KARACHI: Following another day of violence, the Sindh Home Ministry has issued arrest warrants for eight people including Uzair Jan Baloch, Aziz Jan Baloch, Habib Jan Baloch, Zafar Baloch, alias Baba Ladla, and alias Ustad Taju, Express News reported early Sunday morning.
Law enforcement agencies have been directed to arrest these men alive or dead.
Additionally the Sindh Home Ministry has directed that departments of Operation and Investigation of the Central Investigation Department, will now report to the CID Anit-Extremism Cell, headed by SSP CID Aslam Chaudhry.
Earlier in the day Station House Officer (SHO) Civil Lines Fawad was killed along with another policeman during an exchange of fire in the Lyari area of Karachi on Saturday, reported Express News. At least ten people, including a suspect, were also killed while two others were injured during the course of the day as police combated criminals in Lyari on Saturday.
Miscreants also set a passenger bus on fire in the Baghdadi area during an ongoing targeted operation.
Malir City, Shah Latif Town and Memon Goth police contingents involved in conducting the targeted operation in Lyari faced extreme resistance in the Afshani Gali area by miscreants which resulted in crossfire, killing one policeman and one suspect and injuring two others during early hours on Saturday.
“During the shootout this morning, the miscreant killed is suspected to be Mullah Nisar’s brother but this is not confirmed yet,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Crime Investigation Department (CID) Chaudhry Aslam Khan told Express News.
He said that the most affected area right now was Afshani Gali, which the police were trying to clear. “If not today, hopefully in a couple of days the affected areas will be completely rid of terrorists,” he said.
SSP CID said that 20 suspects were arrested yesterday and a huge cache of weapons was recovered as well, adding that the CID will hold a press conference soon to disclose details.
Additional IG Karachi Akhtar Hussain Gorchani, in an interview to Express News, said that more than 18 suspects of the Lyari Gangwar were apprehended during today’s operation, and they include some most-wanted criminals.
Civilians going to work were not being stopped by police but most people were afraid to leave their houses in fear of getting caught in the crossfire.
Earlier, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Nabil Gabol had escaped unhurt when miscreants attacked his car with a hand grenade in Lyari.