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Pakistan witnesses rise in rape cases

Pakistan witnesses rise in rape cases

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has witnessed a steep rise in abduction and rape crimes in the last five years, the Senate Standing Committee on Interior was informed on Wednesday.

More than 79,863 abduction cases, including 2,092 cases related to kidnapping for ransom, were registered from 2008 to September 2013, said the report submitted by the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC), a subsidiary institution of the interior ministry.

The NCMC report available with The Express Tribune revealed that since 2008 the police had registered some 10,703 cases of rape across the country.

During the last five years more than 58,040 murder cases, more than 55,668 robbery cases, 110,068 car/motorcycle theft cases were registered with police stations across the country.

Statistically, Punjab left all the other provinces behind with the police registering 8,806 of the total 10,703 rape cases. Some 22 rape cases were registered in Gigit-Baltistan, 86 in Balochistan, 295 in Islamabad, 722 cases each in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Sindh.

Punjab also witnessed a sudden rise in abduction with the province accounting for 64,796 of the total 79,863 abduction cases reported. The Sindh police registered over 11, 357 abduction cases while the K-P police registered 2, 221 such cases. In Balochistan the number of registered abduction cases stood at 1,065 cases, in federal capital at 338 and in the G-B at 86.

More than 94,177 cars/motorcycles were reportedly lifted in Punjab, 9,799 in Sindh, 2, 995 in Islamabad, 1,570 in Balochistan, 1,470 in the K-P and 57 in the G-B during the last five years.

Sindh was the frontrunner in cases of kidnapping for ransom. In the southern province, the police registered 716 such cases. The Punjab police registered 711 ransom cases, the K-P police 458 cases, the Balochistan police 188 cases, Islamabad police 16 cases and the G-B police 3 cases.

Terrorism related deaths

The NCMC report says over 5,965 people were killed and 16,703 injured in 6,104 violent incidents during the last three and a half years.

In the first nine months of 2013 as many as 1,047 terrorist attacks were carried out, leaving 1,490 dead and 4,360 injured.

The year 2010 was bloodier and saw a lot more attacks. Some 1, 956 people were killed and 5,347 injured in the 2,061 acts of terror recorded that year. In 2011 there were fewer attacks and fewer casualties.

Details of foreign exchange

The head of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, Senator Talha Mahmood, directed the information technology ministry to find ways to utilise the Rs60 billion reserved under the Universal Support Fund for law enforcement agencies.

He directed Director Telecom Haroon Javed to convey the Senate panel’s recommendations to the concerned authorities regarding transfer of funds to the interior ministry.

Express Tribune

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