Lyari remained tense and continued to portray the image of a battlefield as the operation entered its seventh day on Thursday, with reports of at least eight people having been killed and 41 others being wounded during the past 24 hours.
The Inspector-General (IG) of Sindh Police Mushtaq Shah on Thursday said that the operation against criminal elements in the neighbourhood would be completed within one to two days, DawnNews reported.
He said that police had managed to set up check posts in Lyari’s Afshani Gali, while they had also been able to enter the hostile Sangu Lane area – areas which previously had almost no police presence.
Reiterating the possibility of Taliban militants in Lyari, the IG Sindh assured that the operation would be completed in “a day or two”.
Furthermore, Shah informed reporters that five police personnel had lost their lives in the operation while an additional ten had been wounded during the past seven days. - Photos by White Star
Security personnel arrest a suspect and bring him into custody.
A local family looks out of a grilled window. The operation has brought normal life to a standstill for the residents, and many of them have not been able to leave their homes since it has started.
Residents flee the area to avoid violence. Many locals were left with no access to basic amenities due to heavy skirmishes during the operation.
A policeman fires while taking cover behind a mobile.
Police on the street exchange fire with gang members, who have taken positions on rooftops and inside buildings.
Security personnel guard a deserted street on the fourth day of the operation.
Locals gather to protest against the police operation in the area.
Lyari residents run across the street to avoid being caught in the violence.