First stage of Karachi security operation complete: Rangers

Published: August 10, 2015
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Rangers patrolling in Karach. PHOTO: ONLINE

Rangers patrolling in Karach. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: Nearly two years after it began, the Sindh Rangers on Monday said that the first stage of the ongoing security operation in Karachi had been completed.

The Karachi operation had been kicked off by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on September 5, 2013, to root out crime and terrorism from the megalopolis.

In a statement released early on Monday, the Rangers said that with the first phase over, they are now preparing to start phase two, which is expected to commence from August 14, 2015.

“Pakistan Rangers Sindh successfully completed the stage-I of the operation and are well prepared to start stage-II from August 14, 2015 till the time it is successfully completed.”

Read: Performance review: Rangers claim Karachi operation helped curb crime

This is the first time that the paramilitary force have officially admitted that the operation, which has so far lasted for over 23 months, would be stage wise.

“Stage-II will be more severe than stage-I as the main task is to hunt down land grabbers, target killers, extortionists, kidnappers, terrorists.”

It is not clear how stage-II differs from stage-I given that land grabbers, target killers, extortionists, kidnappers and terrorists had been the focus when the operation first began in 2013.

“Pakistan Rangers Sindh is committed not to spare any criminal… Do not worry even if the criminals are very powerful because Pakistan Rangers Sindh are more powerful,” the statement added.

Read: Rangers asks MQM to hand over target killers

According to a performance report released in July, the Rangers had claimed to have conducted 5,795 raids during which they had apprehended 10,353 suspects and recovered 7,312 weapons and 34,8978 rounds of ammunition. Prominent among the raids conducted were the ones on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarters Nine-Zero and the offices of Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA).

The report added that a total of 826 terrorists, 334 target killers, 296 extortionists were arrested during this period. The Rangers also expanded their sphere against kidnappers, arrested 82 abductors and securing the release of 49 people from their captivity.

The Rangers also traded fire with criminals, engaging in a total of 224 “encounters”. In these ‘encounters’, Rangers said that they had killed 364 suspected criminals and arrested 213 others.

The report further claimed that target killing in the city had dropped drastically by over 80%, with attacks dropping to under 10 in June 2015 after having peaked at 73 in December 2013.

MQM withdraws strike call

The MQM on Monday took back its call for a shutter down strike across Sindh on Monday over the what it called the ‘extra-judicial killing’ of a party worker, Muhammad Hashim.

The move came after assurance from Director-General Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar that the deceased worker, Mohammed Hashim’s killers will be brought to justice.

In the wee hours of Monday, the MQM had called for a shutter down strike in protest of the party worker’s killing. According to the party, Hashim, a member of the MQM media cell and Unit 164 Liaquatabad, had been arrested and taken to an unknown location while he on his way home from Nine Zero on May 6.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Neutral
    Aug 10, 2015 - 4:44AM

    As nation we should appreciate the efforts of rangers and Army to bring the normal life back to the Karachi. Good work and best of luck with upcoming phases. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Aug 10, 2015 - 5:15AM

    Kindly do something against Muggers and Mobile snatchers. I lived in Pindi for 5 years and even i used to walk at 2 in the night and my mobile or personal belongings were never snatched. People in Punjab even did not believe me when i used to tell the the stories of snatching in our cosmopolitan city. On the contrary in Karachi there is not a single day without fear of snatching. When i am talking on the mobile phone then i am always afraid that someone will show me TT to snatch my mobile. Kindly end this menace for good.Recommend

  • Azi
    Aug 10, 2015 - 5:51AM

    Shouldn’t have been announced, in my opinion because now we might instead see a drastic increase in flights out of Pakistan carrying the mega corrupt so they can return years after dust settles.Recommend

  • Ih
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:21AM

    They already know it and most have already fleeing@Azi: Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Aug 10, 2015 - 6:53AM

    Great maashaALLAH. Kindly bring these tappi pappi, talpurs and eent waalas too before justice.Recommend

  • saeed
    Aug 10, 2015 - 7:04AM

    @Hasan:

    This operation is against traitors, not petty criminals. Phone snatchers are poor people who came long way to make a living.Recommend

  • Agent
    Aug 10, 2015 - 8:48AM

    How conveniently we deprive the current NS government of its rightful applause. Well done NS government. Pak Army Zindabad!Recommend

  • JK
    Aug 10, 2015 - 8:52AM

    We are grateful for your services.

    But please do something about these street criminals. I have been robbed 9 times in four years and feel terrorized everytime a bike passes by me in my street.Recommend

  • Think Tank
    Aug 10, 2015 - 9:39AM

    Thank you Pak Rangers for bringing peace in Karachi. A big salute to our HEROES.Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:06AM

    @saeed:
    How can you say that it is against ‘traitors’. Please don’t misguide people on public forums, the operation has never been called so.. by saying that mobile-snatchers are poor people and do the snatching just for the living is total ignorance and endorsement of encouraging people to engage in the crime. You really don’t understand the words coming out of your mouth.

    Ask the people whose mobiles, wallets and other valuables have been stolen. The trauma they suffer for days because of the threats and pointed-guns on their faces. I hope you haven’t gone through this to realize the insecurity that ordinary people suffer from…Recommend

  • pk
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:12AM

    Appreciate? Rangers? The day they go after people who had Rs 2 billion in their homes then rather going after people who had Rs 100 fitrana parchi in their midst then i would believe its a neutral operation while a hostel of a college as a starter would be ok for them to leave Jinnah Courts which is a historical artifact and re-settle on highway as they have a massive infrastructure there. Rangers if they carry out operation in REALITY terms across the board then i would believe in their neutrality but these optics are for galleries only sadly!! Gather some strength go after the oligarchs (feudal and industrialists) who have been ruining this country for six decades.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:13AM

    Well done Rangers, your sacrifices and efforts to bring peace in Karachi would be remembered in history.
    Whole Nation salutes you and Pak Army specially Chief and Rizwan Akhtar. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 10, 2015 - 10:41AM

    Well done Sindh Rangers. Take the matters to their logical end.Recommend

  • Khurram S
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:20AM

    Settle for nothing else than a Crime free and Weapon free City. Recommend

  • Malveros
    Aug 10, 2015 - 11:28AM

    Well done to Federal Govt of PML(N) for spearheading this operation.Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Aug 10, 2015 - 12:04PM

    This must be a joke! Seven days notice being given to criminals!!! Another safe passage since the Big 26 were ‘allowed’ to slip away?

    And the report is right. What were the targets of Stage 1 which are gladly decided to have been achieved – ex parte! Such hyperbolic statements are best avoided.Recommend

  • Syed Ali Danish
    Aug 10, 2015 - 1:01PM

    What have they been doing since 25+ years stay in Karachi?Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 10, 2015 - 2:24PM

    … all the numbers while the real threat of mobile snatching continues virtually unabated. Only a couple of months ago, friend’s dad was shot because the mugger was too nervous. In all honesty, the single biggest fear in all Karachiites is of cellphone snatching.

    They can keep talking about all the numbers. I’ll be happy when I feel safe on the street. Which hasn’t changed by much frankly.Recommend

  • mohammad ashraf
    Aug 25, 2015 - 7:28PM

    Dear all over qumi heros rangers brother kindly karachi or puray pakistan me only every wear pakistani flag hona chaye political logon nay pakistan k undar apni apni hakumat banay hoi he kindly jo bhe apna jhnda lagey us ko jail me dall den or no zamanat and havy fine bhe.
    or jo renger karachi me operation ker rahi he wo very very appreciable he or jo MQM ky nack me nath dali he shabash pakistan renger over qumi hero
    puray pakistan ke logon ky duduayen app k sat he

    reregard
    mohammadashrafRecommend

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