Karachi: Daily Times, Aaj Kal staffers repeatedly robbed near work
KARACHI: Almost seventeen employees of Daily Times and Aaj Kal newspapers have been robbed over the last three months in separate incidents mostly outside the office on II Chundrigar Road and at the printing press in SITE.
On July 31, at around 430 a.m., armed men in a white Suzuki Hi-roof robbed Rs 8,000 in cash, the NIC and ATM card from Mohammad Hafeez, original documents for a motorcycle and about Rs 500 in cash from Naeem Siddiqui, the press card of Siddiqui’s younger brother, mobile phone, NIC card and Rs 800 from Syed Wajahat Hussain. This incident took place just as the men left the printing press in SITE area.
‘To kia hua, yeh sub to hota rahta hai’ was the response from chuckling policemen when the staffers signaled to the police mobile unit on patrol and informed them about the incident. They also told them the direction the robbers had taken off in. But the policemen laughed “It doesn’t matter. Go home and sleep.” “They could have chased the robbers if they wanted to,” said one of the staffers.
On July 24, at around 930 p.m. two armed men on motorcycles robbed accounts manager Mohammad Azeem Ansari and his rider Adnan. They took their mobile phones and Rs 1,300 just as the men exited the newspaper offices on I.I. Chundrigar Road.
Three months ago, pre-press workers Javed Akhtar, Saleem Sheikh, Shahid Baqali and Kashif Khan were robbed by two armed men on a motorcycle in Pak Colony area while returning from the SITE press. They took four mobile phones and Rs 6,000.
Daily Times and Aaj Kal employees Zubair and Mujeeb and his three cousins Amir Baloch, Zaid and Shahab were robbed by one man of two mobile phones three months ago near New Challi while returning home at around 1130 p.m.
Daily Times page-making in-charge Sheraz was robbed a little over two months ago by men robbing a passenger coach in Lasbella, Jamshed Quarters. They took his mobile phone. Last month, press helper Zubair was robbed of his cell phone at the SITE press. Daily Times sub-editor Ghulam Hussain Mandhro was also deprived of his mobile phone outside the office.