Karachi: 224 activists of political parties, banned outfits arrested, SC told
KARACHI: While political forces have been denying any involvement in the violence that has plagued Karachi, the police paint a different picture in their report presented to the Supreme Court of Pakistan at the Karachi registry. The cops have arrested 224 activists of different political parties, including the Muttahida Quami Movement, Awami National Party and Pakistan People’s Party, who are allegedly involved in murder, attempted murder and the possession of illegal weapons, among other criminal offences, the inspector general (IG) of Sindh Police claimed in the report.
These include 13 activists of the ANP, 17 alleged gangsters, two comrades of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, 81 activists of the MQM, four members of the MQM–H, six people from the People’s Aman Committee, four activists of PPP, nine activists of Pakistan Tehreek–e–Insaaf, 38 activists of the Sunni Tehreek and 27 members of the banned Tehreek–e-Talban Pakistan.
These detained people have been booked in different 351 criminal cases. The report says 13 ANP activists are allegedly involved in 22 criminal cases, 17 gangsters in 18 cases, two LJ activists in 5 cases, 81 MQM men in 152 cases, four MQM–H members in two cases, six People’s Aman Committee activists in 14 cases, four PPP activists in six cases and nine PTI activists in 12 cases.
Also, 4 SMP activists have been taken into custody for their supposed involvement in seven cases, 14 SSP men in 21 cases, 38 ST workers in 55 cases, 27 TTP activists in 32 cases and five Junduallah activists in 5 criminal cases.
The IG told the court that from October 6, 2011 to March 15, 2013, the police have conducted 43,533 raids, arresting 20,428 criminals and recovering 10,781 illegal weapons.
The report states that 586 cases of targeted killing have been registered, in which 240 cases were charge–sheeted and 208 suspects arrested. The law enforcers also claim the recovery of 1067.12 kilograms of explosive substances in different raids of criminal hideouts.
According to the report, 79 people have been taken into custody on charges of land grabbing and out of 68 registered cases, 19 cases were charge–sheeted before the competent court of law. It was also stated that 5,080 suspects have been arrested in drug–related offences and 4,249 of the cases were charge-sheeted.
Providing facts on the police action against extortionists, the report says that out of 388 registered cases, 258 extortionists have been detained and 152 cases charge–sheeted.
The IG claims that no-go areas have been removed in city and the police and Rangers conducted several operations to remove such places in the city such as Manghopir, Lyari, Sohrab Goth and Pak Colony, while barricades have been placed at different points to keep a check on illegal transportation.