Sindh Timeline- 2017
| January 1
Police arrested at least three
terrorists and seized explosives from their custody during an
action in SITE Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of
Sindh. The SSP of West Zone, Nasir Aftab said in a joint action,
launched by Police and personnel of an intelligence agency, three
terrorists affiliated to a banned outfit were apprehended and
recovered explosive material and detonators from their possession.
The number of target killings
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, have significantly
decreased by 253 percent during 2016, as compared to 2015, while
the menace of extortions have slashed by 36 percent during the
same period, the annual report of Sindh Police said. However,
Police in the report have claimed that the number of target killings
has reduced because of the good performance of the Police while
the report has not mentioned the achievement of Sindh Rangers'
Karachi operation continued for the past three years.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Police's
Counter-Terrorism Department is planning to deradicalise and rehabilitate
an estimated 300 militants held in different jails of the province
with the help of qualified psychologists, said Additional Inspector
General of the CTD, Dr Sanaullah Abbasi. Under the proposed initiative,
the CTD would conduct psychological profiling of the arrested
militants to ascertain the possible factors, leading to militancy
as a move to rehabilitate them. "The CTD Sindh has taken an initiative
to create psychological profiles of arrested militants in the
province," said Dr Sanaullah Abbasi. He said a unit of the CTD
Sindh had been deputed to go to jails to create such profiles
along the lines of a proforma created by the NACTA to better identify
the factors that lead to radicalisation of young men. The CTD
chief said the unit concerned had around 15 police personnel,
who would collect data about the imprisoned militants in Karachi
and other parts of Sindh. Dr Abbasi said that there were 250 to
300 militants in different prisons of the province.
Three persons, including a Sub-Inspector,
were killed in firing incidents at various parts of Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh.
A SI of Police Iqbal Mehmood,
probing some targeted killing cases was shot dead and two others
injured in the night when unidentified assailants opened fire
at them on main Rashid Minhas Road in Gulistan-i-Jauhar Town of
Karachi. DSP Shara-i-Faisal Ali Anwar Soomro said that assailants
were chasing SI Iqbal Mehmood who was riding a bike along with
his friend Waseem. "As they disembarked from their motorbike to
purchase some items from a vendor near Lal Flats, gunmen travelling
in a car opened fire on them and fled," he said. Mahmood's friend
Waseem and a passerby teenager Hafeez Ullah sustained bullet wounds
in the incident. The deceased SI Iqbal Mehmood was posted at investigation
section of Ferozabad Police Station. Investigators collected three
spent bullet casings fired from a 9mm pistol from the crime scene.
One persons, identified as Rizwan,
who worked as a Police informer against drug peddlers, was shot
dead in a firing incident in Korangi Industrial Area under Korangi
Town of Karachi. SSP Nauman Siddiqui said that the Police had
arrested the killer and recovered weapons from him.
A civilian was shot dead in a
target-killing incident at Jamshed Road near Pardah Park in Jamshed
Town area of Karachi.
| January 6
At least one civilian was killed
and two Policemen injured in two separate attacks in North Nazimabad
area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Police constable
Muhammad Iqbal was injured when unidentified assailants lobbed
a hand grenade at Taimuria Police Station in North Nazimabad.
Later, 25-year-old Ali Imran was shot dead when unidentified assailants
opened fire at Five Star Chowrangi in the same area. Bashir, a
traffic police official, was also injured in the firing incident.
The Sindh CTD Transnational Terrorism
Intelligence Group in-charge Raja Umer Khattab said that there
might be surge in sectarian violence in city if LEAs don't chalk
out a strategy to clamp down on sleeper cells. The sleeper cells
of AQIS and the LeJ are believed to be involved in the recent
attacks on Policemen and there might be a surge in sectarian violence
in the coming days, Raja Umer Khattab said. "In the past AQIS
has used homemade bombs containing ball bearings in the Taimuria
Police Station a Russian-made grenade was used, something that
is new," Raja Umer Khattab added. "AQIS primarily used handmade
bombs. They had started off by making ball bombs and IEDs. The
use of a grenade now suggests that sleeper cells of these terrorist
outfits are now active and their members possess new kinds of
weapons and explosives," Raja Umer Khattab added further.
The CPLC in its report has identified sixty 'hot
spots' in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, where the
street criminals operate the most and incidents of snatchings
take place. These areas including PIDC, Tariq Road, Sakhi Hassan,
Hassan Square, Bahadurabad, Aisha Manzil and the NIPA Chowrangi
which are high-risk areas and even some areas in city's posh localities
such as Defence and Clifton make it to the list. The CPLC report
further states that in 2016, 19,336 incidents of mobile snatching
were reported which is an increase of 38 percent as compared to
2015. "Besides mobile snatching, around 22,358 motorcycles were
snatched, which is 24 percent more as compared to 2015," stated
the report. However, CPLC has claimed that car theft and its snatching
incidents have reduced substantially in Karachi during 2016. All
this is despite the passage of more than three years of Karachi
operation, which is claimed to be successful by the Rangers and
the provincial government adds the news report.
Unidentified assailants killed a Police constable,
Khalid Shaikh (30), near his house on Jamshed Road in the Soldier
Bazaar area of Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh.
The special policing powers granted to Pakistan
Rangers, Sindh, by the Provincial Government under Anti-Terrorism
Act of 1997 to carry out raids and arrest suspects ended. The
Government had extended the Rangers' Policing powers on October
18, 2016, for 90 days thus entitling them to carry out raids,
snap checking and arresting the people in the provincial capital
only. Sindh Government, however, had not issued any official statement
in connection with extension of the powers by the end of the day.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approved
the summary extending Rangers' special powers in Karachi for 90
days. The special powers will grant Rangers special Policing powers
in the metropolis. The summary to extend the powers of the paramilitary
force had been sent to Syed Murad Ali Shah by the Home Minister.
The Rangers were given extension last on October
16, 2016 by Murad Ali Shah. Under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997,
Rangers have been granted special powers to raid and take into
Police recovered four dead bodies from an empty
plot in Steel Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of
Sindh. Malir Town SSP Rao Anwar claimed that the four victims
had been shot to death adding that the corpses bore torture marks.
The CoAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa met leaders
from the business and trader communities and assured them of continuation
of the security operation in Karachi, the statement released by
the ISPR said. "The Karachi operation will continue till the elimination
of crime in the city," said Army chief. He added that all possible
measures will be taken to restore peace in Karachi, and said that
the strategy for Karachi would remain the same and there would
be no change in policy.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said
that his Government would never allow terrorists and religious
fanatics to play with the lives of innocent people even if the
Federal Government refuses to cooperate with it. This he said
while presiding over the Sindh cabinet meeting here at the Sindh
Secretariat. Briefing the cabinet on the response of Ministry
of Interior to ban 94 madrassa's allegedly involved in promoting
terrorism, the Chief Minister said that in the Apex committee
the list of the madrassa's was presented. The Committee was told
that 94 madrassa's were involved in terrorist activities. They
had presented solid evidences gathered from the terrorists arrested
by Law Enforcement Agencies and they had revealed startling disclosures
against the said madrassa's.
A Shia man, Mohammed Kazim Raza (39), was gunned
down in suspected sectarian attack in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of
Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, in the night. "It appeared
to be a targeted killing incident linked with sectarianism," said
Superintendent Police Dr. Fahad Ahmed.
The CTD claimed to have arrested a would-be suicide
bomber and another militant, associated with a banned outfit,
who were allegedly involved in major terrorist acts in urban and
rural Sindh and operating their networks in four major cities
of the province besides Jaffarabad District of Balochistan. In
a targeted raid conducted in the Manghopir area of Karachi, the
CTD team detained the two suspects, Shaukat (would-be suicide
bomber) and Abdul Ghani, and seized explosive material, a suicide
jacket, a hand grenade and two pistols from their custody. "The
held militants, who belonged to the Brohi tribe and were trained
in Balochistan, were operating terror networks in Sukkur, Shikarpur,
Jacobabad and Sanghar districts in Sindh and Jaffarabad district
in Balochistan," said Sindh CTD chief Dr Sanaullah Abbasi.
Sindh Rangers claimed to have killed notorious
Lyari gang war commander Noor Muhammad alias Baba Ladla in a shootout
in Lyari Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
Two of Baba Ladla's close associates, Sikandar alias Sikko and
Mohammad Yaseen alias Mama, were also killed in the encounter.
During the operation, Head Constable Fayyaz and Constable Tufail
were also killed. One Kalashnikov, a 9mm pistol, a 9mm mouser
and a hand grenade were also recovered from their possession.
The "most wanted" suspects were involved in numerous terrorist
incidents, said Rangers in a press release. "Baba Ladla was wanted
in more than 74 crimes by police," added the press release further.
The Sindh government had placed a head money of PKR Three million
on Baba Ladla in 2012.
The press release also revealed that Baba Ladla
had, with the help of Uzair Baloch, committed the murders of Shera
Pathan, Arshad Pappu and Yasir Arafat. It also stated that in
March 2013, Baba Ladla had kidnapped a group of Muhajirs and murdered
them. The Rangers press release also claimed the other gangster
gunned down in the operation, Sikander alias Siku, was wanted
in more than 15 crimes by Police. Sikander was described by Rangers
as a close aide of Baba Ladla and also his facilitator. In April
2012, Sikander had committed the murder of Station House Officer
(SHO) Fawad Khan while in the same year he had also killed Constable
Asif, according to the press release. In 2013, he had tortured
and subsequently killed two other men. Sikander had also been
involved in the sale and purchase of illegal weapons.
Police stopped JuD from holding a 'multiparty
conference' (MPC) on Kashmir issue at the press club in Hyderabad
city of Sindh reportedly after receiving 'orders' from high-ups
in the wake of house arrest of JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
JuD leaders decided to cancel the conference and disperse peacefully.
Later, they informed media persons through an SMS that the MPC
had to be cancelled because of some 'unavoidable circumstances'.
A heavy contingent of Police had sealed the road with barbed wire
outside the press club. JuD Sindh emir Faisal Nadeem said the
MPC was not organised by JuD only, it was held by Tehreek-i-Azadi
Kashmir, a platform founded by JuD and other parties to discuss
Kashmir's freedom movement.
Almost 248 Police officials who took part in 1992
and 1996 Karachi operations were killed however, so far only six
killers of these cops have been convicted. A total of 378 accused
were arrested. Challans submitted in 121 cases out of which in
six cases killers have been convicted whereas a total of 55 accused
acquitted and the remaining 60 are still under trial. Official
statistics show that from 1995 till 2016, almost 1,488 Policemen
were killed in the Karachi Range. Although, the most number of
Police officials - 261 - were killed in 1995 yet otherwise 2012,
2013 and 2014 were the worst years for the Karachi Police with
123, 165 and 136 killings respectively.
The ongoing Rangers' led operation appears to
have been a blessing even for the Karachi Police as killings of
Police officials in the city had drastically reduced in 2015 and
2016. In 2016, only 29 Policemen were killed whereas this figure
was 67 in 2015. The official data shows that a total of 261 Policemen
were killed in 1995 58 were murdered in 1996 74 in 1997 97 in
1998 59 in 1999 49 in 2000 58 in 2001 14 in 2002 19 in 2003 23
in 2004 24 in 2005 40 in 2006 51 in 2007 48 in 2008 41 in 2009
49 in 2010 53 in 2011 123 in 2012 165 in 2013 136 in 2014 67 in
2015 and 29 in 2016.
Outside Karachi in Sindh, Larkana appears to be
the most dangerous place for Policemen from 2001 till 2016. Each
year's number of Policemen killed in Larkana District during the
period (from 2001 till 2016) is 8 7 17 1 6 4 11 21 13 13 13 8
13 20 10 9 and 5 respectively. These figures show that the most
difficult time for the Larkana Police has been from 2007 to 2014
- the period during which the killing of policemen remained high.
Otherwise, in the Hyderabad District, the Police had a bad time
really in 2014 when a total of 27 Police officials got killed.
Six militants were killed in a shoot out with
Police during a raid on a chicken farm off Superhighway near the
Baqai Medical University in Gadap town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. SSP Malir Rao Anwar Ahmed said that the six
militants belonged to AQIS and TTP, and were involved in targeting
law enforcement personnel. One of the militant was also involved
in the Peshawar Army Public School attack. An ID card was found
from his pocket, but the investigators are trying to verify his
identity as the card he was carrying may have been faked. Another
militant Ibrahim Haydri had allegedly been wanted by Police for
his involvement in grenade attacks and firing on various Police
officials in different areas of Karachi. "Haydri and the other
militants were responsible for the death of around 25 Police personnel,"
the Rao Anwar Ahmed alleged.
An employee of Samaa TV was killed evening when
unidentified assailants opened fire on a Samaa TV DSNG van at
KDA Chowrangi near Dolmen Mall in North Nazimabad of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. An assistant cameraman, Taimur,
received a bullet wound to the head and was rushed to the nearby
Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The
media van was in the area to cover an earlier incident, a cracker
attack on a Police vehicle, when it was attacked. "Our team members
along with the DSNG had gone there to cover the cracker attack
on the police vehicle when they came under attack," said Samaa
TV's Director News, Farhan Malik. Senior Superintendent of Police
(SSP), Central, Muqaddas Haider said the same suspects might be
involved in both the incidents and added the cracker attack on
the police vehicle did not cause any damage. "It appears that
the suspects attacked the Police mobile with a cracker to attract
media's attention and when the Samaa team arrived, they chased
and attacked it," added Haider.
At least 88 people were killed when a suicide
bomber attacked the crowded Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar
in Sehwan Sharif town of Jamshoro District in Sindh, injuring
at least 343 others. The blast took place inside the premises
of the shrine as a dhamaal was taking place, with a large number
of women and children said to be among the casualties. Devotees
throng the shrine of the revered Sufi saint every Thursday to
participate in a dhamaal and prayers. The Assistant Superintendent
of Police in Sehwan said a suicide bomber entered the shrine through
its Golden gate. The attacker blew himself up after throwing a
grenade, which failed to explode, he added. The ISIS claimed responsibility
for the attack through Amaq, the group's affiliated news agency.
At least 18 alleged terrorists were killed in
a raid carried out in Ziarat Mai Garhi, Manghopir area of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh, said a spokesman of Pakistan
Rangers Sindh. Arms and ammunition was also seized from the possession
of the alleged terrorists said to be affiliated with a proscribed
Police killed nine TTP militants including would-be
suicide bombers during exchange of fire near Super Highway in
Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Malir Rao Anwar
said the terrorists were planning to attack Rangers Headquarters
in Karachi. He said Police carried out raid at the alleged residence
of father-in-law of TTP Karachi chapter Amir, where the militants
resorted to fire on the arriving police party. In retaliatory
fire, nine militants including suicide bombers were killed.
Seven militants were killed and one rangers personnel
received injuries during a targeted operation between Pakistan
Rangers Sindh and militants in Shah Latif Town of Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh. A spokesman for the Pakistan Rangers
Sindh revealed that the rangers launched a targeted operation
after receiving intelligence reports about the possible presence
of terrorists in the area. The forces were shot at by the terrorists
and returned fire resulting in the death of seven members of the
banned terrorist outfit, some of the terrorists managed to flee
from their hideout using the dark as cover, while Police called
in backup and cordoned off the area until the terrorists were
found. One ranger's personnel also received injuries in this incident.
A large number of arms and ammunitions were also recovered from
the hideout and it was revealed that the terrorists were planning
a terrorist activity of substantial scale in the area.
A cracker blast injured 24 persons in the jurisdiction
of Makki Shah Police Station in Hyderabad District, ahead of a
strike called by the banned JSMM against the CPEC. Initial reports
suggested that the cracker was lobbed from Sakhi Abdul Wahab Shah
Jillani flyover on a road where shops of second-hand clothes and
shoes are located.
SFs arrested the alleged facilitator of Lal Shahbaz
Qalandar suicide bomber from the outskirts of Khairpur town in
the same District. Sources said the alleged facilitator, during
initial interrogation, has revealed that Hafeez Birohi group of
Shikarpur is involved in Sehwan Sharif bombing. Hafeez Birohi
group, who was previously affiliated to LeJ, has been associated
with ISIS now. The same group was also involved in Shikarpur bombings.
The suicide bomber was Afghan national and the suicide vest was
also prepared in Shikarpur, the investigation further revealed.
Sources said the car used to target ISI headquarters in Sukkur
was also prepared in Shikarpur.
Sindh security establishment has proposed to the
Government that a dedicated force be raised to keep an eye on
its border with Balochistan after it was found that the suspects
involved in the recent terrorist attacks here had come from the
neighbouring province, said officials. This proposal was discussed
at multiple meetings held between the security officials and top
administrative authorities, including Chief Minister Syed Murad
Ali Shah, after the suicide attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine
Investigations into the recent terrorism activities
convinced the relevant authorities that their planners, handlers
and perpetrators had come from the neighbouring province. "A similar
thought or proposal emerged in October last year as well after
it was found that the suspects involved in two terrorists attacks
in Shikarpur in September 2015 had come from Balochistan," said
a senior official. "The findings pushed the Sindh authorities
to take up the matter with their Balochistan counterparts and
tighten security along the border and as the first step they deployed
policemen at key border points," he said, adding that the Sindh
government then had deployed a total of 400 policemen on its side
of the border.
Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.