First phase of Karachi Operation completed‚ 9000 criminals arrested since Sep 5‚ Senate told

November 7, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Islamabad: The Senate was informed Thursday that six hundred seventy-seven targeted raids have been carried out and around nine thousands criminals arrested in Karachi since 5th September in order to control the killings of citizens.

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan told the House during question hour that main reasons of target killings in Karachi are ethnic‚ sectarian‚ fighting among various politico-religious groups‚ land grabbing under the umbrella of political parties and turf war among different groups also believed to be backed by major political parties.

He said after the decision made by the Federal Cabinet on 4th September in Karachi‚ government has successfully carried out targeted operations. He said so far 36293 ammunition‚ 1252 other weapons have been recovered while 1586 criminals have been arrested.

He said Karachi police in coordination with Sindh Rangers and intelligence agencies has also carried out 5077 raids and 9000 criminals have been arrested. He said 330 encounters have also taken place in which 34 criminals were killed.

The Minister said that a committee headed by Chief Minister Sindh has been constituted to review the law and order situation in Karachi whereas an operational committee comprising DG Rangers‚ IG police Sindh and representatives of intelligence agencies has also been working on ground.

Lauding the role of political parties and intelligence agencies‚ Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said some elements have tried to damage the joint efforts of political parties‚ however‚ all of them have played constructive role in controlling Karachi situation despite the fact that there were some legitimate reservations of the political parties including MQM. He said the disturbing area comprises around 20 percent of the whole city‚ however‚ fallout of law and order situation affects other areas.

Replying to a question‚ the minister excused to disclose the timeframe of the operation due to security reasons. He‚ however‚ said operation has entered into second phase. He said the objectives of the operation have met as significant decrease in events of target killings and extortions has been recorded.