KARACHI - Rangers picked up a cop on the charges of having ties with the target killers, affiliated with a political party.

The accused policeman identified as Sohail Ahmed was posted in Garden Police Headquarters from where his arrest was made.  Ahmed was arrested by rangers on a tip off and shifted to an undisclosed location. Sources confirmed that rangers also picked his companion, Zubair, an alleged target killer, from Ranchore Line area. It also recovered weapons from his possession. Sources said that accused cop used to facilitate the group of alleged target killers. Rangers have yet not disclosed the arrest of accused persons.

Meanwhile, the criminals who had escaped to rural areas of Sindh to avoid arrest during the targeted operation, were nabbed by Karachi police after raids in different locations here on Tuesday.

At least 21 criminals, hiding in Santa Singh Mohallah and Parail Shah areas of Nawabshah, were arrested. Police claimed to have recovered weapons and foreign currency from their possession. Their arrests were made by the District Malir Police with the support of Nawabshah Police.

The identities and affiliations of the arrested persons have yet to be disclosed. Police said the accused persons were involved in various incidents of targeted killings in Karachi. Criminals were arrested on a tip off. Some Afghanis were also among the arrested persons.

Separately, around 35 criminals, including extortionists and target killers, affiliated with political parties and Lyari gang war, were arrested during raids conducted by Rangers in different parts of the metropolis.  According to Rangers’ spokesperson, the arrests were made during targeted raids in Jamshed Road, Pathan Colony, Lyari, Landhi, Shah Faisal Town, North Nazimabad, Gadap, Old Sabzi Mandi and Surjani Town. Snap checking was also carried out in Nadria Bridge, Nazimabad No 3, Khadda Market in DHA, Bismillah Colony in Orangi Town and Sher Shah areas. During the raids and snap checking, Rangers also claimed to have recovered weapons, including sub machineguns and crackers.

Meanwhile, Karachi Police claimed to have apprehended 119 alleged criminals, including 59 absconders, 27 under Arms Ordinance, 14 under Narcotics Ordinance, four robbers, three murderers and one extortionist. They also claimed to have recovered 29 illegal weapons and narcotics from their possession.  It is worth mentioning here that police have started crackdown against the innocent citizens and booked people under Sections 550 and 554 for not having the documents of motorbikes and cars.

 Police official said the direction had been given to all police stations to arrest people under cognizable offenses. It all happened to show the police performance during the drive of targeted raids.