KARACHI - Sindh Rangers continue the drive of targeted operation in Karachi despite their special powers have not been extended by the Sindh government so far.

Rangers disclosed the arrest of five terrorists who are affiliated with banned outfits here on Tuesday.

Sindh Rangers ruled out the impression of halting Karachi operation and issued a press statement ahead of the arrest of five terrorists. Snap-checking and raids have also been continued in the city.

It is worth mentioning here that Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has yet not signed a summary regarding the extension of Rangers’ special powers for another 120 days. These special powers allow them to conduct raids, detain and interrogate suspects for up to 120 days.

The Rangers stopped its operations in the city for two days following the local government elections, however, they once again resumed conducting raids by arresting five terrorists belonging to different terrorist groups in the city along with weapons. They conducted targeted raids in Rizvia and Orangi Town neighborhoods and also carried out extensive snap-checking on Tuesday evening.

Despite multiple reservations of Sindh-based political parties, Karachiities witnessed a proportional decline in target killings and other sort of criminal activities during the Karachi operation in which Karachi Police, Rangers have played an important role.

Karachi operation began on September 5, 2013. Law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 20,000 criminals and killed over 1,500 during various encounters. Suspects arrested or killed included high profile terrorists and target killers, dacoits and others.

As many 200 police officers and personnel along with some 31 Rangers men have also lost their lives during various attacks including suicide bombings, bomb blasts and targeted killings in Karachi. A couple of weeks ago, four Rangers personnel were killed when they were performing security duties outside a mosque during Friday prayers in Baldia Town. Rangers have also taken actions against the leaders of Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Pakistan People’s Party for facilitating terrorists or terrorism.

POLICE CLAIM ARREST

OF 73072 CRIMINALS

Around 1357 terrorists/criminals were killed and 73072 arrested by the police during its Karachi Operation launched in September 2013.

According to a detailed report submitted to the Inspector General of Police, Sindh Ghulam Hyder Jamali, here on Tuesday about the achievements of police action. No less than 2117 organised gangs were claimed to be busted during the 823 days.

This was said to be besides the fact that 4143 encounters took place with criminals/terrorists during the Karachi Operation launched on September, five, 2013. The report further mentioned that during the given period, 1437-kg of explosive material, 31 suicide jackets, 15 IEDs, 1808 bombs/hand grenades, 20 LMGs, 438 SMGs/KK, 289 shotguns/repeaters, 348 rifles and 16910 pistols/revolvers were also recovered following the police operation against the criminals.