10 suspected target killers arrested during raids
Karachi: As law enforcement agencies continued with their surgical operation to uproot criminal elements from the city on Thursday, the police, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Sindh and the Rangers arrested several people, including 10 suspected target killers. Huge caches of arms and ammunition were also recovered during these raids.
SSP Mohammad Fayyaz Khan of the CID said that after receiving a tip-off, a raid of was carried out in the Pak Colony area. Following an encounter, a suspect named Miraj Mohammed alias Kasai was arrested from the Abbas Hotel located on Hussain Oliya Road.
The accused was shifted to the investigation unit and during a search of his hideout; a Kalashnikov and several rounds of ammunition were recovered.
SSP Khan added that the accused was an activist of a political party and was very active during the sprees of targeted violence. During interrogation, he confessed that he and his companions opened fire on Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) activists in Pak Colony, which resulted in the death of Mohammed Mushtaq Baloch and injuries to Jehangir Baloch.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Rangers, in collaboration with the Karachi Police led a surgical operation in Liaquatabad No-5, 6, 7 and 8 and rounded up several suspects, some of whom were later released. However, seven people suspected of their involvement in targeted violence were kept in custody.
The Rangers carried out another raid in Al-Azam Square of Sharifabad, from where they arrested four suspects and recovered weapons from their possession. The detainees were later shifted to their investigation Headquarters for further queries. Also, a raid was conducted in the F.C. Area of Liaquatabad and three suspects, found bearing weapons, were taken into custody.
On Thursday afternoon, law enforcers led an operation in Gulshan-i-Hadeed area from where they arrested Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mohaz (JSQM) Chairman Basheer Qureshi and shifted him to their headquarters. Afterwards, activists of the party staged a protest and reports emerged that the remaining JSQM leadership called for a strike. In the same area, law enforcers conducted another raid and arrested three people, including two brothers who were said to be the sons of a police officer.
A raid was also conducted in the Clifton area, from where law enforcement agencies arrested two suspected target killers who were allegedly involved in eight murder cases, including the slayings of political activists.
SHO Clifton Shafiq Khan Tanoli received a tip-off that some target killers were hiding out in his jurisdiction. He and his team then proceeded to raid the Upper Gizri area and arrested Mohammed Asif and Mubarik Ali.
A search of their hideout resulted in the recovery of three 7mm rifles, four TT pistols and a repeater. The accused were shifted to the police station for further investigation.
Upon interrogation, the accused confessed to their involvement in target killings and also told the law enforcers that they had murdered Punjabi Pakhtoon Ittehad activist Zakir, three Pathans and two Baloch people. The held suspects belonged to a political party.
And finally, late on Thursday night, the Police and Rangers Sindh led a search operation in the Tharoo Lane of Soldier Bazar and rounded up several people. Meanwhile, another raid was also carried out in the Pak Colony, where the police arrested four people from the Old Golimar area.
Out of the detained suspects, three of them were identified as Sohail, Pervez and Alam. Weapons were also recovered from their possession.