KARACHI - Rangers on Saturday claimed to have busted a gang involved in issuing fake licences and selling illegal arms to people. 

The gang , consisting of three Sindh police personnel and member of a militant wing of a political party besides others, was busted due to the joint efforts of Rangers and Sindh police. 

According to Rangers spokesperson, the Force received information about a gang involved in issuing fake licences and selling illegal weapons in Liaquatabad. "The gang had been into this business for the last few years,” the spokesperson said, and added, “Reacting to this information, Rangers personnel arrested a key member of the gang , namely Faizan, along with illegal weapons and five fake licences.” 

The spokesperson elaborated that Faizan confessed during initial course of interrogation that he and others were involved in this business. “Later Rangers and police arrested at least seven more gang members, including Sindh Reserve Police Sub-Inspector Omar Daraz Khan, Hawaldar Syed Nadir Ali Shah and Hawaldar Syed Shahid Ali of Sindh Police's Special Branch. Besides them, four more members, namely Junaid, Zuhair Kamal, Saddam Siddiqui and member of militant wing of a political party, Kamran Preedy, who had sold illegal weapons to Hawaldar Nadir Shah were also taken into custody.

Hawaldar Nadir Shah, however, has been involved in the smuggling of weapons on the basis of fake licences from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by air and has also travelled for at least 35 times.

The weapons recovered from the suspects included two G3 rifles, 18 magazines, 140 fake computerized arms licences besides NADRA forms, 233 other fake documents, 75 degrees of matriculation, intermediate and graduation and seven fake driving licences.

Apart from these, hundreds of fake government stamps, including of deputy commissioners of Karachi, Thatta, Nawab Shah, Quetta, Jacobabad were also siezed. The Force also recovered the material and equipment used in making the fake arms licences, including computer, colour printer and lamination machine.

Rangers spokesperson said that the gang had been involved in this business for the last at least 10 years and had issued at least 8,000 fake arms licences, 4,000 fake educational degrees, and hundreds of driving licenses and No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from different organisations and hence had pocketed million of rupees.

Rangers DG Major General Muhammad Saeed lauded the efforts of Rangers and police for carrying out a successful operation.

‘Target killer’ held

Separately, Landhi police said on Saturday it had arrested a target killer, belonging to militant wing of a political party. 

The accused Saeed Khan Bukht is an ex-in-charge of party's unit 77, Korangi Sector of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and has been allegedly involved in the target killings of ASI Nadeem and constables Arif, Khalil, Asim, Fida and ASI Javed in Landhi. Further investigation was underway.