KARACHI: Sindh Rangers has claimed that that ambulances belonging to different relief and rescue services providers are being used to hive off and haul weapons from one place to the other within as well as outside the metropolis.
“Ambulance drivers from several welfare organizations are working as almost gunrunners,” a spokesman for the paramilitary force told media late Sunday night.
Rangers claim to have detained at least seven suspects with some of them belonging to outlawed militant outfits during overnight raids in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Water Pump, Saeed Manzil, Gulbahar, and Banaras Colony.
“According to the information squeezed out of the suspects, unlicensed guns, ammo, explosives, and other paraphernalia are travelling across the city unchecked in the vehicles used by the emergency responders,” the spokesman added.
The paramilitary troops had also seized a good deal of firearms in the crackdowns, the spokesman said adding the suspects had confessed to committing crimes ranging from extortion to murder.
Under Sindh Arms Ordinance 2013, carrying, moving, or keeping guns without a permit is punishable by the law.
The law enforcement agency also appealed to the people at large to call at 1101 in case they have noticed illegal trafficking of firearms in any part of the city.