KARACHI: Director-General (DG) Sindh Rangers Major General Iftikhar Hassan Chaudhary today (Monday) asserted that Pakistan was not as bad it is portrayed in the international media.
Speaking at the Dow University in an event to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse, the Rangers’ official told the participants about the incident that happened to the Pakistani family in Canada as well as another criminal incident.
“If such incidents happened in Karachi, then it would have been declared the world’s dangerous city,” said the DG Rangers. He further said that Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Oscar-winning film “Saving Face” was made after three incidents of acid attacks were reported in the country.
He then compared the situation in Pakistan with London, saying that more than 800 incidents of acid attacks were reported in the British capital yet no film was made. “10,000 knife attacks happened in Britain and no one got to know about them. Do you think London is safe?” asked the DG Rangers.
He also compared Karachi to New York, saying that in 2020, 1,638 or 1,688 armed robberies took place in New York while only 280 took place in Karachi. “We are not as bad as we are made out to be and we have started thinking ourselves as bad,” he added.
Maj Gen Chaudhary said that the Sindh Rangers “do not have the right to prosecute a suspect and can only keep an individual in confinement for 24 hours.” He added that after 24 hours, the rangers are supposed to hand over the culprit to the police.
The DG Rangers said that it was due to that joint prosecution team that the law enforcement agencies were able to identify the former Lyari gangster Uzair Baloch in five cases.