Two killers of 22 die fighting Karachi cops


KARACHI: Police late on Sunday night claimed they have neutralized two gangsters wanted for at least 22 counts of murder in Lyari, one of the most violent urban badlands in Pakistan, and Baldia Town, another crime infested area of metropolis
“Wazir aka Rana, a lieutenant of notorious ganglord Uzair Baloch, had the blood of at least 15 victims on his hand. He was killed in Baghdadi neighborhood of Lyari,” sources quoted superintendent of city police as saying.
Gangster-commander Wazir, who shot at least 15 people dead over his felonious career, was a proclaimed offender with a long criminal record, the SSP City said adding, the list of his violent crimes included assault, murder, extortion, kidnapping for ransom, possession of illegal firearms, etc.
On the other hand an trigger-happy gunslinger associated with Sheraz Comrade group of gangsters was eliminated in Mochko area of Baldia Town after a fierce gunfight,” the police said giving details of second encounter.
The mobster, who fell down in the skid row of Mochko, had taken at least seven lives before succumbing to gunshot wounds he received fighting the police.
The dead bodies of the violent criminals were later moved to a hospital morgue.
In Lyari, a dense network of slums housing over a million people, criminal gangs operate freely, exerting total control over businesses and residents.
Master of a ring of gangs, fugitive Uzair Jan Baloch, who had escaped to Middle East to avoid arrest , is wanted in Pakistan for multiple counts of violent crime including homicides, extortion, possession of illegal arms, kidnapping for ransom, etc.
He remains in hiding or in words there was no knowing of his whereabouts since he was reportedly cut loose by United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities in April.
Police say Baloch, whose father was kidnapped and killed by gangsters, has spent years building a business empire through extortion, kidnapping and drugs. He also made powerful friends in political parties in a city long split along sectarian and ethnic lines.
A city of 18 million people, Karachi is home to Pakistan’s main port, stock exchange and central bank. And yet it is one of the most violent places in the South Asian nation, torn apart by ethnic, political and sectarian tensions and gangland rivalries.
Explosions and killings occur daily as political and militant groups battle for control with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the city’s dominant political party.
Karachi generates 25 percent of Pakistan’s economy and presents a major challenge to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he tries to bring law and order to the chaotic financial hub.–Samaa/Agencies