New type of extortion menace starts in Karachi

KARACHI: A new kind of extorting has begun in Karachi during last one week in which the extortionists demanded hundreds of thousands of rupees from businessmen at the name of welfare fund and in case of refusal, they threatened them of dire consequences, said Atiq Mir, President All Karachi Tajir Ittehad while talking to PPI here on Sunday.

He said: “The accused contacted the businessmen by mobile phone, introduced them as social workers and demanded fund for social welfare activities such as sending relief goods to Tharparkar, but in case of refusal, they started hurling threats of killing, kidnapping and other dire consequences and also informed about their affiliation with notorious criminals and some other personalities”.

He said that most of those cases occurred in Nishtar Road area and within the limits of Garden police station where extortionists demanded of the businessmen to send the fund money through Easy paisa mobile service.

“I have raised the issue with Garden police yesterday,” he added.

To a question, he said that though short-term kidnapping cases had increased but overall, law and order situation in the city had significantly improved as compared to previous period. He showed satisfaction over the result of ongoing targeted operation in the city and stressed the need to continue it.

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