Out of sight: Uzair Baloch slips away as police raid his house

Published: July 28, 2013
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Police conducted a raid at the house (above) of Uzair Jan Baloch, chief of the Karachi City Alliance, on Saturday but were unable to arrest him as he reportedly managed to escape. PHOTO: ONLINE

Police conducted a raid at the house (above) of Uzair Jan Baloch, chief of the Karachi City Alliance, on Saturday but were unable to arrest him as he reportedly managed to escape. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: 

Pictures of scattered furniture at Uzair Jan Baloch’s home in Lyari conveniently surfaced on Saturday, lending credibility to the police’s story of conducting a raid, but the man himself was apparently nowhere to be found. 

The chief of the Karachi City Alliance – previously known as the defunct Peoples Amn Committee – and others were declared proclaimed offenders by an Anti-Terrorism Court on July 23 in the murder case of alleged Lyari gangster, Arshad Pappu. The same day, Baloch hosted an iftar for media personnel and others which caught the attention of Sindh High Court Chief Justice Mushir Alam, who on July 25, took suo motu notice of police’s failure to arrest Baloch. The police party, led by Lyari SP Najam Tareen, reportedly conducted a raid at Baloch’s residence in Singo Lane but believed that the suspect managed to escape right before they arrived.

“As the police reached his home, Baloch fled by going from one house to the other,” said Tareen. “We believe that certain informers leaked our plan to raid his house.” Tareen, however, did not elaborate on the informants’ links with police or with Baloch. He told The Express Tribune that Baloch’s network was so strong that as soon as the police arrive in the area, Baloch was told that he was the target.

Interestingly, despite being aware of Baloch’s stronghold in Lyari and his informants, the police chose not to cordon off the area and instead, restricted their raid only to his house. The law enforcing agencies did not seize the offenders’ properties, as directed by the court, nor conducted raids for the other proclaimed offenders. “We’ll arrest him soon,” was Tareen’s final, and noncommittal, statement.

Out of the country

The spokesperson for Baloch, Gulab, had another angle for The Express Tribune which involved Baloch travelling abroad for ‘business’ purposes. “He is out of the country and has been informed about the raid,” claimed Gulab, but when asked to specify the date of travel and destination, he preferred to keep things vague.

He alleged that the police misbehaved with Baloch’s family members and other residents of Lyari outside Baloch’s residence. “At least ten of our boys were arrested and released later,” he said. “Why is the court only interested in taking up those cases which defame Baloch’s political career? Why are our petitions not being heard? Pappu was not killed in Lyari.”

Police officials confirmed that 15 persons were arrested but all of them were released within a few hours. “Uzair has not left Pakistan yet. We believe he is still in Karachi and will soon be traced,” clarified Tareen, adding that at the most, Baloch could escape to Gwadar, Balochistan. “We will also conduct raids to arrest the other men wanted in the Arshad Pappu case.”

Soon after the raid, residents of the area protested against the police. The SHC had ordered the Sindh IG Police to submit a report within one week explaining why Baloch had not been apprehended as yet.

Tension continues in Lyari

Tension also prevailed in Agra Taj after two unknown men tried to kidnap a teenage boy on Friday evening from Al-Fallah Road. The men reportedly opened fire on residents when some of the shopkeepers and others tried to stop the kidnapping. Zubeida, 45, died on the spot while her daughter, Sania, 17, was wounded. Following the incident, two hand grenade attacks took place in the vicinity, injuring four others.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • ali ahmed
    Jul 28, 2013 - 1:12AM

    reportedly managed to escape. or allowed to escape?

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  • Asif Ibrahim
    Jul 28, 2013 - 2:48AM

    Uzair is Chief of Gangsters in Lyari, Not a Sardar, He is chief of Killers of Innocent Peoples, Police, rangers and lawmakers are standing with gangsters. The raid is a joke with the judiciary. The PPP wants to insult judges’ orders. Disguising!!!!

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  • Gumnam
    Jul 28, 2013 - 5:20AM

    When POLICE informed him already off course HE WILL ESCAPE than waiting for police to arrest him.

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  • Khalai Lota
    Jul 28, 2013 - 6:26AM

    Look at that house with the pool and arches. Gangsta’s living the high life.

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Jul 28, 2013 - 9:11AM

    I think the kidnapping attempt and the bravery shown by the shopkeepers merit a bigger story then the Uzair Baloch story. An act of bravery even though it turned out to tragedy is a better story then a supposed terrorist who escaped and will keep on doing it.

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  • Kamil
    Jul 28, 2013 - 1:45PM

    Mr. Uzair is the honourable commander in chief of the army of gangsters the corruption party has raised to loot the people of karachi as apparently the greed of the feudals running the sind government is not qunched by eating up the development funds of karachi hence he would roam around freely doing his job and wh=en governor’s rule comes into effect would slip to dubai and then to london loeaving behind armed “protestors” protesting the injustices to mazloom corruption party and its force of gangsters

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  • Voice of Baloch
    Jul 28, 2013 - 2:26PM

    Please use his first name when referring to him :)

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  • RAW is WAR
    Jul 28, 2013 - 5:00PM

    do they have to break his property while searching him (like in a Bollywood movie?).

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  • jibran
    Jul 28, 2013 - 7:04PM

    @ali ahmed:
    @Asif Ibrahim:
    @Khalai Lota:
    @Kamil:
    Reminds me of Altaf Hussain, when he escaped the police operation in 1990s, after a tip off. Gangsters keep informants within the law enforcement agencies.

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  • confused
    Jul 28, 2013 - 9:43PM

    This “raid” is so fake. Were they searching for him under the chairs or behind the fans?

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  • Wajid
    Jul 28, 2013 - 10:41PM

    Police should cordon off Layari, and build a wall around it. If people do not want to change, why should we bother at all? We need our resources for better constructive purposes.

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