High Crime Rate, driving us iNsAne .

Yesterday, 8:00 Pm, I left home for a ten minute walk to a nearby store to buy myself a few items with a 5000 rupee note stuffed in my pocket. As soon as I exited out of the barricaded lane of house KESC decided to play it’s part of shutting off the lights. Darkness had wrapped everything within the area as I entered another neighboring lane dark and without any barricades, my sense of insecurity mounted. Just then a motorcyclist with lightning speed appeared from my behind and stopped a few paces ahead of me elevating my heart beat and sending a fear wave all arose my body. “Aay Bhi !” his words sounded as if a bullet went through my chest, I was motion less, ready to hand him all my belongings. He reached to his pockets, I was sure he was reaching for his gun but instead his hand held a white peace of paper, he asked me “Bhi yeah makan number kahan paray ga? ” at the moment I was so nervous that the numbers scribbled on the paper made no sense, I had no idea where to send him, I tried to focus on the numbers which were a few less than my own house, I nervously gave him directions and continued walking to the store, thanking God for saving me from being robbed.

Day before yesterday a house just a few houses apart mine was robbed in broad day light, the robbers took away everything that was valuable.

In a city where crime rate is high, police outnumbered and out of funds, it is only natural to feel insecure beyond sanity.

13 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

    Thanks GOD. Nothing happened.
    You are so true Jamash, it feels like every second person is about to take out a TT and ask for a mobile, car key or cash when you walk on empty streets in Karachi where there is less crowd & no chance of help duur duur tak specially Clifton & Defense, apart from the main roads & markets. Even there you are not safe.

    Thanks GOD since last years Nishtar Park incident there is relative calm. Law & Order is worse ever but at least Karachi is trying hard to move on with it. You can see people have again started to go out late now in Karachi which was impossible prospect in 90’s.

    Lets hope things change for better. Though there is a lot to be done. Karachi i can safely assume is at least 25 years back than where it could be if some sensible people were at the helm of affairs since 1970.

  2. tooba (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    bcz of all such happenings we’ve been prohibited by our parents to NOt to stop and explain raasta to anyone even if it happens to be a lady. even helping someone has its risks now.

  3. Raja Islam (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    I experienced same thing twice as a victim and as a motorcyclist.Its normal in karachi.Some time people thing you as a “mobile borrower” then its a intresting experince.

  4. Imran (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

    I can relate to this feeling! Though this does not make great reading for a tourism brochure, this insanity, this feeling of insecurity is all part of “living-on-the-edge”. Part of the “Karachi experience”.

    I pray things change for better. The ‘police’ and the media are doing their part but i know the police can do more; specially when it’s common knowledge that our ‘protectors’ are often involved hand-in-glove with the criminals. Then there are the headlines like the ‘Junaid Abbas’ incident ( http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/2006/11/poor_little_ric.phtml ) which speak volumes of the failure of law and order in our great city.

    So yes, an ever increasing POPULATION (that’s driving this once tranquil city to the edge) rendered un-managable by the administration, has given birth to this feeling. The public’s LACK OF TRUST in the police has compounded the insecurity.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    i get that feeling everytime i sitting waiting for someone in my car, and a bike passes by, or some guys pass by and slow down for any reason!

    two times getting ur car stolen, once at gunpoint, really does that you!

    im glad your safe jamash!

  6. talal (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

    one is not even safe to stand outside next to the gate of his own house. i remember my brother was asked to hand over his mobile phone to two young motorcyclists pointing the gun on his head, while he was standing outside the house waiting for someone to open the gate.

  7. Paranoid (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    I remember me and my cousin got robbed outside my house about 2 years ago. 2 guys just came out of nowhere on a bike and asked us to hand over our mobiles and wallets ! We even had a guard sitting around the corner, but we cudnt even make a sound after watching a gun.
    Its better to hand over the things they want.I have heard so many cases of people getting killed after resisting against these thugs.

  8. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

    Its simply a hopeless situation when city’s caretakers and rulers are involved in such heinous crimes and criminals and thugs are getting official patronage from governor house ….

    Complainant claims being pressured: Murder case

    KARACHI, Jan 26: Renowned labour leader Lutf-e-Amim Shibli on Friday charged that Governor’s House officials, provincial ministers and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) office-bearers were pressurising him to withdraw case against accused Aftab Kazmi,, a Muttahida activist, who killed his wife, also a known labour leader Gulzar Begum last year….


  9. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    Ooooh … that was pretty bad (feeling of fear is more bad than this actual thing that happens) … BTW nect time instead of keeping one 5K note keep 5 1K noes at several places … just in case …!

  10. Tamed~. (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    I can tell you a horrible story in the same context.

    40 yr old man father of three, owner of a printing press. One day just outside his work place, he was stopped by a couple of young lads & they snatched his money & mobile phone.
    He stupidly asked them ‘bhai mobile tu lay lia hay, SIM daitay jao, kyonkay is mein bohat important numbers hain’. He was intantaneously gunned down the next second, he bled to death in one of the most busiest streets of karachi, Pakistan Chowk.

    Many of you must have heard similar stories,
    So my advice, never argue or make any demands if any thing like this happens to you.
    Just hand them whatever they want. Life is much precious than a few quids or for the same reason a cell phone.

  11. wasiq (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 3:33 am

    yaar khala ney eidi deytey waqt check kar liya warna char bees kay aur aik 5000 ka aaj hamarey pass bhi hota…

  12. Pak_Stallion (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 8:01 am

    Pakistan – Dont just point out events and the crime problem we all know that. GIVE SOLUTIONS – What can/should be done and how…

  13. Imran Sadiq (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2007 @ 1:46 pm

    No one in khi can claim he or his family not been robbed in a way or two. My car got stolen to never get recovered. etc.
    Here are some advices.
    1. Keep a low profile.
    2. Never talk money matters in taxi..(drivers become informers)
    3. Never let your maids see where u get ur money from.. alimrah or somethng (they are volunteer or invlounteer biggest inofrmers.
    4. stop bragging about and pulling ur wallet in public display.
    5 Avoid odd timing outdoors and if you have dont carry lot of money or mobile.
    6. Why we have to anyways carry expensive stupid mobiles??
    7. We all need to raise voice on KMB about how to curb street crimes.

    For Police and CPLC
    solution is not to jam cell phones. ppl with energy then will divert to other means like snatching money instead or be at ATM’s storm into robberies.
    The solution is to look into ppl who actually do “nothing”. every neighbourhood has them and need o know where they get “lost” and then seems “spending money”.
    This is just a few of them. CPLC needs to do more. start encouraging ppl to report smallest theft (ppl who donot wish an FIR) so a true picture can be seen.
    Politics has to learn stop supporting it or nasreen jaleel herself will keep loosing her cellphones too.
    Stop feeding for free. this encourages ppl that they can do nothng and still make a living. If we want to cripple our nation, feeed them for free.
    Everyone (includes many of us) for our small profits dont look what we selling is lawfull or not. (fake madications, masalas, ghutkas, bribery to even get away from a ticket, mobiles etc.) we have to fix ourselves too before we can fix the society. ( we are the scoiety, arent we)?

    Thanks and God luck!

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