WEB DESK: Pakistan Rangers, Sindh announced the arrest of a leader of the Lyari gang war and former chief of proscribed Peoples Amn Committee (PAC), Uzair Baloch, in a targeted operation from the outskirts of Karachi on Saturday, Aaj News reported.
According to the press release, the arrest was made when Baloch was attempting to enter the city at on Saturday morning. It also claims that the leader was in possession of weapon at the time of arrest.
Due to Baloch’s former political affiliations, political pressure is ‘expected’ during the interrogation, Former IG Sindh Afzal Shigri said while talking to Aaj News. He also stressed that the interrogation should be transparent.
Baloch headed the notorious Lyari Aman Committee, and was both loved and feared in the locality.
Facilitators and masterminds who helped Baloch of Lyari gang war should also be arrested and prosecuted, said Shahi Syed, senator and the president of Awami National Party Sindh.
In June 2014, Islamabad, on a request by the Sindh government, asked Interpol to issue red warrants of Uzair Baloch and Noor Mohammad alias Baba Ladla, The latter was at one time Uzair’s close-aide, but later turned his rival.
In December 2014, Baloch was arrested by the Dubai police when he was entering UAE from Oman by road. A delegation of police officials sought his custody from the UAE government but returned empty handed in March 2015.
Currently, as many as 55 cases are pending against Uzair Baloch in various courts. Of these cases, one relates to the murder of Arshad Pappu and another relates to keeping weapons and explosives.