Even foreign diplomats routinely becoming victims of street crimes in Pakistan

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 11:40 hrs

Foreign diplomats in Pakistan are becoming victims of rising street crimes even in the most secured areas of the capital.

Mohammad Zaheer-Ud-Din, first Secretary of High Commission of Bangladesh in Pakistan, was looted and deprived of valuables including cash and diplomatic identity card apart from other things. The incident took place last Saturday in one of the posh sectors of the federal capital where Islamabad Capital territory Police claim to have made foolproof security arrangements, reports The Nation.

Zaheer said he had parked his official vehicle in the parking of Shalimar Cricket Ground and went for a walk. Upon his return, he found the car's front door open and his handbag, which included four cheque books, diplomatic identity card, 40,000 rupees and 2000 Bangladeshi Taka, missing.

In another incident, an Italian diplomat was looted of Rs 200,000, two mobile sets and a laptop.

Earlier in July, British diplomat Thomas Simmon's house was robbed of 0.35 million and a laptop.

A top diplomat from a Western country has demanded outright dismissal of the Inspectoral General Islamabad Police Bani Amin Khan arguing that he has failed to ensure security in capital.

A senior official of the Interior Ministry alleged that the incumbent IGP of Islamabad was not capable of leading the force to ensure security.

"He is the most inept IG in Islamabad police history. He should be thrown away in order to bring drastic reduction in crime rate," said the official. (ANI)

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