Islamabad: Twin cities witness record surge in crime
ISLAMABAD: In the twin-cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, the crime situation has never been as bad as it is now. There is no feeling of security inside homes or out on the roads. Armed gangsters barge daily into the homes, jewellery shops, banks and other premises at all times of the day. Obvious of the consequences, they hold the inmates at gun point and loot whatever they can lay their hands on. Resist and they will kill you. Having accomplished their mission, these desperados’ brazenly escape from the scene even in the presence of the police, at times. In fact, they are known to feel safer when the police are around.
Street crime too has increased visibly. A wave of insecurity has gripped the people virtually. Operating as a strong criminals mafia, the criminals thrive on vehicle lifting, car and motorbike, jewellery, cash and mobile snatching, through, even vengeful killings, abductions for ransom, land grabbing cases also continue unabated.
Quite amazing, all these street crimes take place not only in the dark and lonely lanes of the towns and cities but also in broad day light in busy markets and main boulevards.
Daring criminals are going for the quick strike, targeting pedestrians, snatching purses and mobile phone sets and lifting vehicles in the twin–cities.
Car lifting and mobile phone snatching has become a favourite offence for the street criminals as they commit these offences within minutes and “They are not average criminals and carjackers, they are getting away with thousands of rupees worth of mobile phone sets using the grab-and-dash”, a victim said.
The bandits have started hitting the most sensitive areas of Islamabad including ‘Red Zone’ as they have access to everywhere they want.
In a recent incident, the carjacking rackets took away a car of an educationist living in Gulshan–e-Jinnah Complex believed to be the safest locality housing in the Red Zone.
Rukhsana Khawaja, a housewife told the Secretariat Police that she parked her car (LXT-260) Suzuki Mehran in the evening but found missing on next morning.
Earlier, masked gunmen had looted a grocery store located in the premises of Gulshan–e-Jinnah Complex when the bandits took away everything. But the police didn’t take any action against so brazen criminals, residents of the Complex said.
“I witnessed a police official in uniform riding a hired van after midnight and steeling iron things including manhole covers along with a ‘kabaria’ an owner of a junkyard in Sector G-10/4,” Faiz Ali Khan, a citizen, said adding he informed the police about the activities of the ‘Kabaria’ but no action was taken against him.
While in Rawalpindi policemen were caught operating looters’ gangs in uniform. In New Town area, many complaints of mobile phone snatching by plain-clothed policemen riding police bikes were reported but nothing was done against the criminal officials indicating the involvement of concerned police stations.
The only hope lies in strict enforcement of rule of law; a legal system that provides speedy punishment to the criminals and with an efficient and honest police force which is adequately trained to deal with modern day crime. But, ironically, most of the police force has been put for the protection of VVIPs and their protocol duties.