Pakistan Rangers personnel arrested 24 suspects during targeted raids conducted in various parts of Karachi, an official press release said Sunday.
Those arrested include target killers, “sub-nationalist elements” and terrorists from banned outfits, the statement said.
Weapons, walkie-talkies, hand grenades, laptops, and a large quantity of narcotics and locally-made liquor were recovered.
Rangers personnel conducted targeted raids in Madrassa Chowk, Labour Square, PIB Colony, Bhittaiabad, Akhtar Colony, Saddar, Safoora Chowk, Ranchore Lines, and Old Golimar.
The decision to increase the tempo and range of targeted operations across Pakistan ─ especially in Karachi ─ was reached during an apex committee meeting on Thursday, a day after a horrific attack on Karachi’s Ismaili community left 45 people dead.
At the meeting, Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif vowed to continue “across the board operations” at an increased pace and hunt down terrorists who commit heinous acts.
Military spokesman Asim Bajwa announced that the meeting had assessed ongoing operations against terrorists, and touched upon directing intelligence agencies to assist in the “exploitation of existing leads” in all operations.
The high-level huddle also decided to implement effective policing and surveillance in the “vast suburbs of Karachi”, to prevent what the ISPR said were “sneaking terrorist attacks”.
Bajwa said that all criminals and abettors would be arrested regardless of their political, religious, sectarian, ethnic, or other affiliations.
Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar at a seminar on Saturdayalso spoke about targeted operations in Karachi, calling them a fight against terrorists, extortionists, target killers, kidnappers and other criminals.
He said that the [Karachi] operation is completely apolitical, adding “We are committed to eliminating all forms of terrorism.”
A look at the Karachi operation
The ‘operation’ against criminal elements in Pakistan’s commercial hub was initiated back in September 2013 after the federal cabinet empowered Rangers to lead a targeted advance with the support of police against criminals already identified by federal military and civilian agencies for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism in Karachi.