Pakistan hockey great robbed at gunpoint

Islahuddin Siddiqui. -File photo
Islahuddin Siddiqui. -File photo

KARACHI: Former Pakistan hockey captain and chief coach Islahuddin Siddiqui was robbed of his vehicle, cash and mobile phone in the DHA Area of Karachi on Saturday.

Islahuddin, who led Pakistan to World Cup triumph in 1978 in Buenos Aires (Argentina), was kidnapped from outside his house in Khayaban-e-Mujahid at gunpoint by three robbers.

He remained in the captivity of the armed men in his Vego for 30 minutes before they dropped him off and fled away, the former hockey great said.

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Apr 05, 2014 06:27pm

Sad, our legends are also not safe like anyone else. Pakistan ka khuda hi hafiz hai.

Apr 05, 2014 06:39pm

I bet Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah will take notice then go back to sleep.

Karachi Wala
Apr 05, 2014 07:02pm

Few years ago when Inzimam was still playing international cricket, his car was also stopped and he was robbed in Karachi. But someone among the looters recognized him and after apologizing, respectfully returned all his belongings.

I guess the gangs be it TTP, MQM or someone else, have decided to treat all the citizens even handedly.

Apr 05, 2014 07:18pm

Serves him right for ignoring the Quran that says life is not play and amusement.

Pity he wasted his life in play rather than learn how to defend himself.

Apr 05, 2014 07:58pm

Jis door mai lut jaiay, shareefo ke kamai, us door k awam say bhot bari ghalti hoi hai...

gerry d'cunha
Apr 05, 2014 08:05pm

thanks God his life was saved - people in karachi should mind their own security,as security agencies have failed miserable - we seriously need police reform - but the question arises, who is going to provide?

Jim Henderson
Apr 05, 2014 08:15pm

While, I am sorry, it happened to him. He's a corrupt man, had a few petrol stations and illegal wealth, much beyond his known source of income. A person who should not have made Collector of Customs-most undeserving!

Apr 05, 2014 09:19pm

At least he lives to tell. Should be happy about that. So many people get killed by these robbers.

Riaz Zardari
Apr 05, 2014 09:27pm

The Sindh Government of PPP has totally failed to protect life & property of the citizens.

Apr 05, 2014 10:28pm

Islahuddin sahib, we are happy that you are safe---one question, was one of the three akhtar rasul?


Apr 05, 2014 10:40pm

Mr. Islahuddin, could you help us?

there was an international hockey match abroad that we watched on tv, this was over 30 years ago. pakistan was playing either west germany or australia, the stage was either semi-final or the final, the score was zero-zero, when you moved away from your usual right-out position, came to mid-field on the left side, received a pass from the right, dribbled past two defenders, and scored the winning goal. the crowd and pakistan erupted!

precisely which game was that? thank you

Apr 05, 2014 10:50pm

He was travelling in a 35 lacs car.

Ganga Din
Apr 05, 2014 10:55pm

This is news? They took his Vigo? hahahahhahahahaha poor guy. Is Vigo some type of a wig?

Apr 05, 2014 11:27pm

Where are the rangers? They are a huge burden on Sindh government but when will they start doing something meaningful other than taking over parks and other open spaces to build their camps.

Sorry Islah Sahab, don't waste time going to a police station. They will ask you for the proof where you got the cash and car from. It is less painful to get robbed by the thugs but getting robbed by these agencies is thousand times worst.

Again, very sorry for the trouble.

Apr 05, 2014 11:59pm

This guy should be and is the pride of country. But I suppose the robbers are equal opportunity provider.

I am just glad that they didn't hurt him. BTW does anyone know a family, even a single family who's at least one person has not been robbed? Sad state of country.

Apr 06, 2014 12:23am

Islahuddin: How old are you? 20, 30, 40? because your hair still black but your face is saying may be 70,80, 90? and the next question, was that your car or a gift from government?

irritated citizen
Apr 06, 2014 12:51am

Govt! its HIGH TIME... you NEEEEED to take action

Yasser Masood
Apr 06, 2014 12:56am

@AbbasToronto: Your comment is absolute nonsense. Playing is a profession by all means and your context is incorrect. The reference of play and amusement in the Quran is for people who reject the Quran and look the other way.

Naveed Javed
Apr 06, 2014 12:56am

Just like Sports are being robbed in Pakistan by the politics of ruling elite here. Nothing going well with Pakistan these days!

Apr 06, 2014 02:30am

@AbbasToronto: Religion has nothing to do with it. He was robbed, poetic justice, he has robbed alot of people.

Apr 06, 2014 03:07am

Some of the comments are shameful. When a nation doesn't respect their great then they loose everything including their soul. Not sure how long this Undhair Nagri will continue in my beloved country?

Apr 06, 2014 04:35am

Investigate Police and Rangers First.

Apr 06, 2014 04:42am

@salim: Against Germany ; I was in middle school then but that scene you described is still very much alive in my mind.

Apr 06, 2014 06:38am

@canuck : Yes - fortunately my family, and a lots of families I know, have no one of them robbed, even those directly known to them. Thank Allah, for the blessing.

Apr 06, 2014 11:01am

@CricketOne: This is sad and shocking

Apr 06, 2014 05:32pm

@Khangee: agree

Apr 07, 2014 12:05pm

@Karachi Wala: IT could have been Amn COmmittee (PPP), ANP or some others. even your own brothers could be the culprit and you might not know this.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Apr 07, 2014 05:15pm

What a tragedy? A nation that can't protect its heroes is doomed for tragedies after tragedies. Rome is burning and the Nerus are playing their flutes. May God Almighty save the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Aameen, Tsum Aameen.

Apr 08, 2014 12:07pm

@Raja: Stupid comment