Extortion rises to Rs15 million per day in Karachi
KARACHI: During the last one month, money received in the form of extortion has touched an estimated Rs15 million per day, The News has learnt. A special report of the Sindh Police Special Branch established that bloodshed is rapidly becoming an intricate part of extortion in the urban metropolis; it was also declared that there was an increased risk of extortion and bloodshed spreading from the Old City area to other parts of the city, while extortion–related target–killing was also a hazard for which the report blamed the poor performance of the government and the absence of political resolve.
According to the report, there was an increase in the city’s new extortion givers comprising the city’s sheesha–hoteliers, hospital administrations and sellers of electronic merchandise. Previous extortion givers included small and big traders, shopkeepers, inter-city bus service transporters, dealers on roads and in market places, hotels and restaurants, medical stores, those involved in illegal construction in cantonment boards, unauthorised parking, and the sellers of stolen and snatched mobile phones. It was also detailed in the report that the increase in extortion and bloodshed in Karachi had filled the residents of the city with fear which was spreading fast.