‘Death squads backed by Muslim neighbor operate in Karachi’

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KARACHI: As the Rangers’ led operation against political killers and terrorist outfits like Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Al Qaeda has been successful, the law enforcers are facing hardship in dealing with at least one lawlessness factor due to religious resistance and sectarian leanings within police force, it has reliably been learnt.

A report by a sensitive agency, a copy of which is available with The Frontier Post, has cited “constant power struggle between various political, religious and sectarian segments of the society” as a core of Karachi problem. “The power struggle is essentially geared towards having control over the financial resources”.

“Land grabbing, china-cutting and control over water hydrants and lucrative contracts in industrial areas remains the core of such confrontations,” the report reads. According to intelligence agencies, the problem is compounded by corruption and collusion of Sindh police coupled with lacunas in criminal justice system which are effectively exploited by such mafias.

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As much has been done on this front, including effective operation against political killers, operation against TTP, Al Qaeda and IS-Inspired Jihadi network in the city’s suburbs, a problem is unresolved due to some factors, yet to be overcome, a source told this scribe. “The city is also the target of international intelligence agencies being a port city”.

According to report Karachi has been the recruitment base of Al-Qaeda traditionally. “The presence of vast number of Deobandi and Ahle-Hadith Madressahs provide a rich recruiting base for terrorist organizations”.

According to security sources, bringing Madressah registration laws is part of the efforts to overcome this issue. “But there is another issue, which is far from being addressed,” a law enforcement officer told on the condition of anonymity.

“The presence of large Shia majority in areas such as Abbas town, Jaffer-e-Tayyar Society Malir, Ancholi Rizvia, New Golimar, Shah Faisal provides an excellent operational area for Iranian intelligence to make inroads”, informs the report. Multiple Shia death squads operate in Karachi and due to significant presence of Shia officers in police and law enforcement agencies the operations against such death squads could hardly ever be successful, the report reads.

“Furthermore, being financially well off and being a well connected community any arrests of target killers in past met with immensely powerful street agitations,” according to the report, informing that the Shia death squads are cleverly operating under the garb of Shia NGOs such as Jaffria disaster cell (JDC), PYAM, OYAM and Baqiatullah.

According to the report, Majlis-e-Wihdat-ul Muslimeen (MWM), the new political face of Shia community in Pakistan – which has been contesting elections in Karachi – has also formed its own death squad.

“Target killing has been a rampant phenomenon in Karachi. MQM-A has been the prominent political party using target killing as its favored tool. Atleast 12 death squad teams operated in Karachi further assisted by sector target killer teams”.

According to report the intelligence based operations have seriously reduced MQMA’s death squads’ capabilities however there are other actors using the same tool with resilience. “MQMA started to face serious fissures within it due to its Shia members breaking away from MOMA towards MWM.

“Latest reports indicate that MWM has also created its own death squads”.

According to a report by  Samaa News channel , Police have revealed that a man recently arrested on the suspicion of target killing had been working as a translator for the neighboring country’s consul general.

The man, identified as Mehdi Moosvi, was arrested by police from Shadman Town area of Karachi.  “Officials claim the suspected hit-man, allegedly involved in sectarian killings and terrorism, has made shocking disclosures during the investigation”, news channel reported and added, “He [the accused] disclosed that he has worked as translator of a neighboring country’s consul general, and has also accompanied his country’s diplomat during meetings with former Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and other high officials”.

The accused has also worked in the cyber crime cell of FIA after he helped the agency’s deputy director Kamran Ata in recovering fake degrees. Prior his association Mehdi was officer in the Axact.  On May 21, 2016, this newspaper reported anti-IS graffiti in Shia neighborhoods of the city amid reports of several youths having joined the Assad’s battle against the Middle Eastern terrorist group, IS, in Syria.

“Thousands of Shia youths have left for Iraq and Syria from different parts of the country, including Karachi whereas anti-Islamic State (IS) sentiments are touching its highest edge in Shia neighborhoods of the seaside city,” a senior official told then on the condition of anonymity.  On other hands the experts told this scribe that the growing trend of anti-IS wall-walking in Shia vicinities indicated that the community had been exposed to recruitments by the groups who are sending youths to Syria and Iraq for anti-Daish fighting.

On May 2, 2016 Iran passed a law to grant citizenship to families of Pakistani ‘martyrs’ fighting in Syria and Iraq. It’s also pertinent to mention that an earlier report published in this newspaper informed that thousands of Pakistanis have left for Syria to fight alongwith Assad’s forces. In its letter on 13th August, 2014 National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) wrote to provincial governments that over 2000 Pakistani Shia students were studying in Madaris of Najaf, Iraq where they are “brainwashed and motivated against Sunni on sectarian line and Pakistani government for alleged killing of Shia in Pakistan.”

Tariq Habib, an Islamabad based journalist, told The Frontier Post in May 2016 that known faces of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, who are being placed in fourth schedule, had been advised by leadership to leave for Syria via Balochistan.

“The Shia youth recruited under the banner of ‘Al-Zainabun’ and Sunni youth fighting alongwith Diash are sent to Syria and Iraq for three and seven months, respectively. If proper strategy wasn’t adopted to counter them the sectarian violence will break all past records of Pakistan,” Habib told.

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Karachi’s top bomb-maker is dead

Counterterrorism Department deals major blow to Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent 

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By: Naimat Khan

On April 13, the Counter Terrorism Department of Karachi killed two members of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in a gunfight in the Gadap Town locality, and seized weapons, explosives and equipment from a bomb factory that they unearthed.  Abdul Saboor and Muhammad Mujtaba died during the encounter, while Muhammad Murtaza was arrested.

During interrogation, Murtaza made some startling revelations.

“About 14 years ago, some militants from the Nazimabad neighborhood of Karachi parted ways with their organization Harkatul Mujahideen following a dispute. They renamed themselves Harkatul Mujahideen al Alami (HUMA), and orchestrated attacks on security forces, diplomatic missions and other targets of global importance,” according to Raja Umar Khattab, a senior cop fighting militancy and terrorism for more than 15 years.

In 2004, HUMA militants rented a shop in an apartment building in the city, and parked a van packed with 400 kilograms of explosives outside the premises to target the convoy of then president Gen Pervez Musharraf. The bomb couldn’t go off because of signal jammers, and the convoy passed safely.

It was the first group to use toy bombs

“The failed plan went unnoticed. The same van was later used in an attack on the American consulate in Karachi,” Raja Umar Khattab told me. The same year, the group orchestrated a bomb attack on a concert by the Indian vocalist Sonu Nigam in the port city. Then, they tried to target Americans staying at the airport hotel in a rocket attack, but the rockets went wayward and fell in Shah Faisal Colony.

HUMA was the first group to come up with toy bombs. The first such device was seized after an encounter with the police in the Kalakot area of the city.

By the end of 2008, most of the members of the group had been apprehended, and their plan to break Karachi’s central prison had been thwarted.

But because of weak prosecution and a lack of evidence, many of these militants were freed. Most of them fled to Afghanistan, where the group’s first chief Muhammad Imran, also known as Imran Bhai, was killed in a US drone strike.

Kamran Atif, the chief of the group’s Karachi chapter, was arrested in 2006 and served a life sentence.

In 2014, the militants associated with HUMA joined the AQIS en masse and took over its Pakistan branch. Their first emir is identified as Zarar, and also known by the names Naseem Bhai, Hanif Bhai and Ayub Bhai. He is stationed in Afghanistan, from where he directs the organization’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi chapters. “HUMA is the face of AQIS in Pakistan,” said Raja Umar Khattab.

Recent acts of terrorism in Karachi linked to the group include the murder of Dr Shakeel Auj and Urdu Blogger Aneeqa Naz, police say.

The AQIS Pakistan has three major wings, investigations have revealed.

One group, responsible for preaching, brainwashing and recruitment, consists of young people who have never been arrested and live normal lives at their homes in Karachi. They are hard to catch, police say, but stopping them is vital for eliminating the terrorist organization.

A second wing participates in militant activity. Most of its members are locals of Karachi, and people of Bengali and Burmese descent who have been born in the city.

The third wing consists solely of experts in manufacturing and planting bombs. Among its key members were a man identified as Hashim (nicknamed Babu) and another militant identified as Muhammad Mujtaba (also known as Rehan). The two men had arrived in Karachi as explosives experts for the group. Hashim, who had 14 years of experience in bombs and explosives, especially car bombs, was killed in a gunfight with police in April last year. Mujtaba – who had put together the bomb manufacturing setup in Gadap town and supplied explosive devices to one Abdus Salam Sindhi of the Liaquatabad neighborhood – was killed in the April 13 encounter.

In January 2016, the group resumed its activities using low-intensity bombs, referred to as crackers. Law enforcement agencies began to notice similarities between various blasts, and investigations led them to the two men killed on April 13.

The AQIS is a distinct organization, separate from another Al Qaeda group in Karachi, and the group of young militants in Karachi who are inspired by ISIS, according to Raja Umar Khattab.

An independent Al Qaeda group led by Umar Jalal began its own journey about the time AQIS was formed. A third IS-inspired group of youth, which attacked American professor Debra Lobo, killed human rights activists Sabeen Mahmud, and carried out the Safoora bus shooting, is a separate entity.

The AQIS is directed by Al Qaeda’s central leadership from Afghanistan’s Bramcha area, according to police. But heightened security at the border has made it very difficult, if not impossible, for the network in Karachi to communicate with the Bramcha leadership, Raja Umar Khattab said. “They are now using memory cards, USB flash drives, and unsent draft emails for passing on messages to the network in Karachi,” the arrested man told the investigators. Police believes the killing of Mujtaba is a major breakthrough, but analysts say it may not be enough to eliminate the group.

“To counter transitional militants, such as those involved with the AQIS, the government should form a serious counterterrorism strategy,” says Zia Ur Rehman, a Karachi based author and security analyst. “Identifying and distinguishing such militants is a proper intelligence-gathering exercise, which need strong collaboration among all law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

For decades, groups like Harkatul Mujahideen have been allowed to change their names and reconstitute themselves, without any reprisal from the government, experts say, and that is where the problem lies.

“As they reconstitute, they look for new friends and allies. Al Qaeda and IS are the easiest choices in today’s plethora of militant groups,” says Khalid Muhammad, the director general of Islamabad-based think tank CommandEleven.

He says weak prosecution is another problem. Tahir Mihnas, the prime suspect of the Safoora carnage, and almost all the current leaders of AQIS including its Pakistani chief, were arrested in the past but have come out of jails.

“A report issued by the US State Department a few years ago discussed this exact issue – the release of hardcore terrorists from Pakistani jails,” says Khalid Muhammad. The report stated that Pakistan’s judiciary had released three out of four terrorism suspects that were brought to courts. “The reasons included loss of evidence, intimidation of witnesses, and fear of violence against the judge and his family.”

Zia Ur Rehman says it is hard to predict if military courts will solve these problems. “Only time will tell.”

 Published in The Friday Times 

Rangers’ luncheon for police offers ‘trust building’ in menu 

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KARACHI: Saturday was a good day for the dwellers of seaside metropolis when chiefs of two law enforcement agencies – The Rangers and Police – met at luncheon along with their officials.

The Rangers’ luncheon for police – concluded with permit for police to investigate suspects in Rangers’ custody – would be an ordinary event had the past relationship of both law enforcement agencies not publically known.

From Rangers raid of Mominabad police station and both offices Counter Terrorism Departments in garden and civil lines to their complaints against each others in apex committee meetings and the open expression of mistrust in courts, the Rangers, police relationship could never be termed good.

However, both police officials and independent analysts now believe that granting of permission to police to interrogate suspects in rangers’ custody will produce good results as police have good experience in translating proofs into better prosecution.

“That’s step towards very close coordination,” Feroz Shah, Deputy Inspector General of Police, West Zone, who was one of the invitees, said in his short comment.

However, Kashif Farooqi, a Karachi based crime reporter and analyst, says that SOPs of such investigations, which are still to be decided, will show the productivity of such facility for police.

Farooqi informs that Police are already part of the JITs, formed for almost all suspects who have been given into the 90-days preventative detention of Rangers.

“The luncheon and then accepting police’s request are itself good gestures from the Rangers head, which will certainly evade the mistrust we have witnessed in the last few years”, Farooqi opines.

The luncheon from Director General of Sindh Rangers, Major General Bilal Akber, was attended by Karachi Police Chief, Additional IG Mushtaq Mehar, Deputy Inspector General’s of Karachi police and other senior officials of both law enforcement agencies.

Addressing the officers here at Rangers’ headquarters, DG Rangers said that the sacrifices of police force in operation against terrorists can never be forgotten.

During the meeting Karachi police Chief, Mushtaq Meher, requested Rangers’ DG to give police the permission to interrogate the suspects who are given into the 90-days detention of Rangers by courts. DG Rangers accepted the request by granting permission.

According to reports, chiefs of both law enforcement agencies also agreed on speeding up operation against the criminals. They also agreed to monitors the activities of raw agents more rigorously.

It is pertinent to recall that Amir Khan, an MQM leader arrested in the Nine Zero raid last year, was granted bail because of what a judge called “weak prosecution”. The Rangers had detained him for 90 days, but could find solid evidence against him.

According to reports submitted in the Apex Committee meeting, 80 percent of those challaned in the court by the Rangers had either been freed by the courts or were out on bails.

According to security analysts, the 90-day detentions of suspects by Rangers do not always translate to strong interrogation, investigation or prosecution. “The new development will certainly overcome the lacunas of both the forces,” they believe.

While Rangers are important in dealing with all sort of criminals free of political and other pressures, the police’s expertise of prosecution in combine with Rangers’ efforts will produced good results.

Published in The Frontier Post

The political economy of crime

Karachi operation faces a different kind of turf war

Karachi operation faces a different kind of turf war

By: Naimat Khan

Karachi’s major political parties have always reacted strongly to allegations that they patronize crime, but a recent statement by the paramilitary Sindh Rangers – who are part of a law-enforcement operation in the city – aroused an extraordinary response from the usually-calm former president Asif Ali Zardari.

On June 4, Maj Gen Bilal Akbar, the director general of Sindh Rangers, told an “apex committee” overseeing the operation that more the Rs 230 billion were being generated every year through extortion, smuggling of Iranian diesel, corruption in water supply, and land grabbing, mainly patronized by “a major political party”. A week later, on June 11, the information was shared with the media in a press release.

Although it was taken as a veiled reference to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the most scathing reply came from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Zardari, who warned the military against stepping outside its domain.

Other leaders of the party, such as Senator Aitzaz Ahsan and Sindh Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah, have questioned how the criminal economy can be measured.

“Since there was no scientific survey, the Sindh government cannot comment on the figure,” says Rashid Channa, a media advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

But Arif Hasan, a social researcher and urban planner working in Karachi, does not agree. “This is not the first time the size of a crime economy has been quantified,” he says. “The Orangi Pilot Project has done it, Geo TV has done it, and even we have done it before the Rangers.” In fact, he says the figure given by Rangers is much lower than other estimates of roughly Rs 300 billion.

“The Rangers director general has said nothing new,” Arif says, “except the claim that the money is being used to toe a foreign agenda.”

“The information about who has how much of a role in the crime economy of the city was available since long,” says Syed Shoaib Hasan, a Wall Street Journal reporter who has been investigating the financial aspect of violence and militancy in Pakistan in general and Karachi in particular.

MQM says the Rangers have not named it. “We reject the report if it hints at MQM,” party veteran Dr Farooq Sattar said in a news conference. He said the Rangers had spoken of various political and religious parties, but the statement was followed by a media trial of MQM.

The PPP was not being referred to in the statement, says Rashid Channa, but it “has felt it as an effort to weaken the Sindh government”. Such press releases are not issued by Rangers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, he says.

A handout issued by the Chief Minister’s House after the June 4 meeting said extortion, collection of charity and animal hides, kidnapping for ransom, payments to ghost employees, land grabbing, and smuggling, particularly of Iranian oil, were among the major sources of financing of terrorism and violence.

The provincial government had concealed nothing, and everything was shared with the media, except the figure, which was questioned by Sindh Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah in the apex committee meeting, according to Channa. “Even the Rangers DG had said the figure of Rs 230 billion shouldn’t be deemed final,” he says.

“It is obvious that Mr Zardari is targeting a sensitive national institution to veil his own wrongdoings,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said in response to the statement by the former president.

But the Sindh government says it has already agreed to form a task force on the matter. “The government hasn’t stopped the Rangers from taking action,” Rashid Channa says. “Even the Nine Zero raid was brought into the chief minister’s notice after it was conducted.”

Shoaib Hasan agrees. “If Rangers can conduct a raid at Nine Zero and detain criminals associated with the MQM, then they can take action against anyone,” he says. “Action has been taken against political gangs, religious groups and proscribed outfits in Karachi. It should be no more a politicians-vs-security apparatus affair,”

Amid disowning responsibility of action it is hoped that ‘fuel of violence’ should be stopped by someone, no matter who. Analysts think that it is action  that matters. Those identified  in the investigations should be brought to book. The media should buildup pressures for empowering the security agencies to take actions against the culprits.  “But only taking action against political parties will not work.  The people of security and spy agencies are also actively involved in this heinous business. There is also a nexus between cadres of political parties and security agencies. Hence, across the board action against black sheep is the  only solution to end this menace” opines Shoaib Hasan.

 

Although a three member task force as already been formed – consisting of Justice (r) Ghulam Sarwar Korai as chairman, and retired judge Arjun Ram K Talreja and Home Secretary Mukhtiar Hussain Soomro as its members – analysts say the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Sindh anti-corruption department should also have swung into action.

NAB did swing into action days later, arresting five high-ranking officials of the Lines Area development project, accused of china-cutting 1,200 plots worth Rs 4.5 billion and selling them to builders and “land mafia”. Reports said the money was used for financing terrorists.

Meanwhile, Sindh Rangers raided the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) office and questioned the staff about their former director general Manzoor Qadir aka Kaka, who has reportedly left for Dubai. They also seized important data and records.

According to Arif Hasan, three important institutions – planning, land control and law and order – have ceased to exist in Karachi. “The people of the city need four major things – employment, residence, transport and security,” he says. “Unfortunately, all four department are serving as major sources of extortion.”

The writer is a freelance journalist

Email: undisclosedtruth@gmail.com

Twitter: @NKMalazai

 A shorter version of this has appeared in The Friday Times- lahore

LeJ plans to attack Rangers, CTD officials

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has planned to attack Sindh Rangers, officials of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and SSP Malir Rao Anwar, highly credible sources divulge to The Frontier Post here on Friday.

According to intelligence sources the two separate groups of the LeJ have arrived in Karachi and will try hard to hit the targets within coming 48 hours.

The intelligence agencies have warned Rangers, CTD officials and SSP Rao Anwar to take extra measures for security and remain watchful to dodge the heinous plan of terrorists.

Sources said that Rangers and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), previously called Crime Investigation Department (CID), have nabbed many terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which has broken the backbone of terrorists.

The LeJ, Taliban and Jundullah nexus has been targeting police and people of Shia sect in Sindh province. The nexus has carried out several attacks on Imambargah, police and other soft targets due to its strong network in Sindh province, however, the law enforcers, especially Sindh Rangers and Counter Terrorism Department of the Sindh police have caused them huge losses in terms of arrests and killings in encounters.

“One of the major breakthrough was the arrest of masterminds of the Shikarpur Imambargah blast”, an official of the Sindh police said while wishing not to be named.


Now in order to put the morale of law enforcers down the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has planned to carry out lethal attacks on the Rangers and CID officials. For the purpose, two different groups have been prepared, intelligences sources said. Sources said that SSP Malir, Rao Anwar who in different encounters has killed several militants associated with outlaw Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jundullah outfits is also at the hit list and thus one of the three targets of the terrorists. According to sources the terrorist may strike anytime within two days.

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Serious security lapse at Guddu endangers lives of Chinese

Naimat Khan

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KARACHI: A large-scale security lapse at Guddu Thermal Power Plant in Sukkar has posed a serious threat to the lives of Chinese engineers and other staff, it was reliably learnt on Monday.

Highly credible sources told this scribe that despite being pointed out a serious security lapse by Pakistan Rangers Sindh, no special security measures have been taken yet to save the lives of Chinese Engineers, who had been kidnapped from various projects across Pakistan in the past.

Two Chinese engineers working at the Gomal Zam Dam were kidnapped along with their driver and bodyguard in South Waziristan in 2004.

Guddu Power Plant, which was initially adding 1655 MW to national grade was upgraded and inaugurated by Prime Minister on 21 April this year who had commissioned an additional power units at the Plant, which increased the production from 1655 MW to 2402.

However, despite great significance for Pakistan to fix the country’s serious power crisis, the project has provided no ample security and the security lapse pointed out by the paramilitary force may endanger the precious lives of local and Chinese if not being fixed.

Sources said the sensing threat to their lives due to severe security lapse at the project, the Rangers wrote on 19 July 2014 a warning letter to the management of CPGCL, TPS, Guddu to tighten the security measures for safeguarding the lives of foreigners.

Though in its reply to Rangers through In-Charge Foreigners Security Cell, Home Department Government of Sindh Karachi on 18 August 2014 the Central Power Generation Company Limited has claimed to have taken various measures the company still admits the security must be tightened.

According to sources the Pakistan Rangers vide their letter No 0095/GS (Ops)/2003 dated 19 July 2014 had pointed out the lapse in the security of Chinese Nationals at thermal power station Guddu.

According to the documents, a copy of which is exclusively available with this scribe, the vehicles and persons entering and leaving the power station are not being checked. The Rangers has pointed out that a number of outsiders are residing in the colony of power station, the fact which Rukhsar Ahmed Qureshi, Chief Executive Officer, CPGCL, TPS, Guddu has accepted in his reply to the Sindh Rangers. According to Qureshi there are lots of hurdles in this regards but claims the eviction operation is in progress.

According to Rangers the administration has no record of residents of colony of power station, bio data of residents residing near Chinese personnel has not been collected and details of shop owners in the residential area are not available at the administration.

In addition to that the food stuff supplied to Chinese nationals is not being checked properly. The heights of boundary wall of power station near Abdullah Bhatti village is another problem area in term of the security issue as to the law enforcers it is less than standards height and is being broken at some points whereas search lights have also not been installed on boundary walls. According to Management CPGCL, TPS, Guddu, the work on it is yet to be started however the work order has been issued.

According to sources the details of residents of village Abdullah Bhatti has not been collected whereas aged security guards are being deployed at three watch towers and the remaining 12 are not manned round the clock.

The command and control room is also not being setup to respond security threats, the letter stated. It has also been pointed out that no record of visitors is being maintained at entry and exist points while the entry passes are not issued to workers and visitors. Despite being a sensitive area, the CCTV Cameras are not installed in the facility where locals as well as Chinese nationals are working to produce power for the country.

If it was not enough, no explosive detectors are available while the scanners are also not available and walk through gates too not installed, the paramilitary force of the province points out.

4 Rangers perish in Karachi blast, Taliban claims responsibility

Naimat Khan
KARACHI: At least four Rangers personnel were killed and several others injured in a bomb blast which the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed they carried out on Wednesday in Karachi.
According to reports, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED), planted close to the Rangers’ vehicle near the Bhittai Rangers Headquarters located in Korangi No. 5 area, went off which the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) officials said was detonated with remote control device.
Soon after the blast, rescue and emergency response teams reached the spot and shifted the injured to the Jinnah Hospital where Dr Seemi Jamali, in-charge of the emergency department confirmed four of the injured expired.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police, Tahir Naveed told media that seven people including two civilians were injured in the blast.
The vehicle of Rangers was completely destroyed in the blast which spread fear and panic among the local residents as shops and small businesses were reportedly shut after the incident.
Meantime, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Rangers force in Karachi. Speaking to media from an undisclosed location, outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the Rangers had been targeted because of their hostility towards Taliban.
The TTP spokesman said that the law enforcement agencies were protectors of secular rulers who had been following the agenda of outsiders.
Meanwhile, different political leaders condemned the attack on Rangers in the troubled metropolis. ANP president Asfandyar Wali Khan and Sindh Chapter president senator Shahi Syed in a statement flayed the attack.
Chief of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain also strongly condemned the bomb attack on Rangers while expressing his grief and sorrow on the killing and wounding of Rangers personnel in the attack.
Hussain said that terrorists of banned outfits were targeting police and security forces in Karachi and they were bent upon destabilizing the country by unleashing terrorism. He said that he had been warning for a long time that Karachi was becoming a hotbed of terrorists of band outfits who were now attacking the personnel of police, Rangers, CID police, and other law-enforcing agencies besides common people.
Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned a blast near headquarters of rangers in Karachi and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the Shahadat of rangers personnel in the cowardly terrorist act.
The President directed the authorities concerned to apprehend the culprits involved in the heinous crime and bring them to book besides submitting a report in this regard.
He also conveyed his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the victim families and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls.
The President also directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment to the injured.

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