Lyari gang war leader Uzair Baloch arrested by Rangers near Karachi

Published: January 30, 2016
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Photo released by Rangers shows Uzair Baloch being handcuffed by the paramilitary force. PHOTO: PAKISTAN RANGERS

Photo released by Rangers shows Uzair Baloch being handcuffed by the paramilitary force. PHOTO: PAKISTAN RANGERS

KARACHI: Sindh Rangers on Saturday announced the arrest of Lyari gang war leader Uzair Baloch, during a search operation on the outskirts of Karachi.

“The gang leader was arrested in a targeted operation outside Karachi, in the early hours of Saturday as he attempted to enter the metropolis,” a press release issued by the paramilitary force stated.

The curious case of Uzair Baloch’s repatriation

PHOTO: PAKISTAN RANGERS

It is unclear how and when Baloch arrived in Pakistan from the custody of UAE authorities.

Earlier, Baloch confessed his involvement in killings of rival group members, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers, supporters and police officials.

The gang war leader further stated that several police officers were also working under his influence. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders were also in his support, he added.

Uzair Baloch is like a brother to me: Zulfiqar Mirza

Upon the arrest of Baloch, former Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said, “I am thankful to God that Uzair is safe and alive.”

“He is like a brother to me,” the former home minister added.

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“The announcement of Uzair’s arrest came this morning, however details of his involvement in criminal activities are yet to be revealed.”

Baloch, a former chief of the defunct Peoples Aman Committee (PAC) who was declared a ‘most-wanted criminal’ by the Sindh government, had been in the custody of the Abu Dhabi police for nearly three months. He was detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) based on Interpol’s red-warrant on December 29 at the Dubai-Oman border.

PHOTO: PAKISTAN RANGERS

The elusive self-styled don of the restive Lyari neighbourhood of Karachi, who managed to escape to the Middle East, after he was implicated in several cases by the Pakistan government, was finally apprehended by the Dubai border security personnel as he was crossing over from Oman. The security officials, on the basis of suspicion, put him through an eye-scan check that found he was on the Interpol’s most-wanted list. Uzair was subsequently handed over to the Abu Dhabi police and his case was sent to the court for repatriation to Pakistan.

PHOTO: PAKISTAN RANGERS

As news of Uzair’s arrest was communicated to the Pakistani authorities by Interpol, a four-member team comprising DSP Zahid Hussain, SP Usman Bajwa, SP Naveed Khawaja and a Rangers official was sent to Abu Dhabi to take him into custody.

Dubai authorities agree to hand over Uzair Baloch to Pakistan

This was, however, no easy task largely due to the sheer incompetence of the team members, who had no idea how to handle a case of such a nature. Somehow, SP Usman Bajwa of the Counter-Terrorism Department managed to get himself stopped at the Dubai airport for just over two hours as he had felt it prudent to take along a revolver and handcuffs on the journey. He was released shortly after, but things just kept going sour for the team from then on.

Uzair is reported to have told the court that he is an Iranian national and would not want to be deported to Pakistan. His lawyer, one of the top criminal lawyers of the UAE, has appealed to the court that Uzair would be killed if given in the custody of the Pakistani authorities. He, however, could not prove his Iranian nationality as the sole Iranian passport he had was found to be forged.

What the defence doesn’t have in its favour are the 57 criminal cases registered against Uzair in Pakistan.

Uzair Baloch handed over to Rangers on 90-day preventive detention

Uzair has been handed over for 90 days for questioning into alleged crimes of target killings, extortion, kidnapping and terrorism.

Rangers produce a visibly weak Uzair Baloch before ATC administrative judge Syed Farooq shah.

The ATC has also allowed formation of JIT to investigate Uzair.

Justice shah has directed the Rangers to constitute a joint interrogation team within 15 days to question the suspect.

Is it always this difficult?

An official of the Dubai intelligence bureau claimed that Uzair could have been handed over to the Pakistani government a long time ago, had the authorities really wanted to bring him back. “There seems to be a lack of intent on the part of the Pakistani government to bring him back,” he believed. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that nowhere along the case had there been any communication between the two governments. “The Pakistani government is using weaker channels to appear like it wants to bring him back. If they did, they would have approached the UAE government through the proper bureaucratic channels.”

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The court was scheduled to take up the hearing in January last year. Uzair’s lawyer had expressed fears that his client will be killed in Pakistan. He has asked the Abu Dhabi authorities to reconsider their decision to deport him. It is likely the court will make the Pakistani authorities sign an affidavit that he will not be harmed before handing him over. Either that, or Uzair will be released and be bound to remain in Abu Dhabi as the authorities cannot detain him for longer than 90 days.


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Reader Comments (33)

  • I. Khan
    Jan 30, 2016 - 9:36AM

    Uzair Baloch’s arrest will be followed by the arrests of some big name PPP leaders. In the coming days there will more action and re-actions and many many surprizes.Recommend

  • Astonished
    Jan 30, 2016 - 10:18AM

    How he managed to escape UAE authorities?Recommend

  • Azi
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:18AM

    Every day a new head ache for our politicians. I cant wait until we are rid of them.Recommend

  • Abdul basit
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:21AM

    The Rangers is doing a fabulous job in cleaning the dirt and smudges of karachi,but it is quite unfortunate that some of our political parties are backing criminals like uzair baloch for their personal gains. Now their should be operation against those political parties and their leaders who are supporting such elements.Karachi is the backbone of pakistan economy and peace should be installed here.At the end, The nation should thanks rangers by feeling the difference in karachi two years ago and now.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:26AM

    So what!!! Within a few weeks he will be on bail and leaving the departure lounge of Karachi Airport. No chance of him getting justice. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:31AM

    Its time to oil up the Karachi OperationRecommend

  • OBSERVER
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:46AM

    will the authority arrest Zulfikhar Mirza also?…or arrest only for media consumption .. Recommend

  • Truth
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:47AM

    The last card LEA have. After this card, their shall be a court trail including NAB trial. After these so called trials, everyone caught will roam free. and after these trials none can be called again by LEA for punishment of previous deeds. Sad but true!
    This is called master stroke and Pakistani criminals are expert in it!Recommend

  • Jim omas
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:48AM

    Wasn’t he already arrested? Or they are trying to reassure themselves. It looks like a drama Recommend

  • Oh Pakistan
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:53AM

    And Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza is free ( for mysterious reasons ).Recommend

  • Oh Pakistan
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:56AM

    @I. Khan:
    Including Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza also ? ( free for mysterious reasons ).Recommend

  • usman786
    Jan 30, 2016 - 12:04PM

    time to know who was murderer of BB. will any1 else be arrested or he will be freed like Dr Asim…in few daysRecommend

  • Bluff
    Jan 30, 2016 - 12:16PM

    Why are our agencies so secretive about custody of a suspect? Why do the courts encourage agencies to illegaly hold suspects for months or years before producing them infront of a court?
    This has to stop and courts have to start delivering!Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2016 - 12:19PM

    How odd to know how senile authorities think of people of Pakistan are. Whole world knows Uzair Baloch was already house arrest in some kind of safe house in Islamabad. He has been revealed suddenly because relations between Interior Minister Ch. Nisar and other PML-N leaders are not healthy now a days because of strict opposition of Zardari Group by Ch. Nisar. Uzair Baloch has been revealed to pressurize Zardari and his stooges in Sind government. Recommend

  • Concernd Citizn
    Jan 30, 2016 - 12:31PM

    Finally good news from Karachi. Karachi can settle in Peace now. PPP is a terrorist Party.Recommend

  • Lion King
    Jan 30, 2016 - 12:55PM

    This terrorist and his comrades played football with the severed heads of

    Urdu speaking people and PTI members on TV are mentioning him with respect and awe

    just like sindhi wadera corruption party criminals who have been his partners in crimes.

    Then PTI wants the votes of Urdu speaking people

    I am never going to vote again for PTI and that’s that for sure.Recommend

  • LyariAwam
    Jan 30, 2016 - 1:04PM

    Everyone knows which political party has militant wing and heap of weapons in Karachi. Lyari never supported that fascist party ever and that’s why it was attacked by that urban party and its goons in the past. Law enforcement agencies should understand the difference between aggressive forces vs. self protecting groups. That said, we support Rangers operation and wish it will bring durable peace, justice and end the militant wings of known party. Focus on real source of militancy and criminal political activities, not on Lyari people who resisted MQM’s violent politics.Recommend

  • syedpk
    Jan 30, 2016 - 1:59PM

    Compare the way they were treating amir khan and other mqm leaders, who were literally dragged and gagged. Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2016 - 2:40PM

    Great job Pak Rangers Zindabad we want peace in lyari every one in lyari want to be a cleaness of lyarigangwars in lyari we request to pak rangers this is a voice of lyari please submit to uzair baloch in jail for when he live.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Jan 30, 2016 - 4:09PM

    According to previous reports published in the media (June 2015), he was brought back from Dubai and kept somewhere in Peshawar. The revelation of Uzair Baloch at this point in time seems to be a associated with recent war of words between Ch Nisar and Khrusheed Shah of PPP.Recommend

  • Hameed Chaudhry
    Jan 30, 2016 - 4:29PM

    Assalam-o-Alaikum,
    It’s my impression, may be I am totally wrong. Uzair Baloch was arrested and in the safe custody of establishment from last few weeks and must be under investigation to bring up post sensitive issues highlighted with solid evidences how the Karachi Underworld was controlled and collection of Bhattah will be distributed. Who was taking care of land grabbing in billions of dollars profit.
    Asif Ali Zardari, Dr. Asim, Malik & Sons Bahria Town, Fariyal Talpur, Zulfiqar Mirza, Sarjeel Memon, Dr. Nafeesa Shah etc. etc., now officially game started.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jan 30, 2016 - 6:36PM

    Zulfiqar Mirza is his principal sponsor.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jan 30, 2016 - 6:55PM

    I could not understand that how they people like Uzair Baloch are stated as Gangsters. In the picture he is the smallest of all and physically not well built. Secondly from where Rangers hire their personals?. They are giants in Pakistani standards. Recommend

  • PatheticMove!
    Jan 30, 2016 - 7:12PM

    I am not sure who the Agencies think is a fool here? Uzair was in custody already since six or so months. Why are they catching him again in a staged set-up? Did he escape the jail? By calling news and tv media out in the open to take the pictures then driving him away with windows down regardless of danger to his life, they are just playing a very pathetic game if they think we don’t know whats going on. Fooling or Threatening Zardari this way is further ridiculous.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 30, 2016 - 7:55PM

    Staged drama, as people were asking action againt mulana abdul aziz and co,ch nisar rearrested uzair who was already in custody ,just to threaten and pressurize ppp and making people look the other way,so may the real terrorist keep on doing what they do best.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Jan 30, 2016 - 8:36PM

    @Malik Saab: Hand over a gun to even a pygmy and give him protection from law and

    justice then he will show you how gangsters get started.Recommend

  • I. Khan
    Jan 30, 2016 - 9:11PM

    @ Oh Pakistan, I agree with you, Zulfiqar Mirza is the founder of Aman Committee, in his video Uzair Baloch named several politicians who ordered him to kill 106 people in Karachi and Zulfiqar Mirza was one of them. It is just the start, we will see a lot soon.Recommend

  • Sarfaraz A.
    Jan 30, 2016 - 10:34PM

    Irony, that Uzair Baloch is called ‘gang war leader’ by respectable and free Urdu and English media of Pakistan, while anyone arrested from MQM and others are referred ‘elements’ from a political party. Recommend

  • Abdul Khaliq
    Jan 30, 2016 - 11:18PM

    @Hameed Chaudhry:
    Add the name of Ahsan Iqbal also. I am the victim of his support of land grabbers in Narowal district. The district administration in Narowal acts like his personal maids and servants and the aggressors make you all type of threats.Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Jan 31, 2016 - 3:36AM

    The security agencies have themselves made their intentions doubtful by the manner in which his arrest has been staged. Furthermore, the fact that Uzait Baluch’s patron, Zulfiqar Mirza, struts around freely it is clear that conspiracy rather than justice is behind this arrest.Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2016 - 8:27AM

    The cat is now officially out of the bag. Let there be justice. Pakistan has suffered, is suffering, and will continue to suffer if justice is NOT done.
    Enough of terrorism and wheeling and dealing by the politicians has gone on and now Pakistanis must get down to serious state management. Salams Recommend

  • Milind
    Jan 31, 2016 - 10:07PM

    Why’re the rangers hooded? In the rest of the world, the suspects are hooded, not those arresting them.Recommend

  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Jan 31, 2016 - 11:21PM

    Such news is encouraging. Criminals should be apprehended. But this is only half story. The other part is missing. WHY? The other part is bringing them before the courts. Why aren’t they brought before the courts and given punishment? This action will deter others.
    Can anyone explain why they are not punished and sentenced? Recommend

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