In Pakistan underworld, a cop is said to be a king
In this Monday, March 18, 2013 photo, Pakistani men play cards in an alley of a neighborhood, in Islamabad, Pakistan. For months, the Supreme Court's Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry has been leading special hearings on Karachi's crime, berating the city's top police officers for failing to act. The past week, he demanded they move in to clean up so-called "no-go" areas _ entire neighborhoods where police fear to tread _ according to local press reports. (AP Photo/Nathalie Bardou)
Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 12:00 am
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) - A corrupt, low-level cop with a healthy dose of street smarts rises to control hundreds of illegal gambling dens in Pakistan's largest city. By doling out millions of dollars in illicit proceeds, he protects his empire and becomes one of the most powerful people in Karachi.
The allegations against Mohammed Waseem Ahmed - or Waseem "Beater" as he is more commonly known - emerged recently from surprise testimony by a top police commander before a crusading anti-crime Supreme Court judge. The story has given a rare and colorful glimpse into the vast underworld in Karachi, a chaotic metropolis of 18 million people on Pakistan's southern coast.
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