Islamabad: Man robbed by fake ‘intelligence person’
Islamabad: The activities of intelligence agencies and the way they have been portrayed in media have provided thugs with another creative idea to rob people of their belongings even in the middle of the day.
One such incident happened close to a moneychanger in the Blue Area. As Hammad Aslam, in his late 60s, came out of the moneychanger after changing rupees into dollars, a middle-aged man approached him and started asking him all sort of questions about his activities.
Aslam was leaving for United States in couple of days to meet his son. He was carrying an amount of 5,000 dollars when he encountered the man pretending to be from an intelligence agency.
“We have all information about you. You say prayers five times a day in a mosque but actually you finance militants through people that visit the mosque for preaching,” said the unidentified man wearing ‘shalwar qameez.’
Aslam was completely shocked for a few seconds. All that came to his mind at that time was to keep doing what that man was asking him to do. “This is a misunderstanding sir. I have never had any contact with such people. You can ask anyone,” said Aslam.
The man said that he would have to explain everything to his boss. He hired a taxi and took Aslam towards Melody Market where they first stopped near a fruit seller. “The man bought a box from the fruit man and asked me to put all my belongings in it including my wallet. I kept doing whatever he asked me to do as I thought that it was the best I can do in that situation,” said Aslam.
The man gave that box back to the fruit seller and asked him to take good care of the box till they come back. The next stop was a building. The unidentified man asked Aslam to wait for a while till he informs his boss. “He said that the office of his boss is located on the fifth floor,” said Aslam.
After waiting obediently for almost half an hour at the entrance, Aslam decided to go to the fifth floor. When he reached their, he realized that he has been robbed by the fake intelligence person. He was told that there is no such office located in the building.
Aslam quickly reached the fruit seller with a hope that he may find his belongings but as expected, the box was picked up by the same man almost half an hour earlier.