The Crime Investigation Department’s (CID) Anti-Extremism Cell claimed to have apprehended three political workers allegedly involved in over a dozen cases of target killings.
Acting on a tip-off, the CID personnel raided the suspects’ hideout in Buffer Zone and, after an exchange of fire, managed to arrest the culprits. AEC chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan said that the arrested suspects belonged to a political party but he did not disclose the name. The identities of the suspects have also been kept hidden.
Separately, Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, also claim to have arrested about half a dozen suspects, including three alleged members of Lyari’s gangster group, during targeted raids in parts of the city, including North Karachi, North Nazimabad, Hassan Colony, Gulshan-e-Bihar and Machar Colony. A Rangers spokesperson said they have recovered weapons from the suspects’ possession. The suspects were not handed over to the police as further questioning was under way.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2013.