ISLAMABAD: Owing to police’s continuous efforts to curb criminal activities, 12,998 criminals were arrested during 2018 besides recovery of valuables worth Rs 689.5 million. A huge cache of contraband and weapons were also recovered, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. He said that the Islamabad police ensured elaborate measures for protection to the lives and property of the citizens. Owing to high vigilance in the city and effective patrolling measures, 276 gangs were busted and 758 gangsters were held. Capital police arrested 723 persons for involvement in 383 robberies and snatching valuables while valuables worth Rs 46.7 million including cash, gold ornaments and cell phones were recovered from them.During the same period, the Islamabad police arrested 778 persons for involvement in theft and burglary cases while valuables worth Rs 180 million were recovered from them. A total of 162 car thieves were held and 180 vehicles worth Rs 174.7 million were recovered from them. The police nabbed 194 bike lifters and recovered 145 motorbikes from them worth Rs 9 million. A total of 199 persons were held for their involvement in 201 cases of tampering with vehicles while 196 tampered vehicles worth Rs 278.8 million were impounded.During a crackdown against absconders, the Islamabad police nabbed 573 proclaimed offenders and 628 court absconders who were wanted for their involvement in murder, attempt to murder and dacoity cases. A total of 1,083 cases of possessing illegal weapons were registered and 1,110 persons were held besides recovery of 82 Kalashnikovs, 57 guns/carbines, 936 pistols and 8,478 rounds from them.Police held 1,623 accused for involvement in bootlegging and drug peddling activities while 499.633 kilogramme hashish, 81.137kg heroin, 7.244kg opium, 1.675kg ice, 1.096kg cocaine and 27,371 wine bottles were recovered from them. The Islamabad police launched a special crackdown against those involved in supplying drugs at educational institutions and nabbed 95 persons after registering 87 cases against them. A total of 48.189kg hashish, 7.218kg heroin, 33 wine bottles, 2.202kg opium, 1.375kg ice, 1.065kg cocaine and 10 tranquilising pills were recovered from them.The police conducted 195 search operations along with personnel of other law enforcement agencies and nabbed 822 suspects. Islamabad police arrested 232 male and 274 female persons for their alleged involvement in immoral activities. The police nabbed 1,0435 beggars during campaign against professional alm-seekers while 648 habitual criminals were also held. Various police stations of Islamabad police arrested 42 persons for involvement in 22 blind murder cases while 8,724 criminals were held under section 55/109.The police nabbed 173 persons red-handed during raids when they were planning to commit dacoities while 459 persons were held under Shop and Security Act.In all, 30 persons were held under Foreigner Act while 212 persons were held for involvement in aerial firing. Police also held 548 gamblers after raids and recovered stake money worth Rs 1,934,980 from them.Likewise, 399 persons were held for involvement in hookah smoking, 58 persons for violation of Pure Food Act, 43 over violation of Amplifier Act, 228 for selling petroleum products illegally, 784 under section 188 Pakistan Penal Code and seven persons for having fake currency of Rs 3,119,000.Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Islamabad Waqaruddin Syed said that it was the prime responsibility of police to provide relief to citizens and every possible effort would be made to ensure this. Following directions and guidance of Inspector General Police Muhammad Amir Zulfiqar, he said that utmost efforts would be made to curb crime 2019 as crime rate has declined significantly during the last year.The SSP urged all police officials to adopt decent attitude for success in policing affairs and said sluggish attitude towards resolving public affairs would not be tolerated. He also directed further crackdown against those involved in supplying drugs at educational institutions and occupying lands illegally.Published in Daily Times, January 3rd 2019.