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KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar’s official vehicle was snatched at gunpoint in the Defence area today, police said.
The car, a black Toyota Corolla with license plate number JS-999, was being driven by his driver.
The vehicle was relentlessly snatched from DHA’s Khayaban-e-Bukhari area by armed culprits.
A case has been registered at the Darakshan police station. The South DIG has taken notice of the incident.
Akhtar is an MQM leader and was Sindh’s home minister during 2003 and 2007.
Meanwhile, DIG South has suspended station house officer of Darakhshan Police Station after the incident. He regretted that a criminal gang was relentlessly snatching vehicles in the city and police need to take strict against them.
In April this year, an eight-member gang of car thieves from Punjab was busted by the Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) in Karachi which arrested three of the group’s most active members including the one who had been convicted several times in cases related to vehicle snatching, theft and fraud in Faisalabad, Okara, Sheikhupura and Lahore districts.
The gang had recently shifted to Karachi to evade apprehension by Punjab Police.
The group, having found a living shelter in a shanty locality of Khamiso Goth, was mostly active in District Central and stole about 40 vehicles in the current year. The stolen vehicles were later sold in the southern belt of Punjab and Peshawar using fake documents.
Using the practice of late registration of First Information Reports in vehicular theft cases by citizens to their advantage, the thieves used to take the vehicles to Punjab on original number plates, being confident that they won’t be caught by the law enforcement agencies. As many as five vehicles were recovered by police after their arrest.
Meanwhile, Akhtar is facing a NAB inquiry for alleged misuse of funds of Karachi.
Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf leader Faisal Vawda had filed a petition in the Sindh High Court in July showing concern over what he called “mismanagement of funds and corruption” in the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation under the elected mayor of Karachi. The Sindh government has also been nominated as a respondent in the petition.