Pakistan forces withdraw after Baloch militant group vows to attack police stations with rocket launchers, mortars


NEW DELHI: A number of gangs of hardened criminals united on Friday below the umbrella of a banned militant group in Pakistan and threatened to assault six police stations in Rojhan tehsil of Rajanpur district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, native media reported.

It is a couple of days after a most-wanted legal was killed in a police operation, and the police high-ups began getting ready a technique to supply a befitting response, Daybreak reported.

In fierce clashes late on Wednesday, the criminals had fired rocket launchers, mortars and different weapons on the poorly geared up police drive for greater than 5 hours.

Dera Ghazi Khan Regional Police Officer (RPO) Khurram Ali Shah instructed Daybreak {that a} heavy change of fireside ended up within the killing of proclaimed offender and ringleader of a infamous gang, Khuda Bukhsh Lound, who additionally had a head cash of Rs1.8 million. towards him.

At the very least 12 others, together with 5 policemen, had been injured within the preventing and the closely armed criminals left a number of bullet-proof automobiles riddled with bullets.

The 5 cops, together with a ‘gunner’ of an armored personnel provider (APC), had been trapped contained in the two-decade-old APC after its rusty tires burst in the course of the operation and a gaggle of criminals attacked the automobile with deadly weapons, the official mentioned, Daybreak reported.

Following an emergency name, extra police drive had reached the spot and one other spherical of clashes ensued. Police, nonetheless, compelled the attackers to retreat and managed to rescue the “trapped” colleagues amid fierce resistance.

One other most-wanted legal, recognized as Gora Umrani, had obtained 5 bullet accidents and 6 of his accomplices had been additionally injured. The assailants took away their injured associates and disappeared within the tall bushes and forests.

The official mentioned over 1,000 police personnel had been collaborating within the large-scale operation launched within the troubled and comparatively inaccessible areas of Rajanpur and Rahim Yar Khan districts of south Punjab, which shared boundaries with Sindh and Balochistan, Daybreak reported.

On Friday, the RPO mentioned, a number of gangs, together with Lound, Umrani, Dullani, Banu, Indhar and Mosani, convened a grand jirga and united below the Baloch Liberation Military (BLA) umbrella.

By means of a social media account that might not be independently verified, the BLA introduced they might all avenge the killing of Khuda Bukhsh whom they declared a “martyr”. The assertion additional added {that a} member of the BLA, Gora Umrani, had been critically injured within the preventing on “our homeland”, Daybreak reported.

Moreover, in wake of great threats by the Baloch militant group, the Punjab province police have withdrawn the drive from six police stations of Rajanpur. The militants had introduced to focus on these police stations and pickets with rocket launchers and mortars from their hideouts, Daybreak reported.

About Wednesday’s clashes, the south Punjab province police’s preliminary report despatched to the federal government mentioned the Rojhan police had obtained data that criminals Khuda Bukhsh Lound, Mujeeb Lound, Abdul Wahab Lound, Ameen and Shahid Lound together with 26 different hardened criminals had gathered on the residence. To put in Gora Umrani.

“All the criminals were equipped with heavy weapons, including SMGs, G3s, LMGs, and planned to attack the Bahar Machi police picket,” acknowledged the report.

The realm the place the picket was situated was Mouza Khairpur Bambli within the southwest of Rojhan with an approximate inhabitants of round 7,000 folks largely belonging to 2 castes of Mazari tribe. As a consequence of its peculiar topography, the world had a major strategic significance, the report added.

Following the unstable safety scenario in Rojhan, almost 200 Punjab province police personnel, together with elite commandos, had superior in the direction of the tehsil and launched the operation.

Reportedly, the scenario in Rojhan was extremely tense because the teams had been shifting forward to hit their targets. The south Punjab police have additionally put their heads collectively to plot new methods to struggle again.

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