KARACHI: A briefing by the DG Rangers told the Sindh Apex Committee meeting that millions of rupees are distributed amongst gang-war factions in Karachi.
According to a press release, DG Rangers Maj Gen Bilal Akbar gave a detailed briefing to the Apex Committee meeting that was held a day earlier, regarding the Karachi situation.
The DG Rangers revealed that over Rs.230 billion is collected illegally in Karachi annually.
The briefing went on to say that this money is used for the purchase of arms and ammunition.
It was also noted that money is coerced out in the form of alms for the same purpose.
The briefing further said that most crime is committed by a large party in Karachi.
The DG Rangers went on to say that a large part of illegal businesses in the city is the distribution system of water which also involved illegal means of making money – in millions of rupees.
The briefing also noted that the money made from sale of sacrificial animal hides is used for funding terrorist activities.
Regarding land grabbing in Karachi, the DG Rangers said that political parties, the City Government, District Administration, and police personnel are all involved in the activity.
He added that the amount made from land-grabbing is used by political and religious parties to operate their armed wings.
He went on to say that there are three types of land-grabbing being carried out in the metropolis including grabbing of government land and property as well as grabbing of private property.
The DG Rangers added that the funds from the mentioned activities are used for gang-warfare amongst factions in Lyari as well as other areas of the city and also distributed amongst some important dignitaries in Sindh.
Illegal marriage halls, unlawful car parking business, match-fixing, and money laundering all play an important role in promoting terrorism in Karachi, the press release stated.
It added that cyber-crime, beggar mafia, and external funding of seminaries also endorse terrorism.
Regarding income sourced from Iranian diesel, the DG Rangers revealed that it is also a major source of funding crime as well as terrorism.
He added that this amount is also used to provide for political groups in Sindh as well as armed groups of land lords.
He further said that a systematic and regular distribution is in place for these amounts to reach certain influential people.