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PPP leaders had contacts with Uzair Baloch: Rangers’ Ex-Commander

Brigadier (Retd) Basit Shuja, a former sector commander of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, has revealed on media that Uzair Baloch was being protected by some political personalities who helped him leave the country. He also revealed that the PPP leadership had maintained close contacts with the gangster for a long time. Very Damaging for PPP's narrative of innocence!

Brig. (read) Basit Shuja, a former sector commander of Pakistan Rangers Sindh, revealed that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders had maintained contacts with the Lyari gang war leader, Uzair Baloch. He was speaking with senior TV Anchor, Nadeem Malik on Samaa TV.

The revelation that PPP leaders had contacts with Uzair Baloch has further complicated the matter for the PPP senior leaders who have been vehemently rejecting allegations establishing a link between them and the notorious gangster, Uzair Baloch.

Basit Shuja, while talking to a private news channel, claimed that former PPP leaders including Faryal Talpur and former Sindh chief minister had been in contact with Uzair Baloch. He further detailed that Zulfiqar Mirza had backed the Lyari gang war criminals and another PPP leader Qadir Patel had surrounded the Rangers when a gangster Saqib Boxer was killed in an operation in 2013.

“At that time, Qadir Patel and some people from Lyari had lodged protests by placing the dead bodies on a road. Many criminals had fled and arrested during Lyari operation,” he said.

Brig. (retd) Basit further said that the nexus between criminals and political parties were not hidden from the public eye. Uzair Baloch had admitted for having such powers to transfer officers. Shuja also claimed that almost all members of banned outfits were found affiliated with different political parties.

“Uzair Baloch was also being protected by some political personalities and the notorious criminal had managed to flee from the country with the help of some political persons,” he revealed.

Notably, back in 2013, then DG Rangers Major General Rizwan Akhtar said that militant wings of political parties are responsible for the ongoing violence in the city. The DG Rangers appeared before the apex court’s Karachi registry for proceedings regarding the implementation of orders passed in the suo motu case.

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After revealing that PPP leaders had contacts with Uzair Baloch, Shuja said that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had concluded its report in 2016 which was kept away from the public reach till 2020. The report against Uzair Baloch had not been publicized in 2018 until the Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered to disclose the findings.

Sindh government is hiding the original report, says a federal minister

Ali Zaidi, senior leader of the ruling party and a federal minister, has accused the Sindh government of hiding the original Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report against Uzair Baloch, a notorious gangster who has confessed to having killed 198 persons. He demands the Supreme Court to take suo-moto notice on this.

Ali Zaidi held a press conference along with Shibli Faraz, Federal Minister for Information, on the recently-released JIT report on Lyari gangster Uzair Baloch.

The minister claimed that the “original” report was 43 pages long while the one released by the Sindh government was based on 35 pages. “Today, I am presenting the report in front of you that contains signatures on every page,” said Zaidi. “Special Branch, CID, ISI, MI, IB and Pakistan Rangers’ [officials] signatures are present in this report,” he added.

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He said that the “original” report also contained the names of Dr Zulfikar Mirza, Faryal Talpur, Abdul Qadir Patel, Nisar Morai, Yousuf Baloch and Sharjeel Inam Memon, which have not been mentioned in the report released on Monday.

“Orders to kill people came directly from PPP leaders”

Baloch reportedly claimed that he was in direct contact with the PPP leadership and that he had carried out targeted killings in the city on the orders of PPP leaders. Some of these orders, he claimed, came directly from the PPP co-chairman, former Sindh home minister Zulfiqar Mirza, incumbent Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon and even PPP leader Owais Muzaffar Tappi.

Waseem Badami, a prominent TV anchor, interviewed Baloch’s family in 2016 and asked them if they had ever any association with the PPP. Baloch’s family told Badami that the PPP government gave several awards to Baloch in recognition of his humanitarian work. Interestingly, one award was given to Baloch was ‘peace award’ which shocked the anchor. The family maintained that PPP leaders had contacts with Uzair Baloch.

It is to be seen whether the Supreme Court of Pakistan takes a suo moto notice or the federal government files a reference to determine which report is the genuine. Political disputes between and among political parties aside, the families who have lost their loved ones during the reign of terror led by Uzair Baloch have a legitimate right to know as to why were they killed and by whom.