party chief Altaf Hussain on July 5, 1997, in Karachi. Mirza alleged that he received the order for the ‘hit’ from Altaf at MQM leader Babar Ghauri’s residence. Mirza revealed that orders were given on telephone by the party chief himself. Usually, the party chief would either give orders himself or through the likes of Babar Ghauri. He further revealed that people whom the party wanted to save from Police torture are provided protection in Police stations through Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan.

The video shows Mirza claiming that Altaf would not let anyone to rise in the party, adding that the MQM chief ordered the murder of Azeem Tariq when he started rising within the party ranks. Similarly, when former Karachi Mayor Mustafa Kamal started getting popular among masses, he was disgracefully thrown out of the party. Mirza in his video message appealed to the co-party workers to take heed from his fate, of how he was used and then later discarded like ‘used tissue paper’.

Altaf Hussain refuted allegations made by Saulat Mirza in his supposed confessional video, terming them as lies. He further claimed that the confessional video of Saulat Mirza had been released by ‘agencies’. “I have never met Saulat Mirza and have never spoken to him,” said Altaf, adding that it was the first time that he had seen a video of a convicted death row inmate being released.

Just minutes after his ‘confessional’ video was broadcast, his execution was stayed for 72 hours. The decision was reportedly taken by the President on the request of Federal Minister of Interior. “It is likely that Mirza’s execution is delayed for another 72 hours”, the said an official.

March 19

PM Nawaz Sharif said that operation against terrorists and miscreants in Karachi was launched after taking all political parties into confidence. He said peace and stability of the country’s commercial hub was in the interest of all. The situation in Karachi had considerably improved since the start of the operation and incidents of kidnapping for ransom, extortion of money and target killing had reduced, he said. Talking to the PML-N MNAs from Faisalabad Division, the PM said there was no space for terrorism in the country and criminals convicted in heinous crimes would be brought to justice. He said there was no justification for anyone in the country to keep illegal weapons.

Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali said that the ongoing Karachi operation was against the elements involved in target killings, terrorism and extortion. “It is not against any political party rather it is to cleanse the city of target killers, terrorists, extortionists as well as their collaborators and handlers,” he said. He said that there was law and order situation in Karachi for last 12 years, which forced the Government to launch the operation in consultation with political parties.

March 20

At least two Rangers personnel, identified as Yar Mohammad and Qasim, and passerby woman, identified as Saeeda, was killed and four others including two civilians were injured in a suicide blast targeted with VBIED near Shadman Town within the remits of the Sharae Noor Jehan Police Station in North Nazimabad Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police officials said that a patrolling vehicle of Rangers paramilitary force was the target of the attack.  During the search, they had gathered body parts that included the head and a foot of the bomber.

Two Shia Bohras were killed and several others were injured in a sectarian attack when an IED fixed to a motorcycle exploded outside Shia-Bohra community's Saleh Mosque in Saddar Town during the Friday prayer. The bomb exploded when worshippers were coming out of the mosque after the prayer,” said DIG South Abdul Khaliq Shaikh.

ASWJ militants killed two Shia Bohras and injured four others in a sectarian attack in Bahadurabad area of Gulshan Town. The militants left behind a handbill declaring open war against Pakistan army, media, Shia Muslims, Sunni-Sufi Muslims and Christians.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during the Launch of the Civil Aviation Policy 2015 said that the Government was trying to control the law and order problem in Karachi, which is the business hub of the nation, adding that it was his objective to make Karachi a crime-free city. He said that the Government was taking active measures for multi-dimensional development of the country. He further said that PIA will have to make a distinction between its good and bad people if it has to move forward.

March 22

At least three terrorists were killed when a Police team led by SSP Rao Anwar conducted a raid on a tip-off regarding presence of militants in Quetta Town area of Sohrab Goth in Gadap Town. The terrorists opened indiscriminate fire and heavy exchange of gunfire ensued. SSP Anwar said that the criminals were using modern weapons against the Police. “They fired rockets at the police party upon arrival in the area,” he claimed. He confirmed that three terrorists had been killed by the Police.

Acting on a tip-off, Police conducted a raid at Pathan Colony in Orangi Town, killing three suspects and arresting 15 others.

In a raid conducted by the CTD, two suspects were killed while 10 suspects were arrested and a large numbers of weapons were recovered from their possession during a raid in Farid Colony of Orangi Town. He said an exchange of fire also took place between the police and the armed men.

Police arrested four target killers after an encounter in Preedy area of Saddar Town who they claimed were affiliated with a political party, and reportedly involved in the killing of political rivals. Several weapons and ammunition were recovered from their possession.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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