Islamabad: Expat family looted
ISLAMABAD: An expatriate family was robbed of Rs600,000 on its return from Norway by three fake police officials on Islamabad Expressway, the victim and police said on Sunday. Fawad Mukhtar with his family arrived at Benazir Bhutto International Airport on a PIA flight and was on way to his native town of Kharian when three fake police officials intercepted his car on Islamabad Expressway.
His close friend Waqas Ahmed, who received the family at airport, told Dawn that hardly had their vehicle took a turn from Fazaia Chowk when a car with blue flashing light and green registration plate blocked the way.
He said three car riders showed their official cards and asked for search.
Fawad Mukhtar in his complaint to Kural police said that he did not offer any resistance and showed his papers. They returned the documents but started searching pockets of his jacket and grabbed the foreign currency.
He said shortly after fetching the foreign currency (equal to Rs600,000), the fake policemen drove off at high speed towards the airport.
“I had heard about poor law and order situation in Pakistan but it is hard to believe that I have been looted at a busy road. Now I will not stay here for long,” Fawad Mukhtar said.
Waqas said it was unfortunate that the robbers escaped uncaught despite that there was an Army–police check post close to Airport Chowk, and a police picket at Kural Chowk.