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Scores of citizens deprived of cash, valuables in capital

islamabad   –   Robbers, burglars, dacoits and car lifters played havoc in capital in last 24 hours by looting cash, gold, mobile phones and other valuables worth millions of rupees from scores of citizens including wife of judge of Federal Shariat Court, informed sources on Thursday.

Similarly, an eight-member gang of robbers was still out of reach of police. The gang was involved in robbing scores of houses in posh sectors of Islamabad including houses of military secretary of former President Asif Ali Zardari and an ambassador in F-8 and F-7/3 respectively, they said. Though police registered cases yet the top bosses of police have failed in netting the robbers, sources said. 

However, SSP Operations Islamabad Dr Syed Mustafa Tanweer claimed police have busted two gangs of notorious robbers.

According to details, a gang of four dacoits stormed into house of Federal Shariat Court Adhoc Judge/Ex-Chairman Pakistan Ideology Council Dr Khalid Masood located in D-12/2 and made his wife and driver hostage at gunpoint as she was entering her home after getting corona vaccination from a nearby hospital. The dacoits looted cash and jewellery from his wife and ran away. 

Sources said the same gang of dacoits shot and injured a security guard of Askari Bank Limited in F-10 Markaz as he (guard) tried to chase the dacoits after they robbed Rs15,000 from a resident of Bahria Town, sources said.

They said the same gang also robbed another citizen in G-9 Sector and also attempted to get into a house where the watchman foiled their attempts of house robbery.

Sources disclosed that the police also badly failed in netting a gang of eight robbers involved in burgling houses of scores of residents including the former military secretary of President of Asif Ali Zardari and an ex-ambassador.

In the first incident, six armed men entered a house of Mohammad Sajad in I-8/2 and made off with cash and valuables worth Rs1.4million, they said.

In a similar incident, armed robbers looted cash and gold ornaments from the house of a major, located in G-10/3.

Four gunmen took the residents of the house hostage and later detained them in a room. 

Three persons raided a shop located in Burma Town and made off with Rs150,000 cash.

Similarly, thee persons armed with weapons looted cash and mobile from a man in Koral. The robbers intercepted Fawad Aslam at Koral and held him at gunpoint.

In F-10/2, a gang of four dacoits snatched cash and other valuables from Sami Ur Rehman. Shalimar police registered case and began investigation. 

Muhammad Salim lodged complaint with PS Industrial Area that three armed dacoits snatched a mobile phone and calling cards in I-9/2 on gunpoint. Ghulam Mujtaba told PS Sabzi Mandi officials that armed dacoits deprived him and his wife of gold and cash on gunpoint at IJP Road and fled.

On the other hand, auto theft gangs pilfered two cars and four motorcycles from the jurisdictions of police stations Bharakahu, Khanna, Kohsar and Industrial Area.  On complaints of victims, police registered cases and started investigation. Talking to The Nation, SSP Operations Islamabad Dr Syed Mustafa Tanweer said the police are utilising all out resources to curb street crime. 

He said police have busted two gangs of robbers involved in house robberies and dacoities. 

Another police officer disclosed that the Crime Investigation Agency of Islamabad police, under command of DSP Hakam Khan, took into custody the two suspects who were detected while meeting four dacoits involved in burgling house of judge of Federal Shariat Court. 

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