Rangers recover weapons hidden by ‘MQM-L members’

Bid foiled to disrupt Muharram procession in Quetta; 27 arrested in Rawalpindi
Staff Reporter

Karachi/Rawalpindi

Rangers recovered on Saturday a huge cache of weapons during a raid in Karachi’s Orangi area.
According to Rangers, the Muttahida Quami Movement-London members hid the weapons in three rooms present at the back of a public park. During the raid, Rangers personnel recovered machine guns, Kalashnikovs, rifles, two pistols and around 1,850 bullets of different kinds.
According to Rangers the weapons were to be used in incidents of terrorism and target-killing in Karachi.
Meanwhle, 27 suspects were arrested and cache of illegal weapons recovered from their custody in intelligence based operations jointly carried out by paramilitary troops and other law enforcement agencies, military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Saturday.
In a statement posted on his official social media accounts, the Director General of army’s media wing said the Pakistan Rangers Punjab in coordination with other Law Enforcement Agencies is ensuring maintenance of law and order.
He said the Rangers along with Police have carried out patrolling/flag marches in important areas of major cities and Quick Reaction Forces have been placed near sensitive areas.
“Extensive Intelligence Based Operationsare being carried out in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, DG Khan, Lahore, Sialkot, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan,” said he.
Moreover, thousands of security personnel have been deployed across the country as part of security arrangements for Ashura processions.
The authorities have suspended mobile phone services in major cities of the country.
The Frontier Corps Balochistan foiled on Saturday a “major bid to disrupt peace during Muharram in Quetta” and arrested two suspects.
“FC Balochistan averted sectarian targeting in Quetta,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. “A vehicle to be used as vehicle-borne improvised explosive device [was] recovered from Tore Shah, North of Pishin during an intelligence-based operation.
The statement claimed “it was planned to disrupt Muharram in Quetta”.
“The mastermind and his two accomplices [were] arrested [during the raid], the communique added.

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