Criminals arrested, torture cells unearthed in Lyari operation

KARACHI — A massive door-to-door search operation launched by Rangers’ Anti-Terrorism squad backed up by police in the Lyari area on Sunday was termed a ‘huge success” as dozens of alleged criminals were nabbed, torture cells unearthed and large quantity of arms and ammunition recovered.

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Published: Mon 29 Aug 2011, 11:24 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:41 PM

The Rangers’ action brought immediate reaction from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders of the area — the only stronghold of the PPP in Karachi — who resigned en masse claiming that the operation was launched to please certain politically party.

Lyari and its surrounding localities controlled by warlords, gangsters and extortionists were sealed off almost for eight hours of operation as Rangers entered into the previously “no-go areas” of Afshani Gali, Eido Lane, Singho Lane and Gul Mohammed Lane and searched each and every house.

During the search operations as in the past the criminals used women folks to prevent Rangers from performing their duties but this time the ploy did not work as the authorities were prepared to carry out the task and prepared for any obstacles.

A sizable cache of automatic weapons and ammunition including nine sub-machine guns were recovered in the course of operation besides all sorts of equipment and instruments used in torture.

Mediapersons who witnessed the operation admitted that the operation was certainly a serious one unlike the previous one which fizzled out due to interference from local PPP politicians and Sindh provincial and federal government interventions.

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