Friday, January 9, 2015

Dubai authorities agree to hand over Uzair Baloch to Pakistan

January 9, 2015
Uzair is wanted for more than 50 criminal cases, including murder, attempted kidnapping for ransom and extortion.

KARACHI: Dubai authorities have agreed to hand over Uzair Baloch to Pakistan and asked relevant departments to start the extradition process, sources told Express News on Friday.

Uzair  Baloch, the chief of the defunct Peoples Aman Committee (PAC) and main culprit involved in the brutal killing of notorious gangster, Arshad Pappu, was at large since July 2013 before he was arrested by Interpol in Dubai.

He is wanted by the police for more than 50 criminal cases, including murder, attempted kidnapping for ransom and extortion.

Reportedly, Iranian government had asked Dubai to send Baloch to Iran as he was also wanted in the country. However, Dubai government has decided to not entertain that request.

Who is Uzair Baloch?

Uzair Baloch was nominated to succeed Rehman Dakait after the latter was killed in an alleged encounter with SP Chaudhry Aslam Khan in 2009. Baba Ladla assumed the role of the group’s operational commander. Differences emerged, however, between the two men and Ladla left the gang in September, 2013, to start his own gang.

Following turf wars, Uzair Baloch escaped from the country and had been living abroad. He was arrested a week ago in Dubai as he tried to cross the border using a fake passport. Since then, the accused has been in the custody of the Dubai police.

Uzair Jan Baloch — a profile

Saher Baloch

Updated Dec 30, 2014 11:47am

KARACHI: With the news of gangster Uzair Jan Baloch’s arrest in Dubai by Interpol, shops in some areas of Lyari started closing down on Monday much before the usual announcement by Uzair’s men through loudspeakers.

Uzair, 37, has been considered the political face of the Pakistan Peoples Party in Lyari — a label the PPP is struggling to distance itself from.

He tried his luck in politics as an independent candidate for the seat of Lyari Nazim in the 2001 elections that he lost to Habib Hassan, a staunch Pakistan Peoples Party activist.

Also read: Uzair Baloch arrested in Dubai, confirms Pakistani consulate

Son of a transporter named Faiz Mohammad alias Faizu Mama, Uzair’s forays into crime came soon after his father was killed by Mohammad Arshad alias Arshad Pappu’s gang in 2003, as he set out to avenge his father’s murder. Arshad Pappu was a rival of Uzair’s first cousin, Abdul Rehman alias Rehman Dakait, who was involved in a long and bitter gang warfare over drugs and land in Lyari with the Arshad Pappu gang.

On pursuing courts over his father’s murder, Uzair received threats from Arshad Pappu’s gang on which Rehman, alias Rehman Dakait, took him under his wing. It is said Uzair refused to join Rehman’s gang initially but came around around the idea later as they shared a common enemy. Uzair was arrested by the late CID SSP Aslam Khan from his ancestral land in Sujawal in 2003. 

During his time in the Karachi central prison — a total of two hours — Uzair tended to a few PPP workers which earned him protection on his release. After his release on parole, Uzair got involved in social work and opened schools in the area.

But there was a paradox — extortion had become rampant and thrived in the main markets of Lyari as people were too scared to refuse them.

With this, Rehman Dakait’s death in an encounter brought Uzair in the forefront. He was selected unopposed in a unanimous decision by all the gangs as the new gang leader.

The PPP, which keeps its association with the Peoples Aman Committee non-committal, protected Uzair until 2012. Owais Muzaffar, better known as Tappi, wanted to contest elections from Lyari, which was refused by Uzair. The ensuing rift within the PPP-PAC relations called for a hastily put together operation in April 2012, which insiders say was based on completely political reasons. The operation was called off after a week and as a result the PPP had to bow down to Uzair’s demands to pick and choose people from his cadre to contest in the general elections of 2013.

However, when it comes to its presence in Lyari, the PAC is almost over, insiders say, with the continuing infighting further fragmenting an already divided house.

Wanted in more than 20 cases, including murder, extortion and terrorism, what brought his activities into light was the suo motu notice by the Supreme Court of Pakistan over his involvement in the Arshad Pappu murder last year.

Meanwhile, a close aide to Uzair says the PPP is looking for a way to redeem itself in the area and his arrest is going to be a perfect chance for the party to lay down their demands in exchange for control over an area they lost over a decade ago.

Published in Dawn, December 30th, 2014

Uzair’s extradition: Pakistan’s embassy receives foreign ministry letter

January 08, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Pak Embassy in UAE has received a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan for extradition of Lyari gang war chief Uzair Baloch, GEO News reported.

The Pakistan Embassy will forward the letter to the UAE officials.

According to the sources, Uzair will be brought to Abu Dhabi for investigation today.

Uzair Baloch was arrested by Interpol in Dubai on December 29, 2014.

Baloch was wanted by the judicial authorities in connection with target killing, extortion and other criminal cases.

He was declared proclaimed offender by an Anti-Terrorism Court on July 23, 2013 in the murder case of alleged Lyari gangster, Arshad Pappu. Afterwards, Karachi police raided his house several times but failed to capture him.

Earlier, the Pakistani government had contacted the Interpol through Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for arrest of the accused.

Uzair Baloch’s bringing back may take another week

KARACHI: The Sindh police team set up to secure custody of Uzair Jan Baloch — the alleged leader of one of the criminal gangs operating in Lyari and reportedly arrested by Interpol in Dubai earlier this month — is still waiting for the nod from Islamabad, where authorities are busy meeting diplomatic formalities before the team flies to the Gulf state, a senior official said on Thursday.

He said that the team led by an SSP rank officer waited as the federal authorities — both the interior and the foreign ministries — were finalising all the formalities with the UAE government and Pakistani diplomats there and it was stated that these formalities would be completed within a week, allowing the police to finish the rest of the job.

Also read: Team set up to get Uzair’s custody from Interpol

“The Sindh police team is well prepared,” said the official. “But their role has not yet begun as the custody of a wanted man from other country who has been arrested by Interpol requires several formalities, which are solely the subject of the federal government. We are waiting for the go-ahead from Islamabad and that we expect by next week.”

Published in Dawn, January 9th, 2015

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