KARACHI: As escalating violence in Karachi claimed over a 100 lives in the past week, a new phase of terror has blanketed the city of late.
Victims of the latest round of violence – which is the worst to hit Karachi in the last 16 years – are not only being tortured to death and dumped in gunny bags, but are also being criminally assaulted and mutilated.
Entire episodes of these brutalities are being recorded and circulated on video, said the police, who have recovered the evidence from the mobile phones of the accused.
The videos, which are also in possession of The Express Tribune, were recovered from four suspects: Shahnawaz Baloch, Rafiq, Mustafa Baloch and Naeem Jan, who were arrested by police on Tuesday. At a press conference, Shahnawaz confessed to his group’s crimes and termed them ‘acts of revenge’.
“This is not a one-sided battle. All of this is revenge for what has been happening to our people,” Shahnawaz said.
“I’m not alone in this. There are countless men like me who have been forced to resort to these measures after having gone through the same ordeal themselves.”
Contents of the videos
Currently the police are in possession of three such video clips of varying lengths, which are being analysed to unearth clues regarding the incident and find out who the victims were. Police claim that the target killers themselves are unsure of who exactly they assaulted, killed and then mutilated.
The contents of one of the videos are as follows: a young man is seen crying in sheer terror as the assailant criminally assaults him. Another man is seen lying next to the victim with a black hood covering his face, as one man captures the video on his mobile phone. Sacks, ropes and blood can also be seen splattered all around the small room where the victims have been detained.
As the victim is being kept in the torture cell where the windows have steel bars, the video maker steps out briefly which reveals that the cell is actually housed in a small bungalow, where several men are sitting in what appears to be a drawing room. The other video clip shows the body of the victim is being mutilated.
(Read: Serial killers in our midst)
According to a local PPP leader and senior member of the defunct Peoples Amn Committee (PAC) Zafar Baloch, the videos were made at the Salaar compound on the outskirts of Lyari where his rivals hold sway. Meanwhile, police suspect that the videos were made in a warehouse near Bheempura which had been illegally occupied for the past three months.
Police revealed that the four suspects belong to the Akram Baloch group of gangsters, who are engaged in a turf war against the PAC’s Uzair Baloch gang. Previously, Akram was working under the banner of the PAC.
However, in 2009, differences developed and he formed his own gang. Akram’s group recently also came into the limelight when it launched a grenade attack on Zafar Baloch. Akram’s gang has a stronghold in the Old City areas including Salaar Compound, Bheem Pura while the PAC is believed to have a complete hold in Lyari.
South Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Naeem Sheikh says these gangsters are not just abducting members of their rival groups and that most of the victims were actually innocent men.
“It’s not only the PAC members which are being targeted. For the rivals, all the people from Lyari are their enemies,” Sheikh explained regarding the Akram Baloch operatives. He added that the warehouse in Bheempura had been sealed.
The content of the videos is gruesome and the perpetrators have been caught. However, many questions are still left unanswered. For example it still remains unclear when were the videos made and what patronage did the group have.
Sheikh said his team was still in the process of investigating the case.
Meanwhile, criminologist Dr Fateh Burfat termed the new trend of not only committing the crimes but also filming them as most ‘alarming’.
“This is what happens when serial killers are given an open hand to operate in a city and the repeated offenders escape punishment regularly.”
(With input from Salman Siddiqui)
Published in The Express Tribune, August 25th, 2011.
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No need to watch Dexter any more. The gore is around us
Lyari needs to be relocated, preferably across the Sindh-Balochistan border. these guys are crazy.
Massive Earth quake hit Pakistan 2005 in Ramzan. . . Extreme floods in 2010 . . Massive Floods again in 2011 . . Massive earth quake of 7.2 magnitude in Karachi in 2011 .i think that was the final warning to us from Allah Pak. . what more we are waiting for . . this is time of asking forgiveness from Allmighty . . as this is the only simple philosphy . .rest may be finished soon
Criminal assault?? That video showed a poor young man being raped, assaulted and beaten.
And I concur with the poster above. Just take my/our word for it and drop the search for that video. You can't undo the damage it does. I have never seen such brutality.
Or actually maybe you should. After seeing it, I cant get it out of my head. Maybe if enough people actually saw it they would demand change...
How come the authorities are successful in catching the culprits now. What was stopping them before? Shame on them for waiting so long while innocents civilians were tortured and mutilated and killed by the Gangs. Only logic I see is....They probably thought people are suspecting and so hating MQM for this so its good for them?
@breitzer: i believe they are human as this is what humans do. all humans are responsible, we are responsible, tho we blame it on them. anyone who advocates killing as a solution is psychotic. killing only leads to more killing and anyone who has 1 functioning brain cell knows that. jail for life-yes. killing-no. it doesnt work.
"The target killers themselves are unsure of who exactly they assaulted, killed and then mutilated." - Why are they being called target killers, surely they should be called indiscriminate killers of innocent people.
@M. A. Changezi: Do you think brother that Rangers have the GUTS to kill these RUTHLESS KILLERS????? They can only kill defenseless innocent people.
You can search assaulted and mutilated video on youtube by typing "lyari, this week" .
I fully agree with Amir. These videos are deliberately spreaded to create panic fear .ALLAH HELP AND PROTECT US FFrom these shaitans...Ameen
Invest heavily and improve living standard of poverty hit areas. Relocate or Rebuild Liyari by demolishing old buildings. Give a better life to the people otherwise we will not be spared by these criminals. Government is too soft on Liyari just because of their vote bank.
Are you insane ET?!? Which newspaper in the world publishes names of suspected hideouts of terrorists?! You're insane! What are you, part of the terrorists?!
The easiest way to solve this thing is to give the perpetrators what they want. But no matter how much I research this subject, the answer is elusive. Will the crooks just say what they want? What will make them stop??
I stumbled upon the first video mentioned here by accident when I was wandering around on Facebook. I couldn't sleep right for days, it was terrifying and I would warn anyone curious to see these videos to take my word for it and abandon the search. You can't undo the damage it will do to you!
These are indeed very alarming times, a muslim killing a muslim brutalliy and then mutilating dead body. Oh My God! where our society is heading...with these thugs on the streets ruthlessly doing everything imaginable. what the heck in the world our law enforcement agencies are doing. For God's Sake Mr.Kayani and President Zardari its my humble appeal to you both that do whatever is need to restore peace and order in this hapless city...Kindly do away with all these thugs. We karachiites want you two to take some concrete steps for the normalacy of this befallen city.
Are they human beings or what...
Such videos are being widely circulated not only on mobiles, as indicated by newspaper, but also on internet. Who is doing this and with what purpose, should also be exposed. Our Nation is going deeper and deeper into the culture of hatred. How to control and convert it into culture of love and affection is the problem to be solved very quickly and efficiently. Blame game will not work in this matter.
What about an operation in Lyari.....?
Muslims torturing Muslims to death in Ramazan.......the teaming millions have been badly let down by political and ideological forces. How about "dharna" and Peace March to condemn these brutalities?
anybody got a download link of these videos ?
The killers should be publiclily hanged after completion of the traial. This is the only way to teach lesson to others who wants to walk on the same path.
All this started to happen when Zulfiqar Mirza and Shahi Sayyed came in the limelight. Otherwise, all ethnicities were living peacfully...
Killers do not even know who they are killing and why? With all this happening in Karachi where is the common Pakistani's outcry? There should have been hordes of people out on the streets not the Army.
Very few times I have found myself running out of words.
I wonder if this video was spammed at you guys via twitter too. That's how I ended up seeing it. Please do tell.
I thought they were leaks, but I guess these must be officially "leaked" rather than inadvertent conscience based ones.
Also I think you guys might as well say it straight; when you say here: "a young man is seen crying in sheer terror as the assailant criminally assaults him"
I don't think he was crying, poor sod was naked, but the appropriate phrase is sexual assault.
Now these are the people who deserve open execution. Sarfaraz wasn't a serial killer. Give the Sindh and Balochistan rangers full powers and let them flush out these scums.