JI Karachi Chief Condemns Teen’s Murder Amid Rising Crime Wave

JI Karachi Chief Condemns Teen's Murder Amid Rising Crime Wave
JI Karachi Chief Condemns Teen's Murder Amid Rising Crime Wave/Reuters
JI Karachi Chief Condemns Teen's Murder Amid Rising Crime Wave
JI Karachi Chief Condemns Teen's Murder Amid Rising Crime Wave/Reuters

JI Karachi Chief Condemns Teen’s Murder Amid Rising Crime Wave

JI Karachi Chief Condemns Teen’s Murder Amid Rising Crime Wave

JI Karachi Chief Condemns Teen’s Murder Amid Rising Crime Wave

Key Highlights:

  1. JI Karachi Chief condemns rising street crime after teen’s murder.
  2. 80 individuals killed by criminals in the last five months.
  3. Sindh government urged to address deteriorating law and order.

Munim Zafar, the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi, condemned the killing of a teenager by street gangs for resisting a robbery, reported ARY News. Speaking to the media on Sunday, Zafar urged the Sindh government to take urgent action in response to the city’s worsening law and order situation. In the past five months, up to 80 individuals have lost their lives in attacks by criminals.

Zafar highlighted the increasing crime rates in both metropolitan and riverine areas, asserting that no location in the province is safe. This year alone, killings during robberies have sharply increased, with 56 fatalities and over 200 injuries reported so far. Karachi’s long history of crime includes rampant street crime, robberies, drug-related offenses, and violent encounters with law enforcement.

Street criminals operate with impunity, targeting citizens in broad daylight, outside banks, amidst traffic, and in bustling markets, often resorting to violence when met with resistance, according to Dawn. President Asif Ali Zardari recently directed the Sindh chief minister to take extensive action against street criminals, drug traffickers, and bandits, emphasizing the need for collaboration among provinces.

While measures such as the revival of the Shaheen Force, an upgraded Madadgar-15 helpline, e-tagging of repeat offenders, and the Sindh Smart Surveillance System have been reported, the response has been largely reactive rather than proactive. Statistics from Dawn illustrate the scale of the challenge: out of 103 kidnappings, 47 went unreported, and while 104 individuals were recovered, 19 remain missing. Daily street crime incidents have decreased from 252.32 in January to 166.2 in April. Of the 48 incidents resulting in 49 casualties, 27 suspects were identified, leading to 43 arrests and 13 contentious police encounters.

Zafar’s call for action underscores the urgent need for effective measures to combat the rising tide of crime in Karachi.

(Inputs from Dawn & Daily Street)

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