Just few hours before the arrival of former president Asif Ali Zardari in Karachi, Rangers personnel conducted several raids at offices located on I.I. Chundrigar Road and near the hockey stadium. The offices are said to belong to a company owned by a close friend of Asif Ali Zardari, named Anwar Majeed.
Four persons have been detained during the raids. Among the detained persons, the arrest of Kamran Muneer Ansari is being seen as highly important, as he is said to be the man who supervises the sugar mill and all financial affairs of Anwar Majeed, owner of the company. The individuals taken into custody have been shifted to an unknown location for further interrogation.
As per Rangers PRO’s statement, the raids were conducted on the basis of verified reports of the presence of illegal arms and ammunitions and involvement of arrested suspects facilitating the extremists. During the raid, 17 AK47 Assault Rifles, 4 Hand Guns, 9 Ball Bombs and 3325 Live Ammunitions Rounds were taken into custody. Important documents were also seized during these raids. After complete verification of the weapons and ammunition being seized, action would be taken against the facilitators and the owners of the property, as per statement from Rangers.
It is believed that the timing of these raids are very crucial which has indirectly sent a clear message to the PPP leadership that no matter who becomes chief, operation against corruption and relevant elements would continue regardless of what this political side believes.
In the meanwhile, Law Enforcement Agencies took another high-profile suspect into their custody from Defence’s area in afternoon. As per sources, the suspect, Nasir, is said to be a confidant of former DG Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) Manzoor Kaka. Manzoor Kaka, who has already left the country, is wanted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Adviser to Chief Minister Sindh on Information, Maula Bakhsh Chandio has raised his concerns over the raids conducted by Rangers today. He said that neither the Sindh government nor the police were informed or taken into confidence before the raids. He said that the wrong impression is being given that these raids were linked with political scenarios, particularly after the bitter statements by Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar.
Maula Bakhsh Chandio also said that they have never opposed any such kind of action. There was a time when unrest was all over in Karachi but courtesy to Police, Rangers and Law Enforcement Agencies for bringing peace back in Karachi. Party has created positive impression and has always discarded any misperception of having differences with these institutions, but these raids have undermined those efforts and have appeared to victimize political figures in revenge, he added.