Kidnapping: a booming industry in Pakistan

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  1. Blackwater

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    Among other vices that our country is facing, kidnapping for ransom has become the most lucrative industry in Pakistan. A number of people have been kidnapped and the kidnappers have earned a fortune in the form of ransom. :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Earlier it started from 'Bhatta' that is asking for money from shop keepers, businessmen and industrialists with warning of dire consequences if demands were not fulfilled. This was started by political parties and other groups that were known to the people for their hooliganism and terror. Ironically, the law enforcing agencies were also involved in the facilitation of this process. Lodging a complaint against this harassment was therefore of no benefit. Then a network of groups were formed, many were connected with law enforcing agencies and even to the ministers. These groups are organised and trained. They follow certain directions, remain abide by gang rules and distribute the alms among the chain of people with honesty. Any violation in rules would jeopardize the existence of such individuals in the gang. The mode of operation would begin by research targeting people who would be able to pay from one hundred thousand to crores of rupees. They would spy subtly about the movements of these individuals, their daily routines and favourite places of visit. Many gang members are young individuals who are unemployed or frustrated with their financial situations and want to become very rich in the shortest time period. Apart from research, there are personal recommendations by the individual gang members who are friendly with potential targets. Good friends of those targets also provide information and facilitate the kidnapping in return for monetary gains. Once the home work is completed, plan to execute the kidnapping is put in place. The victims are abducted under gun point, blind folded and taken to an unknown place. Hide outs are either in remote rural areas, residence in a posh locality or in the heart of city that is densely populated. These victims are kept in chains, brutally tortured and intimidated. The worst psychological torture that they are exposed to is in the form of 'mock execution'. The family is then contacted and a huge sum of money is demanded. Bargaining over the next several days with the family usually results in some agreement. They are threatened of dire consequences if they do not fulfill the demand or contact police. In many cases the victims are either tortured to death or killed. Those victims who are released suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder which is a serious and disabling mental disorder. Many families purse their lips and do not let the police or CPLC know about their predicament. In Karachi alone the cases reported by police or CPLC are only tip of the iceberg as majority of the cases are unreported. Many victims and their families never discuss this incident to anyone forever. Some of the cases were recorded through personal communication by the writer. A professor from a private university in Karachi was kidnapped on route to his workplace, he along with another business man were kept in a house in the outskirts of the city, and a huge sum of money was demanded for his release. This professor worked with the Pakistani Army before joining the private university. Luckily he was able to escape with the help of the local residents and reached home safely. He is living in an army residence in Karachi but receiving constant threats on the phone that though he was lucky to escape, he would have to pay the ransom. Ironically he is still not safe to go out of his residence despite the Army protocol.

    Another elderly gentleman who was recently kidnapped and was finally released after payment of Rs 25 Lakhs. Upon release he narrated a harrowing tale of the circumstances that he had encountered while in captivity. This elderly man was beaten severely and was tortured mentally. He failed to understand why the kidnappers were subjecting him to torture despite a smooth negotiation with his son in terms of ransom money. Another five families shared their predicament when their loved ones were kidnapped and released after payments of heavy ransom amounts. Those victims are still living under fear and mental agony that has taken its toll on their mental as well as physical health. Recently the CPLC was able to rescue an American citizen of Pakistani origin who was kidnapped for ransom. It appears that the foreign visitors are attractive targets for these kidnappers. This young gentleman gave a description of the violent attitude of his kidnappers. I believe he would never visit Pakistan again. In the recent past a child was kidnapped in Pakistan who had a British nationality and the ransom was paid in Switzerland. Luckily the law enforcing agencies were able to track down the gang involved. In a number of cases, close friends and relatives were involved in perpetrating this crime. I cannot forget the incident of a 12 year old boy "Asif Bhoja" who was kidnapped from his school, the kidnappers probably received the ransom, released the boy near Saddar and as soon as he got off the motorbike of his kidnapper, he was shot in the head. One cannot understand the dynamics of this brutality and inhuman conduct. Some kidnappers aim at not only kidnapping for ransom, but after accomplishing their task they also eliminate the poor victims and throw their bodies on the streets or isolated places.

    A doctor with a mediocre income in a charitable clinic was threatened of kidnapping and subsequent killing if he would not pay Rs 5 lakh. When the doctor expressed his inability to fulfill this demand he was informed that the potential kidnappers knew all about his whereabouts, details about his school going children, and how they would kidnap the children if their requirement was not fulfilled. The poor doctor had to borrow money to pay the ransom.

    There is another category of kidnapping and this comes under the category of "missing persons" who disappear all of a sudden and no clue is found. Their families are never contacted and no information about the missing people is available to the family who run from pillar to post to locate their loved ones. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan has recently taken notice of such missing persons and asked the law enforcing agencies to recover them. One wonders; who kidnapped those people? The international media suspects' agencies or secret services for this act and do not understand the motive behind such an act. Who is going to tell the nation about these victims and who is going to eliminate the booming industry of kidnapping? The voice of the nation is echoing back without any impact. Is this nation going to enjoy a decent, stress free, and secure living any day at all?


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    After 65 yrs of independence, what thrive in Pakistan is kidnapping,terrorism and begging:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Kidnapping for ransom ‘industry’ booming in Karachi


    KARACHI: The port city having fame for its industries has now given birth to a unique yet frightening industry of ‘kidnapping for ransom’, within few months this industry has generated huge money at the cost of life and peace in metropolis.

    According to the data available to the sources in Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), from January to June 2013 about 74 cases have been registered. While in year 2012 the kidnappings done for ransom money broke all the records as 132 cases were registered at various police stations of the city.

    It is pertinent to mention here, keeping the performance of the police department, that more than 50 percent of affectees never complained or reported the incident with police, but preferred to pay a huge amount for the safe recovery of their love ones. The number of unreported cases is much higher than those being reported.

    SSP Anti Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) Niaz Ahmed Khoso told this scribe that 66 of the total 74 kidnapping cases were resolved, while police is trying hard to recover the remaining 8 victims still in the custody of kidnappers. However, sources said most of these cases were settled after paying ransom money to the captors.

    The trend of kidnapping for ransom is the easiest way to make money. Kidnapers demand money for the release of kidnapee, where majority of people are willing to pay ransom for the release of their loved ones.

    Sources privy to the matter said that areas including Super Highway, Northern Bypass, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Defence, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Shah Latif Town, Gadap Town and Bin Qasim Town are most hit by this menace.

    CPLC revealed that majority of the affected families declined to register the case and also restrained police from interference for recovery of victims. They pointed out that there are two kinds of kidnapping gangs operating in the city.

    The major groups are operating from interior Sindh, where such sort of group has been operating for long, whereas, the recently emerging groups hold affiliation with different terrorist organisations.

    Sources further revealed that a few of the groups were locally operating while many of them were circumstantial group formed because of poverty. They said that intercity groups were usually taking the victims to their hometowns, where accessibility of law enforcers is limited because of the tribal system.

    It is relevant to mention here that the agencies, particularly dealing with the cases of kidnapping for ransom remain incapable to resolve the issue due to lack of equipment essential to track down the terrorist groups.

    The sources further pointed out that disciplinary institutions hold authority and mechanism to track down cellular calls and locations, but these institutions did not allow relevant authorities to install the tracking mechanism or to contact Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) directly.

    CPLC sources said a total of five kidnapping cases were registered out of which three reached home after paying ransom, one was freed by CPLC and AVCC and other is still missing.

    46-year-old Alauddin Achakzai, State Bank of Pakistan’s Joint Director was recovered from Hub Chowki area on June 22 in a joint operation by CPLC and AVVC. He was kidnapped on June 5 from Maripur Road while he was travelling in his car. The kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs 20 million from the family via phone for his release, and had warned of dire consequences if the family failed to provide ransom.

    Earlier on May 27, there was shocking news that a teenager has been kidnapped. Thirteen-year-old Mustafa Rizwan, a son of local businessman, was trapped through a social networking website by alleged culprit Taimur, 25.

    Rizwan lived in Bahadurabad area, and was student of grade 7 at the private school in Phase IV, Defence Housing Authority, from where he was abducted. Kidnapers demanded ransom money of Rs 50 million for his release, and warned family that they would kill the victim if they don’t pay the money or inform the police.

    Later police arrested Taimur. AVCC SSP Khoso told that Taimur made a deal with the kidnappers that he would take half of the ransom money for kidnapping and handing the abductee to them. When questioned by police, he said “My father is a noble person, and nobody from my family even my youngest brother, Arsalan, was unaware of my intentions and kidnapping.”

    Taimur, who had just passed matriculation from a private school in Defence, admitted that he had links with criminal elements in Lyari due to bad habits of drugs and other. “I started chatting with Rizwan to know his background,” said Taimur. He then decided to earn money through Rizwan’s kidnapping and approached his friends in Lyari and made a plan of kidnapping with them, confessed Taimur. “My role was only to call the boy and later hand him over to my friends,” he explained. “It was my life’s biggest mistake.”

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    Reminds me of India in the 80s and 90s.
     
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    pls elaborate more.
     
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    Kidnappings were more frequent back then, specially in the UP-Bihar belt. Now of course things are better, at least from that yardstick.
     
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    but our neighbor excelled us ,beat us in this industry after 65 yrs:taunt1::taunt1:
     
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    @honeybadger

    your kind comments on ur country of origin:p:p
     
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    Its offtopic, but I would comment this on your invitation.
    I am really saddened by the spate of violence againt women (of sexual nature), especially in northern parts. Continuing rich poor gap is worrysome, abject poverty in large areas is disturbing, and a free fall of rupee is frightening (alhough I admit, its quite convinient for me).
     
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    Chambal !!!

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    For the last 2 decades Rural Sindh has been a haven for criminal elements, it was only about time that they also reached Karachi, capital of Sindh.

    Taliban (TTP) started kidnappings to fund their ops against Pakistan. Due to military operations and drone strikes there has been a massive internal refugee crisis. A lot of TTP elements taking advantage of the situation have taken refuge in Karachi, and are now carrying out their activities there.

    Then there are the various mafias, armed factions owing allegiance to the various political parties already involved in criminal activities, how can they be left behind in this booming industry.
     
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    thanks for admitting that u r Pakistani.

    anyhow wat you say about pak politician with foreign passport ruling Pakistan???
     
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    As @Yusuf says You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to.
     
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