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Man killed in ‘video-game-inspired’ carjacking

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  • Suspect admitted booking ride to snatch car.
  • Says he was inspired by a video game.
  • Victim was found dead in Karachi’s Scheme 33.

Karachi District East police have claimed to resolve the mystery behind the murder of an online ride-hailing driver in the city, as it arrested a suspect allegedly involved in his killing as part of a “carjacking adventure” inspired by a video game, The News reported on Thursday.

The suspect, himself, has said this in a video statement in addition to also stating that he booked the ride with the intention of snatching the car, the police said.

Shahzaib, a young man from Hyderabad, was found dead in the bushes in Karachi’s Scheme 33 neighbourhood on November 10, after he drove a passenger from Hyderabad to Karachi.

Following the murder, the District East’s deputy inspector general and senior superintendent of police formed a special team to probe the killing, the police spokesperson said.

On their instructions, the operation and investigation wings of the Sachal police station conducted a raid during which a suspect, identified as Abdul Samad, was taken into custody.

The arrest was made following the leads obtained from technical analyses of the data of the GPS tracker installed in the car, CCTV footage of the area and other evidence collected during the probe.

The spokesperson said that the initial investigation found that the suspect took the driver’s life during a “carjacking adventure”. Samad had hired Shahzaib through an online ride-hailing service to travel in the city.

As they reached near Punjabi Sodagaran Society, the suspect pointed a pistol at the driver, demanding he stop the car. Shahzaib stopped the vehicle after which Samad shot him in the neck and the injury proved fatal.

However, the suspect’s plan to steal the car was foiled as the GPS tracker deactivated the engine. The weapon used in the murder along with bullets was recovered from the suspect’s possession.

On the day of the incident, Shahzaib had booked a ride from Hyderabad to Karachi’s Korangi area. After dropping the passenger, he booked another ride which was called by the suspect.

Meanwhile, the suspect in a video statement said that he killed the driver during a carjacking adventure inspired by a video game. He said that he had booked the ride with the intention of snatching the car.

He said that he tried to stop Shahzaib’s bleeding but could not, then he put the body in the car’s backseat and drove to a secluded area, where he dumped it in the bushes. He said that he cleaned the car and attempted to restart it but failed, after which he ran away. He revealed that the pistol was licensed and belonged to his father.

The police were informed by the relatives of the deceased after they tracked down the car using its GPS location. During the initial probe, police had suspected the involvement of a woman in the crime following the recovery of jewellery from the car.

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US envoy urges deeper strengthening of relations with Pakistan

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The significance of strengthening relations with Pakistan was highlighted by US Ambassador Donald Blome on Thursday.

Blome visited the Chaukhandi cemetery in Karachi, based on the information. President Donald Blome and other delegates were cordially welcomed by Sindh Minister of Culture and Tourism Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah on this particular occasion.

Narendra Kumar, Heather Murphy, and Zahra Hajiani were among the delegation members who visited Chaukhandi Graveyard’s historic tombs with the American envoy, Acting Consul General Jimmy Mauldin.

Highlighting the rich historical significance of Chaukhandi graveyard, Minister Zulfiqar Ali Shah shared his ideas with the US ambassador.

Blome highlighted the Chaukhandi tombs for their exquisite craftsmanship and architectural design. He promised to help Pakistani visitors with their visa requirements.

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), he promised to promote the nation’s historical sites.

In the meantime, Shah stated, “The Sindh government is taking steps to provide all sorts of facilities to the tourists.”

Pakistan will receive additional assistance from the US to lower methane gas emissions.

The US decided to help Pakistan lower its methane gas emissions earlier this month.

At a USAID Climate Financing event, US Ambassador Blome stated: “We are working very hard to lower methane gas emissions from dairy farming. The Green Climate Fund in Pakistan will be consulted for funding this initiative.”

“As of 2030, there are global efforts to reduce the temperature by 1 degree Celsius. The US-Pakistan Green Alliance is being followed by the collaboration with Pakistan, according to Blome.

“The problems can only be addressed by providing the stakeholders with financial and technical resources,” he continued.

The government’s first aim is to revitalise the cattle industry, according to Federal Secretary Dr. Fakhre Alam. Raising dairy farming’s production capacity will help it overcome its environmental problems.”

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Shehbaz travels to the UAE in order to strengthen trade relations.

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This visit, which is being accompanied by a high-level delegation made up of important ministers such as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ishaq Dar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Commerce Minister Jam Kamal, Information Minister Ataullah Tarar, and advisor Tariq Fatemi, is intended to strengthen bilateral ties and expand cooperation between the two countries.
Prime Minister Sharif will visit President Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. The high-level gathering will cover Pakistani and UAE bilateral relations, with an emphasis on commerce and investment.

Along with exploring strategic alliances and shared interests that can help their respective nations, they are also expected to concentrate on talking about ways to advance collaboration across a range of industries.

Prime Minister Sharif has talks planned with other Emirati leaders, businesspeople, and heads of financial organisations in addition to his diplomatic engagements. In an effort to promote economic cooperation and draw in investment, he is also scheduled to meet with businessmen and investors from Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

The Shehbaz intends to encourage UAE companies to extend their operations into the Pakistani market by interacting with influential businesspeople and highlighting investment prospects in Pakistan.

These exchanges will offer a forum for talking about doable ways to strengthen business relations and carry out initiatives that will benefit both parties. Pakistan’s determination to enhance its political and economic ties with the United Arab Emirates is demonstrated by the visit.

After ending his day-long journey to Iran to offer condolences for the terrible death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his entourage in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has returned to Pakistan.

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Memon accuses temporary government of ‘delaying’ the BRT Red Line project

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On Thursday, Sindh Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon accused the interim administration of “delaying” the Red Line project of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Memon stated what he thought, saying, “The BRT Red Line project was mission impossible. However, the project has now begun to be worked on.”

“The reason government is formed is to solve the issues that the people face. “The government is working tirelessly to bring relief to the masses,” he declared.

Memon declared, “It’s also being done about the unlawful bus stands. The passengers will have access to shuttle service from us.”

“A large number of transport projects have already begun. “We aim to ensure that every individual receives a chance to work,” he continued.

Pakistan was ‘started to damage’ by the founder of PTI.

Memon reported on Thursday that a campaign to hurt the nation was started by the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Memon said at a Karachi event: “Israel discusses the human rights violations in Pakistan. Israel, a party to the Palestinian holocaust, is endorsing the PTI’s founder. Israel has provided election funding to the PTI’s founder.”

“The worst election tampering in 2018 produced the PTI founder’s victory. Police officers, the parliament, and the PTV were all attacked,” he claimed.

“The entire country was closed due to a 126-day protest,” Memon claimed.

The PTI founder was made fun of by Memon, who said, “The PTI founder had always embraced the politics of anarchy.”

Memon stated the following when discussing the state of law and order in Sindh: “The Sindh government is serious about the state of law and order in the province. In terms of keeping Sindh peaceful, everyone is in agreement.”

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