somebody call guiness…

i just saw jamil yousuf (of cplc fame) on geo tv’s aaj kamran khan kay sath. apparently our law enforcing authorities have broken all records of efficiency and effectiveness. the cplc recorded today, according to these guys, thefts or robberies of no less than 158 mobile phones in karachi – an admitted record. the commentators on geo went to say that we in karachi have something like a 10% reporting rate of street crime, meaning that the actual figure of snatched mobile phones was probably closer to 1500.

amazing, eh? as a four time victim over the past two years – one of which nearly landed me in hospital – my empathy level with the victims is very high. what are we supposed to do at times like these? being an accountant i’d like to introduce the concept of what we call “prudence”. under the circumstances that would probably translate into us carrying those bulky orange sets that the ptcl linemen carry with them… seriously though, the situation is spiralling out of control. if someone doesn’t take action soon, this could become another pre-guiliani new york city.

and the cable guy actually interrupted his dvd of travolta and cage’s face off seven times for advertisements. each commercial break included at least one ad for a mobile mall!

14 Comments so far

  1. wasiq (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 2:15 am

    i love that movie, travolta is amazing in this one…..

  2. Jamash (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 2:30 am

    Almost every one I know had been at least once deprived of his or her mobile phone and I know absolutely no one who files a report.

    I was Mugged at gun point once, It was a nerve shattering experience. Once I was at the V M Art Gallery and a female student hardly 17 came to the reception on the verge of collapsing, she was frightened like hell and was crying furiously, She was robbed at gunpoint while her Rickshaw was waiting on a signal for the light to turn green. The robbers took away her Gold chain, Mobile Camera, money and her apartment keys.

    The loss of valuables is nothing compared to the amount of mental stress every victim goes through.

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 10:16 am

    i agree with jamash! its the emotional aspect which really hurts..

    i’ve had my car stolen twice in the last two years :S once at gun point! it was BAD!

  4. Kashif (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    CPLC did a great job in keeping sanity around, they helped with stolen cars, ransom kidnappings and almost every other crime. It was formed in similar situation as what we are facing now. At that time businessmen, industraliast and other wealthy people were picked in dozens a day for ransom. Now, we really need some stern action from the citizens themselves. In some parts of Karachi people have formed mohalla committees monitoring security of neighbourhood, installing private guards, blocking exits and sort.

    After reading daily reports of street crime, it seems that every one in ten possess a fire arm and stalks the roads for violence and crime.

    Karachi really needs a Caped Crusader :)

  5. Salman Ahmed (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    in that programme “aaj kamran khan kay sath.” he quoted figure of 198 mobiles snatched in last 24 hours(not 158) …. one reasonable explination for this rise could be that PTA(pak telecom authority) recently announced that the mobile blocking system will start working at the end of this month so the thugs want to snatch as many mobiles as they could before that day

  6. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

    thanks for the correction salman

  7. Zag (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    The mobile blocking system is like the mobile number portabililty system, it has been announced several times, but the big wigs always end up delaying it because it will hurt their business. In the MNP, it is the big service providers like Mobilink because their market share will be hurt most if it is implemented and in this case, i am assuming it must be the mobile phone importers/sellers, cuz lets face it, if it is implemented their sales will def go down.

  8. sooban (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

    my cousin’s friend was held at gunpoint, they asked for his cell. which he dint have on him,[assuming it got snatched before that incident], one of the guy asked wat to do with him after they had searched him, the other said, shoot him! so they shot him.
    he got shot in his legs, and is currently in the hospital.

    i hope he gets well soon, Ameen.

  9. Salman Ahmed (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 12:22 am

    sooban that sux that happened with one of my friend too … he was giving them his mobile when he inserted his hand in his pocket to get his mobile out to give them they thought he is taking out something to hurt them so they shot him and then took his mobile with them… he had been hospital for almost 5 months … never ever resist those friggin thugs just give them wat they want…

  10. Sailor (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 10:51 am


    It is very simple that a gun carrying thug is not going to leave without anything.

    Like what happens in Bronx, be little loud when giving in to the demand of THUG. obviously the gun hand is very nervous and any rapid action from victim may result in Trigger pull.

    When help up be loud, saying OK OK i’m going to bring out from my pcoket what you are asking be calm and don’t hurt me, act slow and act wise, give-in, when given you may politely ask for sim and am sure they throw SIMM back to you.

    (it has happened to multiple people I know and they only lost the SET, not the SIMM)

    YOUR LIFE is More important than your phone or what is in your pockets, and On the TOP there are loved ONES waiting for you at home.

  11. Concerned (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 3:00 am

    I am sorry SAILOR I dont agree with you. The problem is not that you are losing a mobile. You are losing ur dignity and ur peace of mind. If every citizen acts like you say the problem will never die down.

    You know we cant rely on the police or the big wigs in the telecom companies. so how will it improve. Please tell me, i really want to know.

    I am not saying dont be smart. Worst case scenario give it and stay quiet. But if you see the chance take it. I will be honest I have stayed in khi alot but I think I am lucky bec no one in my immediate family has been mugged. so maybe all I am saying is bull shit.

    If any one has the time and the ability please arrange something, maybe organise something on this blog and fix a date when every one should go with a placard to the poilce station in their area stating “You are useless” and just let GEO about this. You dont achieve anything by sitting in your bedroom and taking out your frustrations on blogs.

  12. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 3:26 am

    @ concerned:

    let e share a little incident with you. on may 19, 2005 i was mugged by three guys innazimabad while i wa travelling in a rickshaw. yes a rickshaw. they managed to get the driver to pull over on the middle of a bridge and one of them (the only one i saw initially) started to enter the vehicle even before it had stopped completely. at that point in time i made the mistake of trying to reach for the pistol in his hand. two minutes later i was a bloody mess. cut lip, black eye, cut on my cheek and a dislocated wrist. i was lucky they didn’t decide to shoot me. so forget about resisting these guys. ever. life is too precious to waste over a cell phone, watch , wallet or whatever else you have in your pockets.

    to quote the asi who recorded my statement in his roznamcha, “bhai kya bhari jawani mein khisak gaye they?”

  13. Concerned (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 5:03 am

    Xill-e-Ilahi ur right it is stupid but what I am saying is resist when u think u can get away with it. resisting three guys in a rickshaw is a little dumb (I hope u dont mind that).

    I have known people who got their mobile snatched on signals and who got away. at that point i would have just slammed my car into their bike, i dont care how much my car gets damaged, at least there will two less criminals on the street. Its these sort of things you can do. yes it will cost u alot maybe and you might even be charged with an intent to kill but at least I will be able to sleep better at night. Knowing i did what i could. actually at the moment i am just hoping people will do the protest thing i suggested above.

  14. Concerned (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 5:09 am

    If we are telling stories i will tell u one more. I know a 65 year old man who was in a market and two guys tried to snatch his car in a market. he threw the keys to the side steped back a little and started to scream as if he was being beaten. The guys fled within seconds and nothing happened to the car.

    I also know a guy who was talking on the phone two guys tried to take it. he threw it to the ground (prob breaking it) and ran to the nearest group of ppl. They took what ever peices of the phone left but he got away. In the end i doubt the muggers were able to get alot out of that phone.

    U just have to vigilant about the enviornment ur in.

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