Sindh Timeline- 2016
| January 1
The CTD arrested a militant affiliated
with Jundullah-Haji Aqakhel group, and identified as Abdul Aziz
alias Aziz Rehman, from Orangi Town in Karachi, who was
accused recruiting young men for the Islamic State (IS/ also known
as Daesh) and had sent three militants to Syria. He was collecting
funds for the IS in Karachi and Quetta (Balochistan).
The official revealed that the
Aziz had confessed during initial investigation to having sent
three trained young men to Syria. One of them, Jaffer, has been
killed there, while the whereabouts of Hamza and Rasheed are not
Two 'criminals', identified as
Mam Dost (24) and Jehangir (23), were killed in a Police encounter
within the Mawach Goth Police Station in Baldia Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
| January 3
The main accused in the May 13,
2105, Safoora carnage of Karachi, identified as Umer Kathio, was
arrested in joint raid conducted by Police and Rangers. The raid
was conducted on a lead from Saad Aziz, another accused who has
been in Police custody. According to sources, Umer Kathio had
formed a network of terrorists in 2011. His task was to facilitate
the terrorists of the al Qaeda. The sources further said the he
later joined the Islamic State (IS/ also known as Daesh) while
his wife runs a network of Daesh in Sindh.
Five gangsters were arrested by
Rangers during a targeted raid in Lyari Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Weapons were also recovered from their possession.
The Law Enforcement Agencies also raided Social Security Hospital
and retrieved weapons hidden in the hospital premises.
Sindh Police arrested two suspects
involved in various cases, including an attack on an Express News
DSNG van on January 17, 2014, which resulted in the death of three
media workers. “The arrested men belong to a group of 10 people
that have been active in Karachi since 2014 and were involved
in various target killing cases and attacking media persons,”
DIG West Feroz Shah said. “The group mainly operated from Orangi
Town area of Karachi and consisted of accused Saqib, Naveed, Kashif,
Imran, Sarfaraz, Javed Afridi, Qari Rasheed, Qari Mohsin, Rehan
and Kamran,” he added. IG Sindh Police announced a prize money
of PKR 1 million for the Police officials who carried out the
raids to arrest them.
Five TTP militants were killed
in an exchange of fire during Police encounter at a graveyard
in Machar Colony area of Sohrab Goth in Gadap Town of provincial
capital Karachi. SSP Rao Anwar said, "The militants had set
up a hideout in the graveyard and on police's arrival, they opened
fire." Two of the attackers were identified as Naeem and
Hafeezullah, while identities of the other have not ascertained
thus far. Police also claimed to have recovered 2.5 kilograms
of explosive material and other arms and ammunition from the hideout.
Four TTP militants, identified
as Hanif alias 'Nadeem Kala', Ashraf Ali alias 'Bhaloo', Rehmat
Shah and Zahid Hussain, were arrested during a Police operation
in Defence Housing Authority-Phase 1 neighbourhood. Karachi-South
DIG Dr Jamil Ahmed said that the Police recovered a shopping bag
containing ball bearings, suicide jackets and four kilograms of
explosive material. They also recovered bomb-making material and
four pistols from their possession
Sindh Rangers and CTD claimed
to have arrested a close aide of slain TTP leader, Baitullah Mehsud,
in a joint raid carried out in Kotri area of Jamshoro District.
AIG CTD Sanaullah Abbasi said the terrorist identified as Meherban,
son of Badshah Khan, was a close confidante of Mehsud and was
placed in the Red-Book.
The Sindh Police’s CTD claimed
to have recovered 50 kilograms of explosives, two Kalashnikovs,
two rifles, eight grenades, and four pistols, in a raid in the
Manghopir area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. In a statement, the CTD said that a TTP terrorist, Meharban
Badshah, who had been arrested in Hyderabad District, had disclosed
the storage location.
Pakistan Customs Intelligence
recovered 22,000 kilograms of explosive materials from a container
that had been stored at the Karachi Port since November 20, 2015.
A Customs spokesman said the container (CBHU-8570130) came to
Karachi from China and had been stored at the port for over a
month now. It was meant to be shipped upcountry but, according
to the official, was not sent as the Peshawar Customs Intelligence
had, some time back, caught two containers which had arrived at
the Karachi Port along with this one and found explosives in them.
On a tip-off, Police conducted
a raid at the Kalakot area in Lyari Town of Karachi and arrested
two alleged target killers whose identity was not disclosed. The
Police also claimed to have recovered weapons from their possession.
A man, identified as Umair Khan
(25), was shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Qasba
Colony of SITE Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
DG Rangers of the Sindh Rangers
Major General Bilal Akbar during a meeting with traders said that
the targeted operation in Karachi will continue as per the instructions
of the heads of the armed forces and the Federal Government. “Despite
the ongoing pushing and shoving, I have been clearly instructed
by the heads to go on with the operation,” said Major General
“The future of Karachi operation
is bright and it will continue until it reaches its logical conclusion,”
a KCCI press release stated. Siraj Kassam Teli, the chairman of
Businessmen Group and a former KCCI President, said the business
community would support the Rangers efforts. “The business community
hopes the Government and Rangers will continue working to restore
peace in Karachi,” he added.
Assistant Sub-Inspector, Mohammed
Akram, along with his eight accomplices, was arrested for their
alleged involvement in kidnappings-for-ransom, during a raid in
Gharibabad area of Malir Town of Karachi, the provincial capital
of Sindh. The officials added that the gang had been active for
the past one month. They used to kidnap people by posing themselves
as officers of the CTD of Police, said Karachi-West DIG Feroze
Shah. The paramilitary force also seized the police van used for
kidnapping people, he added.
Four persons were killed and many
were wounded in separate incidents of firing in different parts
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The firing incidents
took place in Korangi crossing and Qasba Colony resulting in death
of three persons. Another three men were shot and injured in Lyari,
Maripur and Shershah.
Pakistan Rangers killed a suspected
gangster, identified as Nasir Wachani, in an ‘encounter’ in Lyari
area of Karachi. Nasir Wachani was ‘very close’ to Uzair Baloch,
as he looked after his ‘financial and land affairs’.
The CTD officials said that three
suspects allegedly involved in an attack on a constable were apprehended
during a raid on Nishtar Road. Two of the three suspects were
identified as Aaqib Murgi and Qasim Baji. The third accused was
yet to be identified. According to CTD, they used to collect extortion
Caught in Iran while travelling
illegally to Syria to join the militant Islamic State group before
being repatriated to Pakistan, two youngsters have turned away
from ‘armed struggle’ after being ‘rehabilitated’ with the support
of their families and security administration, officials said.
Although still under surveillance, the men in their early 20s
have no more militant tendencies according to the psychiatrists
who evaluated their condition, said official in charge of the
CTD Raja Umer Khattab. The two men belonging to the middle and
upper middle class families of Karachi were handed over to the
FIA by the Iranian authorities before being given into the custody
of the Quetta Police.
During question hour in the Senate,
the Government disclosed that five unidentified persons had been
arrested in Sindh for allegedly financing terrorism, but failed
to explain when they had been taken into custody or if their cases
were under investigation or would be tried in court. This was
revealed in a written reply to a question regarding the number
of people arrested under the NAP on charges of financing terrorism.
According to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, five people had
been arrested in Sindh, four in KP and 28 in Gilgit-Baltistan
on these charges. No arrests have been made on this account in
Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Islamabad
and Balochistan. It was also revealed that while cases of those
arrested in GB and KP were being heard in the ATCs, there was
no mention of the status of the cases from Sindh.
At least nine children were injured
in hand grenade attack in Chakiwara area of Lyari Town in Karachi
of Sindh. The police have launched a search operation in the area
after the attack but no significant development has been reported.
Sindh Rangers Director General
Major General Bilal Akbar while talking to a delegation of Pakhtun
Jirga led by ANP Senator Shahi Syed pledged to take the ongoing
operation in the city to a logical end. He said the indiscriminate
operation, that has gained public support due to its positive
results, would be taken to its logical end.
A brother of a local leader of
the PML-N, identified as Mir Ishtiaq Baloch alias Mulla Pappu
(35), was shot dead on Ahmed Shah Bukhari Road in Baghdadi area
of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh ahead
of a planned ‘peace rally’. A passerby was also shot at and wounded
in the attack. The victim had also contested the recent local
government election on a Union Council chairman seat in Lyari.
“It appeared to be a targeted killing incident,” said City SSP
Fida Husain. Baghdadi SHO Rao Dilshad said that the victim was
the younger brother of PML-N leader Mir Ashfaq Baloch.
A man, identified as Shan (25),
was shot dead outside his residence near Old Golimar area of Lyari
The Sindh Government announced
that it would issue uniform Friday sermons to mosques to curb
extremism and promote sectarian harmony in the province. Abdul
Qayyum Soomro, the Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Religious
Affairs, said that the Government would issue Friday sermons to
mosques across the Province. "One of our key objectives is to
promote sectarian harmony," Soomro said. "The Sindh Government
has been planning to legislate it and a bill on the issue will
soon be presented in the Provincial Assembly," he added.
However, religious leaders belonging
to different schools of thought said the government's decision
was impractical. Mufti Muhammad Naeem, the principal of the Jamia
Binoria International, a key Deobandi seminary in Karachi, wondered
how the decision would work. He said that Government had not taken
religious leaders into confidence while making the decision. "These
are only suggestions without practical steps which are not enough
to curb sectarianism and will only create more confusion among
the masses," Naeem said, adding, "We don't know how the government
will enforce it. It hasn't explained it yet."
The Rangers, after being tipped
off about the presence of terrorists at Super Highway and Northern
Bypass areas of Karachi, conducted a raid at a hideout and in
the ensuing shootout shot at and injured three terrorists who
later succumbed to their injuries. They were identified as Shamsher
Khan, Ataullah alias Daud Pathan and Zaheer alias Zafeer Pathan.
Ranger's spokesperson said that the terrorists were members of
a banned outfit and involved in target killing, extortion, rape,
robbery, and kidnapping-for-ransom cases. The terrorists had killed
Policemen and were also involved in bomb attacks on Rangers. The
Rangers recovered weapons from the hideout.
Two gangsters of the Baba Ladla
(Rauf Nazim) group, identified as Adil alias Rind alias Salman
and Moeed, were shot dead in an encounter in Gul Muhammad Lane
of Lyari Town. A Rangers soldier also suffered injuries. The two
gangsters were. The spokespersons said the two men were involved
in many murder, kidnapping-for-ransom and extortion cases. Weapons
and ammunition were found at their hideout.
The CTD AEC detained 10 suspected
terrorists affiliated with a banned outfit in Mohammed Khan Colony
of Manghopir area in Gadap Town. A Police constable, identified
as Kashif, was injured in the shootout. They were found in possession
of a vehicle-based Improvised Explosive Device. Arms and ammunition,
including bomb, repeater rifles, and pistols were recovered from
Rangers arrested a suspected terrorist
during a raid in Gulshan-e-Hadeed area of Bin Qasim Town.
Another suspect was arrested during
a raid in Frontier Colony area of SITE Town.
Rangers claimed to have detained
two suspects during separate raids in the Defence Housing Authority
area who were allegedly involved in providing arms to 'separatists'.
The suspects were detained. The paramilitary force also seized
weapons from their possession. According to the Rangers spokesperson,
the two suspects were involved in providing weapons to 'defunct
separatist outfit'. However, he did not name the organisation
and the held suspects.
Unidentified militant robbed of
PKR 375,000 from JS Bank branch in Block-7 of Gulistan-e-Jauhar
area of Gulshan Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
SSP Jawed Jiskani said that seven men riding motorcycles arrived
at the Gulistan-e-Jauhar and held the two security guards hostage
at gunpoint. The SSP said the CCTV footage of the robbery clearly
showed the faces of the robbers and they would soon be arrested.
The ATC handed over 11 suspects of al Qaeda to CTD on a seven-day
physical remand. The Police department claimed that the suspects
were planning to spread terror in the city and produced the suspects
Qari Muhammad Moshin, Qari Muhammad Akram, Moshin Khan, Syed Muhammad
Riaz, Anas Muhammad, Muhammad Arshad, Abdul Wakeel, Abdul Wahab,
Muhammad Owais and others before ATC Administrative Judge Farooq
Shah amid tight security. According to CTD, the suspects belonged
to al Qaeda and LeJ and seized a rickshaw with explosives, rocket
launchers, rifles, detonator and bombs from their possession.
Three people, identified as Asghar,
Majeed and Sher Agha, were shot at and injured by unidentified
armed assailants near Kalapul area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the
provincial capital of Sindh.
Another man, identified as Muhammad
Faisal was shot at and injured near Fawara Chowk in Garden area
of Saddar Town.
The MPA Javed Nagori escaped a
gun attack while passing through the Kharadar area of Saddar Town.
No casualties were reported.
Police arrested 17 suspects during
search operations in Mahmoodabad, Shah Faisal Colony, Baldia Town
and Defence areas. A large cache of arms and ammunitions was recovered
from their possession. The Police arrested suspects hailing from
Waziristan, including three injured after an exchange of fire
with the Police. The Defence Police also arrested three suspects
while the Baldia Town Police arrested three Lyari gangsters. The
Karachi police also claimed that they had arrested three gang
war criminals from Ittehad Town and weapons were also recovered
from their possession while eight suspects were arrested during
a raid in Natha Khan Goth.
Police arrested a terrorist of
TTP in a raid at an under construction petrol pump on the Super
Highway in Jamshoro District of Sindh. The terrorist was identified
as Qamar Zaman Mehsud who hails from North Waziristan. Police
recovered 10 kilograms of explosive material, a bundle of wire,
three hand grenades and an automatic rifle with 50 rounds from
the his possession.
Unidentified militants lobbed
a hand grenade outside Balochistan Minister Changez Khan Marri's
house in DHA Phase II in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
However, the grenade failed to explode. No casualties were reported.
Police booked militants affiliated with BLA for the attack. The
Minister had arrived in Karachi on the night of January 25, 2016.
Rangers arrested of six suspects,
including four officials of the Fisherman Cooperative Society
(FCS), who were allegedly working as facilitators for Lyari gangsters,
during raid in Kalri area of Lyari Town. The spokesman for the
Sindh Rangers said Saleem Deedak, Mehar Bux, Mohammad Saeed Baloch
and Dil Murad were arrested during raids in the Kalri area. The
suspects were moved to the Rangers headquarters for interrogation
and later taken to an Anti-Terrorism Court, which allowed their
preventive detention for 90 days. The initial interrogation showed
that the four were affiliated with the Aziz Jan Baloch and Baba
Ladla groups and were working as their facilitators.
Rangers arrested an alleged target
killer, identified as Mohammad Farooq alias Lendi, in Kharadar
area of Saddar Town. The ATC allowed the Rangers to keep him in
preventive detention for three months. Farooq was said to have
admitted that he belonged to the militant wing of a political
party and was involved in a number of target killings.
Rangers arrested a target killer,
identified as Mohammad Adnan Siddiqi, during a raid in the Ramswami
area of Saddar Town. The Rangers got his 90-day Preventive detention
from the ATC. The spokesman said Siddiqi belonged to the notorious
militant wing of a political party and admitted murdering six
people in attacks.
Rangers arrested four suspected
criminals, including Lyari gangsters during raids in Korangi Town
and Tharu Lane area of Jamshed Town. Weapons, including SMGs,
uni-barrel rocket launchers, pistols, hand grenades and Avan grenades
were seized from their possession.
Police claimed to have killed
four TTP militants, identified as Amirullah Mehsud, Khan Wali
alias Khanewal and Khoni Khel, in an encounter near Safoora Goth
area of Gulshan Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
SSP Malir Rao Anwar said that Police conducted a raid in Safoora
Goth area after receiving a tip-off about the presence of suspected
Unidentified militants hurled
a hand grenade at a Rangers check post in North Nazimabad Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties
A hand grenade was lobbed in a
market in Liaquatabad Town. No casualties were reported.
Police arrested six TTP militants
after a shootout in Rizvia Society of Liaquatabad Town and found
an IED planted inside a motorcycle. SSP Central Muqadas Haider
said acting on a tip-off a police team raided a hideout in Rizvia
Society. After an encounter, Police arrested six terrorists and
shifted them to their headquarters. Four TT pistols, grenades,
a Kalashnikov and an IED concealed inside a motorcycle were found
at their hideout. Two of the arrested men were identified as TTP
'commander' Sayd Alam Mehsud and Sayd Ameen Mehsud. He added that
the six terrorists were members of the TTP network in Dera Ismail
Khan District of Afghanistan and Afghanistan.
Rangers arrested an target killer,
identified as Adnan alias AD alias Danish, in Kharadar area of
Saddar Town. The paramilitary force said that Danish was a member
of a militant wing and an ATC had granted his 90-day preventive
PM Nawaz Sharif while chairing
a meeting at PM House has reiterated that Karachi operation would
continue till its logical conclusion. PM Nawaz expressed government's
resolve saying, "War against terror will continue till elimination
of last terrorist." He said, "Eliminating the menace of terrorism
and ensuring a peaceful Pakistan for our future generations is
the top most priority of PML-N Government and our successes against
terrorism and achieving economic stability have created a new
hope in people."
Sindh Rangers claimed to have
arrested Uzair Baloch, leader of the Lyari gang and chief of proscribed
PAC, in a targeted operation on the outskirts of Karachi. Rangers
arrested Baloch while he was attempting to enter the city, said
a press release issued by the paramilitary force. The press release
also claimed the recovery of weapons from Baloch. His family members
claimed that Baloch was arrested by Interpol at the boarding lounge
of Dubai airport on December 27, 2014, and the Security Forces
after keeping him under arrest illegally since then, has declared
his arrest now.
Sindh Rangers Chief Major General
Bilal Akbar stated that Karachi operation has not slowed down.
"Some people say the Rangers operation in Sindh has slowed down.
It has not. You have to understand that we will be more prominent
and active when there are more enemies to overpower. You will
not see much action when the criminals have been weeded out as
we don't bother law-abiding citizens," he explained.
Law Enforcement Agencies arrested
banned outfit 'commander', identified as Yaseen alias Papu,
from Baghdadi area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital
Ghosia Girls and Boys Elementary
School in Paposh Nagar area of Nazimabad Town received a written
threat from TTP asking for immediate closure.
A constable of the FIA, identified
as Muhammed Ali Khanzada, was found dead in a car parked on Lyari
Expressway in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SP-Jamshed
Dr Fahad Ahmed said that it appeared that Khanzada was killed
somewhere else and later the car and his body were abandoned at
A BLA militant, identified as
Chuthal Magsi, was arrested during a raid by Police in Lasi Goth
area of Malir Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh,
for his involvement in an attack on a shrine in Korangi Industrial
Area on September 18, 2015. Police recovered a pistol and grenade
from his possession. Two of his accomplices, Mir Hazaar Bughti
and Bilal Malik, managed to escape.
Two bank robbers, identified as
Arsalan Iqbal and Dilawer alias Murad alias Tiger, were shot dead
in a shootout with SIU Karachi personnel in Korangi Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. The two were allegedly involved
in the three bank heists that took place in Karachi this year
and the Sindh Government had announced a reward of PKR 1 million
for their arrest.
SSP Mohammed Farooq Awan of the
SIU Karachi said that investigations regarding bank heists were
underway during which he was tipped that members of a dacoit gang
were expected to attempt a robbery in the Korangi Industrial Area
(KIA). Acting on the tip-off, an SIU team was deployed in the
KIA for surveillance, during which the officers witnessed three
suspects on two motorcycles, who engaged the personnel in an encounter
after they were signaled to stop. Two of the robbers were arrested
in injured condition, while the third one managed to escape.
Three separate hand grenade attacks
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, created panic among
the masses. However, no loss of life has been reported. According
to details, unidentified men hurled hand grenade at the main entrance
of Mobina town Police Station. No loss of life was reported. Separately,
unknown persons hurled hand grenade near APWA Girls College Karimabad.
SSP Central Muqqadas Haider said the hand grenade was hurled from
Karimabad flyover. Further, armed men launched hand grenade attack
near a private school in North Nazimabad.
The bullet-riddled dead body of
a man, identified as 50-year-old Liaquat Ali Baloch (50), was
found from under the Lasbela Bridge, situated within the jurisdiction
of the Rizvia Police Station, in Liaquatabad Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. His body bore torture marks and
had three bullet wounds. Baloch was the brother of Lyari gangster
Barkat Baloch, who was actively involved in Lyari gang war.
Police and LEAs, in a joint operation,
arrested a militant, identified as Usman Khan, who belonged to
al Qaeda Barr-e-Sagheer, from the area of Saddar Town. The arrested
militant has revealed his connections with the facilitators and
masterminds of May 13, 2015, the Safoora attack. According to
investigative sources, Khan is a dentist by profession and he
was delivering to the al Qaeda the extortion money, collected
from various areas of the city. One Kalashnikov and nine bullets
were recovered from his possession.
Police killed four criminals during
an ongoing operation against criminals in the Katcha areas of
Khanpur and Ghouspur in Shikarpur District. One Policeman, identified
as Ali Gul Mahar, was also killed two others were injured in the
exchange of fire. The operation was launched to recover three
abductees, including a minor girl, from Thull abducted over eight
years ago. However, the Police a woman, who along with five friends
was kidnapped from Sehwan area two years ago. During the operation,
the Police torched over ten houses and detained more than 10 suspects.
Moreover, The suspects have been shifted to an undisclosed location
Unidentified armed assailants
raided the residence of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist
imprisoned in US over charges of terrorism, and tortured the watchman
in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of provincial capital Karachi.
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali
Shah while speaking to the media in Khairpur District said that
there is no presence of the militant Islamic State group, saying
that its name is being used to terrify people. The CM categorically
stated that "the IS doesn't exist in any part of Sindh". According
to him, some banned outfits and terrorist organisations were using
the name of the IS for their ulterior motives.
The CTD, Sindh, Intelligence Wing,
claimed to have arrested three accused, including a TTP militants,
who were alleged to be involved in target killings and killing
of armed forces personnel. According to details, SSP Amir Farooqi
of CTD Intelligence Wing said that the CTD personnel on a tip-off
raided the outskirts of the city and after an encounter arrested
Hanif Khan alias Fazalullah Mehsud. The Police also recovered
weapons, including Kalashnikov, from his possession. However,
the associates of Khan managed to flee. During investigation,
it was found that the accused belonged to TTP-Sajna Group and
recently came to Karachi to form a network.
The CTD personnel arrested Mohammed
Kasif along with a Kalashnikov in Yousuf Goth area of Gadap Town.
Later, the Police also arrested Mohammed Farooq and recovered
a Kalashnikov and 10,000 bullets from his possession. Further
investigations are underway.
A Session Court (South Karachi)
sentenced two suspects, identified as Naeem alias 'Cockroach'
and Farhan alias 'Tidda', belonging to Muttahida Qaumi Movement
party, to a collective 14-years imprisonment each in addition
to a fine of PKR 10,000 each on the charges of keeping illicit
weapons and explosives. Police had arrested the pair from Orangi
Town in March 2013, recovering two pistols and a hand grenade.
A case was filed for illegal possession of arms and explosives
under Sindh Arms Act section 13-d and Explosive Substances Act
of 1908 sections 4 and 5.
During a meeting held between
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Corps Commander of
Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar in Karachi it was decided
that the ongoing operation against terrorists in Karachi will
be extended to the interior of Sindh to strengthen the operation
further and eliminate terrorists' cells in these areas. These
cells, according to sources, exist in the interior of Sindh in
areas bordering Balochistan.
During the discussion, according
to sources, the incidents of terrorism that occurred recently
in Jacobabad and Shikarpur Districts also came up for consideration
and it was stated that such acts were not possible without the
presence of facilitators in the interior of Sindh.
The Sindh Police killed 12 terrorists,
belonging to AQIS and LeJ, in two separate encounters in Pipri
area and Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
In the first encounter, at least eight militants were killed in
Pipri area of Bin Qasim Town. "Eight militants were killed on
the spot while four others, who fled the scene, were killed in
Gadap area," said SSP Rao Anwaar of Malir District. In the second
encounter, at least four militants were killed in Gadap Town.
He further said that the encounters, which lasted several hours
in a slum off the National Highway, occurred during a raid on
a hideout after police received intelligence-based information
that terrorists belonging to banned outfits had gathered there.
The terrorists had been working jointly and targeting law enforcement
agencies in Karachi, Rao added. Five of the deceased suspects
were identified as Sohail, Khalil, Bilal, Talha and Abdul Salam.
During the search operation the Police they found four pressure
cooker bombs, suicide jackets, detonating cords, five hand grenades,
ball bearings, five submachine guns, three 9mm pistols and hundreds
The Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, disclosed
the arrest of two suspects affiliated with PAC who were said to
be involved in a number of extortion cases. As per a spokesman
of the paramilitary force, a team conducted an intelligence-based
raid in Landhi Town and, after an encounter, arrested Munawwar
and Rafiq with weapons. Both were shifted to the headquarters
for interrogation during which they confessed to their affiliation
with the PAC and to have extorted more than 24 traders and industrialists.
Police arrested four Policemen
among nine people allegedly involved in 'kidnapping, extortion
and robbery' and a suspected gangster linked with the Lyari gang
war, who had recently returned from the United Arab Emirates,
said Karachi-West SSP Azfar Mahesar.
Police, acting on a tip-off, detained
Abdul Rehman alias Khan Bhai, in Jehanabad area of SITE Town.
"He was wanted in 12 murder cases and 20 cases pertaining to kidnapping-for-ransom
and extortion," said the SSP-West. After the launch of a Rangers-led
operation, the suspect escaped to the United Arab Emirates, where
he was working at a police workshop in Sharjah. He had recently
returned to the city and was a close associate of two gangsters,
Fahim and Naseem, linked with the Uzair Baloch-led gang, added
A JIT 'reinvestigating' the Baldia
factory fire case that claimed the lives of 259 workers and caused
injuries to 50 labourers in Karachi on September 11, 2012 has
come to the conclusion that it was a "planned sabotage and terrorist
activity". The JIT report said: "Based upon available evidence
and expert opinions, the JIT has come to conclusion that factory
fire was a planned sabotage/terrorist activity and not an accidental
fire." It added that the alleged terrorist act was carried out
"due to refusal to pay extortion (Bhatta) of Rs20 (Twenty) crores
and partnership in factory profits by factory owners to office-bearers,
namely Rehman Bhola and Hammad Siddiqi of MQM-A".
The HRW report released in Istanbul
stated, "Rangers, a paramilitary force, were given complete control
over law enforcement in the city of Karachi, where there were
reports of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and
torture". The report further read, "The security forces are engaged
in extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances to counter
political unrest in the province of Balochistan and in the port
city of Karachi in the Sindh province."
HRW South Asia Director, Meenakshi
Ganguly said that the HRW believed that there were serious security
challenges in Karachi, and the State had the responsibility to
ensure public order. However, she added, it appeared that the
security forces, unwilling to do the hard job of actually investigating
crimes and building evidence-based cases to ensure convictions,
had instead chosen to be judge and executioner. She added that
these were short-term gains and could lead to a cycle of violence.
"The Pakistani government should initiate police reforms and training
to ensure that law enforcement is rooted in due process," Ganguly
In its report, the HRW also questioned
the transparency of military courts. It read, "At least 15 people
were sentenced to death in proceedings shrouded in secrecy, giving
rise to fair trial concerns. Neither the Pakistani government,
nor the military articulated any criteria for the selection of
cases to be tried in military courts, giving the impression of
arbitrariness. No independent monitoring of the process was allowed,
and the news of death sentences was often given by the Inter-Services
Public Relations, a military communications agency, through the
Three suspected terrorists were
killed in a shootout with Rangers in Manghopir area of Gadap Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to details,
Rangers personnel started a search operation in Manghopir on reports
about the presence of some terrorists. The raid turned into an
exchange of gunfire. "The armed men in the hideouts attacked the
Rangers team when they were taking positions following a tip-off
about the presence of terrorists in the area more forces were
called in to join the operation and after an exchange of gunfire
three terrorists were killed. They all belonged to a banned outfit.""
said the spokesman.
Two Lyari gangsters, identified
as Sami Yousuf (30), Adnan Moin (25), were injured in a Police
encounter near Mirza Adam Khan Road in Lyari Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. They were arrested after the
Law enforcement agencies on February
25 arrested Inspector Chand Khan Niazi, the prime accused in the
March 17, 2013, murder case of Lyari gangster Arshad Pappu, during
a raid in Lyari Town.
Rangers produced Chand Khan Niazi
before Anti-Terrorism Court and informed it about 90-day preventive
detention for questioning. The Rangers told the judge that they
had credible information about suspect's involvement in offences
that come within the ambit of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
Police detained 11 more suspects
during a search operation in Pakistan Bazaar area of Orangi Town
in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The Police said arms
were also recovered from their possession.
Police and intelligence Agencies
arrested two activists of a political party, identified as Rizwan
alias Bayya and Khurram, on charges of extortion, during a raid
in an unspecified location in Karachi.
Unidentified armed assailants
shot dead a local office bearer of PPP, Abdul Rasheed, near his
residence in Korangi Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of
Sindh. "A 15 year old passerby girl was also injured as assailants
resorted to aerial firing while fleeing the scene, however, her
condition is out of danger," said Landhi SP Afnan Amin.
Rangers were directed by a two-judge
bench headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M. Shaikh to arrange a meeting
between Uzair Baloch, the chief of PAC, and his family members
as per the jail manual. Baloch is currently in Rangers custody.
Samina, wife of Uzair Baloch, had filed a constitutional petition
through her attorney, Advocate Saify Ali Khan, asking the court
to also allow her counsel to have an exclusive meeting with Uzair
on a weekly basis. The matter was disposed of after the law officers
of the provincial government and the paramilitary force submitted
in court that they had no objection to the meeting of the suspect
with his family members assuring the judges that the meeting would
be arranged as per jail rules and regulations.
Two Lyari gangsters, identified
as Younas alias Obama, and Muhammed Farooq alias Farooqa, were
killed and one Rangers personnel was injured during an intelligence
driven raid conducted by Sindh Rangers in Tharu Lane of Lyari
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. "When the paramilitary
force reached the Tharu Lane to arrest the culprits, they started
firing at the personnel in a bid to escape. The Rangers retaliated,
resulting in the killing of the two terrorists," Rangers spokesperson
said. They were allegedly involved in targeted killings, extortion
and firing and grenade attacks on Policemen.
Law enforcement agencies arrested
a suspect, identified as Waseem Ahmed, who is considered to be
a close associate of PAC leader Uzair Baloch, during a raid at
Karachi Fisheries. The law enforcers reportedly took him into
custody on charges of financing gangsters. The money used to finance
the gangsters was allegedly misappropriated from the Fisheries
Department. The accused is a former Joint Secretary of the Collective
Bargaining Agent Union of the Fish Harbour and also was an active
member of the Lyari gang war.
Personnel of the AVCC personnel
killed five kidnappers during an encounter in Gulshan-e-Bilal
area of Surjani Town in Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh and rescued a man kidnapped on February 28, 2016.
According to the officers Zahid Khan, a trader was kidnapped from
his shop situated in Shadman Town, District Central. The kidnappers
had initially demanded a ransom of PKR 2 million which was later
settled at PKR 0.5 million. The police after registering a case
referred it to the AVCC for investigation. The police officers
claimed that the accused had opened fire on the law enforcers
however, they were killed following an encounter. The abductors
were identified as Mazharuddin (gang leader), Mohammed Tanveer,
Fahim, Ain Ali and Rasheed.
Three Lyari gangsters, identified
as Khalil Baloch, Sagheer Baloch and Ala Daad, affiliated with
Uzair Baloch gang, were killed in a Police encounter during a
raid at a hideout in Machar Colony area of Kiamari Town. Weapons
were also recovered from their possession. The police claimed
that they were involved in recent grenade attacks in the Old City
area and Lyari and were also wanted for over one a dozen cases
of target killings, extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
A girl, identified as Khateeja
(6), was killed while four others were injured in a grenade attack
at a medical store located at Meera Naka near Lee Market in Lyari
Sindh Rangers killed three criminals
during an encounter near Barohi Chowk in Kalakot area of Lyari
Town in provincial capital Karachi. Weapons were recovered from
their possession. The gangsters were identified as Gul Nawaz (20),
Bilal (22), and Naeem (20).
A woman, identified as Mehreen
(35), was shot dead unidentified armed assailants near Siddiqui
General Store in PIDC area of Sultanabad Colony of Liaquatabad
A man was shot at and injured
in a firing incident near Shalimar Bus Stop in Saddar Town.
Elsewhere in the Province, mobs
clashed with Police, attacked a media office and a press club
in Karachi and Hyderabad District as protesters took to streets
after Friday prayers against the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Qadri,
the assassin of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer. The protesters
pelted the office of a private TV channel with stones and damaged
vehicles parked outside the office. In a statement PBA said, "PBA
terms this act as an attempt to curb freedom of expression and
to discourage media from performing its constitutional responsibilities."
Also, some enraged people took to the streets in parts of Karachi
on Friday, manhandling media teams, closing shops and beating
In addition, as many as 106 accused
were arrested in a crackdown against criminals in different areas
in the jurisdiction of South Zone Police. The Police also recovered
one hand grenade, two Kalashnikovs, one repeater gun, eight magazines,
three kilogrammes of drugs and allegedly looted valuables from
the accused, said a police statement. It added that target killers,
terrorists, robbers, street criminals, wanted men and absconders
are among the arrested accused.
The CPLC, Pakistan Rangers, Sindh,
and Police during a meeting decided to jointly fight the menace
of street crime in Karachi with the help of volunteers. "The participants
in the meeting noted that heinous crimes had been reduced after
the launch of the Rangers-led operation in Karachi. However, citizens
were concerned about street crime. A strategy was chalked out
at the meeting to bring down street crime," said sources. According
to sources, some 'hot spots' in Karachi South and East Districts
were identified for a targeted operation against street crime.
Police claimed to have killed
four militants belonging to AQIS and LeJ during an encounter near
Inara Garden in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town of Karachi, the provincial
capital of Sindh. Malir SSP Rao Anwar said that suspects were
allegedly involved in the killing of security personnel and members
of Shia community. "Suspects on seeing the police resorted to
firing and in an ensuing encounter, four gunmen got gunned down,"
claimed the SSP Anwar. Two of them were identified as Noman Akhter
and Sohail alias Kanga. The militants were involved in the killings
of traffic officials, Policemen and Shias. Police also claimed
to have seized a cache of weapons from their possession.
Four unidentified militants attacked
a Police post near Al-Asif Square in Sohrab Goth area of Gadap
Town. According to Malir SSP Anwar Rao, "They opened fire on the
Police check post from some distance but Policemen manning the
bunker retaliated with return fire, forcing the attacker to flee."
AQIS and the LeJ are hiring Karachi-based
militants of HuMA, and are planning attacks on major important
installations in the city, said the Home Department letter issued
to Police and Rangers. According to the letter, "During the interrogation
of some recently apprehended high-value terrorists, it was learnt
that on the directives of AQIS and the Tehreek-s-Taliban Pakistan,
they had gathered information about some important installations
and targets in Karachi, but the attacks could not be carried out
because their leaders were arrested". The targets were American
employees of an oil refinery in Keamari, the US consulate Saddar
Division, the Sindh Assembly building, the Police Club, the residence
of senior police officials, Rangers vans, and Police check posts.
An Intelligence Agency informed
the Sindh IGP through a letter that "AQIS, the TTP, the JuA and
the LeJ are planning to attack Counter Terrorism Department official
Raja Umar Khattab". Khattab said that continuous operations against
banned outfits had resulted in a decrease in terrorism-related
cases and many key terrorist leaders, including Naeem Bukhari
of the LeJ and Farooq Mussana of AQIS, had been arrested. However,
he added, a cell of AQIS still existed in Karachi and operating
in small groups as after the Operation Zarb-e-Azb in the tribal
areas, their network had been dismantled and now they were showing
their presence by attacking Rangers, police and schools. "But
that doesn't mean that they will be unable to carry out major
attacks. But if the crackdown against them continues, such attacks
can be prevented."
Sindh Rangers DG Major General
Bilal Akbar urged the five-member bench of the Supreme Court to
allow the paramilitary force to set up its own 'police stations'
as he criticized the Police for its poor investigation. "If this
is done, obviously after registering FIR and conducting investigation,
challans shall be filed in normal courts or Anti-Terrorism Courts
established under the judicial system of Pakistan," Major General
Presenting a progress report
before the court at its Karachi Registry, the Rangers DG said
that between September 2013 and March 4, 2016, the paramilitary
force had arrested 5,096 suspects who had been handed over to
the Police for prosecution. Of these 168 had been convicted while
83 had been acquitted by the courts while 1,156 had been released
on bail. The report, filed by Advocate Shahid Anwar Bajwa on behalf
of DG Rangers, claimed that over 1,100 suspected criminals had
been let off the hook over the past 18 months owing to faulty
The ATC in Karachi indicted 26
workers of MQM in more than 50 cases. The MQM activists were accused
of possessing explosives and illegal weapons. They were arrested
by Rangers during raid at MQM headquarters Nine-Zero in March
2015. The accused have pleaded not guilty. The court has summoned
investigation officers and witnesses on next hearing.
The District Malir Police claimed
to have shot dead three TTP terrorists in Northern Bypass area
of Malir Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According
to details given by SSP Rao Anwaar, a Police team was attacked
by four gunmen on motorcycles near a snap-checking picket in the
Northern Bypass area. The Police retaliated and arrested three
terrorists in injured condition, while the fourth one escaped.
They later succumbed to their injuries. Three pistols and two
motorcycles were recovered from their possession however their
identities could not be ascertained immediately.
SITE Super Highway Police arrested
TTP extortionist, identified as Kamran Bajouri, during an encounter
in SITE Town. Bajouri used to take extortion money from traders
to generate funds for the militant outfit. He said that the attack
was in reaction to Bajouri's arrest.
An alleged target killer, identified
as Naeem Ahmed alias Nanah, was arrested by the CTD in Korangi
Town. During preliminary investigation, the accused confessed
murdering people, including a person near the Inquiry Office in
Korangi, during the years 2005 and 2006.
A Lyari gangster, identified
as Mustafa alias Lal Golden, was killed when paramilitary troops
shot at him during a raid at a multi-storey building in Singu
Lane area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of
Sindh. Mustafa was wanted in ransom cases and targeted killings.
The raid was conducted after receiving intelligence about the
presence of at least three suspected gangsters. According to official
details, the gangsters opened fire on paramilitary officials and
tried to escape. However, one gangster was killed during an exchange
of fire while his accomplices managed to escape. Automatic weapons,
ammunitions and drugs were recovered from his possession.
Rangers carried out search operations
in Lyari and Orangi Town and arrested 35 suspects and recovered
a huge cache of ammunition, including 10 SMGs, one LMG and bullets,
from their possession.
Two alleged terrorists linked
to al Qaeda were killed during an encounter with CTD in Quaidabad
area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, on the morning.
On a tip-off, CTD personnel raided a hideout and an encounter
took place resulting in death of two terrorists. They were identified
as Arshad and Umair who were linked to al Qaeda sub-continent
chapter. Arshad had PKR five million and Umair had PKR 500, 000
head money, CTD officials said.
Sindh Rangers thwarted a major
terror bid by killing four terrorists in Manghopir area of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh, in the night. According to Rangers
spokesman, the paramilitary force, on a tip-off, raided a house
in Sultanabad area, where terrorists opened fire. In retaliatory
fire, four terrorists were killed. Two Rangers personnel also
sustained injuries in the shootout.
Two AQIS militants, who were killed
on March 12, 2016, in an encounter in Quaidabad area of Bin Qasim
Town, were planning a suicide attack at Drigh Road Railway Station
to target ordnance supply to the military, said Additional Inspector
General of the CTD Dr Sanaullah Abbasi. The AQIS had done complete
reconnaissance and prepared a suicide bomber and a vehicle to
hit the target, as arms were being brought from the Wah ordnance
factory to Karachi by train or road in a military container for
their onward supply to the Malir cantonment.
Sindh Rangers along with the RTF
arrested three kidnappers during a raid in Datageer area of Gulberg
Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to
the official sources, a boy, identified as Kashan (12), was abducted
on March 12, 2016, while he was going to take his tuition classes
on Bukhari Commercial in Darakhshan police area. The kidnappers
demanded of his family to pay a ransom of PKR 10 million for his
release however, it was later reduced to PKR 0.3 million. When
the deal was finalised on a phone call, the kidnappers told the
family to come to the Queens Road where they released the boy
after receiving the ransom money. After the family approached
the RTF, it raided a house near Dastageer area and arrested one
kidnapper, Adnan, who disclosed the names of his associates during
an investigation. The RTF along with the accused raided a hideout
in Defence Phase VIII and arrested the leader, Tafeeq Jagrani,
and his other accomplice and found weapons and ransom money on
Three lady health workers of a
polio team were shot at and injured by unidentified militants
in Garhi Yasin area of Shikarpur District.
A 'commander' of IS, identified
as Kamran Aslam Gujjar, was killed in a Police encounter in Manghopir
area of Gadap Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
According to a press release issued by Sindh police, District
West Police and CIA personnel, acting on a tip-off, launched a
search operation in Ittehad Town area where the raiding party
came under fire. One of the attackers and two policemen were severely
injured during the encounter. Police claimed to have recovered
a sub-machine gun, three hand grenades and explosive material
from his possession.
According to the Police statement,
Gujjar is a 'trained Daesh commander' who had also worked for
AQIS in the past and was carrying a bounty of PKR 2.5 million
on his head. The accused had also confessed to his involvement
in target killings, grenade attacks and bank robberies and claimed
to have recently joined Daesh.
A ST cadre, identified as Muhammad
Iqbal Hanif (32), was shot dead in a targeted attack when he was
with his friends by a roadside near Qatar Hospital in Sector 8
area of Orangi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
His companion remained unhurt.
Three Rangers personnel were injured
when unidentified armed assailants hurled hand grenade at their
check post near Korangi Crossing in Korangi Town. They were identified
as Manzoor, Kalimullah and Abdul Ghafoor. Director General Sindh
Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar said that the four suspects
involved in the attack have been arrested but their names could
not be disclosed. He said Police and Rangers were being targeted
in three types of bomb attacks in Karachi by three different groups.
"Groups from Lyari are involved in the first kind of attacks
on Police and Rangers. Bombs made of plastic containers are being
used in the second type of attacks, which lead to suspicion that
a political party might be involved. While the third type of blasts,
he said, are carried out by terrorists."
The Sindh Police CTD chief Sanaullah
Abbasi in a letter sent to the Government requested the Provincial
Government to take steps to de-radicalize Karachi, including removing
the flags, posters and graffiti of religious and political parties,
reducing media coverage of their rallies and other gatherings,
and integrating madrassas with the regular school system. “These
suggestions have been prepared on the basis of research and interrogation
reports of high-profile terrorism and extremism cases,” he said.
The DG of Sindh Rangers Major
General Bilal Akbar while talking to a delegation of the APSSA
vowed, “The Karachi operation will carry on until all criminal
elements have been eliminated”. He made it very clear that the
Karachi operation was not against any party or group in particular,
and stressed that its purpose was to curb criminal elements in
the city. He urged political and religious parties not to allow
criminals or terrorists into their ranks. “In spite of a difficult
situation, we are committed to protecting lives and property of
people in the metropolis,” he said.
Unidentified militants hurled
a cracker bomb at Rangers check post in Korangi Town. However,
no casualties were reported. Zaman Town Police said that the explosion
damaged a wall of the check post. This was the third attack on
Rangers check post in the last week.
Unidentified militants hurled
a cracker bomb at Rangers check post in Korangi Town. However,
no casualties were reported. Zaman Town Police said that the explosion
damaged a wall of the check post. This was the third attack on
Rangers check post in the last week.
Three suspected gangsters were
arrested in Lyari Town.
An unidentified target killer,
affiliated with a militant outfit, was arrested during a raid
in Orangi Town.
The CTD of Sindh Police claimed
to have arrested three suspected militants, including an engineer,
who were allegedly associated with the banned AQIS. "The three
were identified as Usman Naeem, Umair and Imamdin alias Mavia,"
The CTD's Additional Inspector General Dr Sanaullah Abbasi said.
"They are associated with the AQIS and were arrested after an
encounter with a CTD team in Karachi West. We have also seized
two AK-47 rifles and a TT pistol from their possession."
Police claimed to have killed
three abductors and recovered three hostages in a joint raid carried
out by SIU and CPLC in Ibrahim Haideri area of Korangi Town in
Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
An unidentified 22-year-old youth
was killed in the firing incident by unidentified armed assailants
near Ghareeb Nawaz colony in Golimar area of SITE Town in Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
An unidentified 22-year-old youth
was killed in the firing incident by unidentified armed assailants
near Ghareeb Nawaz colony in Golimar area of SITE Town in Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
An unidentified man was shot dead
near Habib Chowrangi in SITE Town.
An unidentified suspect was killed
while another one injured in an exchange of fire with Police during
a raid in Saudabad area of SITE Town.
Two journalists were injured when
activists of the Anjuman Talaba Islam subjected them to physical
violence while attacking the Karachi Press Club with petrol bombs
and resorting to arson. The assailants tried to enter the club
and set vehicles on fire. Later, the attackers managed to flee
the scene. According to details, the ATI activists were protesting
against the hanging of Malik Mumtaz Qadri outside the Karachi
Press Club when its workers attempted to enter the premises of
the club. Upon failure to enter the KPC premises due to resistance,
the ATI workers resorted to arson and hurled petrol bombs inside
At least four suspects, identified
as Sharjeel, Naveed, Dilshad and Faisal Motta, were arrested during
search operation in Sachal area of Gulshan Town. The suspects
were allegedly involved in extortion and street crimes. The police
claimed to have recovered three pistols from their possession.
The Sindh security administration
found no existence of a total of 2,096 registered seminaries on
ground which they believe were brought on Government record only
to collect donations and funding from different sources, Additional
Inspector General of Police, CTD Dr Sanaullah Abbasi Said. This
has been revealed during a recent survey jointly carried out by
police's two units namely the Special Branch and the CTD. This
ongoing survey was being conducted to ascertain the number of
seminaries allegedly involved in promoting extremism and sectarianism
in order to keep check on their activities.
"We have detected a total of 2,096
seminaries, which on papers have been shown as registered in Sindh,
but actually they are closed or are not available," disclosed
Dr Abbasi. The senior police officer described these seminaries
as 'ghost' and said that they had been registered merely to get
donations and funding from different sources.
Out of such ghost seminaries,
at least 639 seminaries have been detected in Karachi Division
only followed by Hyderabad (843), Mirpurkhas (192), Sukkur (364)
and Larkana divisions (58). The Police Counterterrorism Unit chief
pointed out that there were a total of 10,222 seminaries in Sindh.
A Shia Special Security Unit (SSU)
commando, identified as Zahid Jaffri (31), who had been doing
security duty, at the State Guest House was shot dead in the Kareemabad
area of Gulberg Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
According to DIG of Police (West) Feroz Shah, Jaffri was deployed
at the State Guest House where President Mamnoon Hussain would
stay during his visit to Karachi.
A gangster belonging to Uzair
Baloch gang, identified as Muhammad Ashraf (32), was shot dead
by a gangster of Baba Ladla rival group outside his residence
on Daryabad Street in Lyari Town. Arshad belonged to Uzair Baloch
gang and was killed by a member of Baloch's rival group run by.
One Arshad (23), was shot at and
injured in a firing incident near Sherpao Colony in Landhi Town.
A man, identified as Tanveer (25),
was shot at and injured near Naz Plaza on MA Jinnah Road.
Two Lyari gangsters were killed
in a Police encounter in Moachko area of Baldia Town in Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. Police said on a tip-off police
launched an action in the area. Over a hundred Police personnel
took part in the operation where they used armoured personnel
carriers. The accused opened fired at the Police when they entered
the area, police said. In the shootout, two Lyari gangsters identified
as Shahbaz and Shakeel alias Commando were shot dead. Shahbaz
belonged to the Uzair Baloch group while Shakeel belonged to the
Baba Ladla group, Police added.
An ASI, identified as Shakeel,
was shot at and injured by unidentified armed assailants the Lasbela
bridge located in Lasbela locality in Liaquatabad Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh.
Sindh Rangers conducted a series
of raids in different areas of the city and arrested 21 alleged
criminals, including 13 terrorists, affiliated with proscribed
groups. A spokesman said weapons were found on those arrested.
According to details, Rangers personnel conducted raids in Saddar
Town and Lyari Town and arrested three gangsters involved in extortion
and target killings. In other raids in Jahangir Town, Orangi Town
and Ranchore Line, five criminals, including target killers and
extortionists, affiliated with a notorious militant wing, were
arrested. Elsewhere, Rangers arrested three terrorists of banned
outfits in Manghopir area of Gadap Town and Landhi Town.
ATC released seven accused due
to the non-availability of evidences against them in a cases pertaining
to attack on KPC. The Police submitted the report of 497 (2) CRPC
to the administrative judge of ATC stating concrete evidences
against the above-mentioned accused. The Police report stated
that the witnesses also did not identify the accused persons.
While accepting the Police report, the court released all the
Karachi law enforcers in a report
identified according to reports, as many as six wings of TTP that
are on the verge of being active by establishing 'Special Task
Force' to target Police and Rangers personnel. SFs have alerted
all the Departments and claimed that TTP has started assigning
missions to their workers against security officials. The law
enforcers said that a chain of raids is already underway on the
identification of arrested terrorists. However, the militants
also leveled rare revelations during investigation.
An activist of the MQM was shot dead in a target
killing incident while he was sitting at a tea hotel in Sector
8/B of North Karachi Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of
Sindh Rangers detained five suspects, including
four affiliated with a political party, for 90 days, after informing
ATC about their preventive detention for questioning. The Rangers
along with its counsel produced the suspects belonging to a political
party, Naveed Anwar, Abdullah Mehtab, Nadir and Muhammad Asif
alias Dunba, before the administrative judge of ATC amid tight
security. The fifth suspect was identified as Muhammad Muneer.
The paramilitary force submitted the papers in
the court according to which they have credible information about
suspects' involvement in target killings, extortion and offences
that comes within the ambit of Anti-Terrorism Act. The court directed
the provincial authorities to form a joint investigation team
within 15 days for interrogating the suspects. The Rangers will
keep the suspects in their custody for the period of 90 days considering
legal provision 11 EEEEE (1) of Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
Two AQIS terrorists were shot dead in a Police
shootout and another was arrested in Barfat Goth area of Gulshan-e-Maymar
in Gadap Town of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. The
slain terrorists were identified as Abdul Saboor alias Hamad alias
Hassan alias Younus and Mohammad Mujtaba alias Rehan alias Aslam
alias Kashif alias Abdul Rehman. Their arrested companion was
identified as Mohammad Murtaza alias Abu Hurairah.
Raja Umer Khattab, the Chief of the CTD's Anti-Transnational
Terrorist Intelligence Group, said that the Police also found
an explosives factory and a huge cache of weapons and explosive
material at the terrorists' hideout. While searching their hideout,
the police came across an underground water tank where 80 kilogrammes
of explosives, circuits, ball bearings, bottle bombs, ball bombs,
and other material used for preparing bombs were found. Besides,
they also found a laptop, memory cards, USBs, jihadist literature,
target lists, two motorcycles equipped with improvised explosive
devices, two Kalashnikovs, a 9mm pistol, bullets and grenades
A bullet-riddled dead body, identified as that
of one Zahid (30), was found in within the Memon Goth Police limits
in Bin Qasim Town. The victim was a watchman at a PSO petrol pump.
Another unidentified dead body was found in an
empty plot situated in Allahwala Town within the Korangi Industrial
Area police jurisdiction.
The CoAS General Raheel Sharif while chairing
a security meeting at the Corps Headquarters in Karachi said that
a terror-free and peaceful Karachi is the ultimate aim of the
operation and all efforts must be directed with a focused approach
to achieve this objective, reports Daily Times.
The Sindh Rangers interrogated senior leader of
PPP Abdul Qadir Patel for his alleged involvement in serious crimes
and links with criminal gangs operating in Lyari Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. Sources said that the interrogation,
which continued for over five hours at the Rangers' Karachi headquarters,
took place with Lyari PAC chief Uzair Baloch sitting in the same
room. After failing to give satisfactory answers to the investigating
officer, Patel was transferred to an undisclosed location for
further investigation, with sources saying that the PPP leader
was expected to be remanded for 90 days in Rangers' custody.
An administrative judge of the ATC accepted a
seven-day physical remand request of AQIS, terrorist, Syed Murtaza.
Producing the accused before the ATC, an official of the CTD informed
the court that he was involved in cases pertaining to possession
of explosive materials, illicit weapons, attempted murder and
firing at police officials. The court ordered for the accused
to be produced in court following expiration of the remand period.
An activist of the MQM, Irfan Sheikh alias Irfan
Sindhi, was handed over to the Rangers on a 90-day remand. He
was said to be involved in cases of target killings of a number
of people, demanding extortion and carrying out kidnappings-for-ransom.
The court was also presented with a letter empowering the Rangers
to keep anyone suspected of having committed heinous crimes for
90 days. The court endorsed the order and sent the accused on
The CTD of Police claimed to have arrested two
fishermen over their alleged links to the Indian spy agency RAW.
Acting on a tip-off, the Police detained Saddam Husain and Mohammed
Bachal in the Shah Bander area in Thatta, said CTD Investigation
officer Naveed Khowaja. He added that the suspects revealed that
they had been persuaded by another Pakistani fisherman, Mohammed
Khan, to work for RAW in return for permission to fish in Indian
waters and money. The two suspects entered India through Shah
Bander and met RAW operatives, Kiran and Arjun, at the Bhuj Police
Station. They were provided a camera and tasked to take pictures
of sensitive installations of Pakistan Navy and Coast Guards in
Thatta and Karachi.
The Law enforcement agencies arrested Lyari gangster
Riasat Baloch along with his two accomplices from Golimar area
of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. Riasat Baloch was
wanted to Police in more than 60 heinous crimes including murder
of the Police personnel. Arms were recovered from the possession
of the arrestee.
Seven Police officials guarding polio workers
were killed in two separate attacks in Orangi Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. DIG West Feroz Shah said that
eight gunmen riding four motorcycles carried out the killings
in two separate attacks in the neighborhood. "The gunmen first
opened fire on three Policemen in the streets of Orangi Town,
killing them all," he said, adding: "Later they shot dead four
Policemen, who were sitting in a police mobile van" a few streets
Four TTP terrorists, including their 'commander'
Munshi, were killed in a Police encounter at the Super Highway
in Malir Town area of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.
According to SSP Malir Rao Anwar, on the intelligence information
about the presence of the terrorists in the area, Police carried
out raid at a house where exchange of fire took place between
the Police and terrorists, killing four terrorists. Police also
seized weapons and explosives from their possession.
The Sindh Government decided to extend special
powers of Rangers for the next 90 days. The Rangers had asked
for the extension of powers on April 21 through a letter to the
Sindh Home Department as its policing powers will expire on May
3. The Home Department has sent a summary in this regard to the
Chief Minister who is expected to grant the extension.
The CTD arrested three alleged target killers
belonging to a political party and seized huge quantity of arms
and ammunition from their custody in North Karachi Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP-CTD Intelligence Wing, Amir
Farooqi said that the Police detained Mudasir Ali, Shafqat Ali
and Mohammed Faiz from North Karachi. The Police claimed to have
seized one machine gun, two LMGs, three 7-MM rifles, one Kalashnikov
and other arms and ammunition from their possession.
Pakistan Rangers Sindh claimed to have arrested
a target killer associated with the MQM during a search operation
in Azizabad area of Gulberg Town in Karachi of Sindh. "Mohammad
Kashif alias David, who belongs to the MQM, is a most wanted criminal
in multiple targeted killing and terrorism incidents," Rangers
official Colonel Faisal said. He said the operation was carried
out close to MQM's Nine Zero headquarters. A cache of weapons
and ammunition, including Kalashnikovs, LMGs and RPG-7, and Rangers
uniforms were recovered from his possession.
The Lyari gangster Uzair Jan Baloch, leader of
the PAC, confessed his involvement in at least 198 murders, according
to an unnamed Rangers official. Investigators reveal that Baloch
has made several startling disclosures before the joint interrogation
team. "Uzair Baloch has so far confessed to the murder of 198
people, directly or indirectly," claimed a Rangers official, adding,
"Baloch has also admitted his involvement in politico-ethnic targeted
killings, anti-state activities, extortion, kidnapping for ransom,
drug peddling and possessing arms and explosives."
Kashif alias David, a target killer associated
with the MQM confessed of killing more than 30 people including
PML-N leader Zaheer Akram Nadeem and a leader of Bihari Qaumi
Movement. Sindh Rangers spokesman, in a statement issued in Karachi,
said, "Kashif aka David has confessed to killing more than 30
people." The spokesman said that the accused was part of Ajmal
Pahari group since 1995. Later, Kashif, on the directives of MQM
Rabitta Committee and Tanzeemi committee, was running a team of
assassins since 2005.
Four Lyari-gangsters in a Police encounter in
Dalmia area of Mujahid Colony in Liaquatabad Town of Karachi,
the provincial capital of Sindh. Gulshan SP Dr. Fahad Ahmed confirmed
the incident. Six grenades, one AK-47, one repeater and two pistols
were recovered from their possession.
The JIT report has found that PAC leader Uzair
Jan Baloch had worked for an Iranian intelligence agency, and
it further recommended that he be tried by a military court for
'espionage'. The JIT report signed by representatives of the Sindh
Police, Rangers and Intelligence Agencies was sent to the Home
Department on April 29, 2016, for "perusal and necessary action".
According to the JIT report, Uzair Baloch was involved in "espionage
activities by providing secret information regarding army installations
and officials to foreign agents (Iranian intelligence officers)
which is a violation of the Official Secret Act 1923". The report
quoted him as telling the members of the JIT that he fled to Iran
after the Rangers launched an operation in Karachi in 2013.
||A man, identified as Abdul
Moeen (35), was shot dead by Lyari gangsters in an incident of firing
on the Sheedi Village Road at Lea Market in Lyari Town of Karachi.
The MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar's coordinator
Aftab Ahmed (42), who was under Rangers' 90-day preventive detention,
died in Karachi. The party alleged extra-judicial killing and
demanded for probe in the incident. The pictures and video clips
of the dead body revealed wounds that suggest he was brutally
tortured to death. Speaking at Ahmed's funeral, Sattar said Ahmed
was picked by Rangers from his home in Federal B Area on May 1,
2016, while he was with his family even though there was no case
registered against him at any Police Station. However, the paramilitary
force maintained that Ahmed died due a heart attack.
Acting on a summary moved by the Sindh Home Department,
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah extended powers of paramilitary
Rangers in Karachi for another 77 days. The government extended
the Rangers' powers with the same mandate, which the force has
been enjoying since 2013. The special powers have been extended
till July 19, 2016. With these additional powers, Rangers are
allowed to seal exit/entry points and conduct searches in all
Districts of Karachi.
JuD chief and founder of LeT Hafiz Muhammad Saeed,
rejected allegations that his organisation is promoting extremism
in Thar area of Badin District by opening seminaries in the poverty
stricken region. He said that it was Muslims' responsibility to
safeguard holy places of their Hindus brethern. "We will not allow
destruction of temples and other holy places of non-Muslims in
the country," he warned. He further said that his support for
Kashmiri Muslims was unwavering. "We were and are with Kashmiris."
The LEAs and sensitive agencies personnel arrested
15 outlaws including three terrorists of a banned outfit besides
recovering weapons including hand grenades from their possession
during separate actions Lines Area and Surjani Town in Gadap Town
The Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah extended the period
of stay of the paramilitary Rangers force in the city for another
77 days. The period of stay was extended under Article 147 with
the signature of the CM. The Rangers' period of stay was extended
as it was set to expire at midnight on May 3.
MQM worker Aftab Ahmed Hussain (4), who died in
the custody of the paramilitary Rangers on May 3, 2016, was subject
to torture 'before his death' with around '35 to 40 per cent'
of his body bearing bruises, his post-mortem report stated.
HRCP, in its annual report for 2015, launched
in Karachi Press Club on May 5 observed that despite a marked
decrease in overall violence in the metropolis, "a few steps taken
to restore law and order have instead left a broad trail of human
rights violations". Expressing concerns over rising cases of extrajudicial
killings in the province and the metropolis, HRCP Sindh Vice Chairperson
Asad Iqbal Butt observed that the accused must be presented before
the courts of law if there were any charges against them, as 'murdering'
them extrajudicially would only pave way for anarchy.
Unidentified militants killed two people, including
Shia religious scholar and rights activist Syed Khurram Zaki and
his journalist friend Rao Khalid, in a sectarian attack in North
Karachi Town of Karachi. A passer-by, identified as Aslam, sustained
injuries in the attack. Both the victims belonged to the Shia
community. TTP-Hakeemullah faction, claimed responsibility for
the attack, saying Zaki had been targeted for his stance against
radical cleric of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz.
A gangster affiliated with Baba Ladla group, identified
as Naqeeb alias Mama, was killed in Police operation in Kalri
area of Lyari Town of Karachi.
In another Police operation, a gangster affiliated
with Uzair Baloch gang, identified as Mustafa, was killed in Napier
locality of Lyari Town. SSP City Fida Hussain said that the accused
were involved murder, hand grenade attacks and extortion. At least
12 persons, including two alleged gangsters, were injured in a
grenade explosion near the residence of arrested leader of the
PAC Uzair Jan Baloch, in Chakiwara area of Lyari Town. City SSP
Fida Hussain said that one suspected gangster, identified as Kamran,
was carrying a hand grenade in Singulane-5 when it fell from his
hand on the road and exploded. He added that Kamran and his accomplice
Zohaib Hasan belonged to PAC.
Police arrested six accused, including Lyari gangster
Anees and Yasir alias Mama, from various areas of the city.
An IED attached to a bicycle exploded near a government
employees' residential colony in Jamshoro District. However, no
casualties were reported.
Three wagons of a goods train overturned and six
others derailed when two bombs exploded on a track near Goth Mureed
Sipio Railway Crossing in Tandojam area of Hyderabad District.
However, no casualties were reported. Hyderabad DIG Khadim Hussain
Rind said that a pamphlet written in Sindhi was found at the place,
but declined to share its contents.
Sindh Rangers detained three more suspects, who
were involved in killing dozens of people after informing ATC
about their preventive detention for questioning. The suspects
were identified as Jan Muhammad, Muhammad Asif and Faraz Qureshi.
Five officials of the paramilitary Rangers force
were arrested in connection with the death of Aftab Ahmed - the
coordinator of MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar - under the custody
of Sindh Rangers on May 3, 2016.
A dead body of an unidentified man was found in
the Gulbahar area of Liaquatabad Town of Karachi. Gulbahar SHO
Ghulam Asghar Abbasi said that from his appearance the victim
Four members of the Tablighi Jama'at (TJ) were
shot at and wounded in a sectarian attack while they were preaching
in Block-17 of F. B Area in Gulberg Town.
Police and LEAs arrested three alleged terrorists
and seized arms from their custody during a joint action Manghopir
area of Gadap Town. The accused were involved in attacks on the
PAC leader Uzair Jan Balcoh was sent to prison
on judicial remand over charges of possessing illegal arms.
Several activists of the MQM and Pak Sarzameen
Party (PSP) were injured in political clashes between the two
parties in Hyderabad District. Police opened fire into the air
to scare away the embattled activists and create a buffer zone
between the two sides.
A total of 20,000 Policemen, including 8,000 for
Karachi, will be added to the Sindh Police force to sustain peace,
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah approved during the apex committee
meeting in Karachi. Karachi Corps Commander Lieutenant General
Naveed Mukhtar assured Shah that he will make the necessary arrangements
to train the new recruits by the Pakistan Army.
At least four persons, belonging to MQM and MQM-H,
sustained injuries during armed clashes between the two groups
in Landhi Town of Karachi. The clashes began when militant outfit
MQM-H attacked the office of the political party MQM in early
hours of the morning. Following the incident, MQM activists and
members staged a protest against the MQM-H cadres.
ATC administrative judge allowed Police to investigate
incarcerated PAC gangster Uzair Jan Baloch in three more cases
pertaining to murder and attacking law enforcer, reports. Baloch
is currently in jail on judicial remand in an illicit weapons
case. In the three new cases he has been accused of murdering
two people and attacking police personnel to evade arrest. The
judge directed police to furnish a progress report after completing
the suspect's interrogation.
A man, identified as Abdul Ramazan (25), was shot
dead by two unidentified armed assailants in a targeted attack
in Surjani Town of Gadap Town in Karachi.
Sindh Rangers raided sector offices of the MQM
in Hyderabad District and arrested three senior party members,
including former provincial minister Syed Sohail Mashhadi. The
others were identified as Rafique Ajmeri and Raheel Fahim.
In another raid, Police and Rangers in a joint
operation detained three alleged terrorists from DHA area within
Darakhshan Police limits. The suspects were identified as Muslim
Khan, Nadir Ali and Shaukat Ali, and the Police claimed to have
recovered three Awan bombs and a rifle from their possession.
LEAs arrested a suspect, associated with the Uzair
Baloch group, from the Bara Board area in Pak Colony Police limits
of SITE Town.
Two SHOs were suspended from their posts in an
effort to bring all police officials involved in unlawful activities
after Uzair Baloch revealed alleged links with them during his
interrogation. SHO Shah Faisal Colony Babar Hameed and SHO Brigade
Haji Sanaullah were dismissed from their posts after Baloch's
Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.