Top cop says homicide down, mobile snatching up in Karachi


WEB DESK – The top cop in Karachi admitted that though targeted operation brought down the numbers of homicide but the numbers of mobile snatching incidents were increased as compared to the time before operation was launched.

The Karachi Police’s chief Shahid Hayat admitted on Tuesday that there were 1,500 more incidents of mobile snatching in metropolis as compared to the time before target operation. However, Hayat believed that the situation could improve if supply was curtailed and those individuals selling the phones were arrested.

While commenting on the most serious menace Karachi usually face, the target killing, Hayat said the targeted operation had brought the number of homicides in the city down. He added that homicides in the city were expected to be decreased by 50 per cent at the end of 2014.

He also maintained that the police had filed 400 cases in Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs) while the provincial government had also increased the number of these courts.

As soon as the newly appointed judges resume their offices, the number of ATCs will be increased to ten, he said. He also revealed that a special squad of police with the name of Rapid Response Unit – personnel on motorcycles- would start working from next month.

Few days back, Director General of Sindh Rangers Major General Rizwan claimed that powers given to the paramilitary force are not enough to bring peace in Karachi. However, interestingly, the leader of Karachi’s largest political party Farooq Sattar had different mantra for bringing peace to Karachi. He believed it could be achieved by the alliance of Pakistan Peoples Party and Mutahidda Qaumi Movement.

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