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Alarming Rise in Crime Rate Grips Islamabad During Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan’s Tenure as Inspector General

The tenure of Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan as Inspector General (IG) has coincided with a significant surge in criminal activities in Islamabad, according to recent police data. From May 21, 2022, to March 29, 2024, the federal capital has witnessed a staggering total of 12,786 incidents, painting a grim picture of the security situation.

Alarming Rise in Crime Rate Grips Islamabad During Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan's Tenure as Inspector General

This surge in criminal activities has unfolded against the backdrop of political upheaval, marked by the ousting of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government through a vote of no confidence. Among the most concerning trends highlighted by the data are rampant thefts and robberies plaguing the city.

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Vehicle thefts alone have surpassed Rs3 billion, while motorcycle thefts amounted to nearly Rs1 billion during this period. Such crimes not only inflict financial losses but also breed a sense of insecurity among residents.

The data also reveals a disturbing number of homicides, with 235 reported cases during the stated timeframe, indicating a worrying rise in violent crime. Additionally, over 5,000 cases of mobile phone snatching were recorded, posing a threat to personal safety and privacy.

Kidnapping cases have also seen a concerning uptick, with 812 reported incidents, including cases of sexual assault on women. These incidents underscore a grave violation of human rights and demand urgent intervention from law enforcement authorities.

Despite efforts to combat crime, the recovery rate of stolen vehicles remains relatively low, with only 375 out of 2,073 stolen vehicles successfully recovered. In response to these alarming statistics, authorities have reiterated their commitment to cracking down on criminal activities and bolstering security measures across Islamabad.

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As the city grapples with this surge in crime, residents and officials alike are calling for concerted efforts to address the root causes of criminality and ensure the safety and security of all citizens.

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