Two arrested for robbing Canadian senator of Pakistan-origin in Islamabad

MAMOSA Report — Police arrested two suspects on Thursday after Canadian Senator of Pakistan-origin Salma Attaullah Jan was robbed of cash, a black pearl necklace and her ID cards in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad Tuesday night.

Five alleged kidnappers have also been arrested, officials said.

The senator was reportedly approached by two men on a motorcycle as she was getting into her car near the capital’s posh F6 Markaz neighborhood. The men grabbed her handbag and fled, prompting Jan to register a First Investigation Report (FIR).

The robbers confessed to committing the crime in the preliminary interrogation. Efforts to recover the stolen cash and items are under way, reported Dawn.

Jan was carrying $4,200, Pakistani currency Rs62,000, a pearl necklace, a few credit cards and her Canadian Senate ID, according to reports.

Appointed to the Canadian senate in 2010 during Stephen Harper’s tenure, Jan, who hails from Mardan, describes herself as an “activist, artist and realtor”.

She belongs to a political family of KP.

According to Islamabad police crime statistics, figures show incidences of ‘general theft’ have decreased from 422 to 355 between 2014 and 2015. However, reports from 2016 show crime to have risen in the capital city.

Expatriates are particular targets for some criminal gangs. In 2015, the Islamabad police’s investigative unit had busted a gang of robbers who were notorious for targeting foreign nationals, dual nationals and overseas Pakistanis.

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