ISLAMABAD - Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICTP) on Sunday confirmed that federal capital has been in the grip of thieves and dacoits during the current year.

“Expediting efforts to trace theft cases, ICTP recovered stolen items worth more than Rs 163 million during current year after resolving 576 cases successfully,” a press note issued from office of Inspector General of Islamabad police stated.

The press note clearly mentioned that Islamabad police resolved as many as 576 cases of theft, which were registered in different police stations of federal capital city during 2012. According to sources, citizens of Islamabad, which is home of bureaucrats, politicians and international community including diplomats, have lost valuables worth of billions of rupees in large number of incidents of dacoity and theft. However, Islamabad police have registered only limited number of case of theft and dacoity.

Many believe that claim of Islamabad police to solve 576 case and recovery of valuables worth of 163 million rupee show that dacoits and thieves have been on the rampage in during 2012, while police could only recover a little fraction of what the citizens of Islamabad capital territory lost during hundreds of incidents of theft and dacoity.

“It is indeed a matter of shame for Islamabad capital territory police that it was not only failed to protect the citizen’s property during incumbent year 2012, but also could not bring down the crime rate,” a higher official of Islamabad District told TheNation on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, the IGP directed heads of all police circles to accelerate efforts in tracing the theft as well as burglary cases and provide maximum relief to citizens by resolving their problems.IGP Islamabad Bani Amin  Khan and SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq have said that providing relief to citizens is the responsibility of police and every possible effort should be made to provide protection to the lives and property of citizens as well as resolving their complaints on immediate basis.