Friday, August 19, 2011

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari In Lyari but No Peace in Lyari.


KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party’s chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be the party’s future national assembly member from Lyari, a PPP stronghold. “Bilawal is your future MNA and despite being away he is keenly monitoring developments in Lyari,” President Asif Ali Zardari said while speaking to former party MNAs and activists from the area at the Bilawal House on Monday. The president was also given a briefing on the three-and-a-half-year work under the Lyari Development Package. The slain PPP chairperson and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari contested polls from Lyari. According to sources, President Zardari asked National Database and Registration Authority officials to devise a programme for Bilawal Bhutto for his interaction with the people of Lyari so that he could track events and developments in the area from London. The president said that PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto was keen to see Lyari become a thriving and vibrant place, free from acrimony and criminals, the sources added. REFERENCE: `Bilawal is next MNA for Lyari` By Our Reporter | From the Newspaper July 26, 2011 (4 weeks ago) http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/26/bilawal-is-next-mna-for-lyari.html 


Karachi Lyari Gang War - Future of PPP in Upcoming Elections (Dawn News)



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In the meeting with some notables of Lyari, President Zardari said that he would meet them fortnightly and take party workers on board on decisions. He promised to provide them job opportunities and bring Lyari on a par with other parts of the city by building better roads, improving sewerage, water supply, health, education and power supply situation. He also assured the notables of Lyari that funds would be provided for the development of sports facilities, particularly football and boxing. He urged them to play their role in building bridges of understanding and achieving the objective of peace and stability across the province. Earlier, President Zardari presided over a meeting at the Bilawal House and reviewed the progress pertaining to the ongoing development projects under the Lyari package. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, provincial ministers, lawmakers from Lyari and officials attended the meeting. The meeting reviewed progress on projects, including roads, sewerage, Benazir Bhutto Medical University, flyovers and water supply schemes. The president was informed that Rs2.8 billion had been spent over the past three years under the Lyari package. REFERENCE: `Bilawal is next MNA for Lyari` By Our Reporter | From the Newspaper  July 26, 2011 (4 weeks ago) http://www.dawn.com/2011/07/26/bilawal-is-next-mna-for-lyari.html 

Geo FIR Abdul Rehman (aka Rehman Daket) - Part 1 of 4

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Activists in Lyari have blamed the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for the violence that has claimed the lives of several residents from the area, with some even going as far as saying that the ruling party has sidelined elected legislators and handed over the locality to criminals. As a result, residents who survive on daily wages live in constant fear and are afraid to step out of their homes. The activists lashed out at the party on Thursday and said it had forced the youth to become fuel for the fire being spread by criminals. “We have supported them for the last 43 years and sacrificed a lot to bring them to power,” said a dejected activist, who was reluctant to be named. “Now it is too late. The PPP is losing ground,” said one of the activists. They believed that political leaders should not have been cornered in this manner as they can play a vital role in restoring peace by taking community leaders into confidence. They added that those in power were incapable of addressing the situation. In the wake of the gang war that has claimed dozens of lives, an air of gloom has surrounded the once vibrant area as parents are mourning the loss of their children or shattered families are praying for the safe return of loved ones. Due to the lawlessness, workers living in the area, comprising mainly youths that survive on daily wages are unable to earn a living as the elders of their family prefer to keep them at home for security reasons. Many of these youngsters are the sole bread earners of their families and people from the neighbourhood fear that if these individuals are not allowed to reach their place of work, it could spell troubled times for several families in Lyari. “Lyari is a neighbourhood that contributes towards the workforce at city ports, markets, factories, the harbour and the construction industry. Since most of the labourers earn daily wages, reaching the workplace is essential in order to put food on the table for the rest of the family. However, the volatile security situation has compelled many of them to stay home and thus hampered their ability to earn money,” said a social activist from the area. He urged human rights activists and politicians to take notice of the increasingly unstable security situation. The Karachi Fish Harbour was also directly affected by the gang-related violence as hundreds of workers involved in offloading seafood could not reach their workplaces. Those who dared to venture out also returned home, fearing for their lives. Local activists said that several youngsters chose to stay indoors instead of putting their lives at risk. Over the years, people from various ethnic backgrounds have peacefully coexisted in the once vibrant neighbourhood of Lyari. But the violence has forced most of them to consider moving out of safer areas. But the gang war is not only limited to Lyari and other old city areas such as Golimar, Mauripur and Mowach Goth have also been affected. Reports surfaced of people grabbing passengers out of buses and beating them for their alleged support for criminals. One of the more horrifying incidents reported was the murder of five youngsters who had stepped out for some shopping. The bodies of the victims were then handed over to their parents as a ‘gift’. A senior activist warned that the violence could spread to the entire city and prove disastrous for people from all walks of life. REFERENCE: PPP has handed Lyari over to criminals, say activists Jan Khaskheli Friday, August 19, 2011 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=63493&Cat=4 

Geo FIR Abdul Rehman (aka Rehman Daket) - Part 2 of 4

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KARACHI, Aug 22: After remaining three months and four days in the custody of police and intelligence agencies, high-profile gangster Abdul Rehman alias Rehman Dakait escaped from police custody early Tuesday morning, making it his second successful attempt. He was wanted in more than 150 cases. Earlier in 1997, Rehman had escaped while being taken to court. However, some top police officials were of the opinion that Rehman’s escape was facilitated by certain quarters. Three police officials of the Kalri police station have been detained and a raid was carried out at the house of the SHO of Kalri police station, Bahauddin Babar, who was detained, a senior police official told Dawn on the condition of anonymity. A source said that two days back Rehman was shifted from the lockup of Kalri police station to a safe house in Nazimabad. Sometime on Monday night Rehman Dakait made his escape when police guards were overpowered by Rehman’s companions who had come for his liberation, the source added. Throughout the period of detention, police did not officially acknowledge Rehman’s arrest. Following his arrest on June 18 in Quetta, his custody was taken by the intelligence agencies. Almost a month back he was handed back to the Lyari Task Force. However, after the Rasool Bukhsh Brohi staged encounter case, almost all members of the Lyari Task Force were arrested while SP Aslam Khan was admitted to a private hospital reportedly for cardiac treatment. Following his capture, Rehman had asked his captors to kill him, otherwise they would regret their decision, “I have escaped in the past and will succeed again,” Rehman had told his captors. Rehman Dakait was captured on June 18 in a posh neighborhood of Quetta by the Lyari Task Force. - Rehman Dakait escapes from police custody 23 August 2006, Wednesday, 27 Rajab 1427 DAWN/The News International, KARACHI http://www.karachipage.com/news/Aug_06/082306.html 


QUETTA: Police claimed to have arrested Rehman Dakait, the notorious underworld boss of Karachi, in a raid in the VIP Colony of Jinnah Town, a posh area of the provincial capital, here on Sunday. Senior officials of the Balochistan Police confirmed to The News that Abdul Rehman, alias Rehman Dakait, was in their custody. However, interestingly when this correspondent contacted Inspector-General Police Balochistan Chaudhry Muhammad Yaqoob, he expressed his ignorance, saying, “I don’t know about any arrest”. The police officials said they were tipped-off about the presence of Rehman Dakait in a house of Jinnah Town. In the meantime a police team reached Quetta from Karachi, and the police started a joint vigil on the suspected house. "The police raided the house on Sunday and took into custody Rehman Dakait and his two children,” a senior police official told The News on condition of anonymity. He added that Rehman Dakait put up a little resisting but to no avail. He said Rehman Dakait was wanted to Sindh and Balochistan police in more than four dozen cases of dacoities and other heinous crimes. The government had announced a head-money of Rs 5 million for his arrest. Sources said that soon after the arrest Rehman Dakait was shifted to Karachi in a special plane. A.H. Khanzada adds from Karachi: Rehman Dakait, the underworld boss of the Lyari area, was shifted to Karachi amid tight security on Sunday night and shifted to some unknown place for interrogation, sources told The News. The sources said Rehman Dakait was in Quetta to see his family when he was arrested. The police have also rounded up his family -- including his wife, children and a brother-in-law, the sources said, adding that nine other persons were also taken into custody. Rehman Dakait had been engaged in a gang war in the Lyari area which claimed dozens of lives and his very name inspired terror in the area. The arrest of Rehman Dakait, who became an underworld boss from a drug peddler, has put an end to the Lyari gang war, as the field is left open to his rival Arshad, alias Pappu. The News tried to contact senior police officials, including the CCPO Karachi and DIG Operations, for official version, but nobody responded to repeated calls. Elusive Rehman Dakait finally netted DAWN/The News International, KARACHI 19 June 2006, Monday, 22 Jamadi ul Awal 1427 http://www.karachipage.com/news/Jun_06/061906.html#Dakait 

Geo FIR Abdul Rehman (aka Rehman Daket) - Part 3 of 4

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KARACHI: Abdul Rehman Baloch alias Dakait reportedly escaped from police custody early Tuesday morning. Unconfirmed reports have indicated that Dakait was shifted from the Garden police head quarters to a safe house in Nazimabad two days ago and two guards were posted to keep a watch on him. On Tuesday, five or six unidentified men reached the safe house and took the guards at gun point. The assailants tortured the guards and managed to take Dakait away with them. Sources said that Dakait was arrested on June 18 at Quetta in a joint operation by the Sindh and Balochistan police. Officials of the Lyari Task Force (LTF) and SP Quetta Dogar actively participated in the operation. The police team that arrested Dakait later handed him over to officials of the intelligence agencies. Sources said that Dakait’s custody was given back to the LTF nearly a month ago but none of the two provincial police departments had officially declared his arrest so far. A senior investigation officer remarked that after the nomination and arrest of some LTF officials, including SP Chaudhry Aslam, in the Rasool Bux Brohi murder case, “things have changed”. The alleged escape has raised concerns over his whereabouts as the police had neither declared his arrest nor his escape. CCPO Niaz Siddiqui reiterated his claim at a press conference that when the Karachi police had not arrested him how could he have escaped from police custody. The government had announced head money of five million rupees for Dakait. According to the police, 65 criminal cases had been registered against him at police stations in four towns in Karachi. Hussain Irani is said to be a close associate who was not arrested so far. His close associates, including brother Rahim alias Kana and Sharif alias Kichoo, were killed in police encounters whereas Shehzad alias Charlie was arrested. All three of them had Rs 300,000 as head money. Rehman Dakait ‘escapes’ again? By Abbas Naqvi Wednesday, August 23, 2006 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006\08\23\story_23-8-2006_pg7_9 


KARACHI, Aug 22: After remaining three months and four days in the custody of police and intelligence agencies, high-profile gangster Abdul Rehman alias Rehman Dakait escaped from police custody early Tuesday morning, making it his second successful attempt. He was wanted in more than 150 cases. Earlier in 1997, Rehman had escaped while being taken to court. However, some top police officials were of the opinion that Rehman’s escape was facilitated by certain quarters. Three police officials of the Kalri police station have been detained and a raid was carried out at the house of the SHO of Kalri police station, Bahauddin Babar, who was detained, a senior police official told Dawn on the condition of anonymity. A source said that two days back Rehman was shifted from the lockup of Kalri police station to a safe house in Nazimabad. Sometime on Monday night Rehman Dakait made his escape when police guards were overpowered by Rehman’s companions who had come for his liberation, the source added. Throughout the period of detention, police did not officially acknowledge Rehman’s arrest. Following his arrest on June 18 in Quetta, his custody was taken by the intelligence agencies. Almost a month back he was handed back to the Lyari Task Force. However, after the Rasool Bukhsh Brohi staged encounter case, almost all members of the Lyari Task Force were arrested while SP Aslam Khan was admitted to a private hospital reportedly for cardiac treatment. Following his capture, Rehman had asked his captors to kill him, otherwise they would regret their decision, “I have escaped in the past and will succeed again,” Rehman had told his captors. Rehman Dakait was captured on June 18 in a posh neighborhood of Quetta by the Lyari Task Force. On June 23, Ms Zubeda, a maternal aunt of Abdul Rehman, submitted before the Sindh High Court that Rehman was arrested in Quetta on June 18 along with his brother-in-law Wajid, daughter Atiqa, 11, and son Atique, 8, and he was being illegally detained by the law enforcement agencies. The petitioner’s counsel Omer Sial submitted that his client (Rehman) was shifted to an undisclosed location in Islamabad by LEA without producing him before any court of law and obtaining his remand. Subsequently, the Sindh High Court issued notices to the secretary for interior, the home minister of Sindh and the IG of Sindh for June 29. KARACHI: Rehman Dakait escapes from police custody: Official connivance suspected By S. Raza Hassan August 23, 2006 Wednesday Rajab 27, 1427 http://archives.dawn.com/2006/08/23/local2.htm 

Geo FIR Abdul Rehman (aka Rehman Daket) - Part 4 of 4

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The former Sindh IG Jahangir Mirza acknowledged the arrest of gangster Rahman Dakait only after his retirement. He said the outlaw’s arrest and subsequent escape was not brought to his knowledge while he was in office.


KARACHI, May 9: People of the southern part of Lyari are looking to the authorities and law-enforcement agencies to bring about an abiding peace in the area which has suffered a gang war between two rival groups for almost four years. Although the intensity of the gang war has decreased because of various factors, the police have finally disbanded the Lyari Task Force formed in March 2005 with the stated aim of dealing with the criminals firmly. “The law and order situation in Lyari is now under control and the LTF had almost completed its task to contain the criminal activities and there was no need for its existence,” Adviser to the Chief Minister on Home Affairs Wasim Akhtar told journalists some time back at a luncheon meeting at the Central Police Office. Sources in the Sindh police said that the Lyari Task Force was established as a reward to DSP Aslam Khan and his team as they had arrested underworld don Shoaib Khan in December 2004, who subsequently died in the Central Prison of Karachi in January 2005. DSP Aslam Khan was also promoted to the rank of superintendent of police. SP Aslam Khan, commonly known as Chaudhry Aslam, having a backing of the then home minister, was made chief of the LTF and his team, including DSP Irfan Bahadur, launched an operation against gangsters in Lyari. The LTF team killed in various ‘shootouts’ many gangsters, including Sharif Keecho, Rahim alias Kana, brother of ringleader Rehman Dakait, Arif Mama, Usman alias Kekra, Siddique alias Boocha, etc. The LTF raided the bungalow of Rehman Dakait in Balochistan’s Hub area bordering Karachi on May 18, 2005, which resulted in a gun battle. A police officer, a civilian, and two suspected members of the Rehman Dakait gang were killed in the four-hour shootout between the police and the gangsters. The LTF picked up Rehman Dakait on June 18, 2006 from a posh neighbourhood in Quetta and brought him to Karachi. However, the police never admitted the arrest officially and the outlaw escaped from captivity after two months and four days. The trouble started for the LTF chief and his associates following the killing of a man in mistaken identity in July 2006. The LTF had a tip-off that it was Mashooq Brohi, allegedly involved in numerous cases of kidnapping for ransom. The ‘shootout’ took place in the outskirts of Gadap and the man was later identified as Rasool Bux. A case was registered against the LTF chief and those who had taken part in the shooting. After the case was registered, the then inspector-general of Sindh, Jehangir Mirza, disbanded the LTF. However, the LTF chief, with the backing of the then home minister, got the orders for dissolution of the LTF reversed. The IG took back his order the next day and restored the LTF. The former IG, who is retired now, later admitted that Rehman Dakait had been in police custody and that there was considerable political pressure on his administration. The sources said that it was the turning point and the LTF, despite having picked up Rehman Dakait, invited the wrath of the superiors. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court had also taken suo motu notice and ordered the registration of a case against the officials responsible. Sensing their imminent arrest in the ‘encounter case’, the LTF members asked an intelligence agency to take back the custody of Rehman Dakait as the police had not declared his arrest officially. However, the intelligence agency declined the request, and SP Aslam Khan, DSP Irfan Bahadur and other officials, who had taken part in the ‘shootout’, were arrested. The police raided the LTF office situated in the Garden police headquarters, ransacked it and allegedly took away some record files. The custody of Rehman Dakait was given to inspector Baharuddin Babar, and the Dakait slipped from his custody on August 22, 2006. The wrangling within the police ranks over the declaration of the arrest of Rehman Dakait and mishandling of the matter caused his escape and the price of it was being paid by residents of Lyari, the sources added. Following the arrest of top officials of the LTF, it continued to work and killed some criminals in shootouts but it could not produce the desired results. The gang war between the heads of the two gangs – Rehman Dakait and Arshad Pappu –- continued in the area making the life of residents miserable. However, the Central Investigation Department with the help of an intelligence agency arrested Arshad Pappu in October 2006 in a raid at his Lyari hideout. Finally, acting inspector-general of Sindh Niaz Siddiqui on April 19 disbanded the LTF. “Since the purpose of its formation had largely been achieved, there was no justification for its existence,” Mr Siddiqui had said. The staff of the LTF, comprising more than 40 officials, was placed at the disposal of the Lyari Town police. Residents of Lyari were not happy with the police performance but they did appreciate the efforts of former TPO of Lyari Omar Shahid, SP Aslam Khan and his team. They said that the criminal activities and gang war had halted during their tenure. The residents held the police responsible for fuelling the gang war in the area. They alleged that the police and gangsters were hand in glove and the sufferers were only the innocent residents. They said that the future of their children was at stake as they had seen the gang war in their childhood which might adversely affect their psychology. A ray of hope existed while the TPO of Lyari and SP Aslam Khan with his team were working. “We need officers like Omar and Aslam who can restore the writ of the law in the streets and lanes of Lyari. We are fed up with the gang war and our children want to go to school and get education,” said Abdul Sattar Baloch, a resident of the affected area.Police sources said that many criminals and innocent citizens had been killed in the Lyari gang war since 2002. Since Arshad Pappu was arrested and his arch rival Rehman Dakait went into hiding, the gang war had lost some intensity. However, some splinter groups of both the gangs wanted to take advantage of the absence of the two warlords and they showed off their strength by overpowering other smaller groups. One such gangster, Shoaib alias Doctor, attempted to take over the area and created trouble for the law-enforcement agencies recently. The area still needed a strong surveillance and police attention to wipe out the criminals, they added. KARACHI: The rise and fall of Lyari Task Force By Arman Sabir May 10, 2007 Thursday Rabi-us-Sani 22, 1428 http://archives.dawn.com/dawnftp/72.249.57.55/dawnftp/2007/05/10/local4.htm 


Lyari Market - At the end of the nineteenth century the Trans-Lyari Quarter of the city was made up of a cluster of poor settlements mostly consisting of reed and mud plastered huts with some more permanent dwellings. At this time one-quarter of the population of Karachi lived in this area across the Lyari River. Old ( Karachi City) Courtesy: http://forum.urduworld.com/f144/karachi-jab-kulachi-tha-335273/




This is Lyari by Alauddin Khanzada Dawn News Special Report - 1
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“Nisar Baloch understandably became a thorn in the side of the land-grabbing mafia, reportedly backed by influential ethnic and political parties of the city. Ironically, he had addressed a press conference only a day before he was murdered where he highlighted the issue in detail and pinpointed (perhaps fatally) the forces lending administrative and political support to the illegal occupation of the land of Gutter Baghicha. Importantly, Nisar Baloch had criticised both the MQM and PPP in equal measure, the former for complicity in coercion and the latter for its expedient tardiness. The Sindh chief minister had slapped a ban on the disposal and leasing of plots by the city government in July 2009. The ban was challenged by Nazim Mustafa Kamal but this public interest matter was settled out of court as if it was a compoundable dispute.” REFERENCE: Death of a social activist By Ardeshir Cowasjee Sunday, 15 Nov, 2009 http://archives.dawn.com/archives/19346



Nisar Baloch, a resident of Old Golimar and an activist endeavouring to save Gutter Bagicha, was gunned down in cold blood near his house on Saturday morning. On Friday, he addressed a news conference at the Karachi Press Club on an issue that he was extremely passionate about: saving Gutter Bagicha Park for the beneficial use of the hundreds of thousands of poor people who lived in the congested vicinity. Gutter Baghicha, situated at Manghopir Road, was originally spread over 1,016 acres, but has being encroached upon by citizens, government officials and the land mafia since long. In an interview with The News some two months ago, Baloch said that Gutter Baghicha was first encroached upon by immigrants arriving in Pakistan after the Partition of the subcontinent in 1947. As a result, several colonies, including Asif Colony, Hasrat Mohani Colony, Zuberi Colony, and Wilayatabad were established on parcels of land from the Baghicha.The government constructed a boundary wall around these new colonies that were spread over 480 acres, according to Baloch. Had it been confined to the needs of impoverished refugees, perhaps nobody would have made an objection over the encroachment. However, government officials were also eyeing the prime land, Baloch had told The News. The minutes of a meeting held on March 7, 1993 at the secretariat of the Sindh local government (LG) minister had stated: On the request of the KMC [now-defunct Karachi Municipal Corporation] Officers Cooperative Housing Society, the [LG minister] had passed an order that 200 acres of KMC land at Sewage Farm, Manghopir Road, may be granted to them for housing purposes at the rate of Rs10 per sq. yard (occupancy value) and at the rate of Rs15 per sq. yard (developmental charges). The matter was discussed and all the participants concerned agreed to [the proposal]. It was unanimously decided that senior director [of] land and estate [or the] KMC council director may put up CR accordingly. The minutes were signed by the then-Sindh LG minister, Mohammad Irshad Ahmad. On July 25, 1993, Section Officer-IV Muhammad Siddique Dar, issued a letter on behalf of the Sindh secretary, stating: In exercise of powers conferred by Section 45(5) (i) of the Sindh Local Government Ordinance-1979, the Sindh government [has approved] the KMC Council Resolution no.2, dated March 11, 1993, regarding the allotment of 200 acres of waste KMC land in Sewage Farm, Manghopir Road, Karachi, in favour of the KMC Officers Cooperative Housing Society for allotment to its registered members, at the rate of Rs10 per sq. yard occupancy value plus development charges at the rate of Rs15 per sq. yard, for residential purposes, on a 99-years lease, on the terms and conditions specified in the resolution. REFERENCE: Gutter Baghicha over the years Sunday, November 08, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=207306&Cat=4&dt=11/8/2009 

This is Lyari by Alauddin Khanzada Dawn News Special Report - 2

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KARACHI, Aug 22: After remaining three months and four days in the custody of police and intelligence agencies, high-profile gangster Abdul Rehman alias Rehman Dakait escaped from police custody early Tuesday morning, making it his second successful attempt. He was wanted in more than 150 cases. Earlier in 1997, Rehman had escaped while being taken to court. However, some top police officials were of the opinion that Rehman’s escape was facilitated by certain quarters. Three police officials of the Kalri police station have been detained and a raid was carried out at the house of the SHO of Kalri police station, Bahauddin Babar, who was detained, a senior police official told Dawn on the condition of anonymity. A source said that two days back Rehman was shifted from the lockup of Kalri police station to a safe house in Nazimabad. REFERENCE: KARACHI: Rehman Dakait escapes from police custody: Official connivance suspected By S. Raza Hassan August 23, 2006 Wednesday Rajab 27, 1427 http://archives.dawn.com/2006/08/23/local2.htm

During General Musharraf's Martial Law.



The former Sindh IG Jahangir Mirza acknowledged the arrest of gangster Rahman Dakait only after his retirement. He said the outlaw’s arrest and subsequent escape was not brought to his knowledge while he was in office. KARACHI, May 9: People of the southern part of Lyari are looking to the authorities and law-enforcement agencies to bring about an abiding peace in the area which has suffered a gang war between two rival groups for almost four years. Although the intensity of the gang war has decreased because of various factors, the police have finally disbanded the Lyari Task Force formed in March 2005 with the stated aim of dealing with the criminals firmly. “The law and order situation in Lyari is now under control and the LTF had almost completed its task to contain the criminal activities and there was no need for its existence,” Adviser to the Chief Minister on Home Affairs Wasim Akhtar told journalists some time back at a luncheon meeting at the Central Police Office. Sources in the Sindh police said that the Lyari Task Force was established as a reward to DSP Aslam Khan and his team as they had arrested underworld don Shoaib Khan in December 2004, who subsequently died in the Central Prison of Karachi in January 2005. DSP Aslam Khan was also promoted to the rank of superintendent of police. REFERENCE: KARACHI: The rise and fall of Lyari Task Force By Arman Sabir May 10, 2007 Thursday Rabi-us-Sani 22, 1428 http://archives.dawn.com/dawnftp/72.249.57.55/dawnftp/2007/05/10/local4.htm



Things, however, were not destined to pass so smoothly. The minutes of a September 12, 2001, meeting of the Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC)-1 of the Sindh services general administration & coordination departments enquiries and anti-corruption establishment, discussed the illegal allotment of land survey no.108/10.K 28 Trans Lyari Sewerage Farm Municipal Garden, Gutter Baghicha Manghopir Road, Karachi†for 200 acres at the rate of Rs10 per sq. yard for KMC Officers Cooperative Housing Society. The ACC-1 decided to register a case against the then-municipal commissioner, Allauddin Sabir, and the then-senior director of the KMC land and estate, Syed Tanveer Abbas Naqvi. The ACC-1 also decided to hold an open enquiry against Shafi Ahmed Ansari, the then-deputy director (land) of the KMC. However, no action was taken against any of the three men. A letter written on November 15, 2003, by the then-LG chairman, Brig. (retd) Mukhtar Ahmed, stated: “Despite a lapse of two years, the decision of the ACC-1 has not been complied with. So many reminders have been issued but a response is not forthcoming. On February 12, 2004, LG special secretary, Muhammad Ayub Shaikh, wrote a letter to the then-city Nazim Naimatullah Khan, stating that although it was decided on September 12, 2001, to cancel the allotment of 200 acres out of Survey No.108/10-K-28, Trans Lyari, Gutter Baghicha, the decision of the ACC-I had neither been complied nor has any progress been intimated. According to Sheri-Citizens for a Better Environment (Shehri-CBE), a civic rights organisation, in 1993, after some 530 of the 1,017 acres had been swallowed up by various mafias, the government decided to allot 200 acres to the KMC Officers’ Cooperative Housing Society, and auction cottage industry plots on 50 acres of Gutter Baghicha. Concerned citizens and area residents, appalled at this proposed desecration of the remaining amenity park space, filed a human rights petition in the Supreme Court. The very concept of establishing a housing colony on an amenity park plot is anathema, especially in a situation where there is a severe paucity of open spaces, parks and playgrounds for the burgeoning population of this city. Nisar Baloch doggedly followed the case through various courts, which seemed not to give this critical issue of public interest the attention it deserved. Presently, a suit is pending in the high court, where co-petitioners include Ardeshir Cowasjee, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Shehri-CBE and other concerned citizens. Despite a status quo order, over the past six months, various mafias have invaded the amenity plot and have constructed houses on about 30 acres of park land. REFERENCE: Gutter Baghicha over the years Sunday, November 08, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=207306&Cat=4&dt=11/8/2009 



Gutter Baghicha, situated at Manghopir Road, was originally spread over 1,016 acres, but is being encroached upon by the citizens, government officials and the land mafia since long. According to Nisar Baloch, an activist in the area, it was first encroached upon by immigrants arriving in Pakistan after the Partition of subcontinent in 1947. As a result, several colonies, including Asif Colony, Hasrat Mohani Colony, Zuberi Colony, and Wilayatabad were established on parcels of land from the Baghicha(garden).The government constructed a boundary wall around these new colonies that were spread over 480 acres, according to Baloch. Had it been confined to the needs of impoverished refugees, perhaps nobody would have made an objection over the encroachment. However, government officials were also eyeing the prime land, Baloch said. The minutes of a meeting held on March 7, 1993 at the secretariat of the Minister for Local Government, Government of Sindh, stated: “On the request of KMC (defunct Karachi Municipal Corporation) Officers Cooperative Housing Society, the Honourable Minister Local Government had passed an order that 200 acres of KMC land at Sewage Farm, Manghopir Road may be granted to them for housing purposes at the rate of Rs10 per sq. yard (occupancy value) and at the rate of Rs15 per sq. yard (developmental charges). The matter was discussed and all the concerned participants agreed to the above proposal. It was unanimously decided that Senior Director Land and Estate/Director Council KMC may put up CR accordingly.” REFERENCE: Land mafia devouring Gutter Baghicha in connivance with officials By Shahid Husain Saturday, September 12, 2009 Karachi http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=197950&Cat=4&dt=9/12/2009 

The minutes were signed by the then Sindh Minister Local Government, Mohammad Irshad Ahmad.



On July 25, 1993, Muhammad Siddique Dar, Section Officer-IV, on behalf of Secretary to Government of Sindh, issued a letter that said: “In exercise of powers conferred by section 45(5) (i) of the Sindh Local Government Ordinance, 1979, Government of Sindh are pleased to accord approval to the KMC Council Resolution No 2, dated March 11, 1993, regarding allotment of 200 acres of waste KMC land in sewage farm Manghopir Road Karachi in favour of KMC Officers Cooperative Housing Society for allotment to its registered members, at the rate of Rs 10 per sq. yard occupancy value plus development charges at the rate of Rs 15 per sq. yard, for residential purposes, on 99 years lease basis, on the terms and conditions specified in the above resolution.” REFERENCE: Land mafia devouring Gutter Baghicha in connivance with officials By Shahid Husain Saturday, September 12, 2009 Karachi http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=197950&Cat=4&dt=9/12/2009



However, things were destined not to pass so smoothly. The minutes of a meeting of “Anti-Corruption Committee-1” of Enquiries & Anti-Corruption Establishment, Services General Administration And Coordination Department, Government of Sindh, dated Sept 12, 2001, held at Sindh Secretariat Building No-1, Karachi discussed “illegal allotment of Land Survey No. 108/10.K 28 Trans Lyari Sewerage Farm Municipal Garden, Gutter Baghicha Manghopir Road, Karachi” for 200 acres at the rate of Rs10 per sq. yard for KMC Officers Cooperative Housing Society. ACC-1 decided to register a case against Allauddin Sabir, Municipal Commissioner at the time and Syed Tanveer Abbas Naqvi, the then Senior Director, Land and Estate, KMC Karachi. The ACC-1 also decided to hold an open enquiry against Shafi Ahmed Ansari, the then Deputy Director (Land) KMC, Karachi. However, strangely enough, no action was taken against Municipal Commissioner Allauddin Sabir and other accused despite a lapse of two years. A letter written by Brig (retired) Mukhtar Ahmed on November 15, 2003, the then Chairman, Local Government said: “Despite a lapse of two years the decision/direction of ACC-1 has not been complied with. So many reminders have been issued but the response is not forthcoming.” On February 12, 2004, Special Secretary, Local Government, Muhammad Ayub Shaikh wrote a letter to the then Nazim, City District Government Karachi, Naimatullah Khan, stating although it was decided on Sept 12, 2001, to cancel the allotment of 200 acres of land out of Survey No. 108/10-K-28, Trans Lyari, Gutter Baghicha but the decision of ACC-I has neither been complied nor has any progress been intimated “despite a lapse of two years.” Today fresh attempts are being made to encroach Gutter Bagicha, by the land mafia in connivance with officials. REFERENCE: Land mafia devouring Gutter Baghicha in connivance with officials By Shahid Husain Saturday, September 12, 2009 Karachi http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=197950&Cat=4&dt=9/12/2009

During General Musharraf's Martial Law.



KARACHI, Oct 11: Unlike the detention of Rehman Dakait which was kept secret throughout his period of confinement, police on Wednesday wasted no time in disclosing the arrest of Arshad Pappu, Rehman’s rival in Lyari gang-war. Arshad Pappu’s arrest materialised early Wednesday morning when sleuths of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) accompanied by police, raided an apartment building in Lyari. Later in the evening, speaking at a press conference at police head office, the Capital city police chief Niaz Ahmed Siddiqui, said a special team of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), with the cooperation of an intelligence agency, raided the apartment of Arshad Pappu in Nayabad, Lyari, around 3am. The raid resulted in the arrest of Arshad Pappu and his accomplice, Imam Bukash, following an alleged encounter. However, no one was reportedly injured in the ‘encounter’ claimed by the CCPO. Police recovered two Kalashnikovs, a hand-grenade and two magazines, the City police chief added. To a query about the identification of Imam Bukash as a policeman posted in Turbat, the CCPO said that at this point we are investigating him and could not make a comment on his background. Describing the criminal background of Arshad Pappu, carrying a head money of Rs 30 lakh, Mr Siddiqui said he is wanted in over 60 cases of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping for ransom and police encounters. Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Home Affairs Waseem Akhtar who was also present on the occasion while replying to a query dispelled the impression that Rehman Dakait would now enjoy a free-hand in Lyari following Arshad’s arrest, and expressed the hope that Rehman would also be arrested soon. Meanwhile, sources said Arshad Pappu had recently returned from Iran following an apparent and abrupt end of his hunt with the arrest of SP Aslam Khan with his associates. REFERENCE: KARACHI: Gangster Arshad Pappu arrested By S. Raza Hassan October 12, 2006 Thursday Ramazan 18, 1427 http://archives.dawn.com/2006/10/12/local4.htm

This is Lyari by Alauddin Khanzada Dawn News Special Report - 3

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During "An Elected Government"


KARACHI, Aug 12: At the end of three days of mourning for the death of wanted ‘gangster’ Sardar Abdul Rehman alias Dakait, hundreds of people gathered at Lyari’s Gabol Park, named after Sardar Khan Bahadur Allah Bukhsh Gabol. It is perhaps an odd quirk of history that the walls of the park named after the first deputy speaker of the Sindh Assembly are now splattered with graffiti, accusing his grandson, PPP MNA Sardar Nabeel Ahmed Gabol, of “political backstabbing”. After Sunday’s alleged police encounter, which led to the killing of Rehman Dakait along with his three associates, the political temperature in Lyari has been running high. The majority of residents of the locality seem to agree that with the life that Rehman led, a violent end was not unexpected, but they have questioned the character of political leaders in the area, who they say enjoyed close connections with the outlaw. While the nature of Rehman’s connection with political leaders is unclear, it is known that several sitting ministers visited him frequently both before and after taking office. With Rehman’s death, it may now never be made clear what exactly his relationship with these politicians was. “It’s not a question of why they killed him; it’s a question of why they pampered and patronised the man who they believed was a criminal for years,” says Haji Namdar, a man in his 80s who claims to have enjoyed the companionship of Sardar Khan Bahadur Allah Bukhsh Gabol and former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. REFERENCE: KARACHI: Lyari wonders how Rehman Dakait lost politicians’ love By Imran Ayub Thursday, 13 Aug, 2009 http://archives.dawn.com/archives/161776

During "An Elected Government"


KARACHI, Aug 10: ‘Gangster’ Abdul Rehman Baloch, variously known as Rehman Dakait and Khan Bhai, and his three associates were allegedly killed in police custody on Sunday night after their capture earlier in the evening in Malir, Dawn has learnt. Police announced on Sunday night that Rehman Dakait and his three associates – Aurangzaib alias Baba, Nazeer alias Balla and Aqil – were gunned down in a police encounter on the link road in the remit of the Steel Town police station. According to the SP for investigation (East II), Aslam Khan, the police received a tip-off that Rehman Dakait was returning from Hyderabad. When they tried to stop him on the link road, a shootout ensued in which Rehman and his three associates were killed.None of the policemen suffered even bruises during the alleged encounter with the “most notorious gangster of the province carrying a head money of Rs50 million”. Well-placed sources told Dawn that Rehman was not in hiding. He moved around with his men in one or more vehicles. He reportedly had a good relationship with some provincial ministers. On Sunday, Rehman along with his four associates went to a transporter’s in Gadap Town, where he owned around 50 acres. The visit was related to a land deal. However, the sources added it appeared that Rehman was invited there. On his way back, Rehman and his associates were intercepted by a police party near Memon Goth, the sources said, adding that there was no resistance during the arrest. Rehman might be feeling confident that he would again walk free from the police custody and this time with enhanced dignity. REFERENCES KARACHI: Question mark over killing of Lyari ‘gangster’ By S. Raza Hassan Tuesday, 11 Aug, 2009 http://archives.dawn.com/archives/66179


KARACHI, Jan 13: Abdul Rehman Baloch, better known as Rehman Dakait for his reported role in the deadly Lyari gang warfare, is stated to be edging his way into politics. As a first step, efforts are being made to bring about a lasting truce between him and his rival gangster, Arshad Pappu, it has emerged. Last week the heads of the two Lyari gangs agreed to put their long-running and blood-drenched feud behind them. The gang warfare, triggered by the murder of transporter Mama Faizu in 2002, is said to have claimed hundreds of lives of the common people, policemen and gang members. Several children have also fallen victim to battles erupting intermittently over the years. A provincial leader of the Pakistan People’s Party has written to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah seeking a general amnesty for PPP workers of Lyari, insisting that criminal cases against party workers and sympathisers are mostly politically motivated. Well-placed sources told Dawn that efforts to work out a settlement between the two gangs began last year, and for the last six months the matter had progressed to such an extent that both sides had agreed to sit across the table and talk it over. Balochistan National Party (BNP) Chairman Akhtar Mengal is also said to have played a crucial role in bringing the two sides to the negotiating table. It was during his incarceration in the Central Prison Karachi, when Haji Lalu, father of Arshad Pappu, wrote to Mr Mengal describing the cause of the differences between the two warring gang leaders and requesting him to play his role in ending the bloodshed in Lyari. The sources said serious efforts for reconciliation were made during the last six months when local leaders helped initiate talks behind the scenes and demanded a pardon for the elements involved in the Lyari gang warfare. MNA Nabil Gabol and MPA Rafiq Engineer continued their efforts to make the two groups begin negotiations and tried to convince them that a surrender before the authorities would be a better option for them. REFERENCE: KARACHI: Lyari ‘gangster’ seeking role in politics By S. Raza Hassan January 14, 2009 Wednesday Muharram 16, 1430 http://archives.dawn.com/archives/164279

This is Lyari by Alauddin Khanzada Dawn News Special Report - 4

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But though the public curses the MQM for trying to do away with Rehman, Nadia Gabol, the MPA for MQM from Lyari, condemns the killing herself. "I live two minutes away from Rehman Baloch, and I have never had any problem with him, even though he supported the PPP. And let me make this clear, if Nabeel Gabol and Rafiq Engineer had not been supported by Rehman Baloch, they would never have won the seats." Nadia Gabol, the niece of Nabeel Gabol, says that no matter what anyone says, Lyari was definitely 'picking up'. "There was no firing at weddings, there was an abrupt drop in boys doing drugs in the lanes, there was 600 gallons of water being supplied to Lyari in one day. The roads were in a better condition, the man (Rehman Baloch) gave away ration during Ramzan. As far as his death is concerned, it was a shock to the people. I am sure he had it coming, but the way it came his way was unfair. Every one, innocent or guilty, deserves a fair trial. And MQM did not have anything to do with his death." Nabeel Gabol, MNA People's Party, said "Rehman was a notorious character and governor Sindh had also announced Rs1 million head money for him. To the questions of accusations that PPP was responsible for his killing and used him he said this was "baseless propaganda against him and his party." Today, though Lyari's reaction to Rehman's death has been unnaturally controlled and quiet, in spite of some aerial firing at his funeral, and the protest the families held at the Karachi Press Club, the general public in Lyari remembers him as a Robin Hood figure rather than a petty criminal. "He was the only one who did anything for us," cries an old man. "Each Ramzan he gave out food for us poor people. Now will the political parties promise to do what they have never done before?" he questions. REFERENCE: Lyari's Robin Hood - The killing of Adbur Rehman Baloch aka Rehman Dakait has raised doubts about the police encounter and the 'beneficiaries' of his death By Xari Jalil Dated 30 August 2009 http://jang.com.pk/thenews/aug2009-weekly/nos-30-08-2009/dia.htm#1

ROLE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES


KARACHI, Jan 3: As the setting sun of Dec 27 saw Pakistan’s popular political leader lie dead in the Rawalpindi General Hospital, Karachi streets witnessed quick disappearance of Rangers and police, leaving the people rushing home in panic from their workplaces at the mercy of robbers, plunderers and arsonists. Disappearance of police and Rangers from streets and roads after devastating bomb blasts and target killings in Karachi has become a routine feature during the last few years. Motorists, shopkeepers, petrol pumps and the public on roads become easy target of armed assailants, who come from nowhere and disappear after completing their mission. The year 2007 has left behind a trail of blood, looting and arson as unprotected people in Karachi and elsewhere in the province were deprived of their belongings and subjected to all sorts of vandalism from the evening of Dec 27 to Dec 31. More than three dozen people were killed and many others wounded. Though the loss of property is still being assessed, a rough estimate puts it at something between Rs60 billion and Rs80 billion. All this loss of life and property has been suffered by the poor province of Sindh, which has spent as much as Rs90 billion on police and Rs15 billion on Rangers in the last 16 years. The bulk of this amount went to salaries and perks. A substantial amount has been spent on the purchase of vehicles but very little on upgrading skills and competence of the law enforcers. ‘’Police and Rangers are not motivated enough,’’ a teacher of a local law college said, pointing out that our law enforcers were ruthless when it came to dealing with unarmed trade union activists and civil society members, but they could not face armed miscreants to protect citizens. On all crucial occasions, police and Rangers have abandoned the citizens.

What were police and Rangers doing during the four days from Dec 27 to 31? This is the question being asked commonly. Neither is any assembly in place nor the senate is being convened where an answer or explanation could be sought. The caretaker ministers are not obliged to give answers to the people many of whom were target of highhandedness. Many people were pulled out of their cars, robbed of their cellphones and cash and their cars were set on fire. Food warehouses were looted, shops were plundered and set on fire. Trailers on the highways were emptied of their cargoes and burnt down. Since 1991, Rangers have been a regular part of the law enforcing outfit in Sindh. Every year in July, the Sindh government makes a formal request to the federal interior ministry for one-year extension in their deployment in the province and Islamabad readily obliges. Since 1991, the crime graph in the province has maintained an upward trend. In fact crimes have been more heinous than before. There were bank robberies and target killings during the ‘80s. In the ‘90s, there were bomb blasts at places of worship and after the year 2000 suicide bombings have become frequent. A top bureaucrat, who is now abroad but previously served Sindh as home and finance secretaries, recalls the year 1983 when the province came in the severe grip of lawlessness and there were frequent incidents of ethnic and sectarian violence. It was then that people in rural areas had put up resistance against the military dictatorship and were brutally suppressed. Since then the army was called out and paramilitary forces were deployed. It was also during those years that private security forces were set up that drew their personnel mostly from retired army men.

But in 1991, the Rangers were deployed and since then every year in July there is a ritual of making a formal request to Islamabad. It happened even in the year 2003 when the Muttahida Qaumi Movement joined the Sindh coalition government as its major partner. During the 1980s and the 1990s, police and Rangers reportedly targeted MQM cadres. In 1998, the MQM set up a protest camp against Rangers and police in front of the Karachi Press Club. Police also sponsored some people to set up a counter protest camp opposite the MQM. But to everyone’s relief nothing untoward happened despite tension. In 2003, the MQM controlled the Sindh home department and approached the federal interior ministry through the chief minister for a one-year extension in Rangers’ deployment. It was a very uncomfortable situation for all those involved in this ritual — the MQM, the interior ministry and the Rangers. But as it was, Rangers served the MQM well and demolished the rival MQM faction’s headquarters in Landhi. After 2003, the MQM leaders are full of praise for Rangers. An official document of the Sindh government shows that over Rs4 billion was spent on Rangers and the Frontier Constabulary during 1991-92 to 1998-99. Since then the expenditure has gone up manifold because of the rise in wages, fuel prices and the impact of inflation. After their induction, Rangers were given control of the lucrative fishing lakes and seashores in Sindh. The fishing licences were auctioned to the highest bidders, depriving the fishermen of their living. They were made to quit after much protest recently. Rangers also supply water in Karachi through tankers. They have opened a general store in the city. A Rangers spokesman was contacted but he was unavailable for comment. REFERENCE: KARACHI: Where were Rangers during recent riots? By [LATE] Sabihuddin Ghausi January 03, 2008 Thursday Zilhaj 23, 1428  http://archives.dawn.com/2008/01/03/local7.htm


جنگِ کراچی !

وسعت اللہ خان
بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد
آخری وقت اشاعت: اتوار, 10 جنوری, 2010, 13:29 GMT 18:29 PST

چھ ماہ میں دو سو ستر کے لگ بھگ افراد ٹارگٹ کلنگ میں ہلاک ہوچکے ہیں

اب سے چھ ماہ پہلے جولائی کے دوسرے منگل کو پاکستانی وزیرِ داخلہ رحمان ملک نے کراچی میں ٹارگٹ کلنگز کی روک تھام کے لئے وزیرِ اعلیٰ ہاؤس میں ایک پریس کانفرنس کی جس میں انہوں نے الٹی میٹم دیا کہ جمعرات کی رات بارہ بجے کے بعد اگر کراچی میں ٹارگٹ کلنگ کا ایک بھی واقعہ ہوا تو پھر ان سے برا کوئی نہ ہوگا۔

انہوں نے یہ بھی کہا کہ اب تک ہونے والی ٹارگٹ کلنگز کی عدالتی تحقیقات ہوں گی۔ جو شخص کسی بھی ٹارگٹ کلنگ کے بارے میں مفید معلومات فراہم کرے گا اسے پانچ لاکھ روپے انعام دیا جائے گا۔ایک کرائسس مینجمنٹ سیل قائم کیا جائے گا جو ٹارگٹ کلنگس سے متعلق انٹیلی جینس نظام کو مربوط کر کے زمہ داروں کو دبوچےگا۔سندھ کی مخلوط حکومت میں شامل پیپلز پارٹی، ایم کیو ایم اور اے این پی نے وعدہ کیا ہے کہ وہ اس لعنت کے خاتمے کے لئے ہرممکن تعاون کریں گے۔

آج ٹھیک چھ ماہ بعد حالت یہ ہے کہ اس عرصے میں دو سو ستر کے لگ بھگ مزید افراد ٹارگٹ کلنگ میں ہلاک ہوچکے ہیں۔جن میں متحدہ قومی موومنٹ، مہاجر قومی موومنٹ ، عوامی نیشنل پارٹی ، پیپلز پارٹی، جماعتِ اسلامی اور سنی تحریک کے کارکنوں سے لے کر زمینوں پر ناجائز قبضے کی مزاحمت کرنے والے سماجی کارکن اور جرائم پیشہ گینگسٹرز بھی شامل ہیں۔

ن چھ ماہ کے دوران کسی شخص نے رحمان ملک کو کسی بھی ٹارگٹ کلنگ کی اطلاع دے کر پانچ لاکھ روپے انعام وصول کرنے کی زحمت نہیں کی۔اگر کوئی عدالتی تحقیقات ہوئی بھی ہیں تو ان کا کسی کو نہیں پتہ۔اگر کرائسس مینجمنٹ سیل بنا بھی ہے تو نہیں معلوم کہ اس کا ہاتھ کس کس کے گریبان تک پہنچا ہے۔اگر کوئی ٹارگٹ کلر گرفتار ہوا ہے تو اس کا نام کسی کو نہیں معلوم
ان چھ ماہ کے دوران کسی شخص نے رحمان ملک کو کسی بھی ٹارگٹ کلنگ کی اطلاع دے کر پانچ لاکھ روپے انعام وصول کرنے کی زحمت نہیں کی۔اگر کوئی عدالتی تحقیقات ہوئی بھی ہیں تو ان کا کسی کو نہیں پتہ۔اگر کرائسس مینجمنٹ سیل بنا بھی ہے تو نہیں معلوم کہ اس کا ہاتھ کس کس کے گریبان تک پہنچا ہے۔اگر کوئی ٹارگٹ کلر گرفتار ہوا ہے تو اس کا نام کسی کو نہیں معلوم۔

کوئی بھی شخص جس کی آنکھیں زرا سی بھی کھلی ہوئی ہوں۔اسے کراچی میں ٹارگٹ کلنگز کی تین موٹی موٹی وجوہات سمجھنے میں نہ تو رحمان ملک کے فوٹو سٹیٹ بیانات کی محتاجی ہے ، نہ کسی سیاسی جماعت کا سہارا چاہیے اور نہ ہی کسی انٹیلی جینس ایجنسی کی فائلوں تک پہنچنے کی ضرورت ہے۔

پہلی وجہ کراچی نامی کثیرالنسلی سونے کی چڑیا پر سیاسی حاکمیت کی رسہ کشی ہے۔ پونے دو کروڑ آبادی والے اس شہر کے جس علاقے پر جس بھی جماعت یا گروہ کا تسلط ہے وہ اس تسلط کو ہر قیمت پر برقرار رکھنا چاہتا ہے۔کیونکہ اسی تسلط سے زمینی، مالیاتی، ووٹ بینک اور اقتدار میں شراکت کے بے شمار فوائد جڑے ہوئے ہیں۔

دوسری وجہ اربوں روپے کی قیمتی زمین ہے۔جس پر سیاسی، اقتصادی اور نسلی طاقت کے بل بوتے پر قبضہ جمایا جاتا ہے اور اس میں مسلسل اضافے کی کوشش کی جاتی ہے۔ اس جنگ میں جو جس علاقے میں جتنا زور آور ہے، اسی تناسب سے قانون نافذ کرنے والے اور دیگر سرکاری اداروں اور جرائم پیشہ گروہوں کو بھی حصہ داری میں شامل کرتا ہے۔

پولیس مقابلے، نسلی جھگڑے یا گینگ وار دراصل لینڈ مافیا کے بڑے کھیل کی ہی زیلی شکلیں ہیں۔یہ سارا کھیل سیاسی پشت پناہی کے بغیر ممکن نہیں اور اسی کھیل سے وہ اثرورسوخ اور سرمایہ ہاتھ آتا ہے جو سیاسی دھاروں کو کنٹرول کرنے کے کام آتا ہے۔پچھلے چھ ماہ میں کراچی میں جتنی ٹارگٹ کلنگس ہوئی ان کا شکار ہونے والوں میں رئیل سٹیٹ کے سترہ کاروباری بھی شامل ہیں۔

تیسری وجہ مذہبی اختلافات کی بنیاد پر ٹارگٹ کلنگ ہے۔ جو کبھی زور پکڑ جاتی ہے تو کبھی تھم جاتی ہے۔لیکن کراچی کی موجودہ گریٹ گیم میں اس کا تناسب بہت کم ہے۔

سوال یہ ہے کہ پھر کوئی پکڑا کیوں نہیں جاتا؟ بات یہ ہے کہ جب وارداتی ہی مجرم کا تعاقب کرنے والوں میں شامل ہوکر چور چور کا شور مچانے لگیں تو کون کسے پکڑے گا

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