Karachi: 3 suspected arms dealers held
KARACHI: Three alleged members of an arms and drug smuggling group were arrested by the Crime Investigation Department’s (CID) Anti–Extremism Cell (AEC) on Monday, police said. The men were found in possession of a huge cache of arms and hand grenades along with 150 kilogrammes of hashish. According to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohammed Aslam Khan, police had received a tip-off that a huge consignment of arms and drugs would be entering the city from Balochistan. In this regard he had deputed his team at Hub River Road, near Lucky Pehari. “Early on Monday morning, the team saw a bus and signaled the driver to stop. The suspects, on seeing the police, opened fire and tried to escape.” After a chase and a subsequent encounter, police personnel arrested Islaam, Swabi and Gulzaar. Police seized the bus which was then moved to the investigation unit.
During a search of the bus, police recovered one Light Machine Gun (LMG), 30 hand grenades, five Kalashnikovs, 12 repeater guns, five TT pistols, 150 kilogrammes of hashish and a hundred bullets of various calibers stashed inside concealed compartments.
During investigations, the suspects revealed that they were part of an inter-provincial gang operating from Balochistan that was involved in arms and drugs smuggling. The accused further disclosed that the leader of their gang, Ahmed, operates from Turbat, Balochistan and delivers weapons and drugs to Ghulam alias Chacha in Yousuf Goth, Keamari,
The accused also disclosed that the transported drugs and arms are supplied to various groups operating in Karachi, including banned outfits such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.