KARACHI - Police yesterday morning seized the biggest-ever cache of firearms in the history of Karachi, hidden in an abandoned house in the vicinity of Nine Zero, the sealed headquarters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Azizabad area.

The Nato arms were in such a large number that the police hired at least five trucks to shift them to the DIG office where Karachi AIG Maher along with DIG Central Zulfiqar Larik and SSP Muqaddas Haider held a press conference.

AIG Maher revealed at the press conference that these arms and ammunitions were to be used in criminal and terror activities in Karachi by the South African network of a political party at the behest of elements in London and Indian spy agency, RAW. “These weapons were bought with the help of extorted money and several big names from a party were involved in purchasing them. There would more arrests in connection with this huge cache of arms and ammunitions,” Maher said.

Without naming any party, Maher said the police succeeded in recovering these weapons on the basis of the information provided by the already arrested militants of a political party. “It should be understood when I have said a political party, Nine Zero and Azizabad,” he replied when asked the name of that political party.

The recovery was made from nearly a 10 by 10 underground water tank in a house located close to Lal Qila in Azizabad. The house, located near Lal Qila Ground, has been lying vacant for almost three years.

The police found out a calendar of 2014 hanging on a wall of the house registered in the name of Sheikh Naeemullah. Police officials said they were trying to have the details of the owners or tenants of the house. It has yet to be checked when these weapons were hidden there.

Foreign weapons were also among those recovered from the house. AIG Maher said forensics would also be conducted to ascertain wether these weapons had earlier been used in Karachi or not.

The recovered weapons included 11 anti-aircraft guns with mounts, three 12.7 guns with mounts, 17 grenade launchers, 39 light machineguns (LMGs), nine RPG-7, 82 sub machine guns (SMGs), eleven 7MM rifles, one M-16, 32 China rifle 7.62, 10 G-3 rifles, five sniper rifles, two repeaters, nine short SMGs, 245 magazines of G-3 and SMGs, 450,000 ammunitions of 7.62mm, 50,000 ammunitions of 7mm, 10,000 ammunitions of 5.56mm, 5,000 ammunitions of 9mm, 10,000 miscellaneous, 84 RPG-7 rockets, 85 RPG-7 rocket fuses, 2,000 rifle grenades, 200 hand grenades, 140 bulletproof jackets with plates and 30 helmets. Sindh IGP Allah Dino Khawaja has announced Rs 500,000 reward money for the police party which participated in the raid.

Sindh Rangers DG Maj-Gen Bilal Akbar also visited the DIG office and inspected the recovered weapons. He said the police had saved the city from a major attack by recovering these weapons. “This is the biggest recovery and all credit for the weapons recovery should go to the police,” the DG said.