President Pakistan People's Party Karachi division, Abdul Qadir Patel, looks sideways as provincial lawmaker Jawed Nagori shows medals won by Shoaib 'Boxer' during national boxing tournaments.—Photo by author
President Pakistan People's Party Karachi division, Abdul Qadir Patel, looks sideways as provincial lawmaker Jawed Nagori shows medals won by Shoaib 'Boxer' during national boxing tournaments.—Photo by author

KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party on Saturday accused the Rangers paramilitary force of carrying out extra-judicial killings in Karachi’s troubled neighbourhood of Lyari.

Speaking at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Member National Assembly and President PPP Karachi Division Abdul Qadir Patel alleged that the paramilitary force was “once again active in picking up innocent citizens and shooting them blindfolded.”

During the past week, two men, Faheem Baloch and Mohammad Katchhi, were picked from outside their homes in Lyari and gunned down by the Rangers, alleged Patel.

He also mentioned the killing of Saqib Baloch alias ‘Boxer’, which he claimed happened during a Rangers operation in Lyari’s Khadda Market on Friday.

Saqib Baloch was popular as a local boxing athlete hailing from Lyari, an old city neighbourhood rife with violence and turf-wars between competing mafia groups and extortionists.

Police claim Saqib ‘Boxer’ was a suspected gangster killed in a joint targeted operation led by police and Rangers personnel in Nayabad area in Lyari on June 28.

However, Patel said the athlete had no criminal background.

“Saqib was not a gangster. He was the nephew of a world famous footballer and a presidential award winner, Ali Nawaz Baloch. Yet, he was picked up from outside his home and killed blindfolded in broad daylight,” said Patel.

When contacted by Dawn.com, spokesperson for the Rangers, Major Sibtain refused to comment on the allegations. “There's nothing to clear up. TV news channels were present during the Rangers operation,” he said.

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the largest political party in Karachi, has raised similar allegations in the recent past against the Rangers, accusing them of abducting its party workers and supporters.

Speaking at the press conference, Patel said he did not want to blame an entire force for the acts of a few, “but it seems like we are being provoked.”

Referring to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s speech on the floor of the Sindh Assembly earlier this week, Qadir reiterated the PPP provincial government had little or no control over the Rangers.

“To an extent, it also means that some elements within the Rangers are trying to sabotage the provincial government,” Patel said. He said the Rangers were meant to be a back up force for the city police, and "not vice versa."

When asked about Saqib Boxer’s role in the gang-war plaguing the old Karachi neighbourhood, Patel said that he should have been tried in a court even if he was involved in criminal activities.

“I agree that there is a gang war that plagues Lyari. But who heads the ongoing turf wars in other areas of Karachi?”

Patel, who was the only one speaking throughout the press conference, was flanked by Saqib Baloch’s uncle, Ali Nawaz Baloch, MPA Jawed Nagori and Yusuf Baloch.

Patel urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan and the Supreme Court to take notice of the extra-judicial murders.

He said that a petition would be filed in the Supreme Court and Lyariites would hold a protest outside the Rangers headquarters in Karachi on July 1.

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Zulfiqar
Jun 29, 2013 11:00pm

What About the Inocent People killed Last Years when PPP was in government?

Akram
Jun 29, 2013 11:24pm

Police is out of control, Ranger is out of Control, Gangsters are out of Control, all these are result of criminal ideology of PPP.

Salman
Jun 29, 2013 11:39pm

Why nothing said by these PPP guys for 3 innocent lives lost in Kharadar a day earlier?

kirthrer
Jun 30, 2013 03:35am

Let PPP say what pleases them but the fact is that this corrupt culture introduced by PPP during Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto government has caused losses beyond imagination. This should be stopped forthwith and severe action must be taken against all terrorist elements.

Cheema
Jun 30, 2013 04:47am

Dear Rangers, please clean up Karachi from mafia politicians and gangster and terrorists. We are 100% with you. people of Karachi

aslam minhas
Jun 30, 2013 05:52pm

I remember when a guy was shot in the leg by the ranger. He was trying to rob people in the park with a toy gun. The incient was regrettable. But ever since that the road-side robberies by teenagers from Hijrat Colony on mai kolachi road and Boat Bain areas have stopped. The thing is that PPP government is inert and inefficient even at provincial level to which it is reduced to! Last five years we witnessed the senseless killings with govt carrying on business as usual. It can not go on like that. Even a PPP member told in the Assembly that criminals were being recruited in police. PPP will pay a price for its ineptness. If you don't use powers to curb the crime, others will fill the vaccum.

kirther
Jul 01, 2013 05:29am

Why should they blame Rangers when they are responsible for all the ills of Pakistani community. Rangers should not accept any pressure and should only concentrate on cleaning up entire Karachi and restore some law and order. Instead of complaining political parties must do the clean-up act in their parties.

Kaleem
Jul 01, 2013 07:36am

There is a dire need of a surgical operation in Karachi if we want to live in peace in the future.

Ali Hussain Quettawala
Jul 01, 2013 10:22am

It is a harsh reality for karachities that when these criminals are killed we have to observe protests, strikes, demonstrations etc; Why these so called (peoples representatives) do not protest when innocent people are murdered, killed, looted, harrasssed. threatened by these gangsters and criminals or these so called (peoples representatives) support them.

Ali Hussain Quettawala.