Pakistan: Police corruption caused Military deaths

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Special Report: In Pakistan crime against person and property are on the rise the average of 24.12% as compared to the figure of 2007. Pakistan’s corrupt police and judicial system especially at lower level seemingly have contributed to the causalities among the armed forces fighting with the terrorists and security forces. Corrupt officials at all levels have made the infiltration of enemies with the ranks and files, which resulted in the huge increase in the deaths of armed forces. Police corruption has made the job of the anti terror personnel not only difficult but almost impossible with the emergence of various criminal mafias and syndicates. Terrorism in Pakistan is now self financing through land grabbing, drugs, extortion and white collar crimes in stock exchanges, money laundering.

According to ARY TV report land and Qabza Mafia in Johar Town Lahore is beyond the reach ‘iron hands’ of Chief Minister Punjab Shabaz Sharif. Land grabbing increased 10 folds with the arrival a serving Additional Session Judge in 2006. The reported judge Safdar Bhatti is so power hungry that he changed the name of street after his surname ‘Bhatti Street’ in Johar Town. Surely judge cannot flourish without the support and collusion of local police officer? However it is a very sensitive area as some pro jihad leaders are living in this area including Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The point is that terrorists and criminals supporting them could have been detected, arrested and brought to justice had police and lower judiciary doing their job and not become a ‘sellable commodity’. More military lives could have been saved and incidents like mass jail breaks avoided. Some politicians are settling their scores with the Armed Forces following foreign agendas otherwise there was no reason in the increase of crimes by 24.12%.

Crimes in Pakistan between: 2008 – 2013
Summary: 1,953,209 cases were reported in Punjab; 430,814 in Sindh; 658,386 in KP; 45,071 in Balochistan; 7,527 in Gilgit-Baltistan; 29,188 in AJK

The NCD indicates that the crime in the country constantly increased with the average of 17.86% as compared to the figures of 2007. The crime against person and property shows upward trend with the average of 24.12% as compared to the figure of 2007.

Crimes like gang rape, kidnapping for ransom, bank robbery and other heinous offences created unrest and sense of insecurity among the people of the country. According to the National Crime Data (NCD), total of 3,170,889 offences, including 456,552 against persons and 611,852 cases against property, were recorded during the last five years 2008-2013.)

The last five years of democratic government have seen a phenomenal rise in heinous crimes all over Pakistan as the rulers in general have been busy in loot and plunder of the national wealth and in appointing their blue-eyed boys on every key position in almost every department including police.

Such has been the dismal performance of those who ruled the country from 2008-2013 that peace remained a far cry and even a comparison of the crime figures of this period with the last two years of Musharraf’s dictatorial rule show the so-called democrats failing.

Crimes like gang rape, kidnapping for ransom, bank robbery and other heinous offences created unrest and sense of insecurity among the people of the country. According to the National Crime Data (NCD), total of 3,170,889 offences, including 456,552 against persons and 611,852 cases against property, were recorded during the last five years.

The NCD indicates that the crime in the country constantly increased with the average of 17.86% as compared to the figures of 2007. The crime against person and property, shows upward trend with the average of 24.12% as compared to the figure of 2007.

In 2007, 172,140 offences against person and property were recorded; in 2006 the number was 175,147. While, 203,035 cases of the offences against person and property were recorded in 2008 with 17.94% increase; 205,259 cases in 2009 with 19.24% raise, 216,441 case in 2010 with 25.73% increase, 229,948 in 2011 with highest raise of 33.58% as compared to 2007 and 213,721 cases of against person and property were recorded with 24.15% increase, the NCD analyses said. It added that average increase of 18.74% was indicated in the offences against person and property as compared to figure of 2006 and 2007.

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Although, the crime situation during Musharraf regime was not idyllic as the crime statistics till 2007 indicate but the democratic government failed to control the deteriorating situation of law and order.

A comparison between the average figure of yearly crime of the democrats and dictatorial regime, indicates visible hike in heinous offences during the last five years. The 5-year crime statistics pointed out average increase of 27.53% during the democrat’s rule, while, 18.73% raise in crime against person and property was seen.

Highest rate of kidnapping for ransom and commission of suicide, was recorded in Sindh during the last 5 years as 946 people were kidnapped for ransom which is 35.83% of the total offences, and 538 persons committed suicide as compared to 753 all over the country with the ratio of 71.44% in 5 years indicating that over 107 people chuck out their lives every year.

The Punjab contributed over 61.59% in the total crime, recorded through out Pakistan during the last five years as 1,953,209 cases were reported in Punjab alone against 3,170,889 cases recorded all over the country.

The NCD indicates that 1,366 women were gang-raped and 15,082 were raped while 2,640 people were kidnapped for ransom. Moreover 88,161 men and women were kidnapped or abducted during the political governments, which completed their tenure recently with much fanfare.

Around 171,713 vehicles, worth over Rs85 billion, were stolen or snatched through out the country during the ending regimes of PML-N, PPP, PML-Q, ANP, MQM and other political parties. The 5-year crime figure disclosed 611,852 cases of street crimes were reported including 350 banks and 698 petrol pumps dacoities in addition to 2,357 highway dacoities and robberies. Moreover 291,167 offences of armed dacoities, robberies, burglaries and thefts were reported.

Moreover 65,446 persons were murdered and 22,253 people were killed in road accidents during the last 5 years, the crime data said. The 5-year crime statistics of the Punjab provided alarming figure indicating that total 723,051 criminal cases were recorded including 268,173 against person (52,219 in 2008, 51,898 in 2009, 53,958 in 2010, 56,701 in 2011 and 53,397 in 2013) and 454,878. Property crime were – 81,546 in 2008, 85,110 in 2009, 91601 in 2010, 104242 in 2011 and 92,379 in 2012.

As many as 1,075 women were gang-raped (202 in 2008, 202 in 2009, 237 in 2010, 225 in 2011 and 209 case were reported in 2012 in the Punjab during the 5 years, which shows that 78.69 % of gang rape incidents occurred in Punjab as over 1,366 cases were reported through out the country, The figure revealed that 832 people were kidnapped for ransom in five year – 213 in 2008, 174 in 2009, 146 in 2010, 184 in 2011 and 115 in 2012 – while 67,690 persons were kidnapped or abducted as 11,279 were kidnapped in 2008, 11,972 in 2009, 13,820 in 2010, 15,035 in 2011 and 15,584 in 2012.

102,819 vehicles were stolen or snatched in Punjab during the last five years as against NCD figure of 171,713 vehicles showing that 59.88% of the total vehicles were stolen from the Punjab province.

The statistics disclosed that 454,878 cases against property were recorded in Punjab during the last 5 years (81,546 in 2008, 85,110 in 2009, 91,601 in 2010, 104,242 in 2011 and 92379 in 2012) which directly affected general public.

In 2008, 303 cases of highway dacoities and robberies were reported, 25 banks and 60 petrol pumps were looted, 15,658 armed dacoities and robberies and 49,157 incidents of burglaries and thefts were reported.

In 2009, 306 cases of highway dacoities and robberies, 22 bank and 55 petrol pump lootings, 15,980 armed dacoities and robberies and 49,792 incidents of burglaries and thefts were reported.

2010 report said that 298 cases of highway dacoities and robberies, 26 cases of banks and 44 petrol pump loot, 14,977 incidents of armed dacoities and robberies and 54,808 cases of burglaries and thefts were recorded.

Year 2011 report said that 344 cases of highway dacoities and robberies were reported, while, 45 banks and 98 petrol pumps were looted, 18,130 incidents of armed dacoities and robberies and 59,461 cases of thefts and burglaries were recorded. In all 295 incidents of highway dacoities and robberies were recorded, while, 32 banks and 102 petrol pumps were looted, 14,477 cases of armed dacoits and robberies and 57,574 cases of thefts and burglaries were reported.

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The NCD indicates average increase of 41.77 in Sindh as compared to crime data of 2007. The Sindh province – with the indication that over 50% heinous offences of different nature were not put on record – contributed overall 430,814 cases in 5-year statistics – 77,656 cases in 2008, 90,562 in 2009, 100,278 in 2010, 83,630 in 2011 and 78,688 in 2012. While, 221,007 offences against person and property – 44,380 in 2008, 42,551 in 2009, 45,880 in 2010, 44,659 in 2011 and 43,537 in 2012 – were recorded during the last 5 years. 16,121 people were murdered during the last 5-year tenure – 2734 in 2008, 2734 in 2009 with the same figure, 3,329 in 2010, 3,598 in 2011 and 3,726 in 2012 – and 538 people committed suicide – 138 in 2008, 89 in 2009, 136 in 2010, 97 in 2011 and 78 in 2012.

172 women were gang-raped – 49 in 2008, 20 in 2009, 50 in 2010, 16 in 2011 and 37 in 2012 – while, 1,112 were raped – 206 in 2008, 252 in 2009, 239 in 2010, 221 in 2011 and 194 in 2012, the report said.

The 5-year statistics said that 946 people were kidnapped for ransom – 217 in 2008, 198 in 2009, 175 in 2010, 178 in 2011 and 178 in 2012 – and 13371 were kidnapped or abducted – 2,168 in 2008, 2,424 in 2009, 2,926 in 2010, 2,954 in 2011 and 2,899 in 2012.

55,003 vehicles were stolen or snatched – 10,525 in 2008, 9,891 in 2009, 10,939 in 2010, 11,416 in 2011 and 12,232 in 2012 – as compared to 7,562 in 2007 and 6,414 in 2006, with the average increase of 36.47%, the report said.

581 highway dacoities and robberies – 129 in 2008, 98 in 2009, 122 in 2010, 106 in 2011 and 126 in 2012 – 134 banks – 33 in 2008, 19 in 2009, 25 in 2010, 28 in 2011, 29 in 2012 – and 318 petrol pumps – 99 in 2008, 34 in 2009, 70 in 2010, 55 in 2011 and 60 in 2012 – were looted. While, 30,958 cases of dacoities and robberies – 7,218 in 2008,

6,102 in 2009, 6,246 in 2010, 5,946 in 2011 and 5,446 in 2012 – were put on record during the last 5 years. Constant upward trend was seen in theft and burglary offences as 31,157 cases – 6,556 in 2008, 6,260 in 2009, 6,969 in 2010, 6,086 in 2011 and 5,286 in 2012 – were registered with the average increase of 22.68% as compared to the 2006 and 2007 figures.

In Kheyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK), overall 658,386 cases were registered during the last 5 years with the average of 131,677 cases – 114,083 in 2008, 114,544 in 2009, 136,212 in 2010, 145,772 in 2011 and 147,775 cases in 2012, the 5-year report said.

64,627 cases of crime against person and property were reported with the average of 12,934 cases every year – 12,627 in 2008, 13,125 in 2009, 13,136 in 2010, 12,884 in 2011 and 12,898 in 2012 – the statistics indicates adding, 117 people committed suicide in five years.

14,764 people were assassinated with the average of 2,953 yearly as 2,896 persons were killed in 2008, 3,119 in 2009, 2,894 in 2010, 2,897 in 2011 and 2,958 in 2012, the crime analysis report said, adding that 24 women were gang raped and 654 were raped in five years.

The report said that 557 people were kidnapped for ransom – 129 in 2008, 150 in 2009, 141 in 2010, 77 in 2011 and 60 in 2012 – while, 4,160 persons were kidnapped with the average of 832 every year – 628 in 2008, 814 in 2009, 816 in 2010, 910 in 2011 and 992 people were kidnapped in 2012.

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Only 3,886 vehicles were stolen or snatched during the last five years, as the KPK was at the receiving end, the report said adding that the crime against property was recorded as 11,652 cases with the average figure of 2,330 every year. However, upward trend of 13.04% was seen as compared to the figures of 2006 and 2007.

The Balochistan shared 45,071 cases in the total 5-year crime figure –

10,010 in 2008, 10,395 in 2009, 8,358 in 2010, 8,099 in 2011 and 8,209 in 2012 – with the average of 9,014 cases yearly, while, 26,229 cases against people and property – 5,801 in 2008, 6,006 in 2009, 4,893 in 2010, 4,638 in 2011 and 4,891 in 2012 – were recorded with the average of 5,246 cases.

335 people were kidnapped for ransom with the average of 67 cases every year that shows disturbing situation as compared to the other offences against people reported in Balochistan during the last 5 years while average of 15 such cases were reported till 2007 as 14 cases of kidnapping for ransom were reported in 2007. However, 1,784 cases of kidnapping were recorded – 207 in 2008, 202 in 2009, 816 in 2010, 231 in 2011 and 328 in 2012 – with the average of 357 every year.

Total 3 women were gang-raped during the 5-year tenure as no case was recorded in 2008, 2009 and 2012, however, 2 cases were reported in 2011 and one in 2010. No case of gang rape was reported in 2006 and 2007.

3,131 people were murdered in Balochistan – 605 in 2008, 626 in 2009, 596 in 2010, 593 in 2011 and 711 in 2012 – with the average of 626 incidents.

In Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) province, total 7,527 cases were registered –1,363 in 2008, 1,448 in 2009, 1,599 in 2010, 1,558 in 2011 and 1,559 in 2012 – during the last five years with the average of 1,505 cases in a year, the report said. While, 4,060 cases against person and property, were recorded with the average of 812 cases every year – 646 in 2008, 779 in 2009, 869 in 2010, 909 in 2011 and 857 in 2012. However, no notable heinous offence was reported during the last five years, the report said.

In Islamabad Capital Territory, 31,964 cases were reported – 5,734 in 2008, 5,642 in 2009, 6,688 in 2010, 6,793 in 2011 and 7,107 in 2012 – in 5-year period, while 10,403 cases were registered against person and property – 2,290 in 2008, 2,102 in 2009, 2,681 in 2010, 2,625 in 2011 and 2,807 in 2012 – with the average of 2,080 every year.

A startling figures of kidnapping for ransom and gang-rape has been noted in federal capital territory (ICT) as 62 people were kidnapped for ransom – 20 in 2008, 19 in 2009, 15 in 2010, 5 in 2011 and 3 in 2012 – during 5-year period, while, 49 women were gang-raped during the last three years of the last regime – 17 in 2010, 11 in 2011 and 16 in 2012 – and the figure of gang rape remained zero in 2008 and 2009 and 778 women were raped in five years of democratic government.

Some areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir showed worrisome figures of heinous crimes of gang-rape as 44 women were gang-raped including 18 in 2009 and 22 in 2012 and 200 were raped.

Overall, 29,188 cases were registered during 5-year span – 5983 in 2008, 5839 in 2009, 6084 in 2010, 5691 in 2011 and 5591 in 2012 – with the average of 5837 and 12005 cases against person and property were reported – 2302 in 2008, 2395 in 2009, 2496 in 2010, 2481 in 2011 and

2331 in 2012 – with the average of 2401 cases yearly.

Finally, the Railway Police delivered as usual and produced swinging 5-year figures of crime showing total of 14,730 cases with the average of 2,946 yearly.

4,880 cases against person and property were recorded with 51 murders in 5 years, the report concluded.

Courtesy some parts : Shakeel Anjum -The News

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