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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 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.

Law Enforcement Agencies arrested banned outfit 'commander', identified as Yaseen alias Papu, from Baghdadi area of Lyari Town in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh.

Ghosia Girls and Boys Elementary School in Paposh Nagar area of Nazimabad Town received a written threat from TTP asking for immediate closure.

February 8

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 the expressway.

February 9

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.

February 11

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.

February 12

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.

February 14

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.

February 15

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 for interrogation.

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.

February 16

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.

February 17

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.

February 22

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 of bullets.

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 the officer.

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 noted.

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 social media."

February 24

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.

February 26

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 encounter.

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.

February 28

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.

February 29

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.

March 2

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.

March 3

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 Town.

March 4

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 Town.

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 up Police.

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.

March 5

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."

March 7

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 Akbar said.

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 Police investigations.

March 8

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.

March 9

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.

March 11

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.

March 13

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.

March 14

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.

March 15

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 them.   

March 16

Three lady health workers of a polio team were shot at and injured by unidentified militants in Garhi Yasin area of Shikarpur District.

March 17

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.

March 18

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."     

March 20

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.

March 21

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.

March 22

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."

March 23

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.

March 27

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 the club.

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.

March 29

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.

March 31

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.

April 1

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 accused.

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.

April 11

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.

April 12

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.

April 13

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 there.

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.

April 14

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.

April 15

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 remand.

April 16

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.

April 18

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.

April 20

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 away.

April 21

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.

April 24

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.

April 25

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.

April 26

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.

April 27

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.

May 1

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.

May 2 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.
May 3

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."

May 4

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 of Karachi.

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.

May 5

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.

May 7

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.

May 8

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.

May 10

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.

May 11

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 looked Baloch.

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 security forces.

PAC leader Uzair Jan Balcoh was sent to prison on judicial remand over charges of possessing illegal arms.

May 12

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.

May 13

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.

May 15

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 disclosure.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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