KARACHI  - Pakistan Rangers, Sindh Director General Major General Bilal Akbar has vowed that Karachi operation will continue till its logical end.

He assured the traders community of the Rangers’ full support against criminals and extortionists.

He was talking to a seven-member delegation of All Karachi Tajir Ittehad led by its chairman Atiq Mir which called on the DG Rangers at Pakistan Rangers Sindh Headquarters on Monday. The delegations voiced their concerns about the law and order situation in the coming days. They lauded the Rangers performance during the current Karachi operation which brought back stability to the metropolis.

The Tajir Ittehad has already raised voice in favour of Pakistan Rangers Sindh particularly since the Sindh government passed a resolution about giving conditional powers to Rangers in Sindh.

Moreover, a large number of weapons and ammunition were recovered as Rangers personnel carried out raids in different parts of Lyari and Bheempura areas of Karachi on Monday.

According to Rangers spokesman, 14 SMGs, five rifles, eight pistols, 41 home-made bombs and hundreds of bullets were recovered during the raids. The raids were carried out on the information provided by the suspects who had already been arrested. Entry and exit points of the area were sealed and door-to-door search was done. The weapons were meant to be used to disrupt peace in Karachi, said the Rangers spokesman. The culprits were apprehended in operations in Lyari, Surjani Town, Gulistan Johar, Orangi Town, Federal B Area, Sher Shah and Quaidabad.

Earlier, different trading bodies rallied and protested against the cut in special powers of Rangers after Sindh government passed a conditional resolution.

The protesters had raised slogans in favour of the paramilitary force and demanded unconditional extension in their special powers to maintain law and order in the crime-stricken city.

One person was killed and another wounded in a clash between the rival political parties.

The law enforcement agencies claimed to have arrested over two dozen suspects during targeted operations in Shah Faisal Colony.

Gulfam alias Hashim, a worker of Muhajir Qaumi Movement-Haqqiqi (MQM-H) was killed and his companion namely Javed and a Muttahida Qaumi Movement worker Wajahat were wounded during a clash between the workers of both the political parties. Police have arrested Wajahat.

Following the clash, extra contingent of District East police conducted the targeted operation to apprehend the workers of both the parties involved in the clash and took 33 suspects into custody. Extra contingent of law enforcers also participated in the operation. The suspects were later shifted to different police stations, however, most of them were later released after they found innocent, said Shah Faisal Colony SHO Babar Hameed. “Actually, those who collided with each other were friends and used to live in the same area. The clash took place over personal issue which changed into a political dispute,” he explained.

Separately, in Bhains Colony, police arrested two criminals involved in construction material theft. As many as 16 dumpers were also recovered.