Crime, crime and crime is the tale of year 2003 that shows an increase in offences against persons and property and those registered under Pakistan Penal Code.
Serious crimes like murder, rape, kidnapping, attempt to murder, dacoity, theft etc generally show an increase as compare to the last year's crime figures though there has been a decrease in cases registered under Arms Act, Prohibition Order and Local and Special Laws.
Country's comparative overall crime figures of the first 10 months (Jan to Oct) of 2002 and 2003 prepared by the Interior Ministry show an increase of 12,022 cases falling under PPC during 2003. However, there has been a conspicuous decrease in cases registered under special laws like Arms Act, Local and Special Laws and Prohibition Order also.
This decrease in offences under special laws, however, decreased the overall crime rate of the total recorded 2002 (January till October) crime cases from 340,338 to 334,696 of 2003 thus reducing the total recorded crime by 5,642. NWFP is the only province; however, that has shown a decrease in overall crime against person as well as property.
Punjab share in this recorded crime during the first ten months of the current year has 209,054 followed by Sindh's 36,874; NWFP's 74,281; Balochistan's 4,949; AJK's 4,025; Islamabad's 2,325; Railways' 2,032; and Northern Areas' 1,154. The total registered crime in Punjab has been a little over 60 per cent of the country's over-all crime during the said period of 2003.
According to the data prepared by the Interior Ministry on the basis of information that it has received from provinces and other regions, the following is the crime pictures in different provinces and regions:
PUNJAB: Crime against persons has increased from last years 32,426 to 35,826 cases registered from January till October of 2003. These crimes include increase in murder cases from 4,132 to 4,165; attempt to murder from 4,621 to 5,123; rape from 1,351 to 1,633; kidnapping from 4,281 to 5,382; kidnapping for ransom from 61 to 75; assault on public servant from 825 to 932; and hurt from 17,029 to 18,391. The only decrease in this category of crime in Punjab is in rioting from 126 cases to 125.
Crime against property increased from the previous 31,835 to the present 37,326. The details show increase in highway dacoity from 37 to 42; bank dacoity from 15 to 29; petrol pump dacoity from one to three; other dacoity from 430 to 734; bank robbery from 154 to 232; other robbery cases from 2,707 to 3,660; cattle theft from 3,905 to 5,085; car theft from 4,642 to 5,404; and other theft from 11,533 to 13,749. The categories of crime against property that showed a downfall during period include highway robbery from 131 to 126; petrol pump robbery from 17 to 6; and burglary from 8,263 to 8,256.
Traffic accidents in Punjab reduced from 4,533 to 4,528 whereas the provincial administration reduced the violations under Arms Act from 59,792.
SINDH: Crime against persons has increased from last years 9,003 to 9,231 cases registered from January till October of 2003. These crimes include attempt to murder from 1,661 to 1,840; rape from 195 to 219; kidnapping from 889to 992; and assault on public servant from 810 to 957. The province, however, shows a decrease in murder cases from 1,631 to 1,575; hurt 2,127 to 2023; and kidnapping for ransom from 85 to 63.
Crime against property, which including all kinds of robberies, decoities and thefts, in Sindh show a decrease from the previous 11829 to 11219. The province also showed a decrease in traffic accidents from the previous 1479 to 1452 and in cases registered under Arms Act (from 5179 to 4786) and Local and Special Laws (from 1459 to 1189).
NWFP: Crime against persons has decreased from last years 7,428 to 7,028 cases registered from January till October 2003. The decrease in this category of crime includes murder from previous 1,908 to 1,871; attempt to murder from 2,089 to 2,076; rape from 152 to 131; hurt from 2,611 to 2,255; and kidnapping for ransom from previous three to present two. Increase in crime against persons includes rioting from 14 to 27; and assault on public servant from 250 to 265.
Crime against property in the Frontier province also sees a fall from the previous 1,547 cases to the 1,522 cases including all kinds of dacoities, robberies, burglary and thefts. Traffic accidents, however, in the province increased from the previous 2,063 registered cases to 2,078. Unlike other provinces the Frontier province showed an increase in violations under Arms Act and Local and Special Laws by 884 and 3389 cases respectively.
BALOCHISTAN: Crime against persons in the province increased from the previous 1,648 to 1,724 cases that include increase in murder cases from 171 to 177; rape from 37 to 60; assault on public servant from 112 to 117; rioting from 184 to 207; and hurt from 864 to 913. In this category of offences where the province showed a decrease include kidnapping from 59 to 49; kidnapping for ransom from six to three; and attempt to murder from 215 to 198.
In crime against property, the province showed a decrease from 1,029 to 903 cases registered on account of highway dacoity and robbery; bank robbery; theft and burglary etc. Traffic accidents in the province saw a raise from the previous 311 cases to 349. The province, however, showed a fall in the Local and Special Laws violation from the previous 441 to the present 402.
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad registered a decrease in crime against person from the previous 402 cases to the present 391. The decrease in this category of crime was in kidnapping from 26 to 11; assault on public servant from 18 to 14; rioting from seven to two; and hurt from 198 to 159. However, there has been an increase in murder cases from the previous 58 to present 67; and attempt to murder from 59 to 97.
In the category of crime against property the federal capital maintained its last year's record with 336 cases despite an increase from 112 to 153 cases of car theft. Traffic accidents in the capital registered during 2003 are 251 against 210 of last year. There is, however, a decrease in violation against Prohibition Order and Local and Special Laws by 53 and 134 cases respectively.
NORTHERN AREAS: Crime against persons increased from 363 to 374 that include increase in murder cases from 59 to 61; hurt from 68 to 70; rioting from 86 to 110; assault on public servant from 47 to 58; and kidnapping from eight to nine. There has been decrease in attempt to murder cases from 77 to 54; and rape from 18 to 12. Crime against property in NAs showed a decrease from 212 to 209 cases, however, it registered 113 accidents against last year's 113. The NAs also showed a slight increase in violation of Arms Act.
AJK: Crime against person showed a decrease from 1,070 to 1,053 that include murder cases decreasing from 86 to 84; hurt from 235 to 197; assault on public servants from 92 to 90; and rape from 86 to 54. However there has been an increase in attempt to murder from 258 to 280; rioting from 207 to 240; and kidnapping from 106 to 108.
Crime against property increased in the AJK from 457 to 525 cases whereas traffic accident cases stay the same 243 as were the last year. Violation under Arms Act increased by 26 cases while offences under Prohibition Order and Local and Special Laws witnessed an increase by 25 and 39 cases respectively.
The Railways Police showed a decline in crime against person from previous 62 to 42; and a decline in crime against property from 600 to 599. Traffic accidents it reported this year are 125 against 105 of last year.