[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Pakistan arrests scores in security operation

At least 185 people are arrested in the city of Karachi ahead of full-scale launch of paramilitary security operations.

Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 05:56
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Police have arrested 185 people ahead of the formal start of a government-ordered targeted operation aimed at cracking down on those involved in violence in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

Those arrested include 16 illegal immigrants and 43 absconders, police said on Thursday.

The arrests came ahead of a planned operation by paramilitary forces to drive out criminals from certain areas of Pakistan's largest city, located on the coast of the Arabian Sea.

The operation was discussed at a special session of the Federal Cabinet after extensive consultation for two days by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with stakeholders, including Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, leaders of various political parties, representatives of business community and media personnel.

The paramilitary Rangers force is to be given full legla and investigative powers to carry out the operation, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the country's interior minister, announced on Wednesday.

A Rangers official told Al Jazeera on Thursday that those powers had not yet been granted, but that once they were, the force would begin a full-scale operation against those involved in the violence.

Navy captain shot

Meanwhile, a senior Pakistan navy officer was shot dead and his Swedish wife wounded in Karachi on Wednesday, police said.

The couple were shot on a busy thoroughfare near the National Stadium, a cricket venue, in the city's eastern district.

"Two gunmen riding a motorbike intercepted Captain Naveed's vehicle and opened fire, killing him on the spot," local police official Tahir Naveed told AFP.

He had only one name for the dead officer.

Naveed's wife sustained a bullet injury in the attack and has been taken to a naval hospital, he added. 

Karachi is suffering from an unprecedented wave of killings and kidnappings blamed on Islamist fighters, criminals, and ethnic and political tensions.

Gang wars fed by ethnic and political bitterness, drugs and the Taliban, have created a culture of impunity in the city of 18 million, and the past two years have seen record death tolls.

In the first six months of 2013, 1,726 people were killed compared with a previous high of 1,215 in the same period last year, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

364

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Wastewater ponds dot the landscape in US states that produce gas; environmentalists say they’re a growing threat.
China President Xi Jinping's Mongolia visit brings accords in the areas of culture, energy, mining and infrastructure.
An estimated 36 people die each day in embattled town where pro-Russia rebel separatists fight Ukrainian soldiers.
People are starving in southern Somalia while relief efforts are blocked by government and rebel fighting.
join our mailing list