We live in dangerous times

Llama, a reader and avid commenter here at KMB, shares a story which happened with his friend here. They had just arrived from the US at a 4 AM flight and while coming back home from the airport, the couple got robbed of all their belongings mid-way, when their radio cab was intercepted by robbers.

The CPLC reports that such cases are on the rise, especially among young couples coming back on late night flights. Llama suggests it would be a better idea to stay at the airport till day-break before leaving in order to arrive safely at your destination, in case your taking the radio cab or any other public transport back home.

Otherwise, if relatives are coming to pick you up, then you’d be “relatively” safer.

P.S. The radio cab driver was also supposedly involved and currently in custody pending an investigation.

20 Comments so far

  1. K.A. (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    Very sad indeed. However, we must not classify Karachi as a unique city where this happens. It is common to get robbed and mugged almost all over the world. As far as I know parts of the Far East except perhaps Hong Kong are relatively safer. My cousin during the last year got mugged in Michigan three times during late night hours. Another friend got robbed at 2 am in Sydney. I mean these things happen all over the world. This does not at all mean that the same crimes are justified in Karachi but I don’t know if anyone anywhere else in the world waits for daylight to move around. Since I work at the airport I frequently travel at odd hours and that includes the major part of the last 15 years and I can bet that unless the cab driver is involved, the possibility of interception and robbing is relatively less.

    Let us hope and pray that Karachi becomes the same safe city it used to be as I remember in my childhood when boundary walls were low and gates were see through without any sheets.

  2. Mona (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 11:39 am

    Thanks for sharing this!! Gotta be very careful!

    btw what’s radio cabs?

  3. Kamran (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    Recently one of my friend lost around 4 Lakh and other friends who were with him lost their mobile phones.It was around 7AM in the morning.The robbers are getting brave with the passage of time so they dont care if day break or not.I guess only Tullay can do this kind of act.

  4. K.A. (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

    Yes, usually these things happen with the connivance of the police. My friend’s automobile showroom on KBW road got robbed in broad daylight with policemen sitting just opposite the place across the road. When the robbers left, they came apparently short of breath and said that we saw the robbery but there was too much traffic and we couldn’t cross the road in time. Plus it was dangerous to shoot across the road. I guess they were making sure the robbers get away safely.

  5. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    That is seriously bad. I hope your friends had travel insurance.

  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

    one of my friend was robbed in similar fashion when
    he arrived from lahore late night and was returning home in radio cab, his cellphone and cash was snatched and he suspected the driver was also involved… i went to police station with him called some police highups and the driver got nabbed and was locked up and within a week the case was cracked and the gang busted … initially we found out that some cops from airport police station too were involved but later on it was all hushed up…

    bottom line is if you ever arrive on a late night flight then call up any of your relative or friend and try not 2 travel in these cabs… incase you’ve got no option then….. wat should i say may god help you…!

  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

    also don’t forget to jot down the cab’s # and keep that cab slip(receipt) that they provide you before boarding at the airport handy in case you need it afterward to nab the driver like my friend did

  8. Aussi_Paki (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

    What is a “radio” cab anyway?

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

    well its a cab with wireless comunication capbilities… that are managed from the operator’s central control room… normal taxis don’t have wireless sets installed these new operators have been allowed by govt to install wireless sets and operate on selected routes… there are around 4 operators at the moment i guess

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 7:04 pm

    *communication capabilities*

    p.s. why don’t we have an option to edit comments..!

  11. Llama (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

    Agree with all of you that usually the cab drivers and police are both involved. In this particular case, the radio cab driver was apprehended and held by police with the understanding that he would be interrogated by the CPLC. But the police let him go before the CPLC could get to him. And they did so w/o informing the victims, again which was promised.

    This unfortunate incident happened with some friends of mine and they lost all their travel documentation, passports, money, etc along with luggage and gifts for people back home. So i guess in the end the loss is both financial and emotional.

    We’ve all just gotta be really alert and aware of our surroundings at all times.

  12. Kashif (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

    My uncle was robbed few days before eid. He went to money changer on university road with his 15-16 year old kid. They were followed till his flat, intercepted when they entered the building by two guys on motorcycle. One put the gun on my cousin’s head and asked for money, took it and fled.

  13. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

    Heard a lot of similar incidents. In most cases, the cab driver was involved. So its best not to take these taxis back home. The traffic is minimal in the early morning hours and driving is faster so its best to have a family car pick you up for safety reasons.

  14. dan (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 12:35 am

    Why are we assuming a robber can’t hold up a family car as well?

  15. Mona (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 5:18 am

    Yeah, definitely, they can follow ones car from the airport :-S Scaryyyyy!

  16. Captain's Log (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 5:40 am

    We do _NOT_ live in dangerous time. Every thing is relative. I guess that time was dangerous when whole pouplation would have died of pneumonia.

  17. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    @dan well hold up a family car is lil bit different unless you stop at any signals… or they follow you all the way to your home.. coz mostly at night time its literally signal free so you can drive from airport to any part of the city within 15 minutes max (i.e. offcourse if you drive fast)
    secondly why would the thugs make any effort when the cab driver can bring victim directly to them instead of them trying to get to the victim…

  18. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 11:16 am

    *different = difficult*

  19. naved (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    wow..damn im scared to come back to karachi now LOl:P

  20. Hameed (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 2:24 am

    You guys missing the point. This is in fact a good use of a Radio cab. Just radio in your location and have your friends rob the passengers. Very convenient and high tech! I am sure these radions are connected to police also.

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