Glimmer of hope | Karachi’s crime rate falls below many first world countries

Karachi, that previously stood at 6th in World Crime Index, now ranks at 70th.

A policeman stands guard in front of a mosque in Karachi on January 3, 2015

In a tweet on Monday, DGISPR lauded the performance of security forces and their role in clamping down the crime rate in Karachi. The port city, which previously ranked at 6th position in the World Crime Index, now stands at 70th.

Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor appreciated the progress as Karachi ranked even better than some of the first-world developed cities in terms of crime safety.

The list compares crime rate in various cities around the world like New Delhi, Houston, Dhaka and Sao Paulo ahead of Karachi in terms of crime ranking.

The list, prepared by Numbeo (a crowd-sourced global database of reported perceived crime rates, quality of health care, etc), compared the crime rate of cities across the world. However, it is pleasant to see Karachi standing behind Houston, Dhaka, Sao Paulo and New Delhi due to the improved security situation.

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As per a progress report submitted by Sindh Rangers, Karachi has seen significant improvement in law and after joint operations by the Sindh Rangers and the police.

During 2013, Karachi saw 57 incidents of terrorism. They increase in 2014 to 66 and 199 in 2015. The figure declined to 16 in 2016 and finally zero in 2017. The cases of target killing also saw a steep decline. During the first year of the operation, 2013, the number of cases recorded was 965. It was brought down to 602 in 2014, 199 in 2015, 89 in 2016, 45 in 2017 and nine in the year 2018.

The report also revealed that during this operation, Sindh Rangers seized  13,224 weapons and 876,083 bullets. It also included seven RPG rocket launchers, 139 heavy and light machine guns, 1,431 Kalashnikovs and sub-machine guns, 662 short guns, 977 repeaters, 1,584 rifles, 8,378 pistols and revolvers.

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