Cab driver injured resisting car-snatching bid

RAWALPINDI: A gang of five robbers tortured a ‘captain’ of a ride-hailing service in Misrial area over showing resistance during car-snatching bid, sources said on Thursday.

The robbers managed to escape after people made noise. The injured captain was rushed to hospital for treatment. Police launched investigation into the incident on complaint of the victim.

According to the sources, Kashif Manzoor, resident of Dhok Banaras, received a call for a ride from a person identified as Hamza Malik. The captain reached at Shalley Valley Street 4 and picked the passenger who asked him to go to Misrial to pick four more of his friends, the sources said. Kashif drove the cab to Misrial Road and picked four more persons, the sources said, adding that the captain refused to drive further after sensing doubtful activities of the passengers. On this, one of the robbers whipped out his pistol and hit its handle into head of the captain, injuring him critically.

The robbers also tried to snatch his car but hue and cry made by the captain drew attention of the people and the robbers had to escape on bikes. Later, the victim lodged a complaint with the Police Station Naseerabad for action against the robbers.

SHO Naseerabad Chaudhry Akhtar, when contacted, confirmed that 5 suspected robbers had tortured the captain in a bid to stanch his car. He said that the police had begun investigation into the incident. He said that he had obtained call record of Malik Hamza and would soon arrest the accused. Staff reporter

 Minister for creating awareness on deforestation

 ISLAMABAD: Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan on Thursday urged for creating awareness among the masses about disadvantages of deforestation.

Chairing a meeting on spring plantation campaign 2018, the minister said that every province should start such campaigns and encourage citizens to plant more trees.

He asked officials of the National Highway Authority to contact provincial forest departments for forestation on roads passing through all four provinces.–APP

He said that Punjab Forest Department had been given a target of planting 12 million saplings, Sindh 12 million, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 52 million, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 9.8 million, Gilgit-Baltistan 3 million, Federally-Administered Areas 5.236 million, International Union of Conservation of Nature 0.5 million, Pakistan Ordnance Factories 0.004 million, Ministry of Defence 1 million, NHA 1 million and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex 0.015 million.