Lyari gang war leader Uzair Baloch arrested by Rangers ‘outside Karachi’

KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers, Sindh claimed to have arrested Uzair Baloch, a notorious leader of the Lyari gang war and chief of proscribed Peoples Amn Committee (PAC), in a targeted operation on the outskirts of Karachi on Saturday.

Rangers arrested Baloch in a targeted operation outside Karachi late on Friday while he was attempting to enter the city, said a press release issued by the paramilitary force.

The press release also claimed the recovery of weapons from Baloch, alleged leader of one of the gangs operating in crime-infested Karachi’s Lyari area.

Later, the gang war leader was presented into an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) which remanded him into Rangers custody for 90 days.

Extradited or arrested?

Baloch was arrested in Dubai by the Interpol in December 2014 while he was crossing into the United Arab Emirates from Oman by road, the Pakistani consulate in Dubai had confirmed at the time.

A four-member special police team which was in Dubai for a month to seek Baloch’s custody from UAE authorities had returned empty-handed in March 2015.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah while denying any association with Uzair Baloch in August last year had expressed ignorance about his status.

“He [Uzair Baloch] was caught in Dubai,” said Shah at the time. “Then our police team went there to gain his custody but it could not materialise for unknown reasons. Now I don’t know if he is still in custody in Dubai or has been released.”

It is not clear when and how Baloch arrived in Pakistan from UAE.

Once known for his loyalty to the Pakistan Peoples Party and close contacts with the party’s leaders and senior members in the Sindh cabinet, eg former home minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, Uzair Baloch took over as leader of Peoples Amn Committee in Aug 2009 when the notorious Abdul Rahman Baloch alias Rahman Dakait was killed in an encounter more than a year after the PPP government came to power.

Though the committee is presented as community group by its leaders, it is blamed for its criminal activities which included killings, extortion and drugs business both by police and rival parties of the PPP.

PAC was banned on October, 2011.

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