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Key suspect in Karachi’s journalist murder case detained, says police chief

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KARACHI: Pakistani port city Karachi’s police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon on Saturday claimed to have arrested a key suspect involved in the murder of journalist Athar Mateen.

Mateen, associated with a local tv, had been assassinated at the main thoroughfare in North Nazimabad while he was on his way back home after dropping his children to school last week.

In a statement, the Karachi police chief said that the suspect named Ashraf Brohi has been taken into custody on the Sindh-Balochistan border.

He maintained that the authorities were interrogating the suspect, adding that more details would be shared with the media soon.

On February 23, the Balochistan government had claimed that the alleged killer of journalist Athar Mateen had been arrested from Khuzdar.

As per the police, Mateen, who was driving a car registered against AHT-180, tried to foil a robbery bid when he saw armed motorcyclists robbing another citizen by shoving his car into their motorcycle.

At this, one of the motorcyclists, who fell on the ground, opened fire at his car.

The assailant had fired three shots, but Mateen sustained only one bullet injury which killed him on the spot, the police had said.

Since then, the journalist fraternity has been staging protests against the lawlessness in the metropolis and demanding the arrest of the killers.

A complete failure of law enforcers to counter an alarming rise in street crimes in Karachi has been witnessed as 13 citizens were killed so far during 11,000 reported incidents in just 1.5 months of 2022, local media reported.

Thirteen citizens including police officials have lost their lives so far for resisting robberies, whereas, the reported dacoities during the past 1.5 months were 11,000. More than 80 persons got injured for resisting robberies in the port city.

An alarming rise in the street crime incidents in the metropolis has forced provincial top authorities to sit together and formulate a strategy to curb the menace.

The situation compelled Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to chair a meeting, after presiding over a session of the Sindh cabinet, exclusively to work out a strategy to eradicate street crime in the city on Monday.

The meeting, which was attended by top police and Rangers officials as well as provincial heads of intelligence agencies, decided to launch targeted operations against street criminals in the city. The meeting decided to legislate on the E-tagging of criminals involved in repeated crime in view of the recent surge in the incidence of street crime in the city.

The CM said that there were a number of habitual offenders who continued committing a crime. “I want electronic tagging of such criminals to be made so that an eagle eye could be put on them,” he said.

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