Rangers DG says positive results have come out of Karachi operation

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KARACHI: Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Muhammad Saeed on Tuesday said that noticeably positive results have come out of the Karachi operation.

Speaking during a visit to Bahria University Karachi campus, he said that the improved peace situation of the metropolis bore testimony to the achievement of positive results from the operation.

He said that the law enforcement agencies were taking every possible measure to improve the security situation and that the operation would continue till its objectives were achieved.

Earlier, the interior ministry had issued a notification declaring a 90-day extension in the Rangers’ operation in Karachi following the request of Sindh government.

The Rangers were allowed to carry out arrests and raids under the special powers allowed to it in the Karachi operation which began 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.