Karachi: 3 held, arms seized in Lyari search operation
KARACHI: Rangers and police officials arrested three alleged criminals and seized arms during a house-to-house search operation in Lyari. The arrests came a day after three people belonging to the Katchi community were killed in attacks which the Baldia SHO blamed on gangsters. A Rangers official told The News that they had arrested three criminals and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession. The arrested suspects, who were said to be extortionists and drug peddlers, were shifted to undisclosed locations for interrogation. Law enforcers, assisted by sniffer dogs, had cordoned off multiple parts of Lyari to conduct the operation.
Call for strategy rethink Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan made a special mention of the killings in a meeting with senior police officials on Thursday, and called for a reassessment of the government’s strategy for curbing target killings in the city.
“I will oversee all changes in the strategy personally. The terrorists responsible for these killings will not be spared.” The home minister expressed deep concern over the latest spate of target killings in the metropolis, and directed the officials to guarantee the arrest of all those involved in the violence. He also called for the immediate arrest of those who were involved in the Lyari gang war.
He said that Karachi, a city of educated people, was known for its employment opportunities and as Pakistan’s economic hub. He stated that “those disturbing the peace of Karachi are enemies of the people”.
Wassan pointed out that all religious occasions during the last seven to eight months had passed peacefully, and that the government felt compelled, in light of the recent increase in target killings, to change its strategy for the arrest of target killers.
Three suspects allegedly involved in the Lyari gang war were remanded in police custody for a week on Thursday.
Dilshad alias Dillu, Niaz Mohammad alias Niazullah alias Niazi and Mohammad Naeem were produced before the court of Judicial Magistrate West Pir Syed Asadullah Shah Rashdi amid tight security. The three were arrested in the SITE area by the Special Investigation Unit following a brief encounter.