Tag Archives: Mafia

‘Industrial areas to have entry, exit control systems to counter bhatta mafia, kidnappers’

KARACHI – The business community of Karachi is now at ease with measures and proposals of the law enforcement agencies to contain criminal activities – bhatta mafia, kidnapping for ransom – in industrial areas, alluded Sindh Chief Minister’s Advisor on Investment Zubair Motiwala while speaking at the inauguration of construction work of the Afza Altaf flyover. While expressing satisfaction over the proposals and measures being taken by the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Karachi

Travolta to play mafia big Gotti

John Travolta is set to play the late head of New York’s infamous Gambino crime family, John Gotti Sr. ‘Gotti: Three Generations’ will require the Hollywood star to channel both his murderous ‘Pulp Fiction’ persona and a bit of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ flash as he embodies a mobster who mixed ruthlessness with sartorial style.
The so-called “Dapper Don” died in prison in 2002 after a lengthy and bloody career at the head of one of New York’s big Italian crime families. His son,

Home Dept’s special cell to crack down on bhatta mafia

KARACHI – The Home Department is setting up a special cell that would be headed by an SSP-rank officer to look into extortion complaints. According to a Home Department spokesperson, Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza made this decision in consultation with Adviser on Home Affairs Sharfuddin Memon.
He further directed the IGP, Karachi CCPO and other top ranking police officials to complete arrangements for the establishment of the cell as soon as possible.
The cell would

TCP chairman refuses to expose sugar mafia

ISLAMABAD – Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) Chairman Anjum Bashir refused to disclose the names of the “sugar mafia” during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Trade here on Tuesday.
The committee met under its Chairman Dastgir in Parliament House to review the increase in the prices of sugar and urea. Bashir said if he made public the names, it would “create a problem” for him.
He told the committee the TCP was holding reserves of 400,000 tonnes

Crippled by the bhatta mafia, M.A. Jinnah traders say no more

KARACHI – Business and commercial activities on M. A. Jinnah Road remained suspended during the first half of Thursday as traders took to the roads after one of their colleagues was shot at allegedly by extortionists over resistance to comply with their demands.
The protesting traders argued that incidents of street crime and extortion continued unabated and law enforcers had failed to provide them with any protection. “Traders of the Auto Market and Tyres Market took to the

Timber mafia running rampant with tree-cutting

KARACHI – A number of workers seal small holes in igloo-shaped ovens to ensure that wood filled inside is converted into coal – to be later sent to Karachi for roadside tea-stalls as it is believed the traditional doodh-patti chai (tea) prepared on coal is tastier than one made on natural gas.
Their location is a few kilometres away from the National Highway, where huge piles of chopped wood and coal scatter across a vast area near Mirpur Sakro, Thatta.
With the UN declaring

Ferozabad police abetting the Shahrah-e-Faisal bhatta mafia?

KARACHI – Businessmen operating on Shahrah-e-Faisal are now being extorted by the bhatta mafia, who have replaced parchis with direct threats over cell phones to wring money out of corporate facilities. Many businessmen suspect that the Ferozabad police is abetting the bhatta mafia, as police vans stationed near offices take no action against the extortionists while officials at the station are reluctant to register FIRs. One such businessman is the owner of Overseas Employment

Allotments to housing societies benefiting land mafia: SC

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that the allotment of state land to private housing society would encourage land mafia in the federal capital. The SC was hearing a suo motu case against the allotment of land worth billions in Sector E-11 by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to Multi Professional Housing Society under the guise of development.
The three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice M Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani

Miandad asks banned trio to expose fixing mafia

LAHORE – Former Test captain Javed Miandad has urged the banned trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to expose the people involved in illegal betting and corruption in international cricket. Miandad, who is the director-general cricket in the Pakistan Cricket Board, said he felt saddened by the damage done to the image of Pakistan cricket.
“I am hurt by the damage caused to our cricket and our image by the sanctions imposed on Salman, Asif and Amir, but it is not

Public park land retrieved from mafia

GUJRANWALA – Deputy District Officer (Revenue) Sara Qureshi led a restoration operation at Qila Mian Singh and retrieved from the mafia 14 kanals of government land allocated for a public park.
Reportedly, DCO Nabil Ahmad Awan issued directives for this operation and Sara Qureshi along with Naib Tehsildar Mian Nazir, Tehsil Municipal Officer (TMO) Aslam Ghuman and police force launched an operation and retrieved the public property. Khiali Shahpur TMA will now establish a park at

WikiLeaks exposes Bulgarian football league’s mafia links

SOFIA – Some of Bulgaria’s most popular football clubs have ties with mafia bosses, who use them to launder money, according to a US diplomatic document revealed by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. “Bulgarian soccer clubs are widely believed to be directly or indirectly controlled by organised crime figures who use their teams as a way to legitimise themselves, launder money, or make a fast buck,” a January 2010 cable from the US embassy in Sofia to Washington noted.
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Land mafia grabs graveyards in Sindh

MIRPURKHAS – Upon visiting graveyards in several districts of Sindh during Ashura, relatives discovered that land-mafia had grabbed the land that was once a resting place for the deceased.
Pakistan Today found out in a survey that more then 200 grave yards in Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Sanghar, Tnado Allahyar, Jam Shoro, Hyderabad, Nawabshah and other districts of Sindh were occupied by land-grabbers and markets, mosques and Imam Barghas had been constructed on them.

JI stages rally against land mafia

WAZIRABAD: Jamat-e-Islami Wazirabad took out a protesting rally consisting of thousands of people who voiced against the illegal occupation of 24 canal land situated at Daska Road Wazirabad.
The rally was lead by town Amir Khalid, Anwer, Rawal, Abdul-Wahed Alvi & others. The participates of the rally marched from Islamic centre. The participants of the rally raised slogans against patwari of the area and Wazirabad tehsildar.
They demanded the transfer of the said persons