Gangs in arms: Cornered in the labyrinths of Lyari

Published: November 11, 2013
Groups of Baba Ladla and Uzair Baloch can only fight from within Lyari, say law enforcers.

Groups of Baba Ladla and Uzair Baloch can only fight from within Lyari, say law enforcers.


Gangs of Lyari have dug a hole so deep for themselves that the only option they have is to stay in Lyari and either kill their rivals or die trying, The Express Tribune has learnt from law enforcers and sources inside the area.

Members of the Baba Ladla group and Uzair Baloch group, who are both directly or indirectly linked with the defunct People’s Amn Committee (PAC), are engaged in a battle with each other for the last few weeks. But it is a battle that can only be fought from within Lyari. If they step out, they will face resistance from a number of groups – including the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) on the Balochistan front and the Kutchi Rabita Committee (KRC) in Lyari – who have a bone to pick with them.

On the other hand, they are also under threat by the law enforcement agencies who have stepped up their game during the ongoing targeted operation.

“Bollywood’s underworld movies inspired them to become gangsters but they did not learn the lesson from the endings of such movies. Before they were united and strong, now they are divided and weak,” Lyari DSP Shakeel Ahmed told The Express Tribune. “We have clear directives to kill or arrest Ladla and Uzair.”

The groups of Baba Ladla and Uzair Baloch, according to law enforcers, have been confined to their ‘claimed’ territories which are run by their commanders [listed in the table above]. Lyari’s bordering areas are strongholds of the BLA, KRC, Arshad Pappu’s group and MQM.

According to former Lyari Task Force chief, Chaudhry Aslam Khan, the gangsters can only fight from inside the narrow or congested streets of Lyari. “They can’t defend themselves in open area, as we can see from the case of Rehman Dakait,” said Khan, who was unable to arrest or kill the notorious gangster during a two-and-a-half month operation in Lyari. As soon as Dakait left Lyari in 2009, he was killed by the law enforcer.   The longer the groups stay in Lyari, the groups will remain embroiled in a battle which is damaging both sides. “Uzair has escaped from Lyari but Ladla is still there. Uzair also tried for Ladla to agree to a ceasefire but he refused. This indicates that Ladla is strong,” Khan explained.

Stuck to their strongholds

The senior police officials as well as insiders in the groups believe that the Lyari gangsters can only survive in Lyari.  The bordering areas of Lyari include those dominated by the KRC -from Kalri to Agra Taj, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s strongholds – Kharadar, Mithadar, Napier, Garden, Ramswami, areas in control of Arshad Pappu’s group – Sher Shah, Jahanabad and their neighbouring areas.  “During the last four years, Ladla and Uzair worked in coordination but now, not only have they picked up arms against each other, but also made enemies with the KRC, BLA and a political party,” said a resident of Lyari.

“Besides new enemies, they still have the old ones to face, such as groups of deceased Arshad Pappu, Akram Baloch, Rauf Baloch, Amjad Lashari and others,” said Khan.  “It’s a war for power and money,” said another resident. “It started from within Lyari and it will end also in Lyari.”

Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th,2013.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 11, 2013 - 12:53AM

    Lyari gangsters will sooner or later die fighting with each other.

    The members of the gangs are fighting as if they are playing “pistol”, “pistol”, but in reality the lives of all the gangsters is at stake and a time will come when there will be no male member of the gang left behind to fight, thus leaving behind the children and females to face the hard time.


  • Aysha M
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:23AM

    All courtesy Zulfiqar Mirza


  • romey
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:30AM

    What about our media and newspaper focus more on this very seriously deadly topic than what munawar called Hakimullah when the Americans martyred him. my feelings are with the innocent of this lyari place WHO are stucked in this place.


  • Qualm
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:40AM

    Bollywood! I knew India was somehow at the bottom of the Lyari mess. War with India will therefore solve this problem. QED.


  • FS
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:57AM

    Not sure why the law enforcement officers are a by-stander on this whole shenanigan. They should strike to weaken them further if not wipe them out altogether.


  • Voice of Baloch
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:13AM

    that means BLA and Kutchi are better than law enforcements? At least these criminals are scared of them when they go out. Such a shame


  • ahmed ali
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:25AM

    which group is supported by LEA’s ?…..Uzair escaped twice to Dubai.along with family..


  • Peter Pan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 11:28AM

    “listed in the table below”

    Actually its in the table above…


  • Gupta
    Nov 11, 2013 - 12:07PM

    In Karachi, Bollywood rules.


  • Random Passerby
    Nov 11, 2013 - 12:20PM

    This map showing the positions of the various group is brilliant. Excellent work ET!


  • mrs ahmed
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:27PM

    “It started from within Lyari and it will end also in Lyari.”
    thats the real thingRecommend

  • Faisal
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:01PM

    Even if both the groups are wiped out, either by the law enforcement agencies or through fighting with each other, what will happen to the other groups mentioned above i.e. KRC, Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Arshad Pappu, etc.

    Because when these two groups are gone, others will move in to take their place. The only way forward is a joint operation against all the gangs mentioned above, which is the only REAL option available to provide permanent relief to the people of Lyari and Karachi.


  • Hasan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:17PM

    Thanks to Zulfiqar Mirza & PPP streets of Liyari replicate scenes of bollywood movies. Similarily, both sides are supported by various Law Enfrocement Agencies & militants, including police, rangers, other agencies, BLA, & Talibans.

    And Uzair Baloch’s group still have large # of PPP govt support directly on there side with having MNA Shahjahn Baloch in National Assembly and two MPA in Provincial Assembly.


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