Voicing serious concern over growing incidents of bank dacoities, looting of markers and street crimes, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Coordination Committee said that it was beyond one’s comprehension why such incidents have continuously been taking place unabated when a targeted operation against criminals was already under way in the city.
In a hard-hitting statement issued on Friday, the Coordination Committee said that the criminal elements who looted a number of banks, last month, fled with millions of rupees of the citizens.
Referring to Thursday’s incident in which a mobile market of Gulshan-e-Iqbal was looted, the Committee said that it was an irony that the law-enforcement agencies did not put up any resistance when the dacoits remained busy in robbing the shopkeepers of the market and also deprived all those present in the market of their cash and valuables. “Even on Friday, a number of banks were looted,” it deplored.
The Committee said that at a time when the Supreme Court seized with the implementation of its verdict in Karachi law and order case had been issuing orders daily, police, Rangers and other law-enforcement agencies, on the one hand, had been arresting a large number of political workers, their relatives and innocent citizens while, on the other hand, incidents of dacoities at banks and markets, street crimes, extortion were rampant in the metropolis.
Moreover, hand grenades attacks on the premises of business concerns and shops of those refusing to pay extortion money were also continuing unchecked and unabated, the Committee regretted, saying that it was beyond one’s comprehension that how such criminal activities were continuing when an operation against criminals was already under way for the last one month.
It posed a question that when dacoits and robbers were continuously active in their criminal activities without any fear then to whom the innocent citizens should approach for the protection of their lives and properties.
The MQM Coordination Committee demanded of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal government and Chief Justice of Pakistan to direct the law-enforcement agencies to take immediate action against the criminals involved in looting markets, bank dacoities, street crimes and extortion, instead of targeting political workers and innocent citizens.