Weapons recovered from Azizabad bought to fight army, Rangers
Karachi—Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad broke his silence on Wednesday, revealing that huge cache of weapons and ammunition recovered from a house in Karachi’s Azizabad area was purchased to fight army, police and the paramilitary Rangers. “It was biggest recovery of weapons in Pakistan’s history. We have managed to ascertain period and location of these weapons’ purchase. We believe these military weapons were stored to fight army, police and Rangers and not for target killing,” the Governor told newsmen.
He further revealed that members belonging to a political party’s tanzeemi (organising) committee and other senior politicians were involved in purchase of these weapons.
Details regarding suppliers of weapons have also been gathered, he added. Ishratul Ibad said the all the culprits involved in this case will be given exemplary punishment.
It may be mentioned here that a huge cache of weapons and ammunition was recovered by police on October 5 during raid on an empty house in the Azizabad area of the metropolis.
Police reportedly seized a large number of weapons including anti-aircraft guns, SMGs, LMGs, sniper rifles, hand grenades, rocket launchers, bulletproof jackets and helmets hidden in the water tank of the empty house.
The raid was conducted after the police was tipped off by a political worker already in police custody.
Speaking on Baldia factory tragedy, Sindh Governor expressed disappointment, stating that some ‘conscience sellers’ devoured compensation money granted to heirs of more than 300 victims.
“I have instructed DG NAB not to spare a single person involved in this heinous act. It is our responsibility to fulfill promise made to the families of Baldia factory victims,” he said.
Usually a soft spoken person, Governor Ebad lashed out at Chairman of Pak Sarzameen Party, Mustafa Kamal and termed him disgusting and bipolar person. He also advised the PSP chairman to come to Dow University for treatment.
No one should remain in doubt all will face the accountability, he warned, adding that those who burnt 300 people alive will be punished. ‘I ask DG Rangers Bilal Akbar and IG Police A.D. Khawaja to hang all the culprits publicly.’
He said the government has been taking action against elements behind China cutting in the city.
The governor said law and order situation has improved in the province as a result of successful targeted operation and the provincial government is committed to eliminate criminals and terrorists to ensure peace.
He lauded performance of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) for ensuring peace in the city.
‘Whoever is found guilty of crime will be punished whether he has a small grocery shop or opened up a political shop in a posh area.’
The governor said Niamatullah Khan was an honest and visionary mayor. ‘His tenure as the city mayor and his master plans played a significant in rapid development of Karachi, however, his successors disappointed the city.’
Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan lashed out at Mustafa Kamal, saying the former Karachi mayor was ‘extremely dishonourable.’