2 ‘extortionists’ arrested in Karachi
KARACHI: Two extortionists have been arrested from Lea Market with 9mm and TT pistols, said the Risala police on Monday. Risala SHO Chaudhry Irshad said Abdul Kalam Bengali alias Kunya and Asif were arrested for “collecting extortion money from the market’s traders”. SHO Irshad said the detainees had confessed to “extorting money from a number of shopkeepers and businessmen” and were currently working for “Lyari–based gangsters”.
He said: “The extortionists have identified the people whom they were extorting, but the traders are not coming forward to identify them and lodge their complaint against them.”
He also said the police would register cases against the detainees on behalf of the state for possessing illegal weapons and extorting money.
It is the responsibility of the traders to come forward and lodge complaints against extortionists and other criminals, he added.
Businesses in Karachi are facing a surge in extortion demands from criminal gangs, forcing many owners to delay new investment or to relocate their families to escape the sense of insecurity gripping the urban heart of Pakistan’s economy.
The worsening law and order situation in the city which generates 25 percent of the country’s economic activity presents one of the many challenges that must be overcome to fulfil the promises to set the country on a path to faster growth.
An expanding middle class is fuelling consumer spending but extortion is hurting confidence among thousands of family-run firms that form the backbone of the economy.