Anatomy of a Daytime Mugging

When you get robbed in broad daylight, among 50 odd people on a public bus, thats when you know ethics, morality and social responsibility are a thing of the past. An article in dawn chronicled one man’s distress while traveling which im going to dissect in the next section

Step 1: Stun your victim into submission

Without preamble, the man turned to me and commented, apparently casually, that I reminded him of the killer who had murdered his friend in Lines Area and that he had been looking for me. My heart turned cold with fear but he put me at my ease by saying: “I know you’re not the man who killed our friend.”

Step 2: Make the victim fear for their life

The next moment, he became threatening again and leaned down to show me a TT pistol holstered in his sock. Instructing me to refrain from attracting attention, he indicated that the man standing in front of us and another behind my seat were his colleagues, and armed.

Step 3: Proceed with whatever you wish to do

The man demanded my wallet and cellphone, both of which I handed over.

Step 4: Be courteous

He calmly opened the phone up and returned my SIM card, then riffled through the wallet and took out all the currency, giving me Rs50 for what he called “travelling expenses.”

Step 5: Keep the victim from contacting the authorities… EVER

I was warned that my life depended on keeping quiet about the incident and not approaching the police later….. Advising me to report my cellphone as lost, the man looked into my eyes and warned that I would never recognise him. He riffled through my wallet again and made a show of studying and memorising the home address recorded on my office ID card

Step 6: Make a calm getaway

After that, he stood up, shook my hand and disembarked, smiling with satisfaction.

Source: Dawn

15 Comments so far

  1. ALAM (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 7:40 am

    Its time to arm yourself , guys……western style

    Altaf bhai, help us get licenses

  2. umar (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 10:28 am

    and no one believed me when I narrated this:

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

    karachi chamber’s president while talking to governor sindh during ifftar dinner at governor house commented that law n order situtation in karachi is getting worse by the day and his 15000 members(karachi chamber’s) should be issued 15000 arms licenses for the personal safety.. wicked smile was apparent on governor’s face..(he must have been thinking that even 15000 armed businessmen don’t stand a chance against MQM’s terrorists…)

    similar request was made last week by Karachi Bar association.. the lawyer body, whose two senior memebers were gunned down both of the murdered lawyers were appearing in cases against MQM..

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm


  5. kool man (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 4:00 pm


    you know it is the era of Altaf Bhai every thing is possible

  6. Razi (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

    The story that appeared in DAWN and referenced here is so similar to an encounter my father had a few years ago in the bus. The guy sat next to my father (age 60+) and started conversing with him. The conversation was almost identical to the one that appeared in the story. Obviously this is an organized gang which preys on vulnerable people. With elections looming in the future, I would assume this novel way of fund raising will be on the rise.

  7. KRASH (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    Agree with Alam. Citizens shold get armed since state has failed to protect them.
    People should get together and form a Citizen’s Defense Network. It should train people in using handguns and AK-47s. Every household should have AK-47s in the house and should carry handguns on their persons. Every member of the household, male or female, should be trained.

  8. Ali Kamran (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

    I dropped my mom as she had to hand out some papers to a family member living in KDA Flats at Gulistan-e-Jauhar,Karachi. I parked my car outside the flats and was sitting inside the with my sister when a suzuki alto approached me – with 4 men ( in middle ages ) sitting inside it – one of them wearing a police uniform came up to me on the driver side and asked me to open the door which i did – foolishly,he asked me as if hes a police officer what am I doing here ? and he showed me the gun – his other partner came from side and showed me his pistol as well from the back door. They asked that they want to sit at the back seat since they knew I had a traker in my car.
    I obliged and gave them reassurance that I will co-operate with them – then they calmed down;(one of the guys which strongly holding my front door and pushing the door so I could not close it) and put there guns down and let go of the door assuming that I am coperative during that I made a run for it – they chased us for couple of minutes but I was fast and took a u-turn from Kamran Chorangi with lights closed and went inside the Karachi University where Rangers helped me . I know it was very foolishness of me – to take such a risk.
    But the advantageI had was that I started my car when the men approached me and I made a dash when the guns were down towards ground.
    I did that because they wanted to hijack us. These man have Punjabi Rangari Accent.
    Being a Barrister, I went to couple of police stations to have this identity parade but found no-one.

    My Advice to everyone is :
    a) don’t stay in your cars when you park it ( try to stand away from your cars )
    b) these guys normally comes to ask addresses and show guns
    c) try to avoid this road from Johar Moor to Supparco Road.

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 10:56 pm

    haan every one should have acess to AK47s and handguns.. so that every day could be 12th may! …

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 11:10 pm


  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 12:49 am

    @Ali i had a similar encounter some two years ago.. but i wasn’t lucky enough to escape they(5 of them) instantly transfered me to the back seat and drove around for almost 3~4 hours , in between they looted a petrol pump and a construction company’s office.. finally they ditched me and escaped in another car(which they snatched right in front of my eyes) … instantly reported it to police but i think they must be still at large..

  12. Ramla A. (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 2:06 am

    This is turning into

    My family has recently faced back-to-back attempts on security (to put it extra mildly), and we are packing up.

  13. a (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 3:06 am

    this scares shit out of me.

  14. aY (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 5:36 am

    its been quite sum time now since some one here wrote sumthin nice abut the city…dont u think we shud rite sumthin nice abut our city just once in a while

  15. krash (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    Doctor sahib, 12th of Mays happen when only one side has the guns

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