560 Muttahida members held in Karachi operation
Rangers submitted a one-year review report to the committee about the operation in which they arrested hundreds of alleged criminals since it started on September 7 last year.
The Senate Standing Committee on Interior Affairs was briefed here on Monday that more than a thousand criminals had been arrested including 560 members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Karachi operation so far.
The meeting, chaired by Talha Mehmood, was also told that 539 members of the Amn Committee and 40 of the Awami National Party (ANP) were also arrested by Rangers during the Karachi operation.
In a report submitted to Standing Committee on Interior Affairs, Rangers official Colonel Tahir Mehmood said security forces have destroyed Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan’s network in Karachi beyond repair.
Rangers submitted a one-year review report to the committee and briefed the members about the operation in which they arrested hundreds of alleged criminals since it started on September 7 last year.
Colonel Tahir Mehmood of Rangers also said that 60 members of the Tehreek-i-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) and 352 militants of other banned outfits were arrested ever since the operation was started in the city.
Giving numbers, Col Mehmood said more than 3,000 targeted operations were carried out in the crime-infested port city and around 5,500 suspects were rounded up. He said around 2,300 were handed over to the police while more than 4,000 weapons were seized during the raids.
Col Mehmood informed the committee that land grabbing and street crimes do not fall under the jurisdiction of Rangers, however, they have submitted a summary to the prime minister on how these crimes can be controlled. Speaking about targets achieved in Lyari, the Rangers official said incidents of kidnapping and extortion have reduced by 55 per cent since the beginning of the operation. Col Mehmood said the law and order situation improved in the neighbourhood as Rangers have set up pickets in the area.
Briefing the committee about what transpired on the night of September 24 when Rangers personnel arrested MQM members, Col Mehmood said the security officials went inside the party office after their patrol was fired at in Gulshan-e-Maymar. He said Rangers arrested three target killers during the raid and that many of the arrested MQM workers were released soon after.
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