Karachi raid: Rangers foil suspected Muharram 10 attack

Published: November 13, 2013

A file photo of Rangers. PHOTO: INP/FILE

KARACHI: Three alleged militants of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed during a raid by Rangers personnel in the Gulshan-e-Buner area of Landhi, Karachi, Express News reported on Friday. 

The security officers raided TTP hideouts after receiving a tip off that the militants were planning an attack on the 10th of Muharram.

The militants reportedly retaliated and during the exchange of fire, one Rangers official also lost his life.

Hand grenades and weapons were also seized during the operation.

Previous encounters

On October 2, six alleged militants of the outlawed TTP were killed in two encounters with the police and the Rangers in Karachi. A large cache of weapons and 200kg of explosives were also recovered, officials had claimed.

An alleged member of the TTP was also killed on September 18 during an encounter in Karachi’s Manghopir area. Separately, two suspected terrorists were apprehended from Gulshan-e-Buner area of Quaidabad.

Security during 9th and 10th Muharram

The army will be deployed in Karachi on Muharram 9 and 10 on Sindh government’s request and they will be deployed in other parts of Sindh if need be, the Rangers spokesperson had announced.

The army will be deployed as the third-line force, while the Rangers and the police will deal with preliminary matters, he had explained.

Section 144 is already imposed in the city as the display of weapons is prohibited.

Also, on November 12 the Sindh government had requested the federal interior ministry to suspend mobile phone services in Sindh on Muharram 10.

According to the Express News Bureau chief Karachi Aslam Khan, the Sindh interior ministry had requested the federal ministry to mull blocking the cellular services in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and Mirpurkhas on Muhaaram 10 for security purposes.

Earlier, Sindh government had imposed ban on pillion riding for Muharram 9 and 10.

Reader Comments (44)

  • Aysha M
    Nov 13, 2013 - 9:56AM

    Really TTP men?
    When those Karachi votes for, were screaming at the top of their lungs a couple of years ago, about Talibans gaining strength in the metropolis, they were rubbished and now TTP men are all over the city.

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  • Muhammad
    Nov 13, 2013 - 10:12AM

    Good Job!

    I love reading good news from Pakistan my beloved country :)

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  • Rashid
    Nov 13, 2013 - 10:26AM

    Sad day for JI and Munawar due to shaheed TTP brothers.
    Rest of the nation will honor shaheed ranger official who died saving lives.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 13, 2013 - 10:27AM

    Very happy to see the Rangers fighting courageously and taking down the talibans. This is very good sign. Few more brave fight by the Rangers and the TTP will lose its courage. Looking forward to that day soon.

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  • Owais U.
    Nov 13, 2013 - 10:40AM

    Such heroic action of the Rangers not only deserves a great job sentiment, but should be compensated with a raise or something far better to urge others into safeguarding the lives of thousands.

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  • abc
    Nov 13, 2013 - 10:40AM

    To the Rangers official who was martyred today,

    Thank you for your sacrifice – May you rest in peace in the sadqa of Maula Hussain a.s

    Forever indebted.

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  • Sarmad
    Nov 13, 2013 - 10:46AM

    Rashid – There is no difference between you and Munawar Hasan… Both trying to impose what they personally think to others and discussing a very very useless thing which no one of us can decide even if we know a person very well from Day-1.

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  • Ahsan
    Nov 13, 2013 - 11:20AM

    My salute to the ranger martyred while protecting us. His sacrifice should be remembered.

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  • Azfar
    Nov 13, 2013 - 11:36AM

    Great work!

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Nov 13, 2013 - 12:12PM

    Four months are declared the most sacred in which every type of quarrel/wrangle is strictly prohibited and that months are
    1-Zulqada
    2-Zulhaja
    3-Muharram and
    4-Rajab
    But unfortunately in Pakistan in Muharram security threats are increased and Pakistan is declared Shia state most especially importantly on 8th,9th and 10th Muharram and people are not allowed to roam freely just due to blockade of roads by the army,rangers and police and even mobile phones’ services are blocked…..
    Why does it happen in Pakistan largely and why doesn’t happen in Saudi Arabia,UAE and some other Arabian states??????

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  • bilal
    Nov 13, 2013 - 12:44PM

    excellent job by Rangers and thank you our martyred Rangers official for protecting us from the insurgents and sacrificing your life for our tomorrow. Rangers please disclose all the culprits name on media

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  • zog
    Nov 13, 2013 - 1:34PM

    well done rangers – we salute your bravery and sacrifice

    pakistan zindabad

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  • Baji Jee
    Nov 13, 2013 - 2:46PM

    Great job Rangers- we are so proud of you!

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  • Nov 13, 2013 - 3:45PM

    Well doneRecommend

  • akhtar baloch
    Nov 13, 2013 - 3:52PM

    That is not a picture of rangers; that is the Pakistan Army

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  • Moiz Omar
    Nov 13, 2013 - 4:02PM

    GOOD. More terrorists dead.

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  • Tanzeel
    Nov 13, 2013 - 4:18PM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq :

    Why does it happen in Pakistan largely
    and why doesn’t happen in Saudi
    Arabia,UAE and some other Arabian
    states??????

    Because we are NOT an Arabian state, and neither do we plan to be one.

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  • Rex Minor
    Nov 13, 2013 - 4:47PM

    @Raj – USA

    Sir, as a matter of interest what makes you and the 62 other indians feel happy about the deaths of the so called Talibans by the Karachiwalas.?

    Rex Minor

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  • Rex Minor
    Nov 13, 2013 - 5:00PM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq:
    Because in Pakistan the majority do not speak or understand arabic language or arabic culture but symbolicaly call themselves Muslims, also because their forefathers were of hindu religion. What they need is a cultural revolution, to appreciate the values of the Islamic religion.

    Rex Minor

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  • Gemini
    Nov 13, 2013 - 5:35PM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq: Because there are no imam bargah’s in Saudi Arabia.

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  • kapt slim
    Nov 13, 2013 - 5:55PM

    ET needs to wake up
    This picture is of Pakistan Army … that too wearing old CCD which shows the picture is old
    Pakistan Rangers wears a different uniform

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  • kapt slim
    Nov 13, 2013 - 5:58PM

    A word on rangers performance
    I recently visited Karachi … met Ranger personnel as well as civilians
    The opinion of civilians was quite interesting …. they all were happy from the on going operation by Pak Rangers …. They told me that rangers are operating against all criminals without any prejudice
    Rangers personnel were motivated and high spirited …. ready to restore peace in country

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  • @Aschraful Makhlooq
    Nov 13, 2013 - 6:25PM

    The only reason things shutdown during Muharram is due to the threat (and reality) of violence against the Shia-at-ali by the chai-walas of the saudi state, our country was founded by a non practicing shia, with no preference for either shia or sunni; isn’t holding a procession along a prearranged route a democratic right, in all civilised countries? The hate for the commemoration of Ashura by some in Pakistan, is due to Saudi influence, they don’t want Ashura to be marked because it defines the Shia sect, and since Shias are in majority in all the oil producing areas of Saudi Arabia, they wish to stop Ashura thus stopping the Shia, furthermore because the Saudi’s associate Shia=Iran, Shias must be suppressed in general, everywhere because practice of Shia faith means Iranian influence, in their backward view of the world. Thus the recent (last 30years) increase in the hatred for Shias in Pakistan stems from Arab fear and Jealously of Iran, why should Pakistan allow itself to become a abattoir to satisfy Guld-Arab insecurity???

    before Zia the SSG used to chant Ali! Ali! Ali! before their missions, but alas praising and emulating the first male muslim is a bid’ah in your eyes now….

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  • Nov 13, 2013 - 6:32PM

    Terrorist organizations like the TTP have left very little to ponder in regards to their terrorist agenda. Thousands of innocent people have fallen victim to their atrocities in Pakistan alone. It is easy to see that they have stepped up their terrorist activities in the city of Karachi. The need of the hour is to send a stern message to these repeat offenders. The law and order must preside in order to restore peace in the city. We commend the brave security personnel who are working night and day to end violence in the city. It is simply in our best interest to see a safe and secure Pakistan. We cannot have a safe and secure region without a safe and secure Pakistan. We fully support the government of Pakistan and stand united in regards to our peace objectives in the region.

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command

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  • jamal
    Nov 13, 2013 - 6:48PM

    US CENTCOM,

    Glad to read those words. And many congratulations on taking out Mehsud, it was much needed.

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  • Ricky
    Nov 13, 2013 - 7:17PM

    Congratulations. Let us hope it is the beginning of the end of terrorism in Pakistan. No such murders take place in Iran or Lebonan where Sia are allowed to mourn without being attacked by Whabi terrorists. Let us work like hammer and anvil to crush all extremists who have taken over our Pakistan.

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  • Galuru Ben
    Nov 13, 2013 - 7:17PM

    @Rex Minor: @Raj – USA
    Sir, as a matter of interest what makes you and the 62 other indians feel happy about the deaths of the so called Talibans by the Karachiwalas.?
    Rex Minor

    62 other Indians? However, your comment shows how little you understand the Indian psyche.

    We do not differentiate between groups that inflict violence on civilians, be it Indian, Pakistani or Afghan. Therefore for Indians, TTP, Afghan Taliban, Al Qaeda, LeT, LeJ, etc. are all birds of the same feather. We also do not take kindly to those who abjure our Constitution.

    The killing of the 3 TTP men by the Rangers is music to our ears even though it is too little and too late because it is a step in the right direction and gives us hope that someday Pakistan will realize through its own catharsis that it must take out all of the jihadi elements in its society.

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  • sars
    Nov 13, 2013 - 7:28PM

    The family of the ranger martyred should be very proud and may Allah bless them and give them sabr.

    As for the rest of the dead and their funders and trainers i hope they get justice for their horrible intentions in this world and the next.

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  • zafar
    Nov 13, 2013 - 7:28PM

    ji should observe black day for arresting OF “MUJAHIDEEN”. !
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  • Ali Hashim
    Nov 13, 2013 - 7:36PM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq:
    Do not try to spread sectarian hatred. The people who were killed in Karbala were The prophets family. Muharram processions mourne the death of the Prophets family memebers – any problem with that?

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  • Syed
    Nov 13, 2013 - 8:06PM

    These TTP are the real Yazeeds of today.

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  • naveed
    Nov 13, 2013 - 8:08PM

    Aschraful Makhlooq:

    Pakistan is not a Wahabi-only country. We have freedom of religion here.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 13, 2013 - 8:08PM

    @Rex Minor:
    What makes you think that others who are with me on this issue are only Indians? I am sure many, if not all, who recommended my comments are Pakistanis.

    Comments from @Galuru Ben has explained it nicely. Basically, many Pakistanis are also the same as Indians. Only that some have been taught confusing theories and many are scared to come out against the talibans. It will change soon and you will see it.

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  • Zeeshan Khan
    Nov 13, 2013 - 8:21PM

    Good job. I salute our security forces. Kill them all.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 13, 2013 - 9:34PM

    The Police, Rangers, Paramilitary Forces and Jawans of Pakistan Army are doing good job in eradicating the terrorists one by one.

    There are considerable people from the civilian and armed forces who have laid down their lives in the line of duty.

    Arresting terrorists means saving Pakistan and saving Pakistan means saving the Motherland.

    The Pakistanis should be prepared to fight with terrorism and terrorists for 100 years, if it is required to do so, in order to save the Motherland.

    Thank you Rangers for doing wonderful job.

    I pray for the Martyrs who are sacrificing their lives to save Pakistan. My salute for all the Martyrs of Pakistan. May Al-Mighty Allah bless your families. Ameen.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Nov 13, 2013 - 9:58PM

    It is a sad day for the rightwing parties, apologists and supporters of TTP terrorists and a great day for Karachi and Pakistan. Let us keep moving in the right direction and rid the country of these fanatic terrorist killers of our civilians and foot soldiers.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Nov 13, 2013 - 10:12PM

    A sad day for Munawwar Hassan….he must be in coma after the demise of these TTP terrorists…Recommend

  • Pakistani patriot
    Nov 13, 2013 - 10:17PM

    @Rex Minor:
    Here you go again. The “so called Taliban’? So you still have doubt that Taliban exist? You are living in self denial and blinded by your distorted beliefs that are not based on true Islam. Those killed are Taliban, who are the worst terrorists and gangsters spreading fitna, and you should know what Islam says about them and what their punishment is. These terrorists were killed by the state’s security forces, not by Karachiwallas as you prefer to use the term to spread your hateful racism and sectarianism.Recommend

  • Nov 13, 2013 - 10:23PM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq:

    Kind of leaving out Ramadhan? Not sure how sound this religious source is, or how relevant it is. Pakistan is suffering from Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni extremist militancy, mostly of its own making, which it allowed to fester. TTP comes under the same vein. Their hatred and intolerance regularly drives them to target the Shia Pakistani minority, hence the need for such heavy security presence unlike decades ago. Saudi-Arabia and UAE are Gulf Sunni Arab monarchies, which are steeped in anti-Shia prejudices (though UAE makes basic arrangements for their minority) that iron rule their nations, so slightly better rule of law (regardless of its systematic discrimination and state abuses) that wouldn’t allow such independent militant activity so openly. While they have contributed to the Pak state financially, they have also simultaneously funded such frankensteins in Pak due to shared ideologies. Recommend

  • imran
    Nov 14, 2013 - 12:21AM

    bigsaf, leave Sunni out of it. Wahabis/Salafis pretend to be Sunnis.

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 14, 2013 - 12:49AM

    what is JI and Mr Hasan take on this issue ?…who is shaheed and who is not…? mr hasan 180 million people of Pakistan will never forgive you…..

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Nov 14, 2013 - 7:39AM

    @Raj – USA: Pakistanis are Pakistanis. We neither are, nor ever were Indians. Our culture comes from the Indus River Valley civilization (Septa Sindh, seven rivers). We are not part of India’s Ganges river based civilization. This is why the Arabs called Pakistan “Sindh” and India as “Hind” almost 1,400 years ago. Do not conflate terms. India is basically a name given by the English to their territory, which you adopted.

    Archaeological evidence shows that Pakistanis are a completely different race than Indians, the differences coming in the form of skin color, eye color, hair color, skull structure, facial features, genetic markers, and cultural differences. Pukhtoons, Baloch, Punjabis, Sindhis, Kashmiris, and numerous other groups native to Pakistan share numerous genetic similarities to each other. We are descended from and successors of the Indus River Valley civilization (Harrapa, Mohenjo-daro, etc).

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 14, 2013 - 7:47PM

    @Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan:

    You live in archeology and can only think of mummies and fossils. My comments are based on human thinking and human feelings. As a matter of fact an African, a Caucasian, an Arab or any race have the same feelings, if only they can express themselves freely and escape from weird thinking minds.

    The way you think and the way rest or most of others think is different. Just for you to realize, read the comments from readers on the other news in ET on the Google ad that went viral. Of the 58 comments there, just two or three are in the line of your thinking. How much disconnected you are from the rest of the world.
    Here is the link of the ET News on Google video:
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/631798/viral-video-google-ad-connects-india-pak-with-heartwarming-reunion-story/

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  • Nov 14, 2013 - 8:20PM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq:
    Because in middle eastern countries, the population consists mainly of sunni muslims and apart from that, looks like you don’t have much knowledge about Saudi Arabia bombing shia muslims!Recommend

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