Karachi’s knife attack victim records police statement


KARACHI: A girl who had been recently wounded in a knife attack has recorded her statement with the police, it was informed on Thursday.

The recorded statement revealed someone had attacked the victim girl, who was a seventh grader, from behind, near Rabia City area on Wednesday. She could not, however, identify the attacker as he had been wearing a helmet hiding his face. Furthermore, she identified that the assailant was wearing a black shirt.

“I went outside to buy a household product when I was attacked by the assailants on a motorcycle,” she said. The victim’s mother stated that her daughter had received eight stitches as a result of the injury.  A private hospital spokesperson has stated that about five girls have been rushed to the hospital in similar cases of knife attacks during the past few days.

The police authorities informed that an investigation had been launched into the case.  Speaking to the media, Gulshan SP informed that four women had been recently attacked by unidentified assailants near Rabia City and Johar Chowrangi. Reportedly, four women had been wounded in separate attacks on September 25, while another girl was attacked the next day

According to reports, Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister (CM) for Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz took notice of the incidents of attack with a sharp weapon on women in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of the metropolis and directed District East SSP Dr Samiullah Soomro to ensure the security arrangements and immediately arrest the culprits involved in the incident.

The advisor, in presence of Provincial Commission on the Status of Women Chairperson Nuzhat Shireen, telephoned the SSP and directed him to find out the real motives behind such incidents. She said that Karachi had become very peaceful city due to strict arrangements of security.

“Our police, rangers and other law enforcement agencies had played a vital role and rendered matchless sacrifices to bring peace in the capital hub of the country. No one would be allowed to disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the city,” she added. She further stated that the Sindh government had taken tangible steps for the security of the citizens and that the attacks were an attempt to create panic in the city.

The advisor appealed to civil society and injured women, in particular, to cooperate with police to arrest the culprits and defeat their nefarious plan.

The SSP Dr Samiullah Soomro, briefing the advisor, said that the three injured women were treated in last two days in a local private healthcare facility. He also said that the injured women were approached by local police station officials, but they refused to register complaints with the police, and added that police patrols had been increased in the area and investigation was underway and soon culprits involved in the attacks will be arrested.