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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
An unidentified man was shot dead
near Munawar Chowrangi in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal
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).
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
| 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
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
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,”
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
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
| 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
| 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
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.