KARACHI - Law enforcement agencies remained on high alert in the sport city on Sunday to avert any possible backlash of the anti-terrorism operation in North Waziristan.
Sindh IGP Iqbal Mehmood put the police force on high alert, cancelling vacations of all the police officials for indefinite period. He ordered to beef up security of all sensitive installations including government offices, Karachi Port Trust, Keamari Oil Terminal as well as intercity bus stands and railway stations. He further directed the police personnel to keep an eye on the suspicious people. He also directed to enhance the intelligence network to avoid any backlash of the security forces’ operation in North Waziristan. He directed enhanced patrolling and snaps checking of the sensitive areas. Sources said that besides the government offices and sensitive installations, the militants could also target public places, shopping malls and hotels where security measures have also been taken.
It is worth mentioning here the drive of targeted operation is underway in the city for last 9 months and now it has been specifically turned towards the militant elements within a week. Police claimed to have foiled would-be terror attacks by killing two alleged terrorists affiliated with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan when terrorists loaded with explosive were on the way to achieve their illegitimate goal.
Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC), in collaboration with the Sohrab Goth police conducted a raid on a tip-off at Ganna Mandi area near Machar Colony where militants offered stiff resistance. During exchange of fire, two of the militants were wounded and died on the way to hospital.
Heavy contingents of police rushed to the spot when at least six militants were shifting explosives from one place to another in a rickshaw,” said Sohrab Goth DSP Qamar Ahmed. He said that as police reached on the spot, two militants were travelling on a rickshaw and their accomplices were following them in a car as a backup. The militants opened indiscriminate firing at the police and tried to escape. The police team also retaliated and killed two militants while four other terrorists managed to escape under the cover of firing.
Police officials also claimed to have recovered a rickshaw, around two kilograms of explosives, two hand-grenades and a TT pistol; however, bodies of the militants were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where they were later identified as Qamar Zaman and Moosa Khan, said to be the residents of Sohrab Goth. Police believed the terrorists were going somewhere to carrying out their nefarious activity when the encounter took place while the actual motive of the explosive transportation has yet to be ascertain.
The AVCC claimed the militants had intended to carry out an attack on an anti-polio team in Sohrab Goth and other surrounding areas. It is worth mentioning here the anti-terrorist drive is underway in the city since the brazen attack at Karachi International Airport claimed at least 28 lives while all ten terrorists were killed.
Sources privy to the mater revealed that law enforcement agencies boosted up the operations specifically against the outlawed terrorists organisations. Sources said that security agencies have picked up number of suspect terrorists to probe the attack at Karachi airport and also trying to prevent further backlash of the armed forces operation in remote areas of the country. Sources said that two alleged terrorists from Gulistan-e-Jauhar and six others were picked up from North Nazimabad area and shifted to undisclosed locations for interrogation.
LEAs also go through the list of suspect militants under 4th schedule of high profile terrorists. Sources said that the militants affiliated with defunct sectarian organisations have also been monitored. Strict surveillance and snap checking at all stronghold areas of militants is underway.
Rangers claimed to have arrested eleven alleged terrorists associated with a religious political party from North Nazimabad area and shifted them to undisclosed location for questioning.