The city was saved from a great disaster as a bomb weighing 10 kilogram was timely detected in a rickshaw and defused by the bomb disposal squad (BDS) in Orangi Town of Karachi on Sunday.
According to police, the bomb was targeted at the security forces.
The bomb disposal squad was called in to disable a bomb planted in a suspected rickshaw stationed on Bakra Peri Road of OrangiTown, Karachi. Laced with ball bearings, the bomb weighs around 10 kilograms. The security personnel in OrangiTown were the possible target of the terrorists who had planted the bomb in the rickshaw.
SSP West Irfan Baloch said the bomb was planted in a rundown rickshaw where no important institution or installation existed to target the vehicle of the security forces according to the initial investigation report.
Unfortunately, incidents of planted bomb explosions are not unusual in Karachi as the city remains plagued with a threatening law and order situation. Earlier this year, a rickshaw carrying about 100 kg of explosives was seized by the police from Surjani Town of Karachi.
The police force and Rangers are struggling to maintain law and order throughout the city. In order to make Karachi a peaceful city, the policemen and the Rangers are ready to face any circumstances.
Most of the martyrs who sacrificed their life in the line of duty came from the West Zone. The attacks on police and Rangers have increased in frequency and extreme nature. As per statistics, 25 policemen were killed in January, 19 in February, four in March, seven in April, nine in May, 19 in June and 11 in July. The figures state that increase in attacks on policemen is in retaliation by terrorists and criminal elements.
Prior to the launch of targeted operation in Karachi, 117 of the policemen embraced martyrdom last year. Six months after the operation, the number of killings was 94. Although the killings in December were 11, the number rose to 25 in January which included murder of SSP CID Chaudhry Aslam who was killed in a suicide attack on his convoy.
According to the detailed report presented before the Supreme Court of Pakistan, during the period before operation, 1,356 people were killed in the city as compared to the scenario after the operation when the number slipped to 947.
Analogously, the number of target killings also reduced from 1,087 to 425 which is approximately 56 per cent decrease in the crime. The report also stated the increase in cases of extortion from 218 to 308 following the operation.
The city of Karachi faced four horrid incidents of terrorism last year before the operation. A city with a population of 20 million and counting, the police strength is abysmal. The total posted strength of 25,279 policemen which is divided between different branches of police in Karachi is insufficient to maintain law and order.