Funds collected through illicit means being used for terror, criminal activities: Rangers

An estimated Rs230 billion is collected annually which is being used by high-profile Sindh personalities


APP/web Desk June 11, 2015
A file photo of Sindh Rangers. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Billions of rupees gathered through illicit means including extortion, land grabbing, illegal hydrants, smuggling are funneled by political parties, influential men, religious organisations, militants and even landlords towards criminal and terror related activities  in the province.

According to a statement released by the Sindh Rangers on Thursday, DG Major General Bilal Akbar briefed a Sindh Apex Committee focused on the sources and direction of funds for terror and criminal activities in the province.

DG Rangers presented details of coordinated system of funding for terrorist groups, target killers and other crimes before the apex committee.

He said that an estimated Rs230 billion per year were being generated through various illegal means.

The apex committee appreciated the suggestions from the Rangers and for detailed report decided to set up a committee which will address the funding sources for criminals.

Land grabbing

Regarding land grabbing, the DG said that `China-cutting' was a new aspect in the backdrop of crimes in Karachi. He added that land grabbing can be divided into three parts: construction on government land, encroachment on government land and private properties.

Those involved in the mafia include political parties, city district government, construction companies, estate agents and police officials. He said that they work under a coordinated system and most of them are patronised by a ‘big political party of Karachi,’ but other political leaders and builders were also involved in this racket.

Sustaining Lyari gang wars

The Rangers official said that factions of Lyari gang war received a steady supply of money from a number of sources that sustained it, and allowed it to purchase weapons.

According to details, money obtained illegally from the Karachi Fish Harbour was distributed among gang war activists and its various factions along with some top and influential personalities of Sindh.

It added millions of rupees were distributed among various Lyari Gang War factions on a monthly basis, which is used for the purchase of weapons and raising of armed groups.

Militant wings

The DG Rangers said that funds raised illegally were also channeled by political parties, religious groups, feudals and terrorists to raise militant wings.

He said that money obtained forcibly in the name of Zakat and Fitrana, sacrificial hides, which is estimated to be worth tens of millions of rupees annually, was an important source for terror activities.

The amount extorted from small markets, encroachers, graveyards, and schools also comes to tens of millions of rupees.

Further, money obtained from the smuggling of Irani diesel is also an important source of funding for terrorism and crimes.

Such money is used for raising private militias by political groups in Sindh and of feudals.

Some of the money obtained from smuggling is regularly sent to influential persons of Sindh.

In other illegal activities, a big portion pertains to illegal supply of water from which tens of millions of rupees are obtained annually.

Furthermore, the system of ghost employees had become the source of tens of millions of rupees monthly. Such black money is used for promoting other crimes and terrorism.

Criminal activities are also supported using through illegal marriage  halls, illegal parking, business of narcotics under political sponsorship, match fixing, beggar mafia, cyber crimes, foreign funding of madrassas.

COMMENTS (12)

S.R.H. Hashmi | 6 years ago | Reply The end piece in the report by Director General Sindh Rangers “Most of such practices are supervised by major political party of Karachi,” pretty much sums up the report and gives a clear indication of the approach, which amounts to nothing but media trial. And by the look of it, it makes even the terrorists and sectarian outfits the likes of which recently killed 46 innocent Ismailis look lesser culprits by comparison. Instead of making generalized statements, at least the military personnel should stick to facts and in case of an actionable cause, take the culprits to courts, and do it in an across-the-board manner, if possible. By far the greatest injustice to Karachi and Sindh was done by a self-styled field marshal who robbed the city of its importance and its status as a capital of the country which the founder of the country had conferred on it. And that was not the only injustice done by the gentleman to Pakistan. Through his discrimination and over-domination of Bengalese who had a larger population than that of the Western wing, he forced the Bengalese, who had joined Pakistan eagerly and of their own free will, to go their separate way. Another gift of the ruler was the introduction of ethnic tensions from which the city never recovered. Karachi
surprised | 6 years ago | Reply surprised!! but on ppl making comments that why there were initial blames on RAW, when the new report blames other elements within society. It is obvious RAW or any anti-Pakistan agency would not send its divisional heads directly to distribute funds. It is all done by using & nurturing the elements within the society for their ill acts. Using the funds from the society to destroy the society seems to be the best way to go for them.
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