Sindh Timeline- 2016
| January 1
The CTD arrested a militant affiliated
with Jundullah-Haji Aqakhel group, and identified as Abdul Aziz
alias Aziz Rehman, from Orangi Town in Karachi, who was
accused recruiting young men for the Islamic State (IS/ also known
as Daesh) and had sent three militants to Syria. He was collecting
funds for the IS in Karachi and Quetta (Balochistan).
The official revealed that the
Aziz had confessed during initial investigation to having sent
three trained young men to Syria. One of them, Jaffer, has been
killed there, while the whereabouts of Hamza and Rasheed are not
Two 'criminals', identified as
Mam Dost (24) and Jehangir (23), were killed in a Police encounter
within the Mawach Goth Police Station in Baldia Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
| January 3
The main accused in the May 13,
2105, Safoora carnage of Karachi, identified as Umer Kathio, was
arrested in joint raid conducted by Police and Rangers. The raid
was conducted on a lead from Saad Aziz, another accused who has
been in Police custody. According to sources, Umer Kathio had
formed a network of terrorists in 2011. His task was to facilitate
the terrorists of the al Qaeda. The sources further said the he
later joined the Islamic State (IS/ also known as Daesh) while
his wife runs a network of Daesh in Sindh.
Five gangsters were arrested by
Rangers during a targeted raid in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Weapons were also recovered from their possession.
The Law Enforcement Agencies also raided Social Security Hospital
and retrieved weapons hidden in the hospital premises.
Sindh Police arrested two suspects
involved in various cases, including an attack on an Express News
DSNG van on January 17, 2014, which resulted in the death of three
media workers. “The arrested men belong to a group of 10 people
that have been active in Karachi since 2014 and were involved
in various target killing cases and attacking media persons,”
DIG West Feroz Shah said. “The group mainly operated from Orangi
Town area of Karachi and consisted of accused Saqib, Naveed, Kashif,
Imran, Sarfaraz, Javed Afridi, Qari Rasheed, Qari Mohsin, Rehan
and Kamran,” he added. IG Sindh Police announced a prize money
of PKR 1 million for the Police officials who carried out the
raids to arrest them.
Five TTP militants were killed
in an exchange of fire during Police encounter at a graveyard
in Machar Colony area of Sohrab Goth in Gadap Town of provincial
capital Karachi. SSP Rao Anwar said, "The militants had set
up a hideout in the graveyard and on police's arrival, they opened
fire." Two of the attackers were identified as Naeem and
Hafeezullah, while identities of the other have not ascertained
thus far. Police also claimed to have recovered 2.5 kilograms
of explosive material and other arms and ammunition from the hideout.
Four TTP militants, identified
as Hanif alias 'Nadeem Kala', Ashraf Ali alias 'Bhaloo', Rehmat
Shah and Zahid Hussain, were arrested during a Police operation
in Defence Housing Authority-Phase 1 neighbourhood. Karachi-South
DIG Dr Jamil Ahmed said that the Police recovered a shopping bag
containing ball bearings, suicide jackets and four kilograms of
explosive material. They also recovered bomb-making material and
four pistols from their possession
Sindh Rangers and CTD claimed
to have arrested a close aide of slain TTP leader, Baitullah Mehsud,
in a joint raid carried out in Kotri area of Jamshoro District.
AIG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi said the terrorist identified as Meherban,
son of Badshah Khan, was a close confidante of Mehsud and was
placed in the Red-Book.
The Sindh Police’s CTD claimed
to have recovered 50 kilograms of explosives, two Kalashnikovs,
two rifles, eight grenades, and four pistols, in a raid in the
Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. In a statement, the CTD said that a TTP terrorist, Meharban
Badshah, who had been arrested in Hyderabad District, had disclosed
the storage location.
Pakistan Customs Intelligence
recovered 22,000 kilograms of explosive materials from a container
that had been stored at the Karachi Port since November 20, 2015.
A Customs spokesman said the container (CBHU-8570130) came to
Karachi from China and had been stored at the port for over a
month now. It was meant to be shipped upcountry but, according
to the official, was not sent as the Peshawar Customs Intelligence
had, some time back, caught two containers which had arrived at
the Karachi Port along with this one and found explosives in them.
On a tip-off, Police conducted
a raid at the Kalakot area in Lyari Town of Karachi and arrested
two alleged target killers whose identity was not disclosed. The
Police also claimed to have recovered weapons from their possession.
A man, identified as Umair Khan
(25), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Qasba
Colony of SITE Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
DG Rangers of the Sindh Rangers
Major General Bilal Akbar during a meeting with traders said that
the targeted operation in Karachi will continue as per the instructions
of the heads of the armed forces and the Federal Government. “Despite
the ongoing pushing and shoving, I have been clearly instructed
by the heads to go on with the operation,” said Major General
“The future of Karachi operation
is bright and it will continue until it reaches its logical conclusion,”
a KCCI press release stated. Siraj Kassam Teli, the chairman of
Businessmen Group and a former KCCI President, said the business
community would support the Rangers efforts. “The business community
hopes the Government and Rangers will continue working to restore
peace in Karachi,” he added.
Assistant Sub-Inspector, Mohammed
Akram, along with his eight accomplices, was arrested for their
alleged involvement in kidnappings-for-ransom, during a raid in
Gharibabad area of Malir Town of Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. The officials added that the gang had been active for
the past one month. They used to kidnap people by posing themselves
as officers of the CTD of Police, said Karachi-West DIG Feroze
Shah. The paramilitary force also seized the police van used for
kidnapping people, he added.
Four persons were killed and many
were wounded in separate incidents of firing in different parts
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The firing incidents
took place in Korangi crossing and Qasba Colony resulting in death
of three persons. Another three men were shot and injured in Lyari,
Maripur and Shershah.
Pakistan Rangers killed a suspected
gangster, identified as Nasir Wachani, in an ‘encounter’ in Lyari
area of Karachi. Nasir Wachani was ‘very close’ to Uzair Baloch,
as he looked after his ‘financial and land affairs’.
The CTD officials said that three
suspects allegedly involved in an attack on a constable were apprehended
during a raid on Nishtar Road. Two of the three suspects were
identified as Aaqib Murgi and Qasim Baji. The third accused was
yet to be identified. According to CTD, they used to collect extortion
Caught in Iran while travelling
illegally to Syria to join the militant Islamic State group before
being repatriated to Pakistan, two youngsters have turned away
from ‘armed struggle’ after being ‘rehabilitated’ with the support
of their families and security administration, officials said.
Although still under surveillance, the men in their early 20s
have no more militant tendencies according to the psychiatrists
who evaluated their condition, said official in charge of the
CTD Raja Umer Khattab. The two men belonging to the middle and
upper middle class families of Karachi were handed over to the
FIA by the Iranian authorities before being given into the custody
of the Quetta Police.
During question hour in the Senate,
the Government disclosed that five unidentified persons had been
arrested in Sindh for allegedly financing terrorism, but failed
to explain when they had been taken into custody or if their cases
were under investigation or would be tried in court. This was
revealed in a written reply to a question regarding the number
of people arrested under the NAP on charges of financing terrorism.
According to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, five people had
been arrested in Sindh, four in KP and 28 in Gilgit-Baltistan
on these charges. No arrests have been made on this account in
Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Islamabad
and Balochistan. It was also revealed that while cases of those
arrested in GB and KP were being heard in the ATCs, there was
no mention of the status of the cases from Sindh.
At least nine children were injured
in hand grenade attack in Chakiwara area of Lyari Town in Karachi
of Sindh. The police have launched a search operation in the area
after the attack but no significant development has been reported.
Sindh Rangers Director General
Major General Bilal Akbar while talking to a delegation of Pakhtun
Jirga led by ANP Senator Shahi Syed pledged to take the ongoing
operation in the city to a logical end. He said the indiscriminate
operation, that has gained public support due to its positive
results, would be taken to its logical end.
A brother of a local leader of
the PML-N, identified as Mir Ishtiaq Baloch alias Mulla Pappu
(35), was shot dead on Ahmed Shah Bukhari Road in Baghdadi area
of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh ahead
of a planned ‘peace rally’. A passerby was also shot at and wounded
in the attack. The victim had also contested the recent local
government election on a Union Council chairman seat in Lyari.
“It appeared to be a targeted killing incident,” said City SSP
Fida Husain. Baghdadi SHO Rao Dilshad said that the victim was
the younger brother of PML-N leader Mir Ashfaq Baloch.
A man, identified as Shan (25),
was shot dead outside his residence near Old Golimar area of Lyari
The Sindh Government announced that it would issue
uniform Friday sermons to mosques to curb extremism and promote
sectarian harmony in the province. Abdul Qayyum Soomro, the Adviser
to the Sindh Chief Minister on Religious Affairs, said that the
Government would issue Friday sermons to mosques across the Province.
"One of our key objectives is to promote sectarian harmony," Soomro
said. "The Sindh Government has been planning to legislate it
and a bill on the issue will soon be presented in the Provincial
Assembly," he added.
However, religious leaders belonging to different
schools of thought said the government's decision was impractical.
Mufti Muhammad Naeem, the principal of the Jamia Binoria International,
a key Deobandi seminary in Karachi, wondered how the decision
would work. He said that Government had not taken religious leaders
into confidence while making the decision. "These are only suggestions
without practical steps which are not enough to curb sectarianism
and will only create more confusion among the masses," Naeem said,
adding, "We don't know how the government will enforce it. It
hasn't explained it yet."
The Rangers, after being tipped off about the
presence of terrorists at Super Highway and Northern Bypass areas
of Karachi, conducted a raid at a hideout and in the ensuing shootout
shot at and injured three terrorists who later succumbed to their
injuries. They were identified as Shamsher Khan, Ataullah alias
Daud Pathan and Zaheer alias Zafeer Pathan. Ranger's spokesperson
said that the terrorists were members of a banned outfit and involved
in target killing, extortion, rape, robbery, and kidnapping-for-ransom
cases. The terrorists had killed Policemen and were also involved
in bomb attacks on Rangers. The Rangers recovered weapons from
Two gangsters of the Baba Ladla (Rauf Nazim) group,
identified as Adil alias Rind alias Salman and Moeed, were shot
dead in an encounter in Gul Muhammad Lane of Lyari Town. A Rangers
soldier also suffered injuries. The two gangsters were. The spokespersons
said the two men were involved in many murder, kidnapping-for-ransom
and extortion cases. Weapons and ammunition were found at their
The CTD AEC detained 10 suspected terrorists
affiliated with a banned outfit in Mohammed Khan Colony of Manghopir
area in Gadap Town. A Police constable, identified as Kashif,
was injured in the shootout. They were found in possession of
a vehicle-based Improvised Explosive Device. Arms and ammunition,
including bomb, repeater rifles, and pistols were recovered from
Rangers arrested a suspected terrorist during
a raid in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Bin Qasim Town.
Another suspect was arrested during a raid in
Frontier Colony area of SITE Town.
Rangers claimed to have detained two suspects
during separate raids in the Defence Housing Authority area who
were allegedly involved in providing arms to 'separatists'. The
suspects were detained. The paramilitary force also seized weapons
from their possession. According to the Rangers spokesperson,
the two suspects were involved in providing weapons to 'defunct
separatist outfit'. However, he did not name the organisation
and the held suspects.
Unidentified militant robbed of PKR 375,000 from
JS Bank branch in Block-7 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Jawed Jiskani
said that seven men riding motorcycles arrived at the Gulistan-e-Jauhar
and held the two security guards hostage at gunpoint. The SSP
said the CCTV footage of the robbery clearly showed the faces
of the robbers and they would soon be arrested. The ATC handed
over 11 suspects of al Qaeda to CTD on a seven-day physical remand.
The Police department claimed that the suspects were planning
to spread terror in the city and produced the suspects Qari Muhammad
Moshin, Qari Muhammad Akram, Moshin Khan, Syed Muhammad Riaz,
Anas Muhammad, Muhammad Arshad, Abdul Wakeel, Abdul Wahab, Muhammad
Owais and others before ATC Administrative Judge Farooq Shah amid
tight security. According to CTD, the suspects belonged to al
Qaeda and LeJ and seized a rickshaw with explosives, rocket launchers,
rifles, detonator and bombs from their possession.
Three people, identified as Asghar, Majeed and
Sher Agha, were shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants
near Kalapul area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital
Another man, identified as Muhammad Faisal was
shot at and injured near Fawara Chowk in Garden area of Saddar
The MPA Javed Nagori escaped a gun attack while
passing through the Kharadar area of Saddar Town. No casualties
Police arrested 17 suspects during search operations
in Mahmoodabad, Shah Faisal Colony, Baldia Town and Defence areas.
A large cache of arms and ammunitions was recovered from their
possession. The Police arrested suspects hailing from Waziristan,
including three injured after an exchange of fire with the Police.
The Defence Police also arrested three suspects while the Baldia
Town Police arrested three Lyari gangsters. The Karachi police
also claimed that they had arrested three gang war criminals from
Ittehad Town and weapons were also recovered from their possession
while eight suspects were arrested during a raid in Natha Khan
Police arrested a terrorist of TTP in a raid at
an under construction petrol pump on the Super Highway in Jamshoro
District of Sindh. The terrorist was identified as Qamar Zaman
Mehsud who hails from North Waziristan. Police recovered 10 kilograms
of explosive material, a bundle of wire, three hand grenades and
an automatic rifle with 50 rounds from the his possession.
Unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade outside
Balochistan Minister Changez Khan Marri's house in DHA Phase II
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, the grenade
failed to explode. No casualties were reported. Police booked
militants affiliated with BLA for the attack. The Minister had
arrived in Karachi on the night of January 25, 2016.
Rangers arrested of six suspects, including four
officials of the Fisherman Cooperative Society (FCS), who were
allegedly working as facilitators for Lyari gangsters, during
raid in Kalri area of Lyari Town. The spokesman for the Sindh
Rangers said Saleem Deedak, Mehar Bux, Mohammad Saeed Baloch and
Dil Murad were arrested during raids in the Kalri area. The suspects
were moved to the Rangers headquarters for interrogation and later
taken to an Anti-Terrorism Court, which allowed their preventive
detention for 90 days. The initial interrogation showed that the
four were affiliated with the Aziz Jan Baloch and Baba Ladla groups
and were working as their facilitators.
Rangers arrested an alleged target killer, identified
as Mohammad Farooq alias Lendi, in Kharadar area of Saddar Town.
The ATC allowed the Rangers to keep him in preventive detention
for three months. Farooq was said to have admitted that he belonged
to the militant wing of a political party and was involved in
a number of target killings.
Rangers arrested a target killer, identified as
Mohammad Adnan Siddiqi, during a raid in the Ramswami area of
Saddar Town. The Rangers got his 90-day Preventive detention from
the ATC. The spokesman said Siddiqi belonged to the notorious
militant wing of a political party and admitted murdering six
people in attacks.
Rangers arrested four suspected criminals, including
Lyari gangsters during raids in Korangi Town and Tharu Lane area
of Jamshed Town. Weapons, including SMGs, uni-barrel rocket launchers,
pistols, hand grenades and Avan grenades were seized from their
Police claimed to have killed four TTP militants,
identified as Amirullah Mehsud, Khan Wali alias Khanewal and Khoni
Khel, in an encounter near Safoora Goth area of Gulshan Town in
Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Malir Rao Anwar
said that Police conducted a raid in Safoora Goth area after receiving
a tip-off about the presence of suspected militants.
Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at
a Rangers check post in North Nazimabad Town in Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. However, no casualties were reported.
A hand grenade was lobbed in a market in Liaquatabad
Town. No casualties were reported.
Police arrested six TTP militants after a shootout
in Rizvia Society of Liaquatabad Town and found an IED planted
inside a motorcycle. SSP Central Muqadas Haider said acting on
a tip-off a police team raided a hideout in Rizvia Society. After
an encounter, Police arrested six terrorists and shifted them
to their headquarters. Four TT pistols, grenades, a Kalashnikov
and an IED concealed inside a motorcycle were found at their hideout.
Two of the arrested men were identified as TTP 'commander' Sayd
Alam Mehsud and Sayd Ameen Mehsud. He added that the six terrorists
were members of the TTP network in Dera Ismail Khan District of
Afghanistan and Afghanistan.
Rangers arrested an target killer, identified
as Adnan alias AD alias Danish, in Kharadar area of Saddar Town.
The paramilitary force said that Danish was a member of a militant
wing and an ATC had granted his 90-day preventive detention.
PM Nawaz Sharif while chairing a meeting at PM
House has reiterated that Karachi operation would continue till
its logical conclusion. PM Nawaz expressed government's resolve
saying, "War against terror will continue till elimination of
last terrorist." He said, "Eliminating the menace of terrorism
and ensuring a peaceful Pakistan for our future generations is
the top most priority of PML-N Government and our successes against
terrorism and achieving economic stability have created a new
hope in people."
Sindh Rangers claimed to have arrested Uzair Baloch,
leader of the Lyari gang and chief of proscribed PAC, in a targeted
operation on the outskirts of Karachi. Rangers arrested Baloch
while he was attempting to enter the city, said a press release
issued by the paramilitary force. The press release also claimed
the recovery of weapons from Baloch. His family members claimed
that Baloch was arrested by Interpol at the boarding lounge of
Dubai airport on December 27, 2014, and the Security Forces after
keeping him under arrest illegally since then, has declared his
Sindh Rangers Chief Major General Bilal Akbar
stated that Karachi operation has not slowed down. "Some people
say the Rangers operation in Sindh has slowed down. It has not.
You have to understand that we will be more prominent and active
when there are more enemies to overpower. You will not see much
action when the criminals have been weeded out as we don't bother
law-abiding citizens," he explained.
Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.