Theft on the rise... By Farooq
05 October, 2012
This is with reference to the rising crime rate in Punjab. A few days ago, I parked my vehicle inside the G 1 market in Johar Town, Lahore and went to buy some household items. When I returned, I found that my car was missing. I was astonished as there were a considerable number of people in the market at the time and the whole area was alive and bustling. There was even a police mobile present a few yards away. I immediately rushed to the policemen and told them about my missing car. I also went to the police station to get my complaint registered but my First Information Report (FIR) was filed after a whole two days following a lot of effort on my part.
The rising rate of crime in the province is alarming, with mobile snatching and armed robberies now a part of daily life. A large majority of the people is not satisfied with the performance of the law enforcement agencies and it feels as though the tall claims of the provincial government are just empty rhetoric. It seems as if an organised group of criminals is active and involved in car thefts and other crimes. There is a dire need to revamp the inefficient law enforcement system to restore the trust of the people in the police. It is the general perception that crimes occur with the connivance of the police. I request the chief minister of Punjab and the inspector general of Punjab police to help recover my white Toyota Corolla bearing the number plate LZF 8488. I also hope that other helpless people like myself get the justice they deserve.
FAROOQ BASHIR BUTT