2 killed in Rabia City clash
Karachi: Two men were killed and three others suffered bullet wounds in a clash in Rabia City on Wednesday. Police said Asad, Razaq, Hanif and Ajmal, all activists of the Awami National Party (ANP), were wounded when other alleged supporters of another party opened fire on them after an exchange of hot words in Rabia City in Gulistan-e-Jauhar.
However, the Awami National Party rejected the police claim that those killed were workers of the party. A party spokesman, Qadir Khan, said that the ANP had nothing to do with them.
The injured were rushed to a private hospital in a critical condition, where Asad and Ajmal died. Police said that the deceased were involved in criminal activities. According to the police, the clash took place over booty. Police claimed that more than 20 FIRs had already been registered in their police limits against these criminals.
Meanwhile, the Sindh Rangers arrested five suspects in a house-to-house search operation in the city. The suspects, including extortionists and drug peddlers, were shifted to unidentified locations for interrogation.
During a search operation in Lyari, Rangers personnel arrested a kidnapper and recovered an abducted person. They also claimed to have discovered a torture cell.
They claimed that they raided different parts of the city during the last 48 hours and arrested three criminals and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.
Raids were conducted in Gulzar-e-Hijri, Orangi Town, Gulberg, Baldia Town, Gadap Town and other parts of the city. Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Hussain Wassan has said 81 target killers and 38 extortionists have been arrested since August 23 when the police and Rangers launched an operation against criminals in the city.
“Indiscriminate operation will continue against outlaws to restore peace of the city,” he said while talking to journalists at the office of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association.
Wassan said the Rangers and police had been directed to provide full protection to the business community that was the backbone of the economy of the country.
Pickets of Rangers and police were being established at all sensitive areas of the industrial zones of the metropolis to end lawlessness and eliminate those involved in the “Bhatta culture”, he added.
The home minister said he also discussed the law and order situation with Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan in his recent meeting at the Governor House.
He admitted that there were still some unsafe areas but the hard work of the law enforcers was yielding positive results. He vowed to continue the operation till peace was restored to the city.
Wassan said like New York City, Karachi was a big city comprising 18 to 20 million people and “a few incidents here and there are not a major problem”.