Also in the run for the NA-239 seat were Captain Haleem Siddiqui (independent), Amanullah Khan Paracha of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Zar Bali Syed of the Awami National Party and eight other candidates. NA-248 (Lyari) and NA-258 (Malir, Bin Qasim and Gadap) were retained by PPP’s Nabeel Gabol and Sher Mohammad Baloch, respectively. Mr Gabol obtained 96,000 votes against MQM’s Wasiullah Lakho who could only secure 4,200 with the support of the JUI under the seat adjustment agreement. In the previous election, MMA’s candidate Dr Qari Naseerudin Sawati remained the runner-up with 14,700 votes. Sher Mohammad Baloch obtained over 133,962 votes against independent candidate Abubakar Memon who got 11,505 votes.The PPP also put up a strong show on NA-240 through Abdullah Baloch, who lost the constituency, though he obtained about 60,628 votes against MQM’s Khawaja Sohail Mansoor who secured 67,807. KARACHI: PPP wins key NA seat despite Muttahida-JUI poll alliance By Our Reporter February 20, 2008 Wednesday Safar 12, 1429
Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah of MQM with Uzair Baloch of Peoples Aman Committee
Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan supports Dr Zulfiqar Mirza on Peoples Aman Committee (Date 07 March 2011)
Wasiullah Lakho Candidate's Party Affiliation Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)
Wasiullah Lakho said that the peaceful rally proved that they are preachers of peace and they would spread the mission of peace. He said that Rehman Baloch was killed because he worked to end target killings in the city. He demanded an inquiry into the encounter to expose the conspiratorial elements behind it. Massive rally condemns killing of Rehman Baloch August 17, 2009 Source: THE NEWS http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=193420
Rehman Dakait escapes from police custody
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
Uzair Baloch of Peoples Aman Committee with MQM's Dr Muhammad Ali Shah and MQM's Nadia Gabol
Off The Record 7thMarch2011 part 1
NAWABSHAH: A witness in the Rasool Bux Brohi murder case has testified the Lyari Task Force (LTF) was involved in the killing of Rasool Bux. The witness, Siddique Brohi, recording his statement under Section 164 in the court of the Sakrand civil judge and judicial magistrate, said he and Rasool Bux had come to see Khadim Brohi in Sakrand to arrange bail for their relatives in a case when Khadim saw two police informers, Nazeer alias Nazroo Khaskheli and Sahib Khan Chandio, and suggested they leave the place. Siddique said they were travelling in a bus when some cops and plain-clothed men intercepted them at the Mir Khan Laghari bus stop. The policemen carried them in a vehicle and after travelling three and half hours locked them in a room. The witness said the police claimed Rasool Bux was actually Mashooque Brohi, a dacoit, which he contradicted. The court heard that the police asked Rasool Bux the same question, who also contradicted the police claim. The witness said that later LTF head SP Chaudhry Aslam came there with a pair of pliers in his hand and on his instructions policemen pulled off two fingernails of their both hands and the nails of their one foot. He said Chaudhry Aslam later took both of them to an open place and said he was asking for the last time if he (Rasool Bux) was Mashooque Brohi. The witness quoted the SP as saying that if the answer was yes, Rasool Bux would be lodged in jail. But Rasool Bux denied he was Mashooque Brohi, following which Chaudhry Aslam fired a Kalashnikov burst upon Rasool Bux, the court was told. Other policemen also fired on him. Siddique said the police later locked him again and continued to warn him not to give a statement in court following the registration of a murder case against Chaudhry Aslam and other police officers. When the court asked who the policemen were, the witness identified six police officers of the Lyari Task Force and said one of them, Asif Jamil, used to torture him at night after drinking wine. Police Inspector Manzoor Illahi submitted to the court a medical certificate showing Chaudhry Aslam was ill and could not appear before the court. Witness testifies LTF tortured, killed Brohi DAWN/The News International, KARACHI 23 August 2006, Wednesday, 27 Rajab 1427 http://www.karachipage.com/news/Aug_06/082306.html#Police
Off The Record 7th March 2011 part 2
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
Off The Record 7th March 2011 part 3
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
Off The Record 7th March 2011 part 4
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
Off The Record 7th March 2011 part 5
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.
Crossfire with Mehar Bukhari – 7th March 2011 – Zulfiqar Mirza , Haider Abbas
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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.
Crossfire with Mehar Bukhari – 7th March 2011 – Zulfiqar Mirza , Haider Abbas
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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.
News Beat with Fareeha Idrees 7th March 2011
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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.
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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/220.127.116.11/dawnftp/2007/05/10/local4.htm
Tonight with Jasmeen 7th March 2011-1
Tonight with Jasmeen 7th March 2011-2
The remaining unwanted police officers have now become the blue-eyed boys of the MQM. When the incumbent Sindh government was installed in the wake of October 2002 elections, the then advisor to Chief Minister on Home Affairs, Aftab Shaikh had transferred some of these unwanted police officers including Aslam Chaudry, Irfan Bahadur, and Taufiq Zahifd to the interior of Sindh, however, no case was registered against them. A single-column news appeared in the newspapers at the advent of this year stunned the MQM workers but not the political analysts. The news was about the appointment of Chaudry Aslam as in charge of the newly established Industrial Crime Unit with DSP Irfan Bahdur , and Inspector Sarwar Commando his assistants. The latest news is that another undesirable officer Rao Anwar who had been on long leave and enjoying the festivties of federal capital, has also joined the ICU. Other Karachi operation master officers, Inspector Nasir Jafri, Inspector Bahauddin are also enjoying the impunity granted by the coalition government.
Tonight with Jasmeen 7th March 2011-3
The Sindh Interior Minister Rauf Siddiqui who belongs to MQM has "no words" to praise the performance of Aslam Chaudry and company. And it is understandable, as Aslam Chaudry had managed to arrest the former underworld don. Shoaib Khan a few months ago, who had allured hundreds of MQM workers. Shoaib Khan, once an untouchable, died in Central Jail Karachi in mysterious circumstances. This situation is embarrassing and antagonizing for the MQM activists who have to defend their party, which is patronizing the "killers" of their friends and partymen. They are unable to comprehend that why their party has legitimized the extra-judicial killings of its activists? Rauf Siddiqui and other MQM leaders have no idea that how pinching it is for their party workers when they (MQM leaders) praise and patronize the police officials who earlier had been declared "butchers" and "killers" of their friends and colleagues. But they should understand that this is politics wherein , the blood of ordinary political workers is not thicker than water. Their blood is meant for being exploited by their leaders. Legitimizing the extra-judicial killings PAK TRIBUNE REPORT Tuesday November 01, 2005(1208 PST) http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?124234
ذیشان کاظمی کو ہلاک کر دیا گیا
وقتِ اشاعت: Wednesday, 15 October, 2003, 16:52 GMT 21:52 PST
کراچی میں نوے کی دہائی میں تشدد اور ماوراء عدالت قتل عروج پر رہے۔
کراچی میں نامعلوم افراد نے سابق پولیس انسپکٹر ذیشان کاظمی کو اغواء کر کے تشدد کا نشانہ بنایا اور گولی مار کر ہلاک کرکے لاش بوری میں بند کرکے منگل کی شب سڑک پر پھینک کر فرار ہوگئے۔
پولیس کو گزشتہ رات فیروزآباد کے علاقے میں لوگوں نے اطلاع دی کہ ایک ہائی روف گاڑی میں سوار کچھ لوگ سڑک پر بوری میں بند ایک لاش پھینک کر گئے ہیں۔
پولیس نے لاش قبضے میں لے کر پوسٹ مارٹم کے لئے بھیج دی جہاں پولیس حکام کے مطابق، ڈاکٹروں سے رپورٹ دی کہ لاش کے جسم پر سگریٹ سے جلانے اور تشدد کے نشانات موجود ہیں اور اس کی آنکھ میں گولی مار کر ہلاک کیا گیا ہے۔
لاش ایدھی سرد خانے میں رکھوادی گئی۔ بعد میں لاش کی شناخت کی گئی تو پتہ چلا کہ کہ وہ سابق پولیس انسپکٹر ذیشان کاظمی کی ہے۔ فیروز آباد کے ایڈیشنل سپرنٹنڈینٹ پولیس (اے ایس پی) شہزاد احمد نے بتایا کہ لاش ان پولیس افسران نے شناخت کی ہے جو ذیشان کاظمی کے ساتھ کام کرتے رہے ہیں۔
انہوں نے کہا بائیں جانب کی آنکھ میں گولی ماری گئی ہے جو پار ہوگئی ہے۔ جبکہ جسم پر بھی تشدد کے نشانات ہیں۔
ڈپٹی انسپکٹر جنرل پولیس آپریشن طارق جمیل نے بتایا کہ ذیشان کاظمی کے کچھ رشتہ داروں نے بھی انہیں شناخت کیا ہے۔
ایدھی سرد خانے کے انجارچ کا کہنا ہے کہ ذیشان کاظمی کے بھائی عرفان نے بھی لاش دیکھی ہے اور کہا کہ وہ اس کے بھائی کی ہے۔
پولیس کے مطابق ذیشان کاظمی بے نظیر بھٹو کے بھائی مرتضیٰ بھٹو کے قتل کے مفرور ملزم تھے۔ انہیں ایک ماہ قبل ڈیوٹی سے غیرحاضر رہنے پر ملازمت سے برطرف کردیا گیا تھا۔
ذیشان کاظمی انیس سو پچانوے چھیانوے میں بے نظیر بھٹو کے دورِ حکومت میں متحدہ قومی موومنٹ کے خلاف آپریشن میں حصّہ لینے کی وجہ سے کافی متنازعہ تھے۔