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Lyari Gangster Uzair Baloch Passed Secret Info About Pakistan Army To Iran: JIT

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Karachi’s Lyari gangster Uzair Baloch had passed on secret information about Pakistan Army installations to the Iranian intelligence agencies.

The joint investigation team (JIT) formed by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) led Sindh government, comprising representatives of security and intelligence agencies, unanimously declared Uzair Baloch as ‘black’. The report found that Baloch along with his gang members was involved in a large number of murders/target killings of his rivals and innocent citizens including ethnic and ‘politically motivated’ killings.

“The accused has accepted his criminal acts before JIT and co-related all his actions with actual criminal happenings on [the] ground. He also martyred several police and Rangers personnel and attacked police stations. In total, Baloch ‘confessed’ to killing 198 people on ethnic and political grounds and owing to gang-war rivalry,” the report noted.

In addition to the murders, the JIT said Baloch was also involved in extortion, land grabbing, China-cutting and narcotics trafficking.

The report further revealed Baloch’s alleged espionage activities. According to the report, in 2014, when Baloch was residing with a friend in the Iranian port city of Chabahar, a person named Haji Nasir offered to arrange a meeting between Baloch and Iranian intelligence officers. A meeting with one such intelligence officer was subsequently arranged in which Baloch “was asked to provide certain information about armed forces officials […] besides general security environment of the city”, the report said.

“The accused is found to be involved in espionage activities by providing secret informations/sketches regarding Army installations and officials to foreign agents (Iranian intelligence officers) which is a violation of Official Secrets Act, 1923,” the JIT wrote in its findings.

The probe team said it was ‘strongly recommended’ that Baloch be tried under the Pakistan Army Act for his espionage activities.

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