Rangers operations being influenced politically: ANP

Published: November 26, 2010
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Rangers said most of those arrested during raids in Karachi last night had been released. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN

Rangers said most of those arrested during raids in Karachi last night had been released. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN

KARACHI: The Awami National Party (ANP) on Friday warned the Sindh government that it will move court and hold protests if action is not taken against Rangers for arresting its workers.

Speaking to the media, ANP leader Bashir Jan said that Rangers arrested more than 500 workers of the ANP during a crackdown on Thursday night.

Although the majority of those arrested have been released, 150 are in still in Rangers’ custody.

Jan said that Rangers should conduct an operation in the ‘no-go’ areas of Karachi adding that the Rangers are being influenced politically to arrest ANP workers.

Earlier in  the day, ANP senators walked out from the Senate session to protest against the arrests of their workers.

An ANP spokesman said that the Rangers called its parties workers for a meeting but arrested them, warning that the party will quit the coalition government in Sindh if its workers are not released.

Late last night, Rangers cordoned off the Soldier Bazaar area for a search operation while the Crime Investigation Department (CID) seized and recovered weapons from a bus in Saddar.

Rangers spokesperson Major Farooq Bilal told the Express Tribune that all men held last night have been released from their custody. “Some who were caught with guns were handed over to the police and it is now their job to charge them with an offense,” Bilal said.

When asked what the point of the entire exercise was when everyone had to be released in the end, Bilal said some useful information has been gained out of the interrogation of the suspects apprehended last night. “A report regarding it will be presented to the relevant people in the interior ministry and police department would be also be shared,” he said.

Meanwhile, police officials denied that Rangers had handed over suspects to them. A senior official said the police was not involved in the crackdown from the start so why would they take the headache of charging the suspects, especially given that they didn’t interrogate them last night.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • IZ
    Nov 26, 2010 - 12:13PM

    Perhaps the ANP leadership should wait and see the results of the investigation before they take any hasty action. Unfortunately there are criminal elements amongst several of the political party cadres in Karachi and they need to be rooted out. Its true that they are not only present in Pakhtun areas, but still one needs to start somewhere.Recommend

  • Ammar
    Nov 26, 2010 - 12:30PM

    The demand of political parties to infomr them before executing search operation is ridiculous. If it is informed to them, then whats the search opeation is all about. Recommend

  • R. Khan
    Nov 26, 2010 - 12:32PM

    How there can be Peace in Karachi if ANP would play politics with law & order situation? Extremely sad situation.Recommend

  • SK
    Nov 26, 2010 - 1:00PM

    oh that’s it for tough fight against killings etc. One simple threat from ANP and all percieved criminals are let go….. Kudos to Rangers for being saviours of Karachi.
    After all Rangers are here from other parts of Pakistan enjoying perks at the expense of Karachi- why would they want to disturb the situation which keeps their bonuses going years after years.Recommend

  • Fahim Khan
    Nov 26, 2010 - 1:12PM

    Atleast for now everyone knows that who is behind the killings in Karachi…………..
    Recommend

  • Ansari
    Nov 26, 2010 - 2:22PM

    This was the demand of MQM for supporting RGST. Is PPP is always ready for the blackmail of MQM? if an operation is needed it should be across the board. Why always against Baloch of Lyari and Pakhtoons?Recommend

  • Syed
    Nov 26, 2010 - 2:29PM

    ANP is angry because their workers were interrogated?
    interrogate suspects for one day, and this is what happens!!!

    Good luck Law enforcers !Recommend

  • Pakistan One
    Nov 26, 2010 - 2:30PM

    If they are clean then why are they crying? It is known to all terror the kind of terror that North exports to the South. Recommend

  • Mehmood khan
    Nov 26, 2010 - 2:58PM

    dont stop the operation but it is very important to stop the operation against ANP workers..Recommend

  • Nov 26, 2010 - 3:24PM

    dont stop the operation but it is very important to stop the operation against anp workers if they are clean then why are crying it is known to all terror the kind of terror that north good luck lawRecommend

  • Masroor
    Nov 26, 2010 - 3:39PM

    RGST approved in senate now operation will be stopped in few hours, mark my wordsRecommend

  • Khan
    Nov 26, 2010 - 4:01PM

    ANP = Anti National Party that’s what they are! it was band in past for harboring separatists in the ranks and its leaders openly admit anti Pakistan sentiments were also band. Don’t forget that! Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 26, 2010 - 4:56PM

    forces has taken a good decision operation against ANP.Recommend

  • ZZQ
    Nov 27, 2010 - 9:49AM

    “…Some who were caught with guns were handed over to the police and it is now their job to charge them with an offense,…”

    There goes another exercise (eye wash) to try and address the law and order situation in Karachi.

    Such a pitiful nation we are; people at helm know it all, but no one’s interested in preventing the inevitable thats gonna happen…

    Parties will continue to back the criminal elements for vested interest (without even thinking this wud ultimately harm their own supporters)… but who cares!

    Appeal to all, plz heed to the sayings of our holy prophet (PBUH) in which he clearly termed the person out of Islamic Ummah if he dies in the name of ethnicity!Recommend

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