The Crime Investigation Department arrested seven suspects, including a member of the Police Foundation on Monday, for being involved in supplying arms and ammunition to various groups in the city.
The announcement of the arrest was made at a high-level press conference headed by Additional Inspector General CID Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh and CID DIG Mushtaq Mahar.
Sheikh said a huge cache of arms, including an LMG, rocket launcher, two RPGs, seven Kalashnikovs, 10 hand grenades, 10 repeater rifles, six TT pistols and 20,000 rounds of ammunition for AK-47s was seized from the suspects. The illegal weapons were brought all the way from Darra Adam Khel and were concealed in inter-city buses in use by the smugglers.
A Suzuki pick-up van that was used by the Police Foundation as one of its mobiles was also confiscated from the suspects.
The suspects, Naqeebullah Diyar Khan, Agha Kamal Hussain, Syed Mohammad Imran, Asif Khan, Javaid Sher Mohammad, Mujib Payodin and Aftab Ali were caught in a police raid on one of their hideouts near the Northern Bypass near Lucky Pahari, Mauripur.
The suspects would receive their supply from two main smugglers Gul Rehman and Manzoor based in Darra Adam Khel. Rehman is said to be one of the leading arms manufacturers up-country, while Manzoor is said to be responsible for supplying arms all over the country. The bus driver Mujib would then conceal the weapons in his vehicle and bring them all the way to Karachi. Rehman and Manzoor remain at large.
DIG Mahar said arms smuggling is a multi-billion rupee business in the city. The seven suspects apprehended by the CID would supply arms to all groups, including terrorists such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, target killers affiliated with political parties, and criminal gangs.
AIG Shiekh said Javaid Sher Mohammad was affiliated with the police foundation in Hyderabad and he used official mobile vans. He said the police force was keeping an eye out for all such rogue personnel and anyone found to be involved in illegal activities, no matter which institution, would be arrested.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2011.