Rangers initiate action against ‘criminal elements’ in Karachi; ANP protests

Published: November 26, 2010
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ANP claims it is a sting operation against the party. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD ADEEL/EXPRESSS

ANP claims it is a sting operation against the party. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD ADEEL/EXPRESSS

KARACHI: 

Rangers personnel launched multiple raids in the city on Thursday evening and arrested dozens of people, prompting protests from the Awami National Party (ANP) which declared it a sting operation against the party.

Spokesperson Major Farooq Bilal said the operation against ‘criminal elements’ was launched at around 6 pm in several parts of the city on Thursday. Major Bilal dispelled television reports that claimed the operation to be against terrorists, saying, “We are pursuing people belonging to different criminal networks.”

He added that the Rangers did not receive any specific threat or intelligence, but that the operation was planned. He declined to give the specific number of arrests made so far.

Around 500 activists of the ANP have been rounded up, according to the party’s acting general secretary Sindh Bashir Jam. “This is a target operation against the ANP it seems,” Jam said, adding that his men had been picked up from all Pakhtun-dominated areas of the city, including the locality near PIDC called Sultanabad, New Karachi, Frontier Colony, Sher Shah and Baldia Town.

He said the detained activists include senior members of the provincial division of the party.

Bashir Jam said the ANP supports a crackdown against all criminals even if they belong to a political party. “But an operation should not be launched to single out one party,” he said, adding that it seemed the whole exercise was being carried out to appease a rival political party in Karachi.

Meanwhile ANP Sindh president Shahi Syed, who is currently out of town in Dubai, has sent a message to his party workers to remain calm.

While the ANP claims that only Pashtun-speaking persons and ANP supporters are being picked up, Mohammad Saqib looked frantically for his 17-year-old brother Aqib, who is also allegedly being held by the Rangers. “He’s just a teenager who went to meet his friends at Habib Public School near PIDC after his evening tuition classes,” Saqib said, adding that no one in their family belongs to the ANP.

Saqib was told that his brother was picked up when two men fleeing the operation from the nearby Sultanabad area jumped into the school building. “They arrested all the young kids inside,” he said. Till the filing of this report, Rangers personnel refused to confirm or deny that Aqib and other young men are in their custody.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Ahmed Khan Mirza
    Nov 26, 2010 - 12:06AM

    it was necessary to conduct such operation in order to maintain peace, this area was almost a no go area and with heavy influences of militants and criminals.Recommend

  • Imran Azeem
    Nov 26, 2010 - 12:11AM

    Although Rangers officials have denied these reports, any one can smell what the News Reports says. Since the investigation in CID Centre blasts (which was one of the deadliest blast in Karachi’s history) are underway and a spate of target killing just after pillion ridding ban was lifted people are desperately willing to learn who are really involved.

    And Yes, Yesterday ANP announce Bashir Jan as its Secretary General. Previously Amin Khattak who was believed to be a moderate and a middle class person of Pashtun Community worked as Secretary General of ANP. Recommend

  • Tariq
    Nov 26, 2010 - 12:30AM

    I think to make MQM agree upon new texes, operation against ANPRecommend

  • Ali Nawaz Shah
    Nov 26, 2010 - 3:26AM

    What can we do?Recommend

  • akhter
    Nov 26, 2010 - 7:31AM

    no comments political issue Recommend

  • khan
    Nov 26, 2010 - 8:43AM

    well done operation must to go continue . it should be equally , mean dont look that this one is pathan and this one is mahager.Recommend

  • Mehmood khan
    Nov 26, 2010 - 10:16AM

    Dont Stop operation against terrorist but….
    But Please stop the operation against ANP workers ,,,,,,Recommend

  • shayan
    Nov 26, 2010 - 11:45AM

    what is wrong with the rangers? how can they arrest kids from a school!!! cant they differentiate between terrorists and school-kids?!Recommend

  • Syed
    Nov 26, 2010 - 3:11PM

    Good work rangers please continue, but please put protection for people of Orangi, because whenever there operation in tribal areas of Karachi, Collateral damage is inflicted upon Orangi people.

    when in 80s The drug market of KArachi at sohrab goth was closed down (Khadda market) thousands of people, including kids were butchered in Orangi, and women were raped.

    These things continue to happen even today, whenever theres tension in city , Orangi people face the brunt. Recommend

  • Umair Waheed Sheikh, Khayban e Hafiz,IBA Karachi
    Nov 26, 2010 - 10:20PM

    This means if one thief is not caught then the other has the right to ask the authorities not to catch him? Where do they begin then?
    All these people who are caught should be banned from visiting Karachi and given exemplary punishment. Age does not matter. Most of these suicide bombers are teenagers so does it mean we should free them? For once Rangers are doing a good job. Too bad its the Pashtuns on the wrong end but my advice is: Why do they indulge in criminalityRecommend

  • Nov 27, 2010 - 12:23PM

    Good.

    GA ranger
    GA MQMRecommend

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