KARACHI - Sindh Excise and Taxation (E&T) Department, during the ongoing drive against drug dealers, on Wednesday arrested 13 accused and recovered 250-kg hashish and 700 litres of liquor from their possession.

They have also impounded two vehicles. The E&T spokesperson said on the directives of Sindh Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control Minister Gyan Chand Essrani, a special drive against drug manufacturers and dealers was in full swing all over the province.

Director General Excise, Shabbir Ahmed Shaikh briefed the provincial minister about the ongoing campaign. A team headed by Director Excise Karachi, Amir Jameel conducted raid in Malir, arrested an accused and recovered 100-k hashish from his possession. In other raids, three more accused were arrested. Hashish and liquor were recovered from their possession.

In Sukkur Division near Obaro, a truck was spotted and 80-kg hashish was recovered from it. Two accused were arrested in district Sanghar. In Kandyaro, two accused were arrested and more than 170 litres of liquor was recovered. One accused was arrested in Thatta, another in Hyderabad and 265 litres of liquor was recovered from them. Raids were also conducted in districts Jacobabad and Nawabshah. In a statement, Gyan Chand has lauded the efforts of the excise department and expressed commitment that he would continue his efforts to make Sindh a drug-free province.

Moreover, a man lost his life and two others were critically wounded when a truck carrying wheat fell on their car in the outskirts of the metropolis on Wednesday.

The accident took place on National Highway. Ambulances of rescue organisations and police rushed to the site and shifted them to the hospital.

Afzal Khushi, 30, died on the spot while his two brothers Aslam and Boota Khan were wounded. The body and the injured were taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. Police said the speeding truck was coming to Karachi from Thatta. Police are trying to ascertain the actual cause behind the accident. The truck driver had managed to escape, leaving the truck behind. The deceased was the resident of Green Town locality of Shah Faisal Colony. A case has been registered. Further investigation is underway.


Sindh Rangers arrested four terrorists of a defunct organisation during separate crackdowns here on Wednesday and recovered arms from their possession.

Spokesman of Rangers said the paramilitary troops, responding to information, conducted targeted operation against the militants in PECHS and Rizvia localities of the city. He said during the action, four terrorists of a banned outfit and wanted by the security forces in sectarian killings were arrested besides recovery of arms from them.

The detainees were shifted to an undisclosed location for further interrogation. Sources said more arrests were expected in this regard.

Meanwhile, families of two patients, who died in the Civil Hospital Karachi on Wednesday, protested in the hospital premises, saying that doctors’ alleged negligence claimed the lives.

The protesting families claimed that the patients, identified as Amna, 50, and Danish, 18, had been shifted to the hospital but no doctor was available at the emergency to treat the patients who later died while fighting for their lives. The protesting families shouted slogans against the hospital administration and the doctors. They also staged sit-in until the police and Rangers intervened. Later, the protesters dispersed after they were assured that an investigation will be launched into the incident.