Sindh Timeline- 2017
| January 1
Police arrested at least three
terrorists and seized explosives from their custody during an
action in SITE Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of
Sindh. The SSP of West Zone, Nasir Aftab said in a joint action,
launched by Police and personnel of an intelligence agency, three
terrorists affiliated to a banned outfit were apprehended and
recovered explosive material and detonators from their possession.
The number of target killings
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, have significantly
decreased by 253 percent during 2016, as compared to 2015, while
the menace of extortions have slashed by 36 percent during the
same period, the annual report of Sindh Police said. However,
Police in the report have claimed that the number of target killings
has reduced because of the good performance of the Police while
the report has not mentioned the achievement of Sindh Rangers'
Karachi operation continued for the past three years.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Police's
Counter-Terrorism Department is planning to deradicalise and rehabilitate
an estimated 300 militants held in different jails of the province
with the help of qualified psychologists, said Additional Inspector
General of the CTD, Dr Sanaullah Abbasi. Under the proposed initiative,
the CTD would conduct psychological profiling of the arrested
militants to ascertain the possible factors, leading to militancy
as a move to rehabilitate them. "The CTD Sindh has taken an initiative
to create psychological profiles of arrested militants in the
province," said Dr Sanaullah Abbasi. He said a unit of the CTD
Sindh had been deputed to go to jails to create such profiles
along the lines of a proforma created by the NACTA to better identify
the factors that lead to radicalisation of young men. The CTD
chief said the unit concerned had around 15 police personnel,
who would collect data about the imprisoned militants in Karachi
and other parts of Sindh. Dr Abbasi said that there were 250 to
300 militants in different prisons of the province.
Three persons, including a Sub-Inspector,
were killed in firing incidents at various parts of Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh.
A SI of Police Iqbal Mehmood,
probing some targeted killing cases was shot dead and two others
injured in the night when unidentified assailants opened fire
at them on main Rashid Minhas Road in Gulistan-i-Jauhar Town of
Karachi. DSP Shara-i-Faisal Ali Anwar Soomro said that assailants
were chasing SI Iqbal Mehmood who was riding a bike along with
his friend Waseem. "As they disembarked from their motorbike to
purchase some items from a vendor near Lal Flats, gunmen travelling
in a car opened fire on them and fled," he said. Mahmood's friend
Waseem and a passerby teenager Hafeez Ullah sustained bullet wounds
in the incident. The deceased SI Iqbal Mehmood was posted at investigation
section of Ferozabad Police Station. Investigators collected three
spent bullet casings fired from a 9mm pistol from the crime scene.
One persons, identified as Rizwan,
who worked as a Police informer against drug peddlers, was shot
dead in a firing incident in Korangi Industrial Area under Korangi
Town of Karachi. SSP Nauman Siddiqui said that the Police had
arrested the killer and recovered weapons from him.
A civilian was shot dead in a
target-killing incident at Jamshed Road near Pardah Park in Jamshed
Town area of Karachi.
| January 6
At least one civilian was killed
and two Policemen injured in two separate attacks in North Nazimabad
area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police constable
Muhammad Iqbal was injured when unidentified assailants lobbed
a hand grenade at Taimuria Police Station in North Nazimabad.
Later, 25-year-old Ali Imran was shot dead when unidentified assailants
opened fire at Five Star Chowrangi in the same area. Bashir, a
traffic police official, was also injured in the firing incident.
The Sindh CTD Transnational Terrorism
Intelligence Group in-charge Raja Umer Khattab said that there
might be surge in sectarian violence in city if LEAs don't chalk
out a strategy to clamp down on sleeper cells. The sleeper cells
of AQIS and the LeJ are believed to be involved in the recent
attacks on Policemen and there might be a surge in sectarian violence
in the coming days, Raja Umer Khattab said. "In the past AQIS
has used homemade bombs containing ball bearings in the Taimuria
Police Station a Russian-made grenade was used, something that
is new," Raja Umer Khattab added. "AQIS primarily used handmade
bombs. They had started off by making ball bombs and IEDs. The
use of a grenade now suggests that sleeper cells of these terrorist
outfits are now active and their members possess new kinds of
weapons and explosives," Raja Umer Khattab added further.
The CPLC in its report has identified sixty 'hot
spots' in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, where the
street criminals operate the most and incidents of snatchings
take place. These areas including PIDC, Tariq Road, Sakhi Hassan,
Hassan Square, Bahadurabad, Aisha Manzil and the NIPA Chowrangi
which are high-risk areas and even some areas in city's posh localities
such as Defence and Clifton make it to the list. The CPLC report
further states that in 2016, 19,336 incidents of mobile snatching
were reported which is an increase of 38 percent as compared to
2015. "Besides mobile snatching, around 22,358 motorcycles were
snatched, which is 24 percent more as compared to 2015," stated
the report. However, CPLC has claimed that car theft and its snatching
incidents have reduced substantially in Karachi during 2016. All
this is despite the passage of more than three years of Karachi
operation, which is claimed to be successful by the Rangers and
the provincial government adds the news report.
Unidentified assailants killed a Police constable,
Khalid Shaikh (30), near his house on Jamshed Road in the Soldier
Bazaar area of Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh.
Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.