Operation Clean-up

Operation Clean-up
Operation Clean-up
Part of Sectarian violence in Pakistan
Nawaz Shariff with General Asif Nawaz.jpg
Date 19 June 1992 − 16 August 1994
Location Karachi Sindh Province, Pakistan
Flag of the Pakistani Army.svg PA Rangers
 Pakistan Army
Coat of arms of Pakistan.svg Intelligence Bureau
Commanders and leaders
LGen Naseer Akhtar
MGen Safdar Ali Khan
BGen Imtiaz Ahmed
Units involved
25th Mechanized Division of V Corps
Sindh Police Force

The Operation Clean-up (also known as Operation Blue Fox) was a military operation led by Pakistan Army and the Army Rangers under the command of Brigadier Imtiaz Ahmed in Karachi, Pakistan that lasted from 1992−1994. The claimed goal of the operation was to 'cleanse' the city of "anti-social" elements. The operation initiated on 19 June 1992 under the command of then-DG of Intelligence Bureau, Brigadier Imtiaz Ahmad. The main target of the operation was the Mohajir Qaumi Movement (now renamed Muttahida Qaumi Movement)[1] on the drummed up charges of the Jinnahpur Conspiracy masterminded by the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.[2]

The operation took place during Nawaz Sharif's first term as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.[3] The period is regarded as the bloodiest period in Karachi's history, with thousands killed or gone missing in the fighting. Although 14 years have passed since the alleged arrest or disappearance of MQM workers, families of the missing people are still hopeful after registering the cases in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.[4]

On 19 May 1992, Prime minister Nawaz Sharif met Chief minister of Sindh Province Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Home Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chief of Army Staff General Asif Nawaz, Colonel Commandant of V Corps Lieutenant-General Naseer Akhtar, Director-General Army Rangers Major-General Safdar Ali Khan and other civilian and military officials at General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi, Punjab, to decide on the modalities of Operation Clean-up in Sindh; operation to be carried out by the Army Rangers with full backing by the Army.[5]

Among the reasons given for the launching of the operation were the Jinnahpur affair (later revealed to be a fabricated affair) and the Major Kaleem Case.[6]

See also

  • Jinnahpur


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