Lyari lords declare truce

Hyderabad: Warring gang lords of Lyari declared truce here Saturday after a nationalist politician brokered deal to end strife in the stranglehold of Pakistan Peoples’ Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) in Karachi.

In this regard a meeting was held at the residence of Qaumi Awami Tehreek Ayaz Latif Palejo at Qasimabad, attended by the representatives of main gang lords Uzair Jan Baloch and Baba Ladla. The PPP MPA from Lyari Sania Baloch also attended the meeting.

After hearing complaints and reservation of both sides, the meeting decided that from March 15 onwards both gangs would provide protection to one another. They would not harass citizens belonging to different ethnic backgrounds.

MPA Sania Naz Baloch, Sardar Adnan Baloch, Arif Buledi and Liaquat Jaskani resented Uzair Jan group while Abdul Majeed Sarhari, Mama Nisar Baloch, Abdul Rasheed Bloch and Ghulam Qadir Baloch represented Baba Ladla.

After the meeting Ayaz Latif Palejo announced the verdict of the meeting. He said the meeting decided to end the gang war in Lyari with effect from March 15, 2014 and both Sardar Uzair Jan Baloch and Baba Ladla, on telephone, have endorsed the decision. He said a 13-member Lyari Ittehad Committee has been formed led by him (Ayaz Latif) with five members each from both gangs and two members – Anwar Soomro and Mazhar Rahojo – from Qaumi Awami Tehreek. This committee would ensure to maintain peace in Lyari and arbitrate any differences. He said he had been in contact with both groups for many days and today their representative met at his house and declared truce.

He said the Lyari Ittehad Committee fully supports operation in Karachi. He said operation against criminals should not only be held in Lyari but whole Karachi. He said today all no-go areas have opened. He said they would cooperate with the inspector general of police Sindh and director general rangers for peace in Lyari.

The committee demanded from the provincial government of Sindh to announce compensation of Rs2million for each victim of Lyari gang war and Rs0.2mn to each injured. It appealed to the people who have migrated from Lyari to return back to their homes and they would be given protection. It demanded for better educational facilities for children of Lyari.

Ayaz Latif said he and other committee members would visit Lyari to condole with the bereaved families.

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