KARACHI - Law enforcers on Friday arrested two extortionists - one of whom says he graduated with a Masters degree in English Literature from Karachi University.  

The case highlights the gap between the educational attainment and employment in Pakistan, and the harsh realities of life in the country’s economic hub.  According to SSP Farooq Awan, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Sindh Police carried out a joint operation with personnel of the Citizen’s Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) and arrested two extortion suspects from the city’s Soldier Bazaar area.

Awan said the men, who confessed to their crime during interrogation, extorted over Rs1 million during the past year from schools, laboratories and private businesses.

One of the suspects, Amir Hussain says he holds a Masters degree in English Literature from Karachi University. He confessed that he turned to a life of crime after being frustrated by his inability to find a suitable job and financial pressures at home.

Talking to a reporter of a private news channel, he said, “I tried to find a job, but wherever I went they asked for experience, which I did not have. Domestic problems and my mother’s health forced me into doing this. If you ask me how I feel: I am very ashamed,” he said, reduced to tears as he spoke.

When asked what he would do after serving his jail term, he said that he would try his best to find a ‘respectable profession’ using his educational credentials after he is released.


Police investigators have failed to probe into the firing incident on the car of grandson of former Balochistan chief minister Mir Naseer Mengal.

Former CM’s grandson namely Matiur Rehman Mengal and Naseer Mengal’s nephew Samiullah Mengal – both in their early 20s - were wounded in the firing incident in Defence Housing Authority in the wee hours of Friday. Both of them were taken to a private hospital where doctors termed their conditions stable but both were still under treatment at the hospital as one of them had received a bullet in his hand and another in his abdomen.

Police quoted the statements of the victims said they were parking their car at the Do Darya restaurant when the incident occurred. The window glasses of the car were closed when two gunmen arrived on a motorcycle and knocked the glass. Culprits took out the pistol when victim Samiullah tried to snatch the pistol. Resultantly, gunmen resorted to firing and fled from the scene, said DSP Nayyarul Haq. He added that Matiur Rehman was wounded by the armed men’s firing when he ran after the culprits to catch them. Investigation is underway to ascertain the motive behind the incident. Police have yet to ascertain the motive behind the attack.

It suspected that the street criminals opened fire when the victims offered resistance.