Pakistan kicks off massive operation against 1200 militants, terrorists across Sindh

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The Sindh Government has directed provincial Police to kick off massive crackdown against militants, terrorists belonging to different proscribed organizations, which, the sources said, will be carried out with assistance and close coordination of the paramilitary forces. The list of 1200 militants, terrorists and members of the proscribed organizations received from federal interior ministry by the provincial government has been forwarded to Deputy Inspector General (DIGs) of police with instructions to rigorously start the chase after them, an officer in the Sindh Home Department told.

Sources informed those in the list include members of Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jundullah, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sepah-e-Sahaba Pakistan.

Sources said though the operation would be carried out in each town and city of the province, Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Jamshor, Thatha, Badin, Tando Allahyar, and Tando Muhammad Khan would be given special focus where major chunk of the 18 million affectees of the Zarb-i-Azb operation has been settled.

Sources said in total contradiction with the claims by provincial government to have screened the entry of each and every Internally Displaced Person (IDP), the authorities in Sindh now believe that many of the militants have also infiltrated under the shelter of the affectees.

In this connection a letter was dispatched to the office of Inspector General Police Sindh and all deputy inspectors general of Police in Sindh on Monday, 29th Dec, 2014 with clear directions to start a massive search operation in order to unearth terrorists’ hideouts.

Earlier, the ministry of interior in the capital in a letter dated 21st December 2014 had instructed provincial government that district police’s SSP must be tasked to remain very vigilant in the areas and localities which could possibly be potential hideouts.

According to letter, a copy of which is also available with this daily, the Senior Superintendents of the Sindh Police have also been tasked to “identify the terrorists on account of the ongoing war against terror which has led to a lot of disruption among the terrorists groups”.

“It is important not to let them find a place of refugee from where they can plan a resumption of terrorist activities” the police officers have been instructed.

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They are also made bound to report the progress regarding search operations and success, if any, on daily basis to Sindh home department for onward transmission to the office of National Coordinator, National Counter terrorism authority, minister of interior, sources said.

The news was originally published here

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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