KARACHI: Although there is no official confirmation, security forces are believed to have captured a notorious Lyari gangster, Mulla Nisar, considered the right-hand man of gang kingpin Uzair Baloch, during a search operation near the Pak-Iran border.
Nisar is wanted by the Karachi police in several criminal cases.
Sources said Nisar was injured in a shootout with the security forces while they were conducting a search operation in the area and taken into custody.
Nisar was a gang commander in Lyari’s Kalakot area and is wanted in over 50 cases of murder, attempt to murder, rocket and grenade attacks, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and narcotics.
He also faces charges of attacking cops and police stations and has a Rs2 million bounty on his head.
The sources said Nisar was earlier associated with Lyari gang leader Rehman Dakait. When Dakait was killed by the Karachi police in 2009, he started working with his successor, Uzair Baloch.
Nisar is involved in various crimes but drug peddling is his main business.
Like other Lyari gang commanders, Nisar too had left Karachi after a crackdown against criminals was launched in the city.
When contacted, the authorities in Karachi said they could not confirm Nisar’s arrest.
The Pakistan Army has already taken custody of banned People’s Amn Committee chief Uzair Baloch, who was arrested by Rangers on the outskirts of Karachi last year.
A joint investigation team formed to probe into the case in May 2016 had recommended that Baloch be tried by a military court for ‘espionage’.
Another Lyari gang kingpin, Noor Muhammad alias Baba Ladla, was killed in a shootout with Rangers in February.
Two of Ladla’s close associates — Sikandar alias Sikku and Mohammad Yaseen alias Mama — were also killed in the encounter. They were wanted by police for many heinous crimes.