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Rangers claim arrest of 'most wanted' hitman with links to MQM

Updated Apr 26, 2016 02:20pm


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KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Sindh claimed to have arrested a target killer associated with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) during a search operation in Karachi's Azizabad area early Tuesday.

"Mohammad Kashif alias David, who belongs to the MQM, is a most wanted criminal in multiple targeted killing and terrorism incidents," Rangers official Colonel Faisal told media representatives.

He said the operation was carried out on a tip-off close to MQM's Nine Zero headquarters.

Mohammad Kashif aias David was arrested during a search operation in Azizabad.—DawnNews
Mohammad Kashif aias David was arrested during a search operation in Azizabad.—DawnNews

A cache of weapons and ammunition, including Kalashnikovs, light machine guns (LMGs) and Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG-7), and Rangers uniforms were recovered during the operation, in which several houses were searched.

The suspect was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

At a meeting in the Karachi Corps Headquarters earlier this month, army chief Gen Raheel Sharif termed lasting peace in Karachi the “ultimate aim” of the Rangers-led Karachi operation, which was launched over two years ago.

Weapons and Rangers' uniforms were recovered during the operation.—DawnNews
Weapons and Rangers' uniforms were recovered during the operation.—DawnNews

For a little over a year, MQM has been under the spotlight when it comes to the Rangers-led operation. In March 2015, Rangers personnel detained a number of MQM workers, including senior members such as Amir Khan, in a pre-dawn raid on the party's headquarters.

The raid, which prompted a protest by party activists, appeared to have symbolic significance in the Karachi operation that has been underway since October 2013.

Most recently, Rangers arrested MQM Rabita Committee Deputy Convener Shahid Pasha in a raid on his residence last month.

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Pakistan Rangers Sindh recently announced a WhatsApp helpline allowing the people of Karachi to send text, videos and pictures related to any criminal or illegal activity to the paramilitary force

In a video message posted on their Facebook page, the paramilitary force requested citizens to send information about terrorism, extortion and any kind of illegal or supicious activity to their WhatsApp number 0316-2369996 or email them at, adding that the force is able to curtail such activities in the city with people's support through their telephone helpline 1101.


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Tariq Apr 26, 2016 09:17am


Khi96 Apr 26, 2016 09:24am

OMG! They discovered Rangers' Uniforms too. MQM is trying its best to defame rangers too.

Kamal Pasha. Apr 26, 2016 09:27am

MQM will deny he is from their party.

SDA Apr 26, 2016 09:33am

Good move.

J.Khan Apr 26, 2016 09:35am

A real criminal? Or a show for the media? We'll never know. But at least, either way, the ones who work in the shadows are afraid yet again!

Qamar Ahmed Apr 26, 2016 09:48am

Good Job

Qamar Ahmed Apr 26, 2016 09:47am

Good Job

Amin Apr 26, 2016 09:57am

Good, keep up the good work boys.

asif Apr 26, 2016 10:00am

Very well done. Now at last I can sense peace coming to Karachi.

Atta Apr 26, 2016 10:01am

We are proud of you Pak army/Pak rangers, well done.

Shahzad Ahmed Apr 26, 2016 10:03am

Well done Pak Rangers

M Jamal Apr 26, 2016 10:08am

Despite all the claims, the Urdu speaking will again vote for MQM as they have been facing bad governance for the last eight years resulting trillion of Rupees pocketed by the corrupt rulers of Sindh.

M Jamal Apr 26, 2016 10:24am

The real enemy is Corruption and unfortunately we are facilacting corruption by highlighting petty criminals and ignoring mega corrupts elements.We have arrested thousands of terrorists and criminals but failed to nab the mega corrupt elements in our society except one or two.

shuaib Apr 26, 2016 10:28am

Great Job done by Rangers Bravo.

Islamabad morning Apr 26, 2016 10:37am

And PTI is doing ground work to form coalition with MQM against corruption. Way to go Rangers whole Pakistan is with you.

Samad Chaudhry London Apr 26, 2016 10:41am

Serious criminals are being apprehended Good luck our brave Rangers

isloo Apr 26, 2016 10:56am

thank you Rangers. please prosecute these criminals in military courts as our country's justice system is questionable.

Rahi Milla Apr 26, 2016 11:04am

Good work.

jehanzeb Apr 26, 2016 11:15am

Very good job by Rangers. Those who are criminals must be identified, captured and punished according to the law. Further, any party whom the said criminals belong to, must be completely banned as soon as poosible.

Muhammad Nauman Rafique Apr 26, 2016 11:16am

Rangers are rocking in Karachi

Ali Apr 26, 2016 11:19am

When is video of Uzair baloch coming out.

Usher Apr 26, 2016 11:23am

Fiasco of PSP

Ahmed32 Apr 26, 2016 11:24am

@J.Khan Lets not be pessimistic here. Rangers have done a wonderful job in Karachi which is quite evident if you live in this city.

Usher Apr 26, 2016 11:24am

Will they ever arrest the killers of 8 policemen killed last week??

Muhammad Nauman Rafique Apr 26, 2016 11:24am

very good move

Chris Apr 26, 2016 11:28am

Salute to Rangers.

kanwarch Apr 26, 2016 11:30am

Sad to see criminality mixed with politics in Karachi. The root of this menace will need to be tackled at some stage and real culprits behind these serial target killers need to be aprehended and given examplary punishment.

Kamran Apr 26, 2016 11:30am

As they say"the proof is in the pudding", I'm a Karachiite and Alhamdulillah my city has been peaceful after the rangers operation. That means they are arresting the right criminals. Keep up the good work but please also catch the masters who manage these thugs.

sufyan Apr 26, 2016 11:34am

Chase them all. Good work

arif Apr 26, 2016 11:39am

When a federal agency establishes MQM involvement in organised crime, why federal govt shy of action against its leadership ? Politics taking precedence over law.

The Wrong Right Apr 26, 2016 11:43am

Frankly, if Army/Rangers can bring peace and progress to Karachi and Pakistan, I rather have them run the city, country..

A democracy that cant protect the life, limbs and livelihood of its citizens, a democracy for the rich to rob the poor.. is worth nothing.

Robbie Apr 26, 2016 11:46am

What about other parties, are'nt there criminals in other parties too, why just one party?????????????

Rashid Nasim Apr 26, 2016 11:49am

Great job Rangers. God bless you all. Just be brave and be careful.

READER Apr 26, 2016 12:05pm

Good to see that MQM is being cleaned-off from such elements. Hope that it gets militant-free party.

WASI QURESHI Apr 26, 2016 12:23pm

Whatever if they belongs to MQM or not they must be behind the bars.

Aftab Apr 26, 2016 12:25pm

Sure,terrorism and street crime are the big problems for Karachi, but other issues, like water shortage, garbage dumping and over all public transport.....are not these issues must be taken by Army/rangers.

Usman Shaukat Apr 26, 2016 12:27pm

Pak Army Zindabad

sid Apr 26, 2016 12:29pm

Well Done Rangers. Makes me happy someone doing their job. Clean Karachi from RAW Agents.

Radiohead Apr 26, 2016 12:56pm

Let me know when someone actually get convicted.

Arshad Apr 26, 2016 12:58pm

Thank You Rangers !

PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) Apr 26, 2016 01:11pm

It looks Rangers' store room. Anyway, good move.

Hassan Apr 26, 2016 01:40pm

Karachi has witnessed peace after longtime. The culprits are being held or eliminated. All should support Rangers and Police. Well done!

ALI J Apr 26, 2016 01:54pm

Good Job!

ASIF Apr 26, 2016 02:30pm

This person has no links to MQM, he was sacked from the party hours before his arrest, rangers brought their own uniform and placed them in his house, this is all propaganda against one of the most peaceful party of Pakistan.

rahat Apr 26, 2016 02:34pm

The LEAs are doing a commendable job and those who question it or think it is a conspiracy against a particular group or political party should judge it from its results in the shape of peace in Karachi.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Apr 26, 2016 02:36pm

Excellent great job no doubt. Now what proof LEA's have that he is linked to MQM? Has there been a court ruling that this guy belongs to MQM? then why announce this prematurely that he is a member of the most loved party of urban sindh. In addition banks are getting robbed almost everyday in Urban Sindh. Street crimes is on a rise. Businessmen are getting threats for ransom from Aman Committee. Water tanker mafia is robbing people openly. Just wondering what the LEAs are doing about these issues except of targeting and maligning one particular most popular party of urban sindh.

SAEED MASOOD Apr 26, 2016 02:40pm

Very good..May God protect you Pakistan forces and grant you all the success Ameen...

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Apr 26, 2016 02:41pm

Excellent great job no doubt.

Now what proof LEA's have that he is linked to MQM? Has there been a court ruling that this guy belongs to MQM? then why announce this prematurely that he is a member of the most loved party of urban sindh. In addition banks are getting robbed almost everyday in Urban Sindh. Street crimes is on a rise. Businessmen are getting threats for ransom from Aman Committee. Water tanker mafia is robbing people openly. Just wondering what the LEAs are doing about these issues except of targeting and maligning one particular most popular party of urban sindh.

mohsin Apr 26, 2016 02:50pm

Inshallah the situation in Karachi and Baluchistan will become better very soon, as the RAW funded people are expelled and eliminated.

Pakistan First Apr 26, 2016 03:05pm

Excellent job. Keep it up please

imrani uk Apr 26, 2016 03:20pm

this is not fair at all, on mqm, their name has been draged in mud yet again without any evidence or proof. MQM is very nice and peaceful party, the peoples party. our voice must be heard too. there are alway two view to an argument.

Asad Apr 26, 2016 03:51pm

What type of dumb criminals were they who were using 18th century guns.

M. Siddique Apr 26, 2016 04:09pm

Tighten the noose on political criminals and let the road lead where it may. No mercy.

M. Siddique Apr 26, 2016 04:11pm

@M Jamal, For your information most Pakistanis are Urdu speaking.

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 04:25pm

Rangers weldome for your never ending operation against people of Karachi !

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 04:29pm

These operations would have no results without political and social uplifts !

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 04:31pm

@Islamabad morning Corruption and MQM ? MQM is not in government so how come MQM has links with corruption ? Is Islamabad still sleeping ?

aslam shaikh Apr 26, 2016 04:44pm

@Aftab who has been ruling Karachi for past decades and what have they done to solve these problems.

aslam shaikh Apr 26, 2016 04:43pm

Racism will take decades to calm down.

Arabian Sea Apr 26, 2016 04:47pm

It is interesting to see the 'sudden' outpouring of 'plain clothed' comments of commendation within minutes of publication of this news. An attempt to divert attention from the failed rally of PSP on Sunday?! In any case, catch all criminals by all means but announce their affiliation only after the crime is established. Media trial has only served to desensitize the population to the shock value of such news. Moreover, one wonders what happened to the Dr Asim case or the famous corruption bigshots in Sindh against which an operation was announced and nothing tangible or concrete ever came out. It is partial actions (or inactions) like this which creates rise to incredulity and later complete disbelief.

Faisal Apr 26, 2016 04:59pm

@Arabian Sea irrelevant don't make any sense.

Noor ul amin Apr 26, 2016 05:06pm

@M Jamal Please don't forget MQM was also part of that corruption

iffi Apr 26, 2016 05:11pm

Excellent job

iffi Apr 26, 2016 05:11pm

Excellent Job & now MQM will say he is no more in our party ...

iffi Apr 26, 2016 05:19pm

@Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Because the most loved party is no more loved, as 1000s of its criminals been arrested or eliminated ... & the people have taken a sigh of relief after Rangers operation & living peacefully .....

karachi wala Apr 26, 2016 05:30pm

@Changez_Khan : but after legal proceedings only.

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 05:50pm

@M. Siddique Yes most of the Americans are also English speaking ! So Pakistanis is America are also English speaking ?

Syed Apr 26, 2016 05:58pm

This person was arrested by LEAs last year and now again showing his arrest and weapons is a drama

Imran ali Apr 26, 2016 05:58pm

@Tariq he was already under custody ,was arrested on 12aug 2015..

Shoaibhussain Apr 26, 2016 06:03pm

@Usher if you follow patter of events unfolded after that cruel incident .one can easily deduce those criminals been sorted out well and proper

Asif Apr 26, 2016 06:11pm

Rangers is in Karachi for more than 20 years now.

iqbal rangoonwala Apr 26, 2016 06:19pm


Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 06:22pm

@Asif and still unsuccessful !

Azmat Ali Apr 26, 2016 06:23pm

@Aftab Then let them have the government too. Why are you voting for MQM, if you expect Rangers to solve every issue? They are a LEA, not your local or provincial government.

Khan-Pakistani-USA Apr 26, 2016 06:29pm Kashif David wanted in 50 murder cases arrested

August 12, 2015

malik Apr 26, 2016 06:31pm

Rangers using a gmail account...funny

Ali Kassim Apr 26, 2016 06:43pm

Why do agencies such as yourself use free email accounts? Even the FIA advertises their email using a free account at Karachi Airport. This doesn't look professional. Also, what is the aim of the operation? To cleanse criminals which is good but are you looking at the bigger picture and root causes? What is the solution?

wordsof1angel Apr 26, 2016 07:06pm

@asif yes, it's coming very soon actually.

Aa Apr 26, 2016 07:07pm

Rangers niw need to focus in Defence Clifton area where robberies at gun point are a common activity...and they do it during day time without any fear.

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 07:14pm

@wordsof1angel Whats coming very soon ?

Yawar Apr 26, 2016 07:18pm

His confession should be made public as was in the case of Saulat Mirza

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 07:20pm

Twenty four years have gone and operation is not completed !

Robbie Apr 26, 2016 07:44pm

This Kashif was in Dubai since 2013, Rangers caught him from Dubai and brought him from Karachi and showed to the media that he was caught from near around nine zero.

Aatir Ehrar Apr 26, 2016 07:50pm

Good work

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 07:51pm

@Khan -Pakistani , USA Is this operation against criminals or a particular community

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 07:57pm

When Rangers are arresting MQM people on criminal charged , why voters are still voting for MQM ?

Ish Apr 26, 2016 07:58pm

@M Jamal So what choice do Urdu speakers have but to vote for MQM? For that matter what choice Sindhi speakers have but to vote for PPP?

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 08:02pm

@Robbie Everything happens around Nine Zero . All presidents and Prime Ministers of today and yesterday have visited this place to seek support and help !

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 08:05pm

@Ish and so as Punjabi voters have the choice to vote fot PML N and Baluchi voters to vote for Baluchi Nationalists !

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 08:17pm

Nobody votes and loves Nawaz except people in Punjab !

RAK Apr 26, 2016 08:29pm

Only Pak Rangers can do it. Hope Karachi will be peaceful and city of lights once again.

M Jamal Apr 26, 2016 08:31pm

For the sake of the betterment of our country the clean and patriotic powerfuls must act against the corrupt mafia,otherwise,all their efforts against terrorists and criminals will go in drain as the corrupt mafia is the main facilator and beneficiary of all illegal activities.

N_Saq Apr 26, 2016 08:32pm

MQM supporters need to understand that by pointing fingers at others does not absolve MQM from committing crimes in Karachi, as by now I think everyone knows that two wrongs does not make a right.

MQM is in a bind as it is a regional party and its support base lies only in urban Sindh i.e. Karachi and Hydrabad. The party is in direct confrontation with all other parties including rangers and therefore has lost all support in the Center, interior Sindh, other provinces and above all the Armed forces.

So in my opinion, the supporters of the party are at a cross road and they have a choice to make as to what path they want to choose i.e. confrontation, which will keep the status quo and the party will remain sidelined or joining a main stream national party and make a difference. I hope they choose wisely.

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 08:34pm

@RAK Not in another teenty five years !

thinker Apr 26, 2016 08:37pm

Unless the operation is not carried out on PPP and PMLN also, the majority of urban Sindh will take it as politically-controlled operation.

Shahab Apr 26, 2016 08:46pm

@N_Saq I think people of Karachi have selected the latter option as they never accept dictation from any where and you must have noticed recently their reply through rejection of Mustafa Kamal party.

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 08:47pm

@N_Saq MQM came out because of the sense of deprivation , discrimination and u fair treatment by the continuous governments and only a fair treatment can resolve this feeling !

thinker Apr 26, 2016 08:47pm

@N_Saq but MQM still is the fourth-largest party,

Hassan Apr 26, 2016 08:48pm

With such ridiculous tactics people of Karachi are being segregated from rest of the country. Denying mandate of people of Karachi may create a dire situation in future. MQM power must be accepted and be given power to run the city.

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 08:51pm

@Hassan Exactly !

Ehs Apr 26, 2016 09:23pm

Good job. these criminal elements should not be spared.

InshAllah Pakistan will become a safe country.

Amjad Apr 26, 2016 09:32pm

I think this apprehension was happened last year so why today they announced?? I feel sorry to see how power is being used to devastate the city and even people have elected their members by electoral process authority is not being given. Elected members all over Pakistan are running and serving their cities but only Urban Sindh has been deprived.

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 26, 2016 09:35pm

How come a political party with a heavy mandate could be involved in these anti social activities ?

Shahezad Apr 26, 2016 09:43pm

Despite of various maneuvers MQM still in the hearts of people of Karachi. They are educated, politically enlightened and sensible who know what is better for them.

King of swing Apr 26, 2016 09:49pm

When are you going to ban MQM? People who find their identity in Mqm will find other parties soon and terror will sun set.

Suchbaath Apr 26, 2016 09:57pm

It shows failure of our intelligence in Punjab and Sindh, so how you feel safe once rangers leave, as they can't stay permenantly. How the system can be changed to handle by police, as we have seen these issues in the past crops up once Rangers leaves the scene? The only solutions to take care the hidden hand, as they will bank roll new ground players in future. There is no need for going for political reconciliations or NRO, use Saudi approach to chop hidden hands upfront.

optimist Apr 26, 2016 10:26pm

Now there should be peace in Karachi.

Anonymous Apr 26, 2016 10:37pm

I do not believe any verdict or judgement unless there is a fair and open trial with due process. Without due process it transforms into victimization process and will eventually fail in the end. All the developed nations has fair, open trial with due process without any race, color, religion and gender in their own country. This process require time, effort and sacrifice. It is an evolutionary process and not revolutionary process. It is very easy to acquire and attain a piece of land but it is not easy to build a nation. The person becomes the leader if he/she build nation.

Philosopher (from Japan) Apr 27, 2016 01:51am

@iffi I love to see a die hard supporter of PTI jumps on toes to comment against MQM without having a little research. As someone gave the the news link of Samaa tv which shows this guy was apprehended on August 15, 2015. Kindly check that link and recommend please.

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 27, 2016 04:20am

Same person presented twice , once last year and now again . Do Karachites have a short memory or Rangers have ?

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 27, 2016 04:21am

Our government can negotiate with India and Israel but can not talk with the representatives of Urban Sindh , MQM !

Good job Apr 27, 2016 09:03am

Rangers performance is brilliant,valiant,and its operations are pin point accurate.The situation is improving gradually but still there's a long way to reach the goal, that 100% crime free society,economic happiness,people standard of living ,corruption free society ,once corruption is eliminated,wealth brought back from abroad ,things would change.Through the combine endeavors of Rangers & other best institutions a change is possible.Keep it up Rangers.

Akil Akhtar Apr 27, 2016 10:02am

We would trust Rangers over MQM any time of the day.....

SYED NASEEM AHMED Apr 27, 2016 11:43am

Not true as usual . This gay was apprehended from Dubai in the year 2015.

All false charges to defame the largest Party of Urban Sindh . But they will not succeed .

Syed Naseem Ahmed

Saad Apr 27, 2016 02:05pm

These are pawns. Until and unless we start picking the bigger pieces of the chess we will never win a game

iffi Apr 27, 2016 02:56pm

@Philosopher (from Japan) After all these cleansing, do you still believe & support MQM ???? Amazing ???? PTI is an excellent option for people of karachi, who wants to live in peace & prosperity ...

iffi Apr 27, 2016 02:57pm

@Philosopher (from Japan) I am with truth & honesty ...

AshPTI Apr 27, 2016 03:11pm

@Philosopher I support PTI but to be honest this guy David was already arrested last year. Just check some old newspapers. I think it is a blunder by Rangers.

karachi wala Apr 27, 2016 05:20pm

@Asif : to be exact, almost 28 years

Imran ali Apr 27, 2016 08:18pm

he was already arrested in Aug.2015 ,his boarding card circulating in social media showing 6th aug.

inam ali Apr 28, 2016 05:10pm

please leave poor mqm alone, all they done is good and nothing bad. thats why vast majority of karachiate love the party. they are here for another 3 decades.

Khan -Pakistani , USA Apr 28, 2016 05:39pm

Why Rangers has to do all this ?