KARACHI: On Wednesday, Karachi-South Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Dr. Jamil Ahmed said that four men affiliated with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested in Karachi’s posh Defense Housing Authority Phase 1 neighborhood.
The DIG said that they also recovered bomb-making material and four pistols from the possession of the suspects. Police recovered a shopping bag containing ball bearings, suicide jackets and 4 kilograms of explosive material.
Police sources say that the men are also suspected of involvement in the 2011 Ghas Mandi gambling den blast which killed at least 15 people, in sectarian and targeted killings.
The city police chief said 3,000 hardcore criminals had been arrested, while 246 terrorists, 38 kidnappers and ten extortionists had been killed so far in police encounters three months ago.
He further claimed that car-snatching incidents reported in the city were the lowest in the past 15 years while motorcycle-snatching incidents were on the rise, which he said will be curtailed.
Ranger’s spokesman Colonel Amjad maintained that 913 terrorists including 550 target killers were nabbed while 15,400 illegal weapons were recovered from the custody of criminals operating within the city.
The police chief maintained that the LEAs have requested the government to increase the number of Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs) in Karachi, adding that high profile cases shall be sent to military courts.
He said accountability processes in the police have been initiated and at least 1,000 ‘black sheep’ have been identified in the force that would not be sent on field postings.
Responding to a question, Maher said that in past, operation against criminals had been stopped two or three times in Karachi; but now every State institution has decided that there is no point of return.
A high-level apex committee meeting chaired by the Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif on May 14, 2015 decided to implement effective policing and surveillance in the vast suburbs of Karachi, to prevent what the military spokesperson said were sneaking terrorist attacks.
At the meeting, General Sharif vowed to continue across the board operations at an increased pace and hunt down terrorists who commit heinous acts.
Military spokesman Asim Bajwa announced that the meeting had assessed ongoing operations against terrorists, and touched upon directing intelligence agencies to assist in the exploitation of existing leads in all operations.
If one examines the overall methodology of the Karachi operation, particularly in recent months, it appears that judicial procedure howsoever questionable and patchy is for those criminals associated with political parties, and ‘encounters’ whose genuineness is always a moot point is mostly the fate of suspected militants linked with banned organizations.