Karachi operation has yielded positive results: DG Rangers

KARACHI (NNI): The Director General (DG) Rangers Major General Muhammad Saeed on Tuesday said that the Karachi operation has yielded noticeably positive results.

“Positive results of the operation are noticeable from the improved peace situation of the metropolis,” Major General Saeed said during a visit to Bahria University’s Karachi campus.

“We are taking every possible measure to improve the peace and security situation,” he said, adding that the operation will continue till its objectives are achieved.

The Ministry of Interior in October this year issued a notification calling for a 90-day extension in the Ranger’s operation in Karachi on the request of the Government of Sindh.

The extension was granted under clause 1, sub-section 3, of section 4 of the Anti-terrorism Act 1997(XXVII of 1997) and stood effective from October 18.

The paramilitary force was granted certain special powers including arrests and raids when the Karachi operation started back in 2011.

Under the National Action Plan and the Anti-Terrorism Act, the federal cabinet granted special powers to the Rangers to lead a targeted joint operation with the police against criminals involved in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion, and terrorism in Karachi. The operation was launched in September 2013 in Karachi.

The paramilitary force has been engaged in combing out terrorist factions inhabiting the city including the terrorist outfit Ansarul Shariah.

The Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department conducted a raid earlier this year in October and killed the chief of terrorist outfit Ansarul Shariah.

A large number of wanted suspects have been nabbed and large caches of weapons and explosive materials, among other things, have been recovered from terrorists’ hideouts since the operation commenced.