Islamabad: Crime rate jumps in all provinces
ISLAMABAD: Punjab witnessed the largest number of crimes during 2010 with Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan being the second, third and fourth, respectively, according to the official data.
According to the crime data compiled by the provincial police departments and submitted to the federal government, a copy of which was made available to The News here on Friday, as many as 6,242 people were murdered in Punjab during the period under review.
The province witnessed 7,309 murder attempts while 21,388 people were injured in the incidents of fighting, quarrels and other incident. Punjab also topped the list in the rape cases, as according to the data submitted to the National Assembly during its recent session, 2,581 women were raped in the province in 2010. A total of 13,497 incidents of abduction were recorded in the province while the number of kidnapping for ransom cases registered during 2010 stood at 192.
During the period under review, the Punjab province registered 148 cases of rioting, 48,132 cases of recovery of illegal weapons and 24,512 cases of vehicle theft and snatching. Thus, a total 386,437 criminal cases were registered in Punjab during 2010.
In Sindh, 3,289 murders were reported to police during 2010 while the number of attempted murder cases stood at 4,125 and 3,039 people received injuries. The number of rape, abduction, kidnapping for ransom, rioting, recovery of illegal weapons and vehicle theft/snatching cases in Sindh stood at 289, 2,926, 175, 4,093, 12,022 and 10,939 respectively. Thus, a total of 100,278 criminal cases were registered in Sindh during 2010.
Although the report did not mention total number of cases registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2010, it said that 2,501 cases of murder, 2,513 cases of attempted murder, 2,727 cases of injury, 304 cases of abduction, 165 cases of kidnapping for ransom and 811 cases of vehicle theft/snatching were registered in the province.
Interestingly, no case of rape, rioting and recovery of illegal weapon was registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the period under review.
The total of 8,008 cases registered in Balochistan during 2010 included 548 cases of murder, 484 of attempted murder, 1,126 of injury, 33 of rape, 250 of abduction, 49 of kidnapping for ransom, 274 of rioting, 730 of recovery of illegal weapons and 826 cases of vehicle theft/snatching.
Thus, a total 12,580 cases of murder, 14,431 of attempted murder, 28,280 of injury, 2,903 of rape, 16,977 of abduction, 581 of kidnapping for ransom, 4,515 of rioting, 60,884 of recovery of illegal weapons and 37,088 cases of vehicle snatching/theft were registered across the country during 2010 while the total number of cases of all natures registered during this period across the country stood at 494,723.
When asked by The News to comment on the growing crimes in Punjab, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Secretary Information Mushahidullah Khan said that the crime rate has immensely grown across the country because when the federal government comprised criminals, it would definitely have impact on the provinces. He said that Punjab is the largest province of the country in terms of population, so the crime rate too has registered a growth accordingly.
“The law and order situation has greatly improved during the current tenure of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and steps are being taken to further improve it,” he said.
When adviser to Prime Minister on Human Rights Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar was approached, he told The News that he would raise the growing crimes in the Punjab, particularly rape and kidnapping for ransom incidents, at the federal level highly seriously because all of them fall in the category of human rights violations.
Criticising the Punjab government, the adviser said that all police force of the province has been assigned the job of only providing security to the rulers, and people of Punjab are being exploited on political grounds, which might lead to anarchy in the country.