KARACHI - A key Lyari gang war suspect was killed in an alleged police encounter in Old City area, said police.

Amjad Lashari, who was a member of Uzair Baloch group, succumbed to an encounter with police near Sindh Madrisatul Islam in Mithadar area on the night between Saturday and Sunday.

Police said that Lashari had arrived in the area to kidnap someone. “Lashari and his accomplices were roaming in the area in a car,” said Mithadar SHO Tariq Baig. “Even he hurled a hand-grenade on the police team but failed to achieve his target. We retaliated to the attacked and managed to kill him,” Baig said. However, Lashari’s two accomplices managed to escape under the cover of firing. His body was taken to Civil Hospital for medico-legal formalities.

Lashari was the younger brother of Lyari ex-Union Council Nazim Rauf Baloch whose four brothers have already been killed during the gang war. Currently, Lashari was said to be active in Lyari, Old City and Saddar areas where number of traders and shopkeepers were paying him extortion money. Besides involving in various other cases of heinous crime, Lashari was also wanted in over 35 cases of murders including SHO Nasirul Hassan–the famous officer who had played a vital role in Karachi operation in 1990s as well as against the Lyari gang war.

Meanwhile, bomb disposable squad defused a bomb planted outside the residence of a factory owner in Orangi Town. Police came to know about the incident when some armed men after planting the bomb opened indiscriminate fire before fleeing. Residents of the area informed police about the indiscriminate fire and presence of some suspicious material outside the factory owner’s residence.

A BDS team reached the site and managed to diffuse the bomb. “An improvised explosive device (IED) was connected with the cell phone,” the BD expert explained. Police said the initial investigation suggested that the militants attempted to attack the factory owner for not paying them extortion money.


Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has said that “Pakistan faces a brutal war so television channels should telecast news to boost the morale of people. Every Pakistani should understand that it is a now and never situation for us.Pakistanis have a moral responsibility towards the people who have been displaced because of the operation".

In a statement on Sunday, he appealed to TV channels, officials of Radio, producers and directors to telecast war songs to boost morale, spirit and courage of our soldiers.

He said that they should telecast songs with regular programme still our Armed Forces destroy completely the hideouts of terrorists.  He also appealed to women and girls students to take part in relief activities for IDPs.