Law enforcers have been deployed in the area since the authorities sealed the MQM’s headquarters and offices in Azizabad following the August 22 ‘anti-Pakistan’ speech by party founder Altaf Hussain. Nevertheless, this recovery was made from a 10-by-10 feet customised underground compartment of an abandoned
120-square-yards house close to Lal Qila Ground in Azizabad. The house has remained deserted for almost three years. “We did not find anyone in the house for over a couple of years,” said a neighbour.
“But it has been in the use of militants of the MQM.” The police found a calendar of 2014 hanging on a wall inside the house. They also found that the house is registered in the name of Shaikh Naeemullah. “Right now, we do not have accurate information,”
said Central DIG Zulfikar Larik, adding thath, “We are trying to acquire the details of the owners or tenants. Also, it has to be checked for how long these weapons have been hidden.” Weapons not common in Pakistan are also among the recovered arms. “Weapons used by NATO forces and some official Pakistani weapons are also among the recovered arms,” said Karachi Additional IG Mushtaq Maher. “We are conducting
forensic tests of these weapons to ascertain if they have earlier been used in Karachi.” The police had to hire at least three Mazda trucks to shift the huge cache of weapons to the DIG office where AIG
Karachi along with the Central DIG and SSP Muqaddas Haider held a press conference.