KARACHI: Pickpockets walked away with rich pickings during the funeral of PPP leader Jahangir Badar, depriving mourners of a wide array of wallets and cell phones.
Senior leaders who lost their cell phones include Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah and Provincial Minister Manzoor Wasan.
According to a protocol official, Shah fell prey to pickpockets and lost his smart phone and wallet with Rs25,000 in it. Meanwhile, Wasan lost his cell phones. Rumours swirled about Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah also losing his cell phone – but his spokesperson later denied the claim.
“There was a huge crowd inside the ground and experienced pickpockets committed their crime diligently,” one of the PPP leaders said.
Following the incident, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif ordered an inquiry into the incident. “On our way back, we received a phone call from CM Punjab who apologised on behalf of his administration and promised to resolve the issue,” a CM’s protocol officer said.
SP Iqbal Town Adil Memon said that they received no complaints from either Shah or Wasan. Reportedly, a total of Rs40,000, CNIC and others cards were stolen.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2016.