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Karachi Street Crimes Surge: Opposition Blames Sindh Police

Karachi: Amidst a disturbing surge in street crimes plaguing Karachi, opposition members of the Sindh Assembly have pointed fingers at the Karachi police, holding them responsible for the alarming increase in robbery incidents that are terrorizing Karachiites.

Reports of killings, street crimes, muggings, snatchings, and robbery incidents have escalated drastically in Karachi, painting a grim picture of the city’s security situation. The Karachi police, purportedly tasked with safeguarding the local populace, have come under severe scrutiny for their perceived failure to curb criminal activities effectively.

Recently, yet another distressing incident unfolded when a university student named Areeb fell victim to a mobile snatching incident. Despite police claims of arresting a suspect, the perpetrators remain at large, leaving citizens vulnerable to similar attacks.

Since the outset of the year, the city has witnessed over 35 deaths resulting from robbery attempts, with more than 100 citizens sustaining injuries in these violent encounters. One such tragic incident occurred in Korangi Allah Wala Town, where a university student, Laraib, lost his life during a robbery attempt due to his resistance, leaving his family devastated.

It is worth noting that in 2023, more than 90,000 cases of street crimes were reported just in Karachi and more than 134 citizens were brutally murdered, hundreds injured while trying to resist robberies, and 411 civilians were killed in various incidents. A total number of 59,305 motorcycles and 2,336 cars were stolen or snatched, while 28,000 mobile snatching cases were recorded.

Karachi Police’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) for East Karachi acknowledged the severity of the situation, citing ongoing investigations into the incidents and arrests made in connection with stolen property. However, these measures offer little solace to citizens grappling with the pervasive threat of street crimes.

In response to mounting public outrage, officials from the Sindh government attempted to address concerns surrounding law and order. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Nasir Hussain Shah reiterated the government’s commitment to tackling street crimes, with the Chief Minister convening meetings to address the escalating crisis. Stern warnings were issued, signaling imminent repercussions for any dereliction of duty.

However, opposition members of the Sindh Assembly squarely placed blame on the police force for the surge in robbery incidents, highlighting a glaring failure on the part of law enforcement agencies to fulfill their mandate of ensuring public safety.

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