Sindh CM’s advisor resigns over foiled arms smuggling case

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After thwarting a suspected arms smuggling plot from Balochistan to Jacobabad by law enforcement agencies, Allah Dino alias Babal Khan Bhayo has resigned as adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, The News reported on Sunday.

In a statement released a day before his resignation, Bhayo expressed his decision to resign to allow for a fair and transparent investigation into the recent botched arms smuggling incident. He has urged Prime Minister Shah to accept his resignation immediately and conduct an inquiry into the matter.

The action comes after authorities discovered a significant cache of weapons and ammunition, including submachine guns, G-3 rifles, magazines, bullets, cellphones and cash, in two vehicles: a crew cab pickup and a police escort vehicle . . The police vehicle, reportedly intended for security and protocol of the provincial advisor, was found to be involved in the convoy.

Sources within the Sindh government revealed that the Pakistan People’s Party leadership had ordered Bhayo to resign following the successful anti-smuggling operation by law enforcement agencies.

Bhayo strongly denied any involvement in the illegal arms smuggling and refuted claims that the incident was aimed at tarnishing his reputation. Subsequently, a case was registered by Jacobabad police against four alleged smugglers and three police personnel under relevant anti-terrorism laws.

According to Jacobabad SSP Saleem Shah, intelligence reports led to the interception of the weapons destined from Balochistan to Shikarpur for possible use in terrorist acts. The suspects are currently in pre-trial detention pending further legal proceedings.