Karachi: Several suspects arrested in raids
KARACHI: Security forces are continuing search and clearance operation in several areas of the metropolis and several suspects have been arrested during these raids. According to media reports, the security forces are conducting raids in several areas after getting crucial information regarding the terror attacks in the City during the holy month of Muharram. The information has been provided by the intelligence agencies and interior ministry, sources told. Acting on a tip off, Rangers and police raided Federal B Area, Gulberg, Gurumandir, Patel Para and Baloch Para and arrested several suspected persons. Snap checking was also reported in several areas.
Earlier citing security reasons, the government not only banned riding motorcycles but also decided to suspend cellular services in Karachi and Quetta today. Interior Minister Rehman Malik had announced that motorbikes would not be allowed to come on the roads from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM and gave no exemption after receiving an information that motorcycles would be used in terrorist attacks at public places. Malik said that the mobile phone services would also remain suspended in both the cities from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Moreover, markets in the said cities have also been directed to conduct business only from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday.
Rejecting this outrageous ban, different trade bodies raised voice against it, urging relaxation as businesses were already down in the dumps. Sindh High Court Chief Justice, however, has dismissed Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s orders regarding the ban on motorcycle riding in Karachi, issuing notices to IG Sindh, Home Secretary and Advocate General Sindh. Meanwhile, two persons were killed in different incidents here on Friday. A man was killed within the remits of Garden police station. Police said that Abdul Qayyum, 27, working in Army, was posted at Sibbi. He went to meet his relative in Garden area where Qayyum was sitting at a tea stall at Fawara Chowk.
Some unidentified gunmen reached and resorted to indiscriminate firing and managed to flee. Police rushed to the spot and shifted both the victims to the hospital where Qayyum succumbed to injuries while Altaf was admitted with critical wounds at Civil Hospital. Police killed a bandit within the remits of Mochko police station. Police said that three armed bandits were looting people at Kaimkhani Bazaar where police on routine patrol saw them and tried to intercept them on which exchange of fire took place. Resultantly a bandit was wounded and succumbed to injuries at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. The killed bandit was identified as Farhad Janan Khan while his two accomplices were managed to escape during exchange of fire.