Rangers called in for the kill in Lyari


At least six people, including four criminals, were killed during the clearance operation in Lyari on Wednesday, as the government called in Sindh Rangers to conclude the seemingly unending offensive against gangsters in Karachi’s troubled neighborhood. The death toll has climbed to 39 on the sixth day of the operation. Talking to Pakistan Today, the City Town SP said six people were reportedly killed on Wednesday. He said all the killings took place in Afshani Gali during an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and gangsters. He said all of the victims were gangsters. Earlier, LEAs taking part in the operation discussed the future strategy and all station house officers of all police stations in Lyari delved into options to wrap up the operation.
After discussions, over 100 sharpshooters were called in for deployment on high rise building of the town to monitor the activities of criminals. Additional contingents of police were deployed in Baghdadi, Kalri, Musa Lane, Naya abad, Kharadar, Lee Market and Agra Taj areas of Lyari and search operations across the town. Another five armored vehicles were provided to LEAs for assistance in the operation. Early on Wednesday, residents of Lemon Goth protested against the operation and set PPP flags and an effigy of President Asif Ali Zardari on fire. Some unidentified armed men also torched the house of PPP MPA and Sindh Minister for Katchi Abadis Rafique Engineer at Ath Chowk. The minister and his family were not at home at the time of the attack. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari took notice of the torching of houses by miscreants in Lyari and directed the payment of Rs 10,000 to the affected families.