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Sindh Timeline- 2016

Month/Date

Incidents

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 known.

January 2

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.

January 4

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.

January 5

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.

January 6

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.

January 7

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.

January 9

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.

January 10

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.

January 11

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 Bilal Akbar.

“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.

January 13

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.

January 15

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 from traders.

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.

January 16

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.

January 17

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 Town.

January 18

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."

January 19

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 the hideout.

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.

January 20

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.

January 24

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.

January 25

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.

January 26

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.

January 27

Police claimed to have killed four TTP militants, identified as Amirullah Mehsud, Khan Wali alias Khanewal and Khoni Khel, in an encounter near Safoora Goth area of Gulshan Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. SSP Malir Rao Anwar said that Police conducted a raid in Safoora Goth area after receiving a tip-off about the presence of suspected militants.

January 29

Unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a Rangers check post in North Nazimabad Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. However, no casualties were reported.

A hand grenade was lobbed in a market in Liaquatabad Town. No casualties were reported.

Police arrested six TTP militants after a shootout in Rizvia Society of Liaquatabad Town and found an IED planted inside a motorcycle. SSP Central Muqadas Haider said acting on a tip-off a police team raided a hideout in Rizvia Society. After an encounter, Police arrested six terrorists and shifted them to their headquarters. Four TT pistols, grenades, a Kalashnikov and an IED concealed inside a motorcycle were found at their hideout. Two of the arrested men were identified as TTP 'commander' Sayd Alam Mehsud and Sayd Ameen Mehsud. He added that the six terrorists were members of the TTP network in Dera Ismail Khan District of Afghanistan and Afghanistan.

Rangers arrested an target killer, identified as Adnan alias AD alias Danish, in Kharadar area of Saddar Town. The paramilitary force said that Danish was a member of a militant wing and an ATC had granted his 90-day preventive detention.

PM Nawaz Sharif while chairing a meeting at PM House has reiterated that Karachi operation would continue till its logical conclusion. PM Nawaz expressed government's resolve saying, "War against terror will continue till elimination of last terrorist." He said, "Eliminating the menace of terrorism and ensuring a peaceful Pakistan for our future generations is the top most priority of PML-N Government and our successes against terrorism and achieving economic stability have created a new hope in people."

January 30

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.

January 31

Sindh Rangers Chief Major General Bilal Akbar stated that Karachi operation has not slowed down. "Some people say the Rangers operation in Sindh has slowed down. It has not. You have to understand that we will be more prominent and active when there are more enemies to overpower. You will not see much action when the criminals have been weeded out as we don't bother law-abiding citizens," he explained.


Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.

 

 

 

 

 
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