Karachi: 5,600 passports stolen
KARACHI: Unidentified criminals took away 5,600 Pakistani passports on Monday from the office of the Travel Association of Pakistan (TAP), where they had been brought for Umrah visas.
The Sindh government authorities have taken notice of the incident and constituted teams consisting of members from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Sindh Police Investigation Department (SPID) to investigate the matter.
Artillery Maidan police said that they had received a call from the TAP office situated on the first floor of Hotel Metropole and the caller informed them that a robbery had taken place at their office. On receipt of the information, a police team went there to investigate the incident.
When they reached the scene, office employees told the police that they had received some 5,600 passports from more than 100 travel agencies working in the city and on Saturday night they had left the office at about midnight, leaving the passports in 17 bags in the office.
On Monday morning when they opened the office they found the passports missing. Police said that they had recorded the statements, lodged an FIR and referred the case for further investigations.
SHO Artillery Maidan Asif Munawar said that initial investigations revealed that the passports brought to the TAP office for visa and verification purposes had all been stolen.
He said that while inspecting the office no windowpane or any other thing was damaged. The cash at the TAP office was not stolen, which proved that someone from the office who had the keys of the office was behind the robbery, he added.