Here’s an idea

With crime rampant in the city, people often wonder what they can do to insulate themselves from danger. Collective action is perhaps the most sensible action and it seems that some Karachiites have taken the lead:

“North Nazimabad’s Block A of 1,361 houses is a unique part of the city as it has its own special police station with eight policemen who are paid salaries by the residents of the area. The policemen are given Rs 3,000 per month extra in addition to their government salaries. The ASI in charge is given Rs 6,000 extra also.” Daily Times.

Incidentally the article is about a great story of a local female bandit.

22 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    applaudable effort by the residents to crub crimes..
    that’d help poor police officers stay away from menace of bribe and take care of their family from legally earned money instead of bribe…

    and congrats to CY for posting some thing positive instead of his usual religious bashing..


  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    btw you posted it twice..


  3. llama (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    I wouldn’t necessarily trust a daily times story unless verified by some more sources.

    regarding the self-protection, who’s to say that the special policemen didnt also cut a deal with the bandits?


  4. SELF (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

    Good one, can this government have it any easier? It’s now citizen’s duty to pay their usual taxes and on top also pay for power generators/fuel, water tankers, private schools, private hospitals and police and still be thankful to the government.


  5. BoZz (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    Bad idea. Presents us with many more problems as compared to solving any.

    The only positive thing that may or may not materialize is the security of the given residents.

    This sounds more like having a private security agency.

    The loyalty (if at all) of these rent-a-cops will end up being with the residents only.

    The residents on the other hand will expect and look for only their self interest.

    May set a bad precedent which could open the door for the government to off load more of its responsibilty on to its citizens. After all, as mentioned above, we do pay (at least some of us) our taxes.

    Since there are two paymasters (the Govt, (us) and the residents), who gets priority? And who will report to whom. I can forsee numerous difficulties here.

    Don’t we know our people?

    Lastly there is no mention of a selection procedure for these policemen, their qualifictaion or training. If they are from the existing lot, no amount of money is going to make them straight and lawful. The mindset remains the same. Untill that part is not addressed not much can be hoped for.


  6. Kashif (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

    As people are generating electricity on their own these days so why not hire own police force, eh? I think Jamia Hafsa people are working on similar concept.

    I pay my taxes, bills and all damn dues on time. I ain’t gonna pay ’em a penny more. Period.


  7. Sufi (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

    Before we blame anyone guys, just read the following news appeared in Daily Times Business section:

    CBR plans to achieve 1.72m taxpayers’ target

    LAHORE: The Central Board of Revenue (CBR) is endeavouring to take the number of taxpayers in the country to the level of 1.725 million by the end of current fiscal year from 1.65 million.

    Even if they achieve this target, it would be like only a 1.078125 % population will be paying taxes (assuming we still only have 160 Million People).

    These numbers speak for themselves.


  8. Muddasir (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    I am a resident of North Nazimabad BLock A Behind McDonald’s franchise, here we have neighborhood committees which meet in every 1st week of the month, they charge Rs 500/- per house for security, Rs 50/- for door to door garbage collection. They have also issued stickers for they vehicles of the residents which must bonded on the windshield of the vehicles for indentification. They also some run clips regarding security precautions on the local cable tv. In any case the security of the area is quite upto the mark.


  9. Muddasir (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

    I am a resident of North Nazimabad BLock A Behind McDonald’s franchise, here we have neighborhood committees which meet in every 1st week of the month, they charge Rs 500/- per house for security, Rs 50/- for door to door garbage collection. They have also issued stickers for they vehicles of the residents which must bonded on the windshield of the vehicles for indentification. They also some run clips regarding security precautions on the local cable tv. In any case the security of the area is quite upto the mark.


  10. Muddasir (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    I am a resident of North Nazimabad BLock A Behind McDonald’s franchise, here we have neighborhood committees which meet in every 1st week of the month, they charge Rs 500/- per house for security, Rs 50/- for door to door garbage collection. They have also issued stickers for they vehicles of the residents which must bonded on the windshield of the vehicles for indentification. They also some run clips regarding security precautions on the local cable tv. In any case the security of the area is quite upto the mark.


  11. Muddasir (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    I am a resident of North Nazimabad BLock A Behind McDonald’s franchise, here we have neighborhood committees which meet in every 1st week of the month, they charge Rs 500/- per house for security, Rs 50/- for door to door garbage collection. They have also issued stickers for they vehicles of the residents which must bonded on the windshield of the vehicles for indentification. They also some run clips regarding security precautions on the local cable tv. In any case the security of the area is quite upto the mark.


  12. darthvader (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    alright alrgiht muddasir , i get your point.


  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    good initiative


  14. Lies (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

    @Doctor: Some of us like the ‘usual “religious” bashing’


  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 1:04 am

    You guys didn’t notice this:

    A 22-year-old stage performer, whose specialty is shooting 2 pistols from the back of a moving motorcycle

    A hidden talent.


  16. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 1:47 am

    Near taimorya masjid There was the same arrangement in Block H, 28 months it was swift n smooth, later 2 houses were robbed back to back in 3 hours., soon after zuhar prayers. 6 people were involved, One bandit was shot, damn seriously bleeding, and later when caught he turned out the BABA Watchman, whom every little school going child paid respect, besides the ladies who walk by in & around the neighborhood.
    2 more where caught but nothing was recovered.

    Police dragged the committe responsibles to find out who shot the BABA as they did not believed the story of BABA that a Lady shot him with a 9 MM automatic but he failed to identify who she was or which house she belonged to.

    Paid 50,000 to police to get rid of threat from police.

    system abolished – people are on their own again.

    The SOP of gang operating have changed, The security companies themselves are involved in the scams.

    I hope few remember 3 cases of 2005 – 2006 when a bank cash van was robbed right across metropole hotel., Then one money changer near mahboob market sadder was robbed, and a armored cash carrier was looted in site – All by the ex-serviceman of security agencies which managed the watch on all those 3 victims.

    These mohalla watchmen know your & mine house more then any one. House maids, our very own male servants do a baythak with them and disclose the family and their schedules.

    may be my sis-in-law might not know for few weeks that my wife is on bedrest, and she is expecting a baby but………. the watchman will come to know in less then 36 hours..that the madam in such n such house is on bed rest and saheb is serving breakfast to begum because of bedrest and there will be some khushkhabri… source… house maid, your very own cook, your very own gardner, …………..

    ITS SPOOKY,,,,…..


  17. Tamed~. (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    Congrats Jamal,

    Is it going to be a boy or a girl?


  18. wasiq (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 3:30 am

    36 hours that is simply too much yaar……

    HUM AAH BHI KARTEY HAIN TOH HO JATEY HAIN BADHNAAM…
    WOH QATIL BHI KARTEY HAIN TOH CHARCHA NAHEIN HOTA


  19. Kashif (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    Very well captured Jamal. This and the young guys sitting at corner of every muhallah, apartment, street. They are well aware of things going around and are often used as informers by the thugs.


  20. JayJay (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

    DT’s editorial today:

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20074\21\story_21-4-2007_pg3_1

    “SECOND EDITORIAL: Pakistani Phoolan Devi’s short career

    A very athletic female dacoit was arrested in North Nazimabad in Karachi after she vaulted over a nine-foot wall, following her unsuccessful attempt at armed robbery in the house of a retired banker. Only 22, Rahila was a stage actress once but decided to escape into reality. Her bad luck was that she was seen by someone as she took out her pistol before entering the victim’s house.”

    “Rahila and her gang of four men had planned the dacoity like this. Rahila was to use her histrionic ability to appear like a house-maid to the owner of the house and get him to open the door. This part of the plot actually happened: the retired banker was immediately taken hostage and shut in a room. The police, however, had been informed, which arrived and nabbed the female dacoit after a shootout in which one male dacoit was actually killed. Rahila was dubbed Phoolan Devi, the legendary dacoit-princess of India, by the press after learning that she had worked with a lady earlier and had robbed her house of Rs 2.5 million! The money obviously was not good enough for her.”


  21. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

    scary stuff…


  22. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

    btw i was kidnapped from same Block A some 2 years back while i was waiting in my car… but i don’t feel like narrating that ordeal at the moment…



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