Meanwhile, in a statement the MQM coordination committee said that the “quest to take over Karachi and have the next city nazim from the PPP will never materialize”. “Even if certain elements within the PPP are aspiring for it, they should achieve this through a political process and democratic means and not by violence and bloodshed,” said the statement. In order to sabotage talks another eight citizens were ruthlessly killed and dumped in Liyari River on Friday.
The relief workers recovered the bodies from different parts of Lyari River. At least four of the eight bodies have so far been recovered from the river. Two of the victims have been identified as Ali Haider and Farhan. Both the youths were residents of Ranchore Line area. The bodies have been shifted to Civil Hospital. According to eyewitnesses, there are still four bodies in the river and efforts are underway to fish them out. Meantime, another tortured body was found from Sohrab Goth.
On Thursday, Altaf Hussain talked to President Zardari over phone and once again demanded an operation against the Aman Committee. He told the president that things were getting out of hand in Karachi, as the MQM workers were being target-killed and extortion collection was on rise. Sources said following the call the President House directed the Sindh Government to launch a targeted operation in Shantinagar and other areas.
Law-enforcement agencies claim to have arrested at least 38 suspects during targeted raids in different areas of the city. A heavy contingent of LEAs personnel conducted the operation in Shantinagar and Gulshan-e-Iqbal where they detained at least 17 suspects and recovered two hand-grenades and other weapons from their possession. Three operatives of Lyari gang war were also among the detainees. The arrested gangsters belong to Mullah Sohail Group. Similarly, in another targeted operation, LEAs nabbed at least 15 suspects from Kunwari Colony, Orangi Town. Rangers’ sources said the operation was conducted on a tip. The suspects were being investigated.
Meanwhile, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) has claimed to have arrested six suspects during separate raids in Darakhshan and Gizri areas, recovering six TT pistols from their possession. The suspects included Ali Harmain, Babar, Syed Noor, Ejaz, Qaiser Khan and Mujeed Ali. CID officials said the arrested culprits were involved in several cases of crime.