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Uzair Baloch taken into military custody: ISPR

RAWALPINDI:   Lyari’s notorious gangster and chief of the proscribed People’s Amn Committee Uzair Baloch has been taken into military custody on charges of espionage, Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted in the wee hours of Wednesday.

The ISPR spokesman maintained that the Lyari gangster has been taken into military custody under Pakistan Army Act / Official Secret Act – 1923 over leakage of sensitive security information to foreign intelligence agencies.

It is pertinent to note here that earlier this month, sources told ARY New that Uzair Baloch is due to face trial in a military court  as  he was allegedly in contact with foreign spy agencies including the Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and an Iranian intelligence agency.

Baloch was arrested on January 30, 2016 by Sindh Rangers who claimed to have apprehended him from outside Karachi. “The gang leader was arrested in a targeted operation outside Karachi, in the early hours of Saturday as he attempted to enter the metropolis,” a press release issued by the paramilitary force had stated.

A month later, Sindh’s Home ministry issued a notification regarding the formation of a Joint Investigation Tribunal (JIT) to question the notorious gang war leader about his activities.

A notorious gangster, Uzair Baloch took over as leader of Peoples Amn Committee in Aug 2009 when the notorious Abdul Rahman Baloch alias Rahman Dakait was killed in an encounter more than a year after the PPP government came to power.

Though the committee was presented as community group by its leaders, it was blamed for its criminal activities which included killings, extortion and drugs business both by police.

Currently, as many as 55 cases are pending against Uzair Baloch in various courts. Of these cases, one relates to the murder of Arshad Pappu and another relates to keeping weapons and explosives.

 

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