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Rangers arrest suspected target killer from Karachi's Surjani Town

Rangers arrest suspected target killer from Karachi's Surjani Town

KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Sindh apprehended a suspected target killer Rehan alias Behari during a targeted raid Friday in Surjani Town area of Karachi, according to a press release issued by the paramilitary force.

The press release said that the suspect is a Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) sector incharge and has confessed his involvement in incidents of target killing, snatching hides of sacrificial animals and extortion.

Rehan was heading a number of target killing teams in his town which killed police officers and people of rival political parties, said the press release

The suspect is also involved in collecting donations by force, snatching hides of sacrificial animals and land grabbing, said the release.

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Rangers personnel had also arrested a suspected murderer from Taiser town area of Karachi on Wednesday.

The statement issued by the Rangers spokesman after the arrest said that the suspect Muhammad Ashiq affiliated with MQM confessed killing party leader Manzar Imam and his guards on January 17, 2013.

Ashiq was also involved in killing 12 other individuals from rival political parties, said the statement, adding that the suspect would dump dead bodies of his victims using a Khidmat-i-Khalq Foundation (KKF) ambulance.

The deployment of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, in Karachi is requisitioned under Article 147 of the Constitution, and under Clause 1 of Sub-section 3 of Section 4 of Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, authorised to prevent the commission of terrorist acts, or scheduled offences in notified area for the punishment of terrorist in accordance with the provision of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

Called in 1989 to assist the police in Karachi by the then PPP-led government amid a deteriorating law and order situation, the Rangers started enjoying more powers in 2009 — again extended by PPP-led governments both in the centre and the province, which allowed the force to search houses and arrest suspects without warrants.

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