Islamabad: Foreigners’ gang freely ‘looting’ people
ISLAMABAD: It took only few minutes for the ‘foreigner guests’ to deprive a local citizen of Federal Capital of his salary, and fled away while leaving the gentleman in the state of shock and disbelieve. Ironically, the police are aware of this unique foreigner gang, operating in the Federal Capital since a couple of years.
According to details, Amir Wali Khan, a journalist by profession, associated with an Islamabad-based daily, was the latest victim of this gang which operates in a unique way. Talking to The Nation, Amir said, the incident took place a couple of days back.
According to Amir, he drew money from an ATM at G-11 Markaz to purchase some grocery and fruits. After that he went on Aga Khan Road, F-6/4, Islamabad, where he had to attend a meeting at NRSP.
“I notice some people were following me in a car, however I took them not seriously,” Amir said adding that as he took a turn to Supper Market, at street 52, a white corolla intercepted him asked for help.
“Keeping in the mind that the person wanted me to help them about address, I went to them. The person who was around 55 told me that they had just arrived from UAE, and looking for an Arabic bank (I forgot the bank name) where they could change dollar into Pakistani currency. I expressed my ignorance about any Arabic bank, therefore I advised them to exchange dollar from money exchange,” Amir said. Followed by my advice, one of the persons sitting in front seat asked me to show Pakistani currency so that they should have knowledge of it and no one could cheat them, Amir told The Nation.
“I showed them a currency note of Rs 500, however, the foreigners wished to have a look at bigger currency note and requested me to show them if I had. I showed them notes of 1000 and 5000. They really insisted me to show them all money. Keeping in view that foreigners were guests, I gave them all of my salary that I just withdrew from ATM a few minutes earlier, so that they could have taken a look of local currency,” Amir told The Nation.
According to Amir, the foreigners returned back the currency note after taking a look at currency notes and left the place. However, to his utter shock, of Rs 10,000 were missing.
“Upon recounting the money, I found Rs. 10,000 less than I handed over to the foreigners,” said Amir. The story did not end here. As the gentleman reached Kohsar Police Station, he was shocked to know that police were aware of the presence of such foreigner gangs.
“Again to my shock and disappointment, police were aware of the presence of these gangs. I was told that there were a large number of people whole fell prey to such gangs,” Amir told The Nation. According to official sources, the foreigner gang is active in Islamabad and has looted many using the same trick.
When contacted, a police official confirmed the presence of this foreigners’ gang and said that the incident was brought into notice of higher police officials too. A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the foreigner gang was consisted of three people including a young guy, who is around 35, and a girl.
“ Islamabad police high ups are well aware of existence of this gang, however, no step has been taken to nab them,” police officer told The Nation on condition of anonymity. Despite trying several times, SSP Islamabad police Tahir Alam did not respond to calls made to his cell phone.