KARACHI – Karachi police have come under fire once again after their claim of killing five robbers during an encounter held in DHA Phase 4 was contradicted by a local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The incident happened on Friday within limits of Gizir police station at an empty bungalow.
Following the encounter, the station house officer (SHO) of the area claimed that the deceased were robbers, adding that weapons were also recovered from their possession. He claimed that the alleged robbers reached the place in a double-cabin vehicle. He claimed that the killed persons were involved in robberies.
Hours after the incident, a lawyer named Ali Hasnain and his wife Laila Parveen, who is deputy secretary of PTI’s women wing, said that one of the deceased was their driver, Muhammad Abbas.
Parveen added that the vehicle seized by the police during the encounter is owned by her husband besides revealing that the bungalow is also her residence.
Hasnain claimed that police took his driver at 4am and later it emerged that he along with four others had been killed in the encounter. He added that he did not know the other four persons in the encounter.
The lawyer, who is currently in Islamabad, said that the deceased driver was working with him for past five years and an honest person. He called the police encounter “fake” and vowed to ensure a transparent probe into the incident.
Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.
On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.
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