KARACHI (agency): A senior law enforcement official talking informally to the media said that the recent improvements in the law and order situation in Karachi would not sustain unless the city was cleansed of arms and ammunition, drugs and black money. He added the black money being generated through the sale of unlicensed weapons, drugs and evasion of customs duty was benefitting anti-social elements creating law and order problems in the city and unrest for citizens.
The official said it was ironic these illegal acts were being committed by diplomats of some Asian countries. Asked to elaborate, the official said a few months ago, Defence Housing Authority residents had lodged repeated written complaints against the unethical activities of an Asian country’s commercial office destroying the law and order and peace of their neighbourhood and violating Pakistan’s laws.
The law enforcement officer said the DHA residents had complained that the North Korean Commercial Counsellor was involved in the selling of bootlegged alcohol, which was encouraging anti-social elements to visit their neighbourhood and destroy law and order, and the peace and tranquility of their neighbourhood. He pointed out that such activities were a violation of the diplomatic code of conduct. He added this was not an isolated incident. North Korean staff posted in Islamabad, were engaged in similar illegal acts as well as the smuggling of Cefixime, a costly imported medicine. The medicine was being imported as foodstuff but impounded by the Pakistan Customs authorities when detected.