KARACHI - Panic spread across the metropolis as heavy contingent of rangers cordoned off the MQM’s headquarter Nine Zero on Monday evening.

They made videos through multi storey buildings but no arrest had been made. Heavy contingent of rangers cordoned off the block 8, Azizabad where MQM headquarter has also been located.  Rangers removed the barriers of various lanes erected for the security of Nine Zero. Rangers stick down the entry and exit points and visited various organisational departments. Ranger’s spokesperson Major Sibtain while talking to The Nation termed the raid as routine patrolling.

“It was the matter of routine patrolling as rangers doing in other areas and we don’t have intention to raid the Nine Zero,” said spokesperson. “They came to visit for security of Nine Zero and it was a matter of routine patrolling,” said MQM leader Aminul Haq.

Meanwhile, law enforcers claimed to have arrested 218 suspects in targeted operation continued in the City. Rangers claimed to have arrested three political activists during a targeted raid in PIB Colony area of Jamshaid Quarter. The suspects were later shifted to undisclosed location for further interrogation. They were not handed over to the police till the filing of this report. According to sources, the suspects were identified as Ali, Naeem and Arif Mama. They were associated with the MQM’s PIB Colony sector.

Similarly, rangers also conducted targeted raid in Bakra Piri area of Lyari. During the raid, it picked up around half dozen suspects, including three alleged gangsters and shifted them to undisclosed location. Separately, three more criminals were apprehended during a targeted raid conducted by Surjani police in Kaniz Fatima Society. According to police officials, the suspects were involved in a number of cases of street crimes, adding the weapons were also recovered from their possession.

In another raid, around half dozen criminals were also detained from AB Seena Line in Lines Area after an exchange of fire. The encounter took place when the police conducted a raid at a hideout of criminals on a tip-off. The criminals opened fire on the police. Police retaliated and managed to arrest six of them. Police officials also claimed to have recovered a huge cache of weapons and a security guard’s uniform from their hideout. On the other hand, Sindh Rangers has conducted targeted raids in Kalakot, Baghdadi, Chakiwara, Old Haji Camp, Usmanabad, Behar Colony, Yadgar Fish Jamshed Road, Liaquatabad, Pak Colony, Gulshan-e-Ghazi, Shah Latif town, Manghopir, Jacob Lines, Shah Faisal Colony, Model Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Nazimabad, Rizvia and Huma Heights areas. Snap checking was also carried out in Kali Pahari area.

Rangers spokesperson said 23 hardened criminals had also been arrested. Weapons, including SMGs, rifles and mixed ammo were also recovered. Meanwhile, Karachi Police claimed to have apprehended 177 criminals, including 76 absconders, 19 robbers, two murderers and five extortionists.

Five criminals were held under Terrorism Act, 23 under narcotics ordinance and 27 under arms ordinance.

According to Sindh Police’s spokesperson, 55 illicit arms, two grenades and narcotics were also recovered.