Although the overall trend (over a course) has been

Although the last
decade has seen upturns and downturns in terms of street related crime in
Pakistan the overall trend (over a course) has been upward despite the
ever-expanding network of police surveillance. In Karachi, thieves wander parts
of DHA and CBC on motorcycles strategically targeting citizens and depriving
them of their valuables on almost a daily basis. Over a dozen such incidents
have been reported in the past month leading to residents questioning the
effectiveness of the security forces’ multiple operations and crackdowns. Apart
from mugging, counts of extortion, murder and theft have also been rising. In
Karachi alone, the total count of various crimes according to The Citizen’s
Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) is as follows:

·       
21700
Motorcycles stolen while 1853 snatched

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·       
15599
Mobile phones stolen while 11620 snatched

·       
58
registered complaints of extortion

·       
347
incidents of people getting killed

·       
1294
people losing their cars (theft or at gunpoint)

Sindh Chief
Minister Murad Ali Shah has been instrumental in ordering these crackdowns and
constituting a committee under Law Minister with AG Sindh and Home Secretary to
call on Chief Justice Sindh High Court to dedicate certain courts for
speedy trial of street criminals.

The Safe Cities
Index 2017 is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) sponsored by
NEC. The report is based on the second iteration of the index, which ranks 60
cities across 49 indicators covering digital security, health security,
infrastructure security and personal security. Karachi, Pakistan’s economic
heartland, has finally been included in the list of safe cities.

 

While it ranked
last and could be called as “Least Safe City” among the 60 other mega cities of
different countries, it was never included in the list in the past. EIU earlier
declared Karachi among the worst city to live in the world and security
remained as one of the key concerns. It was also ranked as the second worst
city to drive a vehicle in the world recently by a German Group.

This report gives
an insight into the crime rate of Karachi as a perfect model (or rather
imperfect) model to engage a discussion about the overall divide in citizens
and felons in Pakistan and the reasons that lead to such acts. This report
bases its findings on pre-existing surveys as well as one of our own that we
conducted and showcases four general factors for crimes in Pakistan: