Political parties demand answers on DG Rangers' organised crime report

MQM chief lashes out at army for interfering in police matters; Aitzaz demands proof; PTI asks reports be made public


Web Desk June 12, 2015
Aitzaz Ahsan. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Political parties across the spectrum demanded an open investigation and transparency into claims made by director general of Sindh Rangers on illega­l racket­s in Karachi. 

Talking to reporters on Friday Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Aitzaz Ahsan on Friday said that this claim should be backed by solid proof.

“On what grounds was this estimate made,” Ahsan questioned, while talking to media outside Parliament House.

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He added that the Rangers and other security officials deployed in Karachi should investigate into this matter rather than making claims.

“A free and fair investigation should take place. The Sindh government is willing to cooperate,” he said.

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Further, he said that the oil is smuggled from Balochistan to Sindh.

Earlier on Thursday, director general of Sindh Rangers, during the Sindh Apex Committee meeting said that an evil nexus of political leaders, civil servants and gang lords is involved in nurturing and sheltering organised crime and terrorism in Karachi.

Billions of rupees collected from extortion, land grabbing, targeted killings and rackets are flowing in to the coffers of some top personalities of the Sindh province, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar said in the briefing.

PTI demands report be made public

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) Shah Mehmood Qureshi demanded the federal government make public the Rangers report public, Express News reported.

“The public has unanimously given their mandate against terrorism so it is high time that the government choke the financiers of such heinous acts and eradicate terrorism," said Qureshi.

Qureshi went on to add that it was the first time top government officials, businessmen and bureaucrats were named in a high-profile report by the Rangers.

In reference to Punjab budget, Qureshi expressed that the government should not expect to generate revenues and meet targets before making Karachi — the financial hub of the country -- a peaceful place for business.

Altaf lashes out 

Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Friday lashed out at the army for interfering in issues relating to the police and civil administration, saying the army was only responsible for the protection of the territorial boundaries of the country.

Talking on the occasion of the 37th Day of Inception of All Pakistan Muttahida Student Organization (APMSO), MQM chief said that the allegations regarding hides of the sacrificial animals and Zakat posted by the Sindh Rangers were baseless and unfortunate. He said that he had been working to gather proof against the most corrupt people of the country and their source of income.

COMMENTS (32)

ishrat salim | 6 years ago | Reply When almost same type of report was shown on TV Khara Sach & details subsequently published in the newspaper about a year ago, no one from Sindh govt PPP & MQM re-acted as the way they are re-acting today. This is beause, this time the Rangers have submitted the report to the CM along with a list of those people involved in the crime. 2) they are re-acting because, it is the Rangers ( Army ) who has submitted the report, which they know is authentic. They have no choice, but only making noise to play politics. Was it not the MQM who had always been vocal to handover Karachi to the Army. Now that operation is being spearheaded by the Rangers ( unlike in the past ), what does MQM wants them to do, smoke cigarette ?
IBN E ASHFAQUE | 6 years ago | Reply Rangers are lording over Karachi since more than 2 decades. They have illegally occupied government buildings meant for social purposes. Now they claim that billions are being looted from Karachi, which I do not dispute. However, the point is how much is their share in this loot? as only after more than two decades of lording over Karachi they are only now realizing that the poor Karachites are squeezed off billions.
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