Karachi

Two foreigners among 12 held in overnight Karachi operation

KARACHI: The paramilitary force and police jointly conducted a targeted operation in different areas of the city and apprehended a dozen suspects including foreigners, ARY News reported.

According to details, a grand operation was launched in Jamali Goth on a tip-off about presence of criminal elements. The team of around 150 law enforcement personnel continued the operation for more than six hours and some suspects were rounded up.

They were taken to undisclosed location for interrogation.

Similarly Shahrah-e-Faisal police along with Rangers carried out raids in different areas of their remit and nabbed 10 suspects while New Karachi police arrested two foreigners and registered a case against them under Foreign Act.

Meanwhile, the Rangers personnel carried out a door-to-door search operation in Gulshan-e-Maymar, but sources say no arrest was made during the action.

The sweltering metropolis is Pakistan’s largest and wealthiest city. It accounts for half of national revenues and hosts the stock exchange, central bank and a giant port.

The military’s crackdown in Karachi started late in 2013, when the murder rate soared and mutilated bodies were dumped in alleyways daily.

A foreign wire service, Reuters, report that critics call it “mission creep” and say the army’s power grab is a setback for Pakistan, where the military has ruled for about half the country’s history.

But police in Karachi are seen as too weak or corrupt to stamp out violence effectively, so many residents are willing to rely on the military despite its history of coups and accusations of rights abuses.

 

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