Making it deadly

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Naimat Khan

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KARACHI: Terrorists in Pakistan do not rely on industrial grade bombs. Instead, to target both law enforcers and ordinary civilians, they have relied on their own specialized cadres to make different kinds of bombs. On April 12, 2016, Karachi Police’s Counter Terror Department unearthed a facility used to make bombs in the Gadap town. In the raid one bomb maker named Muhammad Mujtaba aka Rehan was eliminated. One of his accomplices, named Abdul Saboor aka Hamad was killed, whereas anther, named Muhammad Murtaza, was arrested. Police also recovered 80 kg of explosive material, circuits, ball bearings, bottle bombs, tennis ball bombs, bomb manufacturing material, laptop, memory cards, and USBs.

Raja Umar Khattab, senior counter terrorism official who led the raid, told this scribe that the arrested Muhammad Murtaza aka Abu Huraira claims that the dead Rehan was the last expert bomb maker alive in the city. Rehan was the protege of Hashim aka Babu, a master bomb marker with 14 years of experience, especially car bombs. Babu was killed in a gunfight with the police in April 2015.

After Babu – who had put together the bomb manufacturing setup in Gadap town and supplied explosive devices to one Abdus Salam Sindhi of Liaquatabad – was killed, the Counter Terror Department’s assessment was that it had set back AQIS’s bomb making capability significantly. “After that shoot out, I thought that this was it. As I had extensively worked on hunting the bomb makers and dented all three groups – the brainwashers, the hit-men and bomb makers – of Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), I believed that no locally made lethal weapon will be used by terrorists, at least for next couple of years,” Khattab told The Frontier Post.

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But six months later, on October 17, 2016, the police were surprised when terrorists hurled hand grenades at an Imambargah in Liaquatabad killing one child and leaving several women hurt. Media reported it as cracker blast. “For a while I believed that my assessment after April had been wrong,” Khattab told and added “but when we arrested Ishaq Booby and Asim Capri, accused of Amjad Sabri’s murder, they disclosed that they had hit the Shia Majlis with grenade having ball bearing wrapped to it”.

“The terrorists had wrapped ball bearings with it for ensuring it results maximum fatalities.” It was clear to Khattab then that Taliban and AQIS were innovating around their constraints.

In March 2013, the BBC Urdu first reported terrorists – normally knowing for using Russian made hand grenades and smoke grenades – were using the tennis ball bomb. The tennis ball bomb was an invention of the Taliban, according to the Police, working like a small bomb or cracker but had a bigger sound impact. Taliban increased its lethality by adding ball bearings of 2mm and nails. Such tennis ball bombs were made at the factory in Gadap Town.

The loss of the bomb making facility at Gadap is likely to hurt the Taliban as it comes on the back of sustained counter terror efforts by the law enforcement agencies.

“We have always known the TTP uses local bomb making factories, but with the success of Zarb-e-Azb, we know that their capabilities have been decimated,” according to Khalid Muhammad, Director General – CommandEleve, adding, “We also know that they have ‘imported’ bomb makers from AQAP and IS Khorasan to give them a more logistic advantage in quick hit attacks with IEDs, much like the tennis ball or shoe bomb”.

Muhammad is of the view that the security agencies must shut down capabilities of terrorists comprehensively, which they are currently doing.

“Second, we must get ahead of their technology by understanding what technology these groups have used in other battle spaces like Iraq and Syria,” he concludes.

They are for maximum terrorism, whether inventing new or adding more lethality to the factory-made, the terrorists will continue their search for deadly weapons to use, said another analyst.

Published in The Frontier Post 

Taliban in Karachi: Exaggerated number yet miscalculated threat

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Naimat Khan

Security agencies’ Inability to coup with threat & misinformation and disagreements among the anti-Taliban forces are extra weapons of perilous TTP

KARACHI: The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has now declared a war on ANP, MQM and other forces which, it says, come in their way to impose an “Islamic political system”. The TTP spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan was quoted as saying Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) are their prime targets. He said targeted war had been waged against the two in the city.

It was the recent shooting of MQM lawmaker-Manzar Imam, who was killed in Orangi last month- that brought two arch rivals closer, and thus bringing the issue of Taliban’s growing influence in the city to limelight. “We (The ANP and the MQM) are political rivals, but we stand united against extremism and terrorism”, said ANP leader Basheer Jan, who himself had survived two assassination attempts in Karachi, during the funeral prayers of Imam.

Previously, there was much hullabaloo from their prime target, ANP but the voice gained strength when another secular and ethnic party found a place at Taliban hit list following Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) issued a warning to target MQM after the later announced to hold a nationwide referendum asking people whether they wanted Quaid’s Pakistan or Taliban’s Pakistan. MQM’s referendum scheduled for 14 November 2012 was later postponed in respect for the upcoming Moharram-ul-Harram.

A well known analyst, Dr Rashid Ahmad Khan while representing the other view point wrote a piece in an English daily, stating that by holding the Taliban responsible for the worsening law and order situation in Karachi, the ruling parties were in fact hiding their failure to capture criminals.

One may disagree as who share most of the responsibility of the present lawlessness in the city- political parties and other local criminal elements or the infiltrated Taliban militants-the threat of Taliban can be seen looming over the city. Especially, when Taliban themselves declare it a battleground for attacking two parties, including MQM, the largest political entity of the city and second largest in the province.

Numbers and Threat:

Although, the presence of Taliban in the city can hardly be denied by anyone, their existence in term of physical strength had always been exaggerated, told a Karachi based security and terrorism expert AW Khan who claimed to have visited each and every street of the areas deemed as Taliban’s strongholds in the metropolis.

“There are around 1400 streets in SITE town alone, each with at least on criminal, all posing themselves as Taliban but the real Taliban are no more than 120”, he confidently stated, saying hundreds of groups comprising three to six criminals were carrying out activities in the name of Taliban. He, however, is affirmative that the presence of highly committed Jihadis, always ready to lend their lives for blowing many others, is not a minor threat to the security and peace of the city.

A high rank security official in Karachi, although, doesn’t agree with A.W. Khan, he also does not subscribe to the idea that 5000 Taliban militants have infiltrated into the city.

‘There are differences of opinion viz-a-viz Taliban number but one of the facts compelling all to forge a consensus is that the Taliban militants have overtaken the reign of terror previously held by militants with different identities, e.g. political, ethnic, sectarian and criminal. The Taliban nexus with Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in the city intensifies the threat’, said source.

Signs of presence:

This scribe observed during days’ long visits of these areas that all CD shops and beauty salons were open while the life was in full swing in the areas dubbed as safe havens for Taliban. The only thing missing was the Red flags and ANP offices. But the ANP leader insisted the ANP flags had been full down long ago as a good gesture to normalize the charged atmosphere following ethnic tension in the city.

Further drawing a line between the real Taliban and fake Taliban, the security analyst AW Khan said that Taliban abduction for ransom had always been well calculated while the fake Taliban would kidnap every person making irrational demands.

Taliban were said to be involved in extortion, the only business flourishing in the city, but a Taliban militant, while talking to The Frontier Post refuted this and said they, instead, had been stopping the illegal business. “We distributed handwritten pamphlets with phone numbers for contact if somebody demands extortion money. A few people registered their complaints and we asked them to call the extortionists for collecting the money so that we may teach them the lesson”, he told and added that sensing Taliban’s involvement in the issue, the extortionists didn’t turn up.

Taliban had enormous presence in the city. He informed that after a merger between Hakimullah Mahsood, a hardliner and Waliur Rehman group which tried to avoid targeting Pakistani state, the Tehrik had gained momentum, claimed the Taliban militant who himself had joined the group a few month ago. He said, “Before joining Taliban, I was working in Jaish-e-Muhammad that I had joined in 2005”.

During interaction with Taliban militants, it emerged that the TTP didn’t intend to launch large scale terrorist activities instead the lethal group had prioritized targeted actions against ANP and MQM, both at the top of the hit list in Karachi.

Bashir Jan who gave 80 percent credit of crimes and lawlessness in the city to Taliban also accepted that many professional criminals had branded themselves Taliban for committing crimes.

He said there was clash between ANP, MQM, Sunni Tehreek and sectarian groups but it were Taliban who raised lawlessness to the present alarming level.

“There are no Taliban courts and no Taliban processions but Taliban are present”, said Jan and added that “Rehman Malik says there are no Taliban. Suppose he is right but he cannot deny the presence of terrorists in Karachi. We demand military operation against the terrorists whether Taliban or otherwise.”

He said the guns and murdering people had become a hobby of those private Jihadis recruited, trained and armed by our establishment. “They deem Afghanistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa a way to Jannah. The terrorist is a terrorist, no matter he has beard or he wears pant”, he added.

Problem areas:

It is believed and reported that the Taliban militants are hiding in the Pashtoon dominated areas like Manghopir, Bhangi Para, PMR, Sultan Abad, Pakhtunabad, Kunwari colony, Mian Wali colony and Nusrat Bhutto colony of the central districts and Gadap, Sohrab Goth, Jhanjal Goth and Afghan Basti in district east. But Bashir Jan doesn’t fully agree with the claim.

“All top leadership of the TTP and its associate militant groups are Punjabis residing in the posh vicinities of the city including Gulshan-e-Iqbal”, Mr. Jan claimed, arguing since they held their meetings and did planning in the posh areas, they had chosen the slum areas, mostly Pashtoon dominated for operational activities.

Mr. Khan, a security and terrorism expert also endorses the view of Mr. Jan saying Taliban were not totally a Pashtoon problem. PPP Senator Taj Haider goes a step further and blames PML-N, especially CM Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif for allowing Taliban, to which he refers as Punjabi Taliban and their associate sectarian groups to make sanctuaries in Punjab.

“The most important question is from where do they come? Where are their sanctuaries and safe heavens? Both PML-N and Taliban are the remnants of Ziaism. He said Taliban are presently persuading a three steps line of action, “come, hit and leave” the city.

Media and Taliban:

 The media is blamed for glorifying Taliban and militancy but on the other hand the Taliban militants are ungrateful to media for what they call “misreporting the events and propaganda against TTP”. “They never point towards the killers in Liaquatabad and Gulistan-e-Jauhar where political parties are killing the people”, told a Taliban militant, adding, when explosive was found in a house inhabited by a Taliban militant, Sher Khan, media created an “explosive manufacturing factory” of it.

 

Threat weighed officially:

 SSP CID Chaudhry Aslam khan sees the TTP a great threat to the peace of Karachi in particular and stability of Pakistan in general. “They want to create chaos in order to capture the power for imposing their brand of Islam”. He said it is dreadfully perilous than any criminal and terror group operating in Karachi.

Eliminating Taliban:

 A security official in the city known for his daring handling of the local terrorists confirmed with the condition of not to be named that it was difficult, rather impossible to eliminate Taliban militants from the city.

“It is expected that the people making the world lone Super Power and its allies on run, will be defeated by the law enforcement agencies meant for maintaining law and order and not fighting wars”, he argued while rejecting the views of eliminating the menace with sheer force.

He said the TTP Karachi chapter has been divided into many small groups comprising 3 to 5 militants. “If we nab a militant, he doesn’t give us any clue to go after the high ranks due to his lack of knowledge about his own group”, he maintained.

Insisting that military operation is the only solution, the ANP Sindh leader Bashir Jan holds the constitution even allows a deputy commissioner to call in army in his district. The administration has not only failed but has become nonsensical. “The military operation and deweaponization is the only solution to the issue”, said Jan.

After the murder of its member Sindh Assembly, the MQM, while demanding the state machinery to mobilize to bring the culprits to book said, “We want to tell the terrorist that they cannot deter the MQM and its activists”.

Security apparatus, MQM and ANP, all three are divided as to how to deal with Taliban. On the other hand, Taliban groups have recently joined hands. In such a situation, to defeat the most dangerous Jihadi force in city would be nothing more than just a dream.

Publish on February 5, 2013

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DSP among 3 killed in Karachi blasts

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: At least three persons, including DSP Kamal Khan Mangan and a police investigation officer, were killed and fifteen others wounded in twin blasts in the Sherpao Colony of Landhi area, Karachi on Thursday.

DIG Aleem Jafri told media that the deceased had been identified as DSP Kamal Khan Mangan, Sub-Inspector Akbar Hussain and one civilian Fazal Muhammad.

Director Emergency JPMC Dr Seemi Jamali, while talking to The Frontier Post, first confirmed four deaths and 15 injuries as results of the blast. However, when again contacted for getting updates she said the body of fourth one, namely Saeed-ur-Rehman was brought from Pirabad area in Orangi and was mistakenly counted as one of the blasts’ deceased. She further informed that Muhammad Hanif, a head constable injured in the blast was not in a stable condition.

According to reports, the first blast took place when two unidentified terrorists riding a bike threw a hand grenade near a dump yard in Landhi. It was followed by second blast when the police and rescue teams reached the spot just 14 minutes after the first blast.

According to SP CID, Umar Khittab, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and an investigation office of sub-inspector rank were among those killed in the blast. Police further said that two of their vehicles and two ambulances were damaged in the explosion.

According to police, the second bomb was placed in a cement block which also contained ball bearings. However the bomb disposal squad (BDS) when contacted did not substantiate the claim of police.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah strongly condemned blasts in Landhi and directed IG Sindh Police to immediately submit report about the incident.

The chief minister also issued directives to ensure strict security arrangements for Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) in the entire province. Shah instructed law enforcing agencies to keep strict vigil over the activities of miscreants.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain, ANP’s Senator Shahi Syed and JI leader Muhammad Hussain Mehnti also condemned the attack in their statements.

Published on January 25, 2013

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MQM MPA, 8 others gunned down; TTP claims responsibility

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Nine people including a Member of Provincial Assembly Sindh, belonging to Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and his three guards, were gunned down in different incidents of targeted killings in Karachi on Thursday.

According to details, unidentified assailants gunned down MQM provincial lawmaker, Syed Manzar Imam, his driver and two security guards near Nishan-e-Haider Chowk area of Orangi Town Karachi. However, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), while terming it the first step of the “pledge” it had made to protect the people of Karachi from MQM, claimed the responsibility of the killing.

Seven others were also killed in different incidents of violence before and after this shooting in various parts of the city. Two students of Madrassah Ahsanul Uloom Gulshan-e-Iqbal also sustained severe wounds when unknown terrorists opened fire at the Madrassah.

“A member of the Sindh provincial assembly was killed with three of his guards when gunmen on two motorcycles intercepted his car in Orangi neighborhood and shot them with automatic weapons,” SSP Imran Shaukat told newsmen. Police said the gunmen easily fled the scene following the shooting.

After the incident, tensions griped the city as angry protesters took to streets and resorted to aerial firing and forced shopkeepers to pull down their shutters. At least 5 vehicles were set afire in different areas of the city and people rushed home to avoid any potential violent backlash.

The city life which had come to s standstill yesterday evening would remain paralyzed today as traders, transporters and private school association had announced to remain shut. Announcing three days of mourning, MQM Coordination Committee had asked its supporters to remain peaceful. The Private School Association also announced that schools would remain closed today. KTI had announced to keep public transport off the roads while Sindh Tajir Itehad had also declared to shut their businesses.

MQM’s Member of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, Syed Manzar Imam and his driver and security guards Muhammad Imran s/o Muhammad Mukhtar, Muhammad Imran Khan s/o Muhammad Yasin and Sajid Ahmed s/o Jawed Ahmed were killed on the spot in indiscriminate firing while he was going to his office.

Manzar Imam was 43 and he had left behind his widow, two children, two brothers, three sisters and his mother. He joined Unit 120 of the MQM Orangi Town Sector in 1986 and was considered a senior worker of the party.

His killing was termed a sectarian violence due to his name but the lawmaker belonged to Sunni sect suggesting that he was purely attacked on political background.

Members of the Coordination Committee of MQM Raza Haroon, Wasay Jalil, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, and Saleem Tajik reached Abbasi Shaheed Hospital soon after hearing the news. MQM ministers, MNAs, MPAs, workers and office-bearers of the Orangi Sector and a large number of MQM sympathizers were also present in the hospital.

It was the second shooting of an MQM provincial lawmaker in just over two years in Karachi. The death of MQM lawmaker Raza Haider, on whom seat Imam was elected to Sindh PA, in an ambush in August 2010 sparked a fierce wave of ethnic and politically-linked violence that killed over hundred people.

The spokesman of TTP said that “we had promised protection for the people of Karachi from MQM and that we will continue to take action”. Rather, he added, we would speed up our activities against MQM.

Separately, two seminary students of Jamia Arabia Ahsanul Uloom, 30-year-old Muhammad Harris s/o Arif and 25-year-old Akhter Zaib s/o Shoaib were gunned down by unidentified armed men near Moti Mahal, Gulshan-e-Iqbal area in the limits of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Police Station. The bodies were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.

27-years-old Rashid Hussain s/o Iqbal, resident of Sikander Goth was gunned down by the unidentified armed men in wee hours in Sikander Goth, in the limits of Sachal Police Station. The body was moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy. Police registered FIR 30/2013 under Section 302 against unidentified men.

A 22-year-old man was gunned down by unidentified armed men near Godown Chowrangi, Korangi Town in the limits of Korangi Industrial area police station. The body was moved to JPMC for autopsy. The identity of victim could not be ascertained.

Separately, the body of a man stuffed in gunny bag was found from Rexor Line Nullah, Old Golimar area in the jurisdiction of Pak Colony Police Station. The body was shifted to ASH for autopsy. Identity of deceased could not be ascertained.

40-year-old Ejaz s/o Nawab Khan died due to natural causes outside his home in Rustam Khan Goth, Gulistan-e-Johar in the premises of Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station. The body was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities. Police said he was died due to heart failure. The family members collected the body from hospital without any legal formality.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Muhammad Izhar s/o Zulfiqar Ali died and 30-year-old Muhammad Jawaid s/o Liaquat Ali wounded in road mishap near Punjab Chowrangi Roundabout in wee hours in the precincts of Gizri Police Station. The body and injured were rushed to JPMC. Both were residents of Landhi Number-4. Police arrested trailer driver Muhammad Azhar and registered FIR 24/2013 against him.

Meanwhile, MQM leader Altaf Hussain strongly condemned brutal killing of MQM MPA Manzar Imam with his security guards in Orangi town.

In a statement issued from London on Thursday, Altaf Hussain expressed his profound and sorrow on the martyrdom of MQM MPA Manzar Imam along with his security guards. He strongly condemned the brutal killing of Manzar Imam and his guards.

He said that the cowardly incident was a vicious attempt to destroy peace and order in the city and earlier MQM MPA Raza Haider was also gunned down but the killers were never arrested. He said that brutal killers were roaming freely and innocent workers of the MQM and general public had been left to their mercy.

Hussain asked the MQM workers and the people not to get provoked on this incident of blatant terrorism. The statement urged them to understand and foil the conspiracy of the elements who wanted to destabilize Karachi. He said that the brutal murder of MPA Manzar Imam was a continuation of the wave of terrorism gripping the country which had engendered a pervading sense of insecurity among common people.

Hussain demanded in his statement to the federal and provincial governments and heads of the law-enforcing agencies to take immediate notice of the brutal murder of MPA Manzar Imam and his guards. He said that the killers must be brought to justice.

Hussain offered heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and said that their grief was equally shared and felt by each worker of the MQM. He prayed Allah, the Almighty to shower His blessings on the departed soul and give courage and patience to the grieving family members.

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had strongly condemned the incident of assassination of Syed Manzar Imam, Member Sindh Provincial Assembly from MQM.

The president while expressing grief and sorrow over this unfortunate incident in Orangi town Karachi that resulted into loss of precious lives including Syed Manzar Imam, had directed the authorities concerned to undertake every effort to bring the culprits to justice.

President of ANP leader Asfandyar Wali hold talks with MQM Quaid Altaf Hussain had also vehemently condemned the murder of MPA Manzar Imam and his guards.

Meanwhile, the chief of PML-N, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, and head of ANP, Asfandar Yar Wali, on Thursday telephoned Sindh Governor, Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, and offered condolences on the assassination of MQM MPA, Manzar Imam.

A Governor House statement said that Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan also phoned Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to condole the demise of his brother Abbas Sharif.

He also offered condolences on behalf of the MQM chief, Altaf Hussain.

The ANP chief Asfandar Yar Wali also telephoned Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan and offered condolences on his behalf and ANP workers over the assassination of MQM MPA, Manzar Imam.

Published on January 18, 2013

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2012: The deadliest year for Karachiites

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Although the city witnessed a comparatively low number of crimes in year 2012, mainly owing to the refusal by police to register different cases of crimes in the metropolis, it broke all previous records of political, ethnic and sectarian target killing.

Karachi once deemed a city of lights and commercial hub of the country, offering jobs to thousands of Pakistanis had now virtually turned into a crime hub with vast opportunities for the criminal elements.

In the city where Taliban were a new addition, besides political and ethnic criminals, as many as 33417 acts of crime were reported, the figure which was higher than 2011 and lower than 2010. In 2011 some 30547 crimes were reported whereas the figure remained 59196 during the year 2010.

Murder and Target Killings: Unabated target killings continued for the whole year claiming 2370 lives while thousands others were injured in different acts of political, ethnic and sectarian violence in the troubled costal city.

The menace of target killings could not be controlled despite tall claims by Sindh government and LEAs and the fact that couple of hearings of Karachi Law and Order Case also happened in the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry in 2012. As many as 12 people were gunned down on the last day of previous year.

The people who became victims of violence also included 2 journalists and a known Islamic scholar Maulana Aslam Shaikuouri. 121 traders lost their lives as well whereas 13 small kids were killed in different acts of violence.

In January 126 persons including 6 police personnel, 5 lawyers and 2 doctors were killed by unknown assailants. In February some 116 people had lost their lives which also included the member of Bawani family.

In March 144 people including 2 women, 2 ASI, 4 police constables and a lawyer and his son were targeted by the unknown assailants. In April some 178 lost their lives whereas the score remained 156 in May including 14 deaths as a result of attack at Mohabat-e-Sindh Rally.

In June as many as 198 people were gunned down including army personnel and 7 policemen. In July 196 people lost their lives whereas attack on SPARCO bus in Saeedabad claimed several human lives. In August around 194 people had fallen prey to the acts of violence in the city; whereas in September 282 people were killed including an MPA, former town nazim, police personnel and women.

In October the target killers took lives of some 287 people including 17 policemen and a FC personal. The month proved fatal for the police forces. During November 195 persons lost their lives including leaders of MQM-H. Some 198 persons became victims of target killing spree during the last month. December 25 proved to be the deadliest as 20 lost their lives on the fateful day.

The target killings took lives of 222 during the holly month of Ramadan. Orangi Town, Katti Pahari, Banaras, Liyari, Malir, Kharadar, old city area, Pak colony and other slum areas of the city saw worst form of violence where a large number of people were gunned down.

Blast and Suicide Attacks: As many as 38 persons including police and rangers personnel lost their lives in 59 bomb blasts and two suicide attacks in the city during year 2012. Some 200 other were seriously injured in these acts of terrorism.

The big incident reported during the year was fatal suicide attack at the headquarters of the Sachal Rangers in North Nazimabad area in which 150 kg explosive was used.

The first bomb blast of the year occurred on 28 January in Liaquatabad area injuring 4 people. Blast also occurred in Behar colony, Faqeer Dra Khan, Agra Taj colony, Hub, Le-market, Buffer Zone, Mawach Goth, Qaidabad, Shah Latif Town, Keemari, Noorani hotel, Clifton, Gulberg, Safari Park, Board Office, Bohri Compound, Maghopir, Abbas Town, Gulshan-e-Maemar, Orangi, Bhains colony and old city area. The last blast in Sargodha bound bus on 29 December killed 6 while 52 other were injured in this mysterious blast.

Police Victims: The target killers and terrorism did not spare the personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) especially police force which according to figures released by Sindh Police lost 113 of its personal during the year that proved deadliest for the coastal city. Those killed during year 2012 also included 27 CID policemen, 3 Rangers personnel whereas one FC solider was also murdered.

Dead Bodies: This kind of crime, which had been one of the criminal attributes of Karachi in the past, also witnessed boast as 555 dead bodies packed in bags were found in the city. According to police, the bullet-ridden bodies were thrown by the target killers. June and July scored high number of dead bodies while 14 dead bodies were recovered during the last month of the year.

Road Accidents: The road accidents also remained main cause of deaths in Karachi as according to official data 1011 people were killed in road accidents in different areas of the city. August was the deadliest month during the year in which some 115 persons lost their lives in some fatal road accidents.

According to police, the number could be higher as in most cases the deceased were not taken to hospital for reporting the deaths. According to unofficial data, some 15745 traffic accidents occurred in the city in which 9489 were the fatal ones. According to sources, a large number of teenagers especially the school going children were injured.

The authorities have declared 24 different roads in the metropolis including M.A Jinnah Road, Share Faisal, Korangi Road, Maripur Road, National Highway, University Road, Rashid Minhas Road and II Chundrigar Road the most dangerous routes where a high number of road accidents was reported.

Kidnapping for Ransom: Kidnapping is a traditional industry in Karachi, but has seen rise over the last couple of years. In 2012, all previous records were broken as 117 cases of kidnapping were reported overtaking the score of 2011 which was 100. According to the data available to the Frontier Post the registered cases had exceeded 117 whereas the number of unreported cases was very higher than those being reported.

SP AVCC, Niazi Ahmed Khoso told this scribe that 114 of the total 117 kidnapping cases were resolved while police were trying their hard to recovered 3 victims being still with kidnappers. However, sources said most of these cases were settled after paying ransom money to the captors.

According to police, as many as 5 groups were involved in kidnapping including the one being operated from Quetta enjoying the support of Liari Gang War. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group had become active during the last year. This group made contact with the families from Wazirsitan and other tribal areas, police informed.

Another group operating from Interior Sindh allegedly used girls to kidnap the well-off persons. The Additional Secretary Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Muhammad Ramadan, kidnapped by this group from the limits of Aziz Bhatti Police Station in Karachi was released from Gothki in Interior Sindh after paying Rs. 7.5 million as ransom. Another person was recovered from Shikarpur after a deal of Rs. 10 million with abductors.

Menace of Extortion: Extortion became epidemic during the year 2012 as more than 800 incidents of extortions were reported during the year. Many markets, shops were targeted for refusing to pay the extortion money. According to sources, four main groups had been involved in the extortion whereas as many as a dozen of small groups also operated in the city.

According the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC), many of the extortionists were released due to unavailability of the witnesses. The Auto Spare Market Dealer said some 200 incidents of extortions happened in the market but only 12 were reported due to fear of being killed by the extortionists.

According to Anti Extortion Cell, as many as 338 complaints were received during the last year of which 250 were entertained whereas 55 were rejected on different grounds.

Killing on Train Tracks: As many as 69 people including 5 children and 7 women were killed when the trains overran them in different areas of Karachi. Most of the incidents took place in the limits of Cantt Railway Police Station where 44 people were killed. Some 21 others were killed in the jurisdiction of Landhi Railway Police Station. In addition, 25 people also committed suicides on the railway tracks.

The incident took place in the area where no safety measurements were provided by the railway department. According to spokesman of Railway Police, most of the citizen got killed due to their own carelessness that instead of over bridges, they had crossed the tracks without noticing the arrival of trains. He said the penalty of 6 months imprisonment and Rs 4,000 of fine under section 122 of the Railway Police Act could control the incidents but that could not be implemented due to certain difficulties.

Car Snatching: As many as 27287 vehicles, including the official four-wheelers were snatched in the city during the year 2012. According to the record of CPLC, 22305 motorcyclists were deprived of their bikes whereas 4737 cars were also snatched in different areas of the metropolis.

Police Performance: The police, the Law Enforcement Agency (LEAs) shouldering the main responsibly to maintain peace in the city, claimed they had arrested 1813 absconders and 186 most wanted terrorists besides apprehending as many as 11074 accused and criminals and recovering 7115 weapons, 1472 mobile phones, 1355 motorcycles, 505 vehicle phones and indefinite amount of cash from their possession.

The police performance report from 1st Jan 2012 to 13 Dec 2012 also listed that 108 dacoits were killed in 1197 police encounters. The IG Sindh also claimed to have eradicated 915 criminal groups from the city.

Published on January 1, 2013

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/article/200064/

2 hand grenade attacks and a blast 14 more killed in Karachi

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The extortionists and terrorists, reining the troubled metropolis for quite some time now, again challenged the writ of the provincial government and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) when they attacked the houses of two transporters, killed a trader and blew up a hotel apparently for nonpayment of extortion money. The unabated target killings also remained continued on Wednesday.

Two persons, identified as police constable Zahid s/o Abdullah and hotel’s owner Sadiq Shah s/o Guldad Shah were killed in a blast in the New Muzaffarabad Colony of Landhi Town. Eleven others including a child and two women also wounded in the explosion.

Two different theories surfaced after the attack. While the people of area and police said the owner and his hotel was attacked for refusing to fulfill the demand of extortionists, others think the attackers wanted to target the constable who was part of the police intelligence.

According to SP CID Mazhar Mashwani an explosive device, of three and half kg, being installed at the footpath had been detonated with a remote control.

At least 12 other persons including a policeman and a doctor were also killed by the unknown assailants in the troubled metropolis on yet another bleak day when the LEAs appeared nowhere.

According to police officials, two men were shot dead in Sherpao Colony of Landhi who were later identified as Syed Balawal Shah and Syed Baqar Shah. Sources told that both, driving their car No. AEE/199, were workers of a religious party.

Unidentified gunmen killed ASI Mukhtiar Ghuman in Ittehad Town area of Baldia Town while he was on his way to Saeedabad Police Station on his motorbike. In another incident, faceless attackers opened fire at Dr Zubair in his clinic in Zia Colony of Korangi. He died after receiving bullet shots.

The extortionists shot dead local trader Asif in Boltan Market and managed to flee. Traders shut their businesses and protested over the killing of their fellow. In another incident, a man was killed in Ferozabad area of the metropolis. However his identity couldn’t be ascertained.

The target killers killed a person in Rashidabad area of Baldia Town. He was later identified as Abdul Ghafoor s/o Piyar Ali. Abid Raza shot at Napier road also succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

A man identified as Taqveem was gunned down in Rizvia Society, Nazimabad. Unidentifiable dead body packed in a bag was recovered in the precincts of Sohrab Goth Police Station while a man was targeted in Ahsanabad, Federal B Area. According to police officials a man died after being attacked with dagger by unknown persons in the Block-13 of Gulistan-e Jauhar. However he couldn’t be identified till filing of this report.

Deputy Director KDA, Athar Abbas was attacked by unknown assailants riding on motorcycle in the precincts of Liaquatabad Police Station, leaving Abbas and his driver severely injured. Both were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment.

Earlier in wee hours at around 2:15am several shops, a mosque and few houses were damaged when unidentified men attacked residences of two transporters with hand grenades in Mianwali Colony in Karachi.

Transporters claimed they had been attacked by the extortionist who had demanded Rs. 20 million as extortion money. As many as 8 shops and bakery situated on the ground floor of the house were also damaged as a result of the attack. Luckily no human loss was reported in the attack.

Police said that the purpose of the attack was to damage the residence and shops of Haji Rattas Khan Niazi, a local transporter. Later in the morning, the residence of former Union Council (UC) Nazim Haji Aurangzeb was also attacked following his refusal to pay Rs5 million extortion money.

Published on December 13, 2012

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4 killed, 42 injured in Karachi explosion

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The New Year in the violence-hit metropolis started with a blast on Tuesday killing four and injuring 42 others.

The explosion that occurred in the parking area set up for the participants of public gathering of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) in the Azizabad Ground near headquarters of MQM.

The jalsa that concluded just before the blast was addressed by MQM chief Altaf Hussain and TMQ chief Allama Dr. Tahirul Qadri.

The explosion that was heard several kilometers away occurred when a bomb planted on a motorcycle parked near buses went off resulting in panic in the area and worst traffic jam at the surrounding roads.
Three buses and several vehicles standing near the motorcycle were damaged by the blast while motorcycle used in the blast was completely destroyed. The explosion also damaged nearby buildings and shops.

An eyewitness said the explosion occurred when the MQM workers were about to board their buses after attending the jalsa.

Officials at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital said they had received more than 30 injured people and three of them were in a serious condition. However, Sindh Health Minister Sagheer Ahmed told media that as many as 4 were killed and 42 others injured in the explosion.
Police and Sindh Rangers cordoned off the area and began collecting evidence after the blast. Police officials told the media the bomb was planted in a motorcycle parked near a maternity home in the parking area. SP Police, Imran Shaukat told 2 kg locally-manufactured explosive had been used in the blast.

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf, Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan, CM Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif, JI’s Liaquat Balooch, ANP’s Shahi Syed and other leaders had condemned the blast. MQM Chief while flaying the blast said such cowardly acts could not stop MQM for its struggles for revolution.
Moreover, the Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon had condemned the blast and termed it a conspiracy to destroy the peace of Karachi. He said the government was taking steps for halting the act of terrorism, however, the masses would also have to come forward for eradicating the menace.
He informed the Chief Minister Sindh had taken notice of the blast and summoned a report from the IG police.

Published  on January 2, 2013

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