• By: Captain (R) Umar Farooq

A Call to Action for Pakistan In recent times, Pakistan has been grappling with an alarming surge in criminal activities across major cities like Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi. Carjackings, mobile thefts, and motorcycle snatching incidents have become distressingly common. Dacoits and thieves are emboldened, wreaking havoc on our communities.

  • The Perfect Storm: Factors Fueling Crime:

Several factors have converged to create this perfect storm of criminality. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic hardships, and political instability have collectively strained our daily lives. Poverty and unemployment have pushed many young individuals toward criminal paths. Shockingly, this year alone, 77 lives have been lost to dacoits in Karachi.

  • A Collective Responsibility:

As a nation, we must unite to combat this menace. Here are essential steps we can take:

  • Education and Awareness: Educational institutions, religious centers, media, and intellectuals should actively educate our youth about the consequences of criminal life. Highlighting both the pros and cons is crucial.
  • Parental Vigilance: Parents must ensure that their children are not drawn into criminal circles. Early intervention is key.
  • Law Enforcement: Police departments and civilian spy agencies (such as FIA, CTD, and IB) play a pivotal role. Regular data sharing between SHOs and higher authorities is essential. Identifying crime hotspots and criminal networks is critical.
  • Political Will: Interior ministers should convene regular meetings with district police officers (DPOs) and deputy commissioners (DCs) to assess progress. Intelligence agencies’ participation is vital.
  • Informants and Technology: Trustworthy informers and modern tools, including AI, can help gather evidence against criminals. Cellular companies should cooperate by providing relevant information.
  • Community Involvement: Citizens should report suspicious activities. A national database of criminals and their sponsors must be established.
  • Cutting Off the Flow: Trace and neutralize the flow of weapons, explosives, narcotics, and illegal money. Courts must expedite criminal proceedings.
  • Recognition and Reward: Encourage and reward efficient SHOs and DPOs. Implement best practices from advanced police forces worldwide.
  • 2025: The Year of Saying No to Crime: Let’s adopt this motto and work collectively to save Pakistan from criminals.
  • Empowering Youth: Socioeconomic and political reforms are essential to channel the energy of our youth positively.

Remember, this is our country, and together, we can build a safer, prosperous Pakistan. Let’s say no to crime and reclaim our streets!

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