Gulshan Tops in In-security

Dawn Blog is reporting a sharp increase in crimes in Karachi. According to the report, Gulshan-e-Iqbal tops the list with most crimes committed (car and mobile phone snatching). Just about a couple of weeks ago, a neighbor who is a senior police officer was shown a gun and his unregistered Toyota corolla was taken away.

Gulshan-i-Iqbal Town reported the highest occurrence of car theft as 41 cars were taken at gun point and 100 were stolen. The second most likely place to have a car stolen was Clifton, where 20 automobiles were snatched at gun point and 64 were reported stolen. North Nazimabad came in third with 25 armed carjacking and 59 stolen vehicles.

With the political scenario obviously tense in the city, security is the first casualty and we all need to be one notch more careful.

15 Comments so far

  1. alias on April 18th, 2008 @ 11:06 am

    hmmm gulshan citizen….u need to be cautious while on da

  2. HITMAN (hitman) on April 18th, 2008 @ 11:49 am

    Well, forget that police can protect u or ur property. Grab an arms license with whatever resources u may use. Purchase a weapon. Not recommended while u r on roads but u need 1 for ur home atleast.

  3. asheheryar on April 18th, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

    I agree with hitman….da police are making the matters worse…how can you expect them to help when they have a solid share in whatever these thieves get from us…..i second hitman’s suggestion that you should atleast get a firearm for your home.

  4. Raza (raza) on April 18th, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

    Gulshan is a great place to live, but unfortunately is plagued by carjackings, cell-phone thefts and robberies. The only viable option is to get a super duper home security system and as a last resort, get a gun.

  5. salmakhan on April 18th, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

    @ Raza
    And get a tracker system in the car also.Two time my car snatched at gunpoint in gulshan and both time I got my car back because of tracker.

  6. voice on April 18th, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

    This is not related to the post but can any one please tell me that where is the Head Quarter of Barclays Bank in Karachi

  7. barristerakc on April 18th, 2008 @ 11:41 pm

    well I got a barclays account myself with cards and all – theres no branch in Karachi to cater our needs. I rely on Internet banking ; why don’t you try an international helpline number, it’s toll free and embossed on back of your debit/credit card.

  8. barristerakc on April 19th, 2008 @ 12:31 am

    I wish I could have uploaded the graphical stats of area-wise crime rate. It’s true that Gulshan tops the chart although I would like to dispute Clifton as number two.
    As per CPLC records (which is a more reliable source for statistics then normal policing because people report crimes to CPLC then to the conventional ‘thana’) Shah Faisal Town comes number two and Clifton comes at number three.

    There was something ‘wrong’ with Dost Muhammad (SHO, Aziz Bhatti Police Station) – firstly he was a sub-inspector, secondly SHO(s) should be held accountable for high rates of crime in there respected areas. I mean I am a MQM supporter and without being unbiased I don’t know how our home-minister did not change the man? Now there another SHO who’s a known crook in charge of Aziz Bhatti PS.

    So who’s really involved in crimes? I had been researching and from experience as a criminal layer and someone who has seen criminals from ‘up-close’ as a defense lawyer too. Let me profile criminals in following categories:

    i) Street Crimes: A typical street criminal is normally a looser (educated till matric/intermediate) from very underprivileged background. He is on average aged between (18-29) and belongs to either from bangoli or minority group (especially Christians from esa Coloney). Small Time Thugs – these lads are typically from areas (Papoosh, Orangi/Lyari, PIB Coloney and Saddar). It’s a known fact that these lads are not involved in crimes in there own areas.
    ii) Bank Robberies: A typical bank robber is a Pashtoons / Baloch from the tribal belt or from Lyari and Hab Chowki.
    iii) Drug/Narcotics: A typical person involved in Drugs/Narcotics is a phastoon although majority of distribution is controlled by Balcohis of Lyari – Lyari being the head quarters and a no-go area for police. A shelter for folks like Rehman Dekait and Asim Papu – all Balcohis and PPP Jiyalas. It’s also seen that our very own police constables sell hashish rods.
    iv) Arms Smuggling: Want a Gtr Rocket Launcher? A Chinese XGR for mobile snatching? Contact Zaheer Gang and you will get a home deliver for Rs.10000-12000. An average arms smuggler is again unfortunately a phastoon. Source of supply is the tribal belt and the carry is done by our very own ‘NEW KHAN COACHES’ – Sorab Goth.
    v) Prostitution: Cells runed by Tajik Afghans (Farsi speaking) plus Punjabis with police backing. It’s part of an organized crime operation runned by many god-fathers of this city. Girls? Boys? No problem.
    vi) Car Jacking: again Balcohis take the cake – operations done by inter-provincial gangs with backing from FC, Rangers and Police. Remember the Car Lifting Cell was closed for good two years? It was because SSP in charge of the cell was a ‘farz shinas’ officer. It is also noted that CIA and couple of insurance agents are involved in this crime too. There’s a tracking jammer which is being used to jam tracking devices – it costs Rs.13000 from Dubai and used by jackers to block the tracking sim.

    More to come….If I get time.

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 19th, 2008 @ 2:08 am

    The news and this blog post is going to hurt real estate guys in Gulshan region. :-)

  10. MB (kar_munib) on April 19th, 2008 @ 3:58 am


    WOW, i am impressed by your info in detail. Your comment should be posted as a separate post. I wonder what the police intelligence is doing if an ordinary citizen has this much information

  11. barristerakc on April 19th, 2008 @ 4:48 am

    Ah, it’s almost 4:15am and I am working on criminal litigation – with strong nicotine that’s gets me going.

    Well its coming straight from the ‘devils advocate’ himself (me) so this is as close as you get to them.

    Points to be brood over,

    a) In a country where ‘thanas’ are ‘leased’ by home ministers (be it from PPP,PML(N),MQM,ANP,MMA,Interim) – do we seriously, expect honesty from the SHO(s)? (For newbie’s, this is estimated Sher Shah Thana is leased to a ‘tulla’ for Rs.7-8 million / month). Higher the crime rate; higher the premium. Do we expect honesty from these goons?

    b) Speaking strictly for Karachi – the city is infested by almost 4-5 million alien or illegal (from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal). There’s no check on them.

    c) As a Karachite – I hate to admit that Punjab police working is better then Sindh Police. (One reason is because locals are in police where it has been estimated that at least 4/5 of the Karachi(s) lower policing staff (from Sipahi to ASI) do not hold Karachi Domicile.

    d) It(s) also proven that Sindh Police works under more political pressure then Punjab Police.

    e) Lyari (apart from all political interest) is what Harlem of NYC was in 60(s) and 70(s) – centre of refuge for urban criminals. It’s another tribal belt waiting to explode – the one up North infests religious extremism and this belt spreads drugs and guns to the pety criminals of Karachi. Could Shoaib Suddle have the courage to operate? Oh, I remember Rehman Dekait happens to be the chief security advisor of ‘doostoo ka doost’ and Nabeel Gabol (with due respect).

    f) There(s) no doubt that Altaf Hussain Bhai did (for right or wrong reason is a different debate) arm young men and created a whole generation of ‘intermediate failures’ – although most of them stopped but a good number of them broke away with MQM – uses MQM name and are involved in crimes (ranging from dacoities to opening a rent-a-murderer agency). Recently during a decoity outside Karachi University, Rangers (wing 73) shot down an ex-MQM Sector In charge (the chap was thrown out for his unethical practices in 2005); the buger formed a gang and was eventually send to hell by Rangers.

    g) Like I always advocate that a criminal is a criminal regardless of his ethnicity, religion. We should not sympathize with him/her just because he’s an Urdu speaking man or a Baloch. A mobile snatcher would not ask you – do you vote for MQM, ANP or JI when snatching your cell phone; all he wants is you and he will not hesitate to take your life for it.

    I would love to write for you guys; provided I’m free and given the chance.
    Barrister Ali K.Chishti

  12. sammo on April 19th, 2008 @ 10:17 am

    Any part of Karachi is not safe………… Last year I had my two cars stolen from the front of my house. At that time I was living in Malir Tariq Bin Zyad Society. Its a clean and newly built society.

    At first someone stole the cd player from my car then the car itself was stolen after a week or so from the same place. That car was given to me by the company for which I worked. Later on after 2 months of the incident another car (Coure) was given to me by the company. It was brand new. My new car also got stolen in the same way as the first one after just a week despite of the fact that car alarm was installed in it and I had also used steering lock.

    I am a car lover and crazy about driving. Both cars were insured and apparently there was no loss but inside I felt really bad as it was my responsibility to keep safe the company asset. I was hurt and depressed. I felt like killing the one who did this to me. I developed the intense feeling of insecurity. I started getting up several times in the night to look our own car if it is there or not. FIRs were logged immediately in each case but nothing was done in this regard. It is crazy….

    Is it so easy to steel anything from anyone? One thing is for sure. Something very bad must have had happend to those who did this.

    My brother’s mobile was snatched from Karachi University………..

    My father was going to deposit money in a bank in Gulistan-e-Jauher and two guys showed him a gun and asked to givee the money. Somehow my father managed to ditch them.

    What kind of place is this……… What kind of city is this where no one is safe and NO PLACE IS SAFE…………

  13. asheheryar on April 19th, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

    These dacoits, mobile snatchers, car thieves are not the victim of society. They are plain old losers who cannot do anything worthwhile with their lives and have to resort to petty crime so as to fulfill their living standards which mostly includes liquor and weed. Or they may be young men who are under peer pressure and as their parents cannot afford to give them cash enough to buy the latest mobiles and fast cars, they take the shorter and faster way of making money. But deep down, like all bullies, they are more afraid of facing us than we are of facing them. I saw with my own eyes two mobile snatchers running like hell when they found out that their victim was carrying a gun. They were caught and beaten to death.

  14. alias on April 20th, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

    @ asheheryar
    really ….means every one of us …should carry a order get safed from dese…snatchers

  15. asheheryar on April 21st, 2008 @ 10:33 am

    @ alias
    yes that IS what I mean….the only reason these people carry on their activities is because they know they have guns….they know we don’t and they know we’re not going to call their bluff……but if they are uncertain whether the person they are going for is armed or not they will hesitate…..they will think twice…..80% of them will leave this profession altogether…..also I’d like to quote one of my favorite authors Louis La’more

    If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns…

    I’m sure you get my point.

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