LAHORE Capital City Police Officer Ahmed Raza Tahir has ultimately 'confessed to the media last week that robbers are on rampage across the provincial metropolis and the crime rate is on the rise. Unfortunately, the crime rate in the Punjab Capital has swelled to an alarming level which is evident from the fact that at least 35 houses were robbed in just last seven days. The incidents of heinous crimes such as kidnapping for ransom, dacoity-cum-murder, and house robberies are also taking place every day in the metropolis with impunity. For instance, armed bandits, last Monday, hit the Punjab Capital for 33 times successfully and made off with cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth millions of rupees from different parts of the City. In just 24 hours, according to the police record, robbers looted five houses and also snatched away three motorcycles and two cars from the victims and escaped easily despite there were police pickets set up in every nook and corner of the City. Dacoits on Wednesday went on the rampage, shot at and wounded a woman and her son on offering resistance, robbed three houses and looted families and motorists at gunpoint during 19 successful strikes and fled away after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables from different parts of the City. In a single incident, three robbers equipped with pistols barged into the house (166/B-block) of Akhtar Ali in Mustafabad police area. The robbers held up the family members at gunpoint and escaped after collecting cash, gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 3 million. These days, more than 30 armed robberies are taking place every day in the City as houses, families, and motorists are being looted at gunpoint in broad daylight and during night hours as well. In May this year, Ahmed Raza Tahir took the command of Lahore police with big slogans. During his first press briefing, the CCPO had spelled out his priorities with major focus on heinous crimes after social crimes. He had claimed those involved in drug peddling, running brothels and gambling dens would also be taken to task. Lists of the big fish have already been finalized and all the big fish of the underworld will be put behind bars within two months, Ahmed, who himself had fixed the 60-day deadline, had claimed. He reiterated that there would be considerable reduction in crime cases within two months. Interestingly, when asked what would be his other option if he failed to do so, I will call reporters at my office and serve them sweets with a cup of tea if I failed to do so, he had replied during his maiden press conference. He also claimed that he would order performance-based postings of the police officers and officials. But now after six months since his posting as CCPO, the crime situation is rapidly heading towards the worst from bad as the incidents of heinous crimes are on the rise rather than any decrease. Some police officers during informal chat said that the postings and transfers of police officers and officials, right from top to bottom, were being ordered purely on someones recommendations rather than merit. Mr Tahir, it may be recalled, had earlier served as the CCPO in Lahore only for one day in May last year when the former Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court, Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, directed the government to withdraw his notification. In June this year, the Lahore High Court Chief Justice had expressed reservations over his appointment and directed the government not to overlook his previous record. The court had observed that a judicial inquiry into the tragic incident of Gojra had recommended strict action against him (Tahir) for his failure in controlling the Muslim-Christian riots while he was posted as the Regional Police Officer for Faisalabad. Ultimately, the government had to cancel the notification and Aslam Tarin was posted as CCPO. The judicial inquiry report of the Lahore High Court had also recommended that Mr Tahir is not fit for field job. Sources in the Punjab government say that the CCPO is very close to the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif. The CM is busy in his fight against dengue. Therefore, there is a little chance that the CM would take action over the worsening law and order situation in the heart of Punjab to put the things in order as far as the matters pertaining the working of the police are concerned. So, the second option that the CCPO had given to the reporters during his maiden press conference is best. Lets have a cup of tea with the Capital City Police Officer at last.