Rangers present Uzair Baloch’s confessional statement in SHC


-Criminal claims to be given enormous amounts of extortion money from public departments, notably Fisheries Department 
–Aided SSP Farooq Awan and brother Shahadat Awan in land grabbing, says Baloch

KARACHI: The Sindh Rangers prosecutor on Friday presented infamous Lyari gang war leader Uzair Baloch’s confessional statement in Sindh High Court (SHC).

According to the details, Sindh Rangers’ Prosecutor, Sajid Mehboob, submitted Uzair Baloch’s confessional statement in Sindh’s top court during the hearing of a case pertaining to the killing of notorious gangster, Arshad Papu.

“Uzair Baloch has confessed of his involvement in heinous crimes of killings, extortion and illegal occupation over lands in the area,” said Sajid Mehboob while submitting Baloch’s confessional statement in SHC.

Later, the hearing of the case was adjourned till December 16 due to the absence of the case’s investigation officer (IO).

It may be recalled that Pakistan People’ Party (PPP) Members of National Assembly (MNA) Shah Jehan Baloch, Zubair Baloch and others are also nominated in the Arshad Papu killing case.

A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had revealed that Uzair Baloch had confessed to killing security personnel and civilians, in a statement before a judicial magistrate.

Baloch in his statement claimed that he had the backing of a few political quarters. “The assassination of two Rangers personnel in 2013, [namely] Aijaz and Munir, were also carried out on my directives in a bid to trap the opponents in the murder allegation,” the gang leader revealed.

He had said his gang operatives – in numerous gun battles with police under the command of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Chaudhry Aslam – killed as many as six cops and civilians.

The gang was also involved in the murder of a councillor Tanvir. “During clashes with Ghaffar Zikri’s rival group, around five to six people of the area lost their lives,” Baloch added.

He further confessed to receiving enormous amounts of extortion money from various public departments and business community members. “Fisheries department was prominent in the list, providing me with a lot of money” Baloch told.

He claimed that fisheries director Saeed Baloch and Dr Nisar Morai were appointed on his reference.

He said that he had established friendly links with Karachi Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Waseem Ahmed, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Farooq Awan and his brother Shahadat Awan.

“I accomplished several tasks on their directives, besides extending my support to the Awan brothers in land grabbing situations,” Baloch further claimed.