Pakistan paramilitary Rangers plan operation in Karachi, interior Sindh, Balochistan

In the wake of attack on Sindh Assembly Opposition Leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan, the paramilitary Rangers have planned an operation in Karachi, interior Sindh and Balochistan to dismantle the terrorist network involved in the incident.

Sindh Rangers chief Maj Gen Muhammad Saeed chaired a meeting at the Rangers Headquarters in the metropolis on Tuesday to discuss the present law and order situation in Karachi, as well as the recent attacks on police officials and Sindh Assembly opposition leader Hassan belonging to MQM-Pakistan.

On September 2 three terrorists attacked Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Hassan at around 7am on his way home. In the attack 35-year-old police constable Moinuddin and teenaged Arsal Kamran were killed, while ASI Zulfiqar, PC Shakeel and three civilians, namely Kamran, Atif and Abdul Waris, were injured.

The assailants managed to escape, except one who was caught and beaten up by a mob before he was handed over to the police.

The injured terrorist died before reaching the hospital. He was identified as Hasaan Nazeer, a lab technician at the Dawood University of Engineering & Technology. He was highly educated and had also worked at the Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology and the NED University of Engineering & Technology.

The forensic examination of the pistol confiscated from the scene of the crime confirmed that the same weapon was used in earlier attacks on police officials.

A raid at a bungalow in the megacity on Monday prompted an exchange of gunfire, in which a policeman was martyred but terrorist Abdul Kareem Sarwash escaped.

During a thorough search of the bungalow the raiding team seized a laptop, call recording devices, mobile phones and handwritten and printed documents of the banned Ansarul Sharia Pakistan (ASP).

The confiscated material confirmed that Kareem was chief of the ASP and was involved in the recent attacks on police officials across Karachi as well as in the attack on Hassan. The forensic examination of the confiscated weapon found in the raid confirmed that it was used in the recent attacks and that the officials had managed to trace the gang behind the recent attacks.

The Rangers spokesman said the paramilitary force had planned intelligence-based targeted raids across Karachi, interior Sindh and Balochistan to dismantle the terrorist network involved in the incidents.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Karachi university has denied news reports that records of KU students were being checked and that the university administration had made it mandatory for every student to submit a clearance certificate from their relevant police station before getting an admission.

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