Karachi police launch fresh crackdown to flush out militants

KARACHI — Hundreds of heavily armed police personnel backed up by Rangers launched crack down in troubled areas of Karachi from midnight on Monday to flush out criminals believed to be behind the menace of target killings that had created fear and panic amongst the city’s 18 million people.

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Published: Thu 31 Mar 2011, 12:19 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 11:21 PM

The latest “crack down” was decided on the orders of federal government after demands from political parties especially coalition partner in Sindh and centre, Muttaihada Qaumi Movement (MQM) and industrialists in the wake of the reported killings of over 150 people in the city during the current month.

Similar “crack downs” against alleged target killers were launched in the past but never achieved their objectives due to lack of provincial and federal governments will as well as due to the pressure from political parties who are alleged to patronise criminals in the city and provide them shelter.

Although no details were forthcoming from law enforcement agencies on Tuesday, it is reported that police and rangers raided Lyari, Malir, Landhi, Sohrab Goth since

midnight Monday and apprehended scores of suspects and recovered huge quantity of arms and weapons from their possessions.

According to police the areas targeted were after receiving information by 11 target killer suspect currently under investigation and allegedly behind the murders of more than 40 people during this month.

During a meeting that was attended by Federal Home Minister, Rehman Malik and Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, it was admitted that there were “black sheeps” in of political parties were involved in target killings and action would be taken against criminals irrespective of their affiliation.

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