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Biggest robbery of recent years: private security guards loot Rs12m in Karachi

Published Apr 20, 2017 11:22pm


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In one of the biggest robberies of recent years in Karachi, over Rs12 million were looted on Thursday evening by two private security guards.

The two security guards, Sanaullah and Sabz Ali of VIP Security Company, were hired by Al-Sahara Exchange Company.

The security guards looted the company’s van after it had collected cash from different branches in the city.

The exchange company officials in their initial statement said that they were deprived of Rs12 million.

“The van was on its way to the Clifton branch when the guards overpowered the staff and looted the money. They then travelled in a different vehicle,” said SP Clifton Dr. Asad Malhi.

The police set-up check points on the probable routes taken by the robbers, who abandoned their vehicle near the Shireen Jinnah Colony area of the metropolis, added the police official.

Malhi claimed that one of the guards was hired by the security company around one week ago.

“The suspect guard was appointed by the security company without his proper verification.”

The police official added that initial investigations suggest the guards have no links with any militant outfit.

Another police officer said that the money changer and driver of the cash van have been detained for interrogation. The police have established a special team to arrest the suspects.

Inspector General of Police A.D. Khowaja took notice of the robbery and directed DIG South Azad Khan to submit a report urgently.

The country’s biggest robbery had also taken place in Karachi in December 2009 when the robbers took away Rs311 million from a bank on I.I. Chundrigar Road.


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Comments (18) Closed

Syeda NIDA Apr 20, 2017 11:25pm

God !! i'm speechless

Sid Noonari Apr 20, 2017 11:26pm

Direct robbery instead of Panama robbery.

Amjad Wyne Apr 20, 2017 11:27pm

One class of looters is looting another class of is a happy day for looters...from a security guard all the way to the prime-minister.

sultan mehmood Apr 20, 2017 11:47pm

@Sid Noonari at least they didnt stabbed in the back

Ebrahim Apr 21, 2017 12:00am

@Amjad Wyne couldn't have said it better

Saif Zulfiqar Apr 21, 2017 01:32am

The owner of VIP Security Company should be arrested for employing criminals.

Mavrik Apr 21, 2017 02:27am

@Sid Noonari The one who looted thru Panamian companies is celebrating and not called thief and hold the highest position .

missireallymiss Apr 21, 2017 03:14am

@Sid Noonari there's also tipster robbery and tax robbery.

ZAHEer Apr 21, 2017 03:56am

This shows how rich our country is? The interesting thing is that the looters robbed a single van while our corrupt politicians are looting the whole country.

hussain zaidi Apr 21, 2017 04:17am

The two accused will be celebrating their victory tomorrow as their mentors did this afternoon. will anyone explain it to me what were they celebrating for? I mean the prime minister and his brother.

PhilosoPher(from japan) Apr 21, 2017 05:32am

Even if they are caught Qatari prince' letter can save them.

M. Saeed Awan Apr 21, 2017 06:25am

Let enjoy the poor people:-)

JAved mirani Apr 21, 2017 06:39am

Fall out from not find NS guilty. No crime and corruption is allowed in Pakistan.

Saleem Apr 21, 2017 07:00am

Pay the guards decent salary so they do not think of taking money by force!

Mubashir Apr 21, 2017 07:23am

What about the robbery in bank branch near chour chowk Rawalpindi where dacoits looted more than Rs. 100 million worth of gold 2 to 3 months ago

Isra Apr 21, 2017 08:25am

@sultan mehmood : Seriously !! What difference does it make ? they where entrusted with the responsibility to protect. When the protectors becomes the looters, it speak volumes. Obviously there is a flaw in the process for not only to recognize, but also not applying the screening process. Wake up call for many. I wish these guys get caught.

News analysis Apr 21, 2017 08:57am

One of the biggest robbery of recent years.

MOHAMMAD IQBAL Apr 21, 2017 09:28am

Security guards providing companies must check in multiple ways before employing guards. These guards arrive Karachi on Monday, and get security guard job on Tuesday. The result before you. They should take tips from Careem. They have put seven steps verification for drivers. Security guard is a very sensitive job.