Rangers had conducted a search operation in different parts of Karachi on Thursday, arresting several suspects and recovering large cache of arms from a bus,source said.

opration launched after PPP and MQM deal on RGST.The search operation began in the area of Sultanabad which was later extended to different parts of the city including Gulistan-i-Juhar and Orangi Town.

The law enforcement agencies also blocked a road for general traffic near Rabia City and conducted a door to door search operation.

The Rangers officials also claimed to have recovered large cache of arms from a bus in the area of Saddar.

Rangers spokespersons Major Farooq Bilal told that the law enforcement agency began its crackdown against ‘criminal elements’ in various parts of the city since 6pm on Thursday.

Bilal said  operation was against ‘terrorists.’ “We are pursuing people belonging to different criminal networks,” he said.

He added that Rangers didn’t receive any threat or intelligence, but that the operation was planned days before. He declined to specify the number of suspects that had been arrested during the operation.

ANP Acting general secretary Sindh Bashir Jam says that as of now around 500 activists of the party have been picked up. The ANP has said that it will go on strike if the workers are not released.

“It seems like this operation is being targeted against the ANP,” a very furious Bashir Jam said, adding that his men have been picked up from all Pakhtun dominated areas of the city, including the locality near PIDS called Sultanabad, New Karachi, Frontier Colony, SherShah and Baldia town.

He said the held activists include senior members of the provincial division of the party, including ANP president Karachi West zone Saeed Ahmed Khan, president Central zone Niaz Mohammad and South zone Iqbal Kakkar.

He said the ANP supports a crackdown against all criminals even if such elements belong to any political party. “But an operation should not be launched to single out one party,” he said, adding that it seemed that the whole exercise was being carried out to appease a rival political party in Karachi.

He said that the party would call for an indefinite strike if the nabbed workers would not be released.

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