Uzair Baloch sent on 14-day remand to police custody

Lyari gang war leader's 90-day preventive detention ends tomorrow

Zubair Ashraf April 27, 2016
Uzair Baloch was supposed to complete his 90-day preventive detention on Thursday.

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday sent Lyari gang war leader Uzair Baloch on 14-day remand to police custody in an illicit weapons case.

An administrative judge of the ATC sent Baloch into police custody, a day before his 90-day preventive custody at sub-jails operated by the Rangers was supposed to end.

The case was recently registered against Baloch at Nabi Baksh police station as law enforcement officers recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition on his lead.

Uzair Baloch’s 90-day remand ends tomorrow

Baloch was said to be nabbed from the city's outskirts on January 30 while attempting to enter the city. The gang war leader is a proclaimed offender in about 50 cases including, murder, kidnapping and extortion among others.

Later, the gang war leader was presented before the ATC in a similar fashion. A joint interrogation team was also formed to probe him, and it was said the high-profile criminal revealed names of several key-figures of the Pakistan Peoples Party during the probe.

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As many as 61 suspects, mostly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), arrested for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, extortion, china-cutting and terror financing, are currently in detention as part of their 90-day remand in Rangers' custody.

MQM's Rabita Committee deputy convener Shahid Pasha, key MQM worker Minhaj Qazi, alleged mastermind of china-cutting Saeed aka Saeed Barham, in-charge of MQM's militant wing Kashif alias David and Lyari's kingpin Uzair Baloch are among the detainees.