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Security agencies arrest 16 suspected terrorists in Karachi raid

KARACHI: Sindh Rangers and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested 16 suspected terrorists affiliated to a banned militant organization in a joint pre-dawn raid in outskirts of Karachi near Sohrab Goth on Friday.  

Rangers spokesperson said the raid was carried out on an intelligence tip-off about presence of militants in the area.

The security personnel also recovered explosives, hand grenades and weapons from possessions of the terrorists.

All the detainees have been shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigation, the paramilitary spokesperson added.

Earlier on Nov 15, the apex committee in a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah took notice of street crimes in Karachi, and decided to launch a crackdown and targeted operation jointly by Police and Rangers against street criminals.

The meeting was attended by Director-General Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed, Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Shahid Baig Mirza, IG Sindh AD Khowaja, ministers, bureaucrats and provincial head of intelligence agencies.

Street crime remained the most discussed item in the apex committee and was discussed threadbare. CM Sindh expressed displeasure that heinous crimes have been controlled but street crimes pose a big challenge and there must be concrete strategy to control it.

It was pointed out the illegal migrants, who number around 2.5 million in the province and mostly live in Karachi, are involved in street crimes. Therefore, it was proposed to make street crimes as part of the apex committee’s domain to tackle with.

The chief minister approved the proposal and directed police and Rangers to start crackdown and targeted operations against street criminals.

He also constituted a committee under the Law Minister with AG Sindh and Home Secretary to call on Chief Justice Sindh High Court to dedicate certain courts for speedy trial of street criminals.

“My objective to take drastic measures is to create deterrence in commission of street crime,” said CM Sindh.

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