KARACHI -  Pakistan Rangers Sindh and Sindh police on Saturday claimed to have busted a gang of car lifters in a joint action.

The cars were later allegedly used in criminal activities across the country. 

This was disclosed at a press conference, addressed by Rangers Sector Commander Brigadier Naseem, who was flanked by SSP District Central Irfan Baloch on the occasion. The Rangers official said that the operation was jointly conducted by police and Rangers personnel on the instructions of Rangers Sindh DG. Brigadier Naseem told the media that initially both Rangers and police had apprehended two suspects in a joint operation in Nazimabad, who were found in possession of illegal weapons and a stolen car. 

"The revelations they made during initial course of interrogation suggested that both of them, namely Qazi Munib Ahmed Siddiqui and Sheraz Sheikh were part of an inter-provincial car lifting gang involved in selling and using stolen cars in different parts of the country," Brigadier Naseem further explained.

"We have since then recovered 51 cars in the biggest car recovery operation in the country's history and returned to their owners." Talking about models of the recovered cars, he said that most of these cars were various models of Toyota.

“The stolen or snatched vehicles always prove helpful for the criminals in their criminal activities,” Brigadier said, and added, “Sometimes these vehicles are also used in acts of terror.”

He further said that car lifting incidents used to be common earlier, but their number had reduced because of the actions taken by the law enforcement agencies, “And we are hopeful for better results in future also.” He said that the inter-provincial gang was involved in getting new model cars from the rent a car persons by cheating them.

 "They would go to the rent a car persons with running papers of registration document, telling them that they would get a hefty amount against the rent as these vehicles would be hired for the foreigners working on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Pakistan and then used to sell these vehicles at lowest rates," he explained.

"Not only would they cheat rent a car people, but also ordinary people," he added. He said that the group, after deactivating the GPS tracker system, would shift the vehicles to rural Sindh and then would use them either for illegal activities or sell their parts. All three vehicles have been recovered during a countrywide operation, including Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and KP, he told media men.

"We are also thankful to the Sindh police for assisting us in this biggest recovery operation," He said that so far three key leaders of this group had been arrested while this operation would continue until the arrest of the last member and recovery of the last vehicle.