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
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
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
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
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
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
| 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.
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.
An unidentified man was shot dead
near Haider Chowk in Orangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Arif Abbas (45) was shot and injured by unidentified
gunmen in his house near Total Petrol Pump in Korangi.
Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.