KARACHI: Director General Rangers Sindh, General Major Gen. Bilal Akbar disclosed on Friday the arrest of an important Taliban leader to establish his claim about recent success made by the paramilitary force in the targeted operation in Karachi as well as restoration of peace to a large extent. But at the same time he rejected the idea of direct role in governance, saying “it’s not our job”.
The Rangers chief made the disclosure at an academic conference Politik 2016 organised by the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) at its campus in the University of Karachi.
According to the participants, Major Gen Akbar first highlighted the role of his force. The successful results achieved and challenges of the Karachi operation and then answered some harsh questions in detail and quite frankly.
Other panelists in the discussion were Zubair Habib of the Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and journalist Zarrar Khuhro. Since the media was not invited to the event, details of the discussion came in bits through the participants of the hours long session.
“Even political parties have recognized the fact that the ratio of crime in Karachi has gone incredibly down due to this operation. We have busted criminal gangs and arrested a number of assassins and dozens of militants during the operation which led to peace in the city. Only recently we have arrested a key leader of Taliban who was operating under three fake identities. His arrest is a big achievement and it suggests our strong ground intelligence and operational capability”, one of the participants quoted the Rangers chief said.
According to the participants, the Rangers DG shared with them two names Dawood Mehsood and Bilal Mehsood of the Taliban leader who, he said, had multiple identities to deceive law enforcement and intelligence agencies, but did not disclose the area from where he was arrested.
Later in the day, the Rangers chief met Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan at the Governor’s House and discussed with him law and order and the Karachi operation.
“The meeting reiterated that action against criminals will be intensified and the province cleansed of criminals so that a complete and lasting peace could be ensured,” said a statement issued by the Governor’s House.
Neo Monitoring Desk