From foes to friends: Gangsters Baba Ladla, Ghaffar Zikri join force

Published: November 21, 2013

50 men of Ghaffar, led by his brother Sheraz Zikri, have reached Lyari from Balochistan to support Ladla.

KARACHI: After a long period of war between their groups, gangsters Ghaffar Zikri and Baba Ladla have put their differences aside to jointly take out the third powerful force in Lyari, Uzair Baloch, The Express Tribune learnt on Thursday.

Ladla has been embroiled in a battle with Peoples Amn Committee’s (PAC) Uzair Baloch for the last one month and recently reached out to his former foe, Ghaffar, in an attempt to take complete control of Lyari. A source close to Ladla said that 50 men of Ghaffar, led by his brother Sheraz Zikri, have reached Lyari from Balochistan to support Ladla in taking control of Ali Mohammad Mohalla and Zikri Mohalla.  These areas were earlier strongholds of the Ghaffar Zikri group but had become battle grounds for Ladla and Uzair after Ghaffar left. After their return, Zikri’s men forced Uzair’s commander Jasim Golden out of the areas and reclaimed their territories.

Meanwhile, Ladla has control of Phool Patti Lane, Bihar Colony, Dubai Chowk, Rangiwara and surrounding areas. “By operating through these areas, groups of Ghaffar and Ladla will now easily be able to take control of Uzair’s stronghold areas – Gul Mohammad Lane, Kamaila Stop, Baghdadi, Khadda Market, Nawabad and Moosa Lane,” a source in the Ghaffar Zikri group said.

The gang leader, however, is not fighting and has instead handed over the command to his brother Sheraz. Residents of Lyari confirmed seeing Ghaffar but only on visits. He first came for the compromise with Ladla and then for the deployment of his men in Ali Mohammad Mohalla and Zikri Mohalla. “Ghaffar will take charge but only after he is satisfied with his relationship with Ladla. Sheraz, on the other hand, can be seen with his men at the chai dhabba [tea shop] in the Ali Mohammad Mohalla,” said a resident.

Love-hate relationship

Ghaffar and Ladla have a long history, which includes a period when they were up in arms against each other. When Abdul Rehman Baloch was alive, he had given the charge of all his operational activities to Ladla and when Arshad Pappu was imprisoned, Ghaffar was running his gang from Ali Mohammad Mohalla and Zikri Mohalla.

Both sides lost their men in the battle but eventually agreed to a ceasefire. Shortly after, Rehman Baloch was killed in an alleged encounter with SP Chaudhry Aslam and Ghaffar left the gang and vanished from Lyari. But even during his self-exile, Ghaffar’s group attacked Ladla’s and was also accused of backing the Kutchi Rabita Committee during the fight with PAC. Things became more intense when Ladla was accused of killing Arshad Pappu, his brother and a companion in Lyari.

A dangerous alliance

Lyari DSP Shakeel Ahmed confirmed that both groups had reached a compromise. “Their common goal is only to defeat the Uzair Baloch group.”

“I believe that the same forces, which were once behind the gang war between Rehman and Pappu group and then PAC and KRC, are behind this coalition,” said Friends of Lyari chairperson Habib Jan Baloch. “Uzair and Ladla were once brothers but the anti-Lyari elements have turned them against each other. If these conspirators succeed, Pakistan Peoples Party’s chapter will close and another party’s flag will be hoisted in the area.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2013.

Reader Comments (13)

  • Dani
    Nov 22, 2013 - 1:23AM

    So the Politics of PPP in lyari and Karachi is now handicapped to gangsters

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  • Chairman Mao
    Nov 22, 2013 - 8:15AM

    So now the cat is out of the bag ….. the police know the press know i know & you know … how come these blokes are still walking amongst the crowds …. my conclusion is “clearly with the help of the powers that be” i wonder how long this game of fool every one every time will go on ….. may peace prevail PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

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  • Kashif Dada
    Nov 22, 2013 - 10:25AM

    makes me cast doubt on Karachi Operation, how come criminals chilling at tea stalls amid the so-called operation.

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  • Ghostrider
    Nov 22, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Whole Pakistan is under impression that MQM is culprit…

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  • Dajjal
    Nov 22, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Why is ET so obsessed with which criminal does what in lyari??? There is no reason to report that Baba Ladla brushed his own teeth today… no one cares..
    They are just criminals doing criminal stuff… lets leave it at that.

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  • bcbvb
    Nov 22, 2013 - 6:13PM

    That is the wirt of so called Govt.Recommend

  • imran ali
    Nov 22, 2013 - 6:58PM

    50 men of Ghaffar, led by his brother Sheraz Zikri, have reached Lyari from Balochistan to support Ladla…………how is possible during on going operation reinforcement arrived with out any check…it seem Rangers and Police involved in the game getting their shares

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  • ali ahmed
    Nov 22, 2013 - 8:38PM

    in Waziristan TTP (Hakimullah Mehsud living near Army Headquaters ) and Haqqani network. protected by Agencies…in Karachi Lyari gangsters protected by Rangers and Police..where we are heading towards self destruction…

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  • Talat Haque
    Nov 22, 2013 - 9:22PM

    What a story!

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  • Concerned
    Nov 22, 2013 - 10:44PM

    Its important to give this information to show the so called operation being carried out by a two faced CM.

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  • Baluchi Cynic
    Nov 22, 2013 - 11:23PM

    could someone explain to me the sudden rise of word DAhaba? this word is not a part of vernacular anywhere in Pakistan.. why would someone present it like that is beyond me.
    perhaps, people who edit these stories’s only interaction with Urdu is via Bollywood movies. I at least haven’t noticed this word being used by common people.

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  • Khan
    Nov 23, 2013 - 1:22PM

    anti-Lyari elements ? who are they ?

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  • Ovais
    Nov 23, 2013 - 5:50PM

    If these conspirators succeed, Pakistan Peoples Party’s chapter will close and another party’s flag will be hoisted in the area.

    All criminals and PPP what an alliance. Politics and gangsters

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