Yet another policing milestone!

The scenario: The Prime Minister is concerned about the rising street crime in Karachi. He comes to karachi and holds meetings with the upper powers-that-be in the police system. The upper powers get frantic in an effort to please their masters and issue rampant orders to the ‘control’ it instantly.

The response: The police conduct ‘instant raids’ and seize some culprits and ‘recover’ mobile phones. But now, they have a dilemma…. where to get mobile phones to show as ‘recovered’? Our ever-efficient police force, trying to make headlines in order to please their masters, have finally run out of their jurisdiction! Afterall, its pretty easy to show a recovered ‘TT’ from a culprit, not so easy to show a recovered mobile phone.

The solution: The Police buy up used mobile phones from the market, and show them as recovered in the news reels.

The result: Cellphone snatchings are still running rampant with the number of incidents increasing day by day. Reported cellphone snatchings have gone up from the usual 30-40 a day to a whopping 180 a day.

12 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    Wonder why they buy used phones? Why not they dump some of the booty back?

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

    Kashif the question is that did they really “Buy” those phones?

  3. Raza (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    The situation is getting out of hand, I have friends who’ve had their cellphones snatched 2,3 and even 4 times!! These criminals roam our streets freely, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they paid their local police station officers a cut!

  4. Muhammad Ali Yaqoob (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

    Well its now 180 cause most of them are now reported to police after sim blocking system, whereas earlier people didnt used to report thier stolen mobiles.

  5. Muhammad Ali Yaqoob (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

    It is possible that half of these robbers may bot be robbers by profession but are victim of this society, they either may be desparete for jobs and have to continue supporting thier families. what they end up stealing from us (educated class) is mobile worth from Rs 2000 – 30,000 and its good that police have started showing statistics to common person for awareness but Police should also start collecting information and statistics about number of people (educated class) actualyl buy an illegal movie, number of people (educated class) download illegal songs of from internet, number of people use illegal copies of Microsoft Office because if you conclude it , both of these things are crime and come under the same bracket of [stealing/robbing]

    we educated class have the money to buy songs and software but are still motivated to buy illegal stuff anyhow and are exercise the same crime these robbers are.

    so end of line, stop blaming others ,, act yourself first.

  6. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    @MuhammedAliYaqoob, I disagree with you on your opinion, you should not encourage these robbers, I can understand that due to our bad economy and I would say bad system that they cant get a job although they are willing to do so, doesnt mean that they should commit robbery and harm others doing this sinful act.
    If they are desperate to support their families they can do any kind of job instead of snatching cell phones and killing people.

    Your example of (illegal download of songs, pirated copies of software) is not convincing as they do not harm individuals.

  7. Muhammad Ali Yaqoob (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 8:32 pm

    Who is encouraging robbers??? we should stop both of these crime. and downloading songs, software even though they dont harm directly to individuals but its also an act of robbery and do harm the music and software industry … + “Barkat” nahe rehtee (the work we do using those software will not help us improve our business)

  8. d0ct0r (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    Muhammad Ali Yaqoob just one word for you…. “opensource”

  9. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 10:35 pm

    If you’ll give reasons for robbery then definitely I will assume that you are encouraging them.
    Here in US also mostly ppl use pirated copy of software at home, the only license version they use is windows which also comes along with new computers. So then how come ppl in Pak. can afford to buy a license version.
    As far as business is concerned I guess ppl in Pak. are also getting mature enough not to use the pirated version of the software. And for songs I would say that there is already no barkat at all in such kind of business.

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    @Mohammad Ali: You will not be able to use illegal copy of Office 12 and IE7 anymore on your pirated OS. WGA will not let you install these softwares anymore.

  11. sooban (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

    from cell phones to licensed softwares.
    gettin a licensed s/w is expensive. there is always a workaround microsofts authentications .
    the point is if we end up using the s/w they made by payin a negligible amount, we dont expect service. which is one of the premium services that licensing covers. i think . i may be wrong in this regard but i dont think bill needs more money . i m pretty sure they ll come up with a different tier model to control piracy here , a less expensive one or maybe they ll jus see the light at the end of the tunnel and embrace open source.

    on the topic of cell phones snatching. mine got snatched in a dream. stupidiots khwaab bhi nahi chortay.

    if i m not wrong it was pointed out that these snatchings wont end unless citizens do somethin themselves.
    something along the lines of neighbourhood watchdog programs could be useful. atleast to make neighbourhoods safer. different groups in various areas cud for once atleast make sure that their neighbourhoods remain safe. as for it being dangerous, well Karachi is a dangerous place.

    this wont go away unless we do somethin ourselves , the police is too understaffed to do much.

  12. Tariq (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 8:03 am

    Mansoor, the article quoted regarding 180 stolen/snatched cell phones was printed in the Dawn after the Eid holidays, and hence shows total figure for snatchings over three days rather than one day. Still, 60 cellphones a day during Eid holidays seems a lot.

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