Bad business: Money changer locks up army, police officials

The ASI later informed his superiors and the issue was brought to the notice of the chief of Islamabad Police.


Our Correspondent July 18, 2013
He said when they reached the money changer’s office, the owner, Shehzad and the colonel exchanged harsh words after which the former locked both the officials in his office at gunpoint. DESIGN: ANAM HALEEM

ISLAMABAD:


The Kohsar police arrested a money changer on Wednesday for illegally detaining an army officer and a policeman in his office.


Talking to The Express Tribune, Assistant Sub-Inspector Sohail Ahmad said that Colonel Imran Haider went to Pakistan Money Changer in Blue Area to change Rs0.5 million into a foreign currency on Tuesday. He was told to leave the amount and come the next day as they were out of the currency at the time.

“When he came there the money changer again asked him to come on Thursday (today) upon which the colonel lodged a complaint with the Kohsar police,” said Ahmad, adding that the SHO then asked him to go with the colonel and resolve the matter peacefully.

He said when they reached the money changer’s office, the owner, Shehzad and the colonel exchanged harsh words after which the former locked both the officials in his office at gunpoint.



The ASI later informed his superiors and the issue was brought to the notice of the chief of Islamabad Police who sent teams to the site to arrest Shehzad. The army officer and the business owner were in the police station trying to resolve the matter.

“The colonel said he won’t lodge an FIR against Shehzad if he returns his money,” said Ahmad. “If the matter was not resolved amicably, a case would be registered against the money changer.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2013.

COMMENTS (6)

Kami | 8 years ago | Reply

Lol. Good one, civilians mooching off the army for a change.

Asad Malik | 8 years ago | Reply

@Larki Desi: 0.5m is 5 lacs...It's not hard for a Colonel to have 5 lacs, after all he's a working man.

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