KARACHI- The Sindh Rangers, which carried out a siege and raid operation at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarters (Nine-Zero) early on Wednesday, said that they have also sized arms and ammunition that were meant for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan.
While talking to media persons soon after the raid, Sindh Rangers Col Tahir said that the sale of some of the seized arms and ammunition that were found at the Nine-zero were banned in Pakistan. “This is my personal hunch that some of the arms were meant for NATO,” he said adding that all will be clear after a thorough investigation.
According to earlier reports, thousands of NATO containers containing arms and ammunition went missing inside Pakistan in 2011 and before.
Former Sindhi interior minister Zulfiqar Mirza had also alleged that MQM was responsible for these missing containers, as, according to him, Babar Ghauri of MQM was the Ports and Shipping Minister, when these containers went missing.
The MQM strongly denied the allegations if the containers were stolen there would have been some FIRs registered and while police was under Mirza as Home Minister.
In 211, the Federal Board of Revenue said that thousands of the unchecked containers belonging to NATO, ISAF and US Military had left the Karachi Port, but did not cross the Pak-Afghan.
A spokesman for the FBR said in 2011 that the number of missing containers was around 24,000 and an FBR had already been initiated against the responsible.
In 2013, the then head of the Sindh Rangers Maj-Gen Rizwan Akhtar told the Supreme Court that about 19,000 containers had gone missing a few years ago and that a shipload of arms and ammunition had been brought to Karachi and their whereabouts was never ascertained.
Reacting to the Rangers testimony, the US embassy had said that “media suggestions that US or ISAF containers were stolen, including containers that contain weapons and ammunition, were false.
“While the United States routinely uses Karachi ports for both diplomatic and military shipments, neither the United States nor ISAF has ever shipped weapons or ammunition via Karachi ports,” the statement had said
The latest claim by Rangers of seizing arms meant for NATO has again brought to the spotlight a serious issue that several forces were at play to destabilize Karachi and Pakistan at large.
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