Karachi Records 14% Surge in Murders During Robberies in 2023

KARACHI, Pakistan: Incidents of murders during robberies rose by 14 percent in 2023, posing a significant challenge for law enforcement in the metropolitan city.

Throughout the year, violent street crime remained a major concern, with 135 people killed and 1,150 injured by armed muggers. The majority of these fatalities resulting from resistance during robberies occurred in District East, followed by District Central and District West, according to official statistics. Meanwhile, District South reported the fewest incidents of deadly robberies.

Compared to the previous year, there was a record 14% increase in the number of murders during robbery incidents in 2023. This alarming increase was particularly evident in armed robbers firing upon unsuspecting citizens during robberies. Over 1,100 resistance incidents occurred during robberies in various areas of the city, resulting in the death of 135 people and injuries to over 1,150.

Victims of these violent robberies included traders, shopkeepers, students, religious scholars, government officers, police personnel, workers, and citizens from various walks of life. January alone saw 15 people losing their lives during robbery incidents, followed by 11 in February and 10 in March. The grisly trend continued throughout the year, with varying numbers of deaths in each subsequent month.

In response to the rising deaths and injuries in looting incidents, Karachi residents expressed feelings of insecurity. They raised concerns about the brazen presence of dacoits and looters openly carrying firearms throughout the city, highlighting the indiscriminate targeting of innocent citizens and criticizing the failure of police authorities to secure the city and protect its residents. There were also concerns about the vulnerability of youths, who seem to be increasingly targeted in robbery and extortion incidents, as reflected in the significant number of youths among those who lost their lives during robbery resistance.

In summary, incidents of murders during robberies in Karachi increased by 14% in 2023, with 135 people losing their lives and 1,150 injured. The rise in violent street crime poses a significant challenge for law enforcement in the city, and residents have expressed feelings of insecurity and criticized the failure of police authorities to address the situation.