Over 12,000 mobile phones snatched in Karachi during Jan-July 2021: report | English News | GulNews


KARACHI: The Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) on Wednesday released a report on street crimes committed in Karachi in the first 7 months of the ongoing year, ARY News reported.

According to statistics available with ARY News, overall 27,000 motorcycles were snatched or stolen, while 12,471 Karachiites were deprived of their mobile phones by street criminals.

At least 949 four-wheelers were either snatched or stolen from the city between January to July 2021.

The report reveals that snatching and stealing of two-wheeler vehicles remained higher in the city in the last month as over 4000 bikes were stolen or snatched in the month of July 2021.


Overall, 2091 incidents of a citizen being deprived of their mobiles phones from the city reported in the past month, while 160 four-wheelers had been snatched or stolen in the outgoing month.

It is pertinent to mention here that the city is facing an alarming increase in the menace of street crime.

In a shocking incident reported yesterday, street criminals tortured and looted a citizen on a motorcycle without any fear at the busy University Road of Karachi.

The incident reportedly took place at the University Road near Safari Park. It showed that four street criminals on two motorcycles surrounded a citizen and kept torturing him.

A citizen had captured the video of the incident through his mobile phone who was also travelling on the same road. Nobody on the road has come to assist the helpless citizen nor has any police official arrived at the scene.




Over Rs200 million looted in Karachi as employee drives off with cash van | English News | GulNews


A driver allegedly looted more than Rs200 million from a cash van of a security company on Karachi’s main I.I. Chundrigar Road, it emerged on Wednesday, as police said they were probing the “unusual” incident from different aspects.

Mithadar police’s Special Investigation Officer (SIO) Chaudhry Tariq said the driver of the van was involved in looting the huge cash amount on August 9. The officer said police were investigating the case from different angles, but did not elaborate.

The officer admitted that no concrete progress had been made in the case so far and efforts were still underway to arrest the driver.

According to the first information report (FIR) lodged by a regional operations manager of the security company, Shoaib Sheikh, the cash van was transporting over Rs200m from Tariq Road to the State Bank of Pakistan located on I.I. Chundrigar Road, the “Pakistani Wall Street”.

The company’s guard, Mohammed Saleem, went inside the bank to take the receipt. When he returned, he saw that the cash van was no longer parked outside. He called the van driver, Husain Shah, who initially informed him that he would come back within a short time, according to the contents of the FIR.

However, when the guard called again, the driver had switched off his cell phone. The van was traced and found on Queen’s Road through the company’s tracking system. During inspection, it was found that along with the cash, the weapons, a camera and a DVR were also missing from the van.

Police have registered a case against the driver and launched an investigation into the alleged theft.

Last week, two guards of a money changer were shot dead in Buffer Zone and a worker was wounded by suspected robbers over resistance. They took away around Rs1m from the victims and escaped. The driver of the van remained safe.

Police had claimed that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) were not followed for transferring the huge cash amount from a bank to the money changer’s office.




PM Imran inaugurates ship lift and transfer system at Karachi Shipyard in rare visit to port city | English News | GulNews


Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday inaugurated the ship lift and transfer system at the Karachi Shipyard during a rare day-long visit to the port city.

The prime minister will later chair a meeting at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to review the Rs1.1 trillion Karachi Transformation Plan as well.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, the prime minister expressed pleasure at the progress in using technology for various tasks. He said it was not just a matter of using technology for its own purposes but also using it to make money.

“Now we will be able to [service] 12 ships and ship lift 7,400 tonnes. This is progress. We have to save the country’s money using technology,” he said, adding that foreign exchange reserves would be saved due to the inaugurated facility being available here now,

The prime minister said that as the new system’s services developed, they could be provided to others as well and used to earn foreign exchange.

He added that the challenge ahead was the increasing pressure on the current account due to increasing economic development and outflow of dollars.

“So we will earn dollars from what you have done today and we will sell these services ahead. We have to do everything to promote our exports, encourage overseas Pakistanis to send remittances through banking channels, attract foreign investment so money comes from abroad and stop money laundering which we are completely focusing on now.”

The premier added that money laundering was the “biggest problem” of the developing world with corrupt rulers transferring money abroad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that apart from the above measures, import substitution was needed as well. “This is the direction of our country and we have set out on it,” he said.

The premier lamented that Pakistan had not realised its potential in the past and instead ventured on an “easy path”, becoming an import-led economy that became dependent on foreign aid.

Now, however, he was “happy that the effort is again underway to stand on our own feet”.

Sight on Sindh

The prime minister’s visit to Karachi comes as his government is set to complete its three years in power and, with the next general elections just two years away, political analysts suggesting that the premier has his sight set on Sindh’s vote bank.

An important development in this regard was the appointment of former Sindh chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim as the premier’s special assistant on Sindh affairs in July.

A month prior to his appointment as the prime minister’s aide, Rahim was quoted by The News as saying that the premier had tasked him with organising the PTI in Sindh, and that people would hear “good news” from the province in the coming days.

Moreover, a Dawn.com report had quoted government sources as saying at the time of Rahim’s appointment that Prime Minister Imran planned to hold public gatherings in Sindh starting from August and Rahim’s appointment was seen important in that context.

A day after Rahim’s appointment, Federal Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had shared a plan for the PTI’s campaign in the province, said a Dawn report. The report had further stated that the foreign minister had shared the plan while on a visit to Karachi and that the ruling party intended to campaign “aggressively in every town and district” of Sindh.

The same report had quoted Qureshi as saying: “Is it an anti-democracy act or against the law if the PTI comes to Sindh, meets people and invites them to join the party? Why is there so much hue and cry over this? We are not here to conquer the people but to serve them. We are here to tell the people that they have an alternative.”

More recently, days before today’s visit, Prime Minister Imran Khan had issued directives to cleanse Sindh of street crimes, lawlessness and dacoits with the help of security forces and other agencies working under the federal government.

He had given the instructions while presiding over a high-level meeting on security issues of Sindh and tasked Pakistan Rangers, Anti-Narcotics Force, Federal Investigation Agency and Pakistan Customs to conduct operations against dacoits in different parts of the province.

The premier had issued similar instructions in May, when he had directed Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid to visit Sindh and prepare a strategy to deal with the worsening law and order situation in the province.




Rabies patient, 22, from Kotri taken to Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital after 45 days | English News | GulNews


KARACHI: A 22-year-old Rabies patient has been taken to Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital from Kotri who had been bitten by a stray dog 45 days ago, ARY News reported on Monday.

A case of deadly Rabies disease was reported in Sindh that was detected in a 22-year-old Noor Khan at Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital.

Dr Seemi Jamali, the executive director of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical College, said in a statement that Noor Khan had been bitten by a stray dog on his hand and elbow 45 days ago.

She detailed that Noor Khan developed the deadly Rabies disease as he did not receive anti-rabies vaccine following the incident.


It is important to mention here that 8,650 cases of dog bites have been reported at Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital so far and it is the eighth case of Rabies disease at the hospital.

Earlier on August 2, three children had been mauled by a stray dog in the Marvi Goth neighbourhood of Karachi’s Quaidabad area when the minors were playing in a street.

The two-year-old Raja, three-year-old Bibi Rehana and four-year-old Aasia had been bitten by a stray dog when they were playing in a street. According to the Jinnah Hospital’s executive director Dr Seemi Jamali, the children had sustained wounds on their face and head.

The children were immediately administered anti-rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin, she added.