Law enforcement agencies besieged Pehlwan Goth and carried out a door-to-door search in the area on Thursday. More than 12 people were arrested and weapons and ammunition seized by the police.
The decision to carry out an operation was taken due to the worsening law and order situation in the area. Incidents of firing and target killing have been taking place in the area.
DIG East Commander Shaukat headed a police team of 300 commandos and Rangers that carried out the six-hour-long operation.
The suspects arrested included relatives of men nominated in several criminal cases but none of the accused were found. They were taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
According to the police, unidentified men fired at them when they entered the area. They blocked all entry and exit points to the area. Shops and businesses closed down while all residents stayed inside their houses.
Published in Express Tribune, January 14th, 2011.