SLAMABAD: The now famous jailed car hijacker Mohammad Hassan has now started to give specific details of how and when he picked top class luxury vehicles saying these were in the use of highly placed and influential people but he could help recover them.
On Tuesday he told The News on telephone that that many luxury vehicles including Land Cruisers, Mitsubishi Prados, Kia Sportage jeeps, Toyota Corolla and Honda cars, lifted by him from Islamabad and Rawalpindi were in the use of these big names of Rawalpindi-Islamabad with tempered chassis and engine numbers and fake registration plates.
“I can help locate and identify all these luxury and very expensive vehicles and the police, if it may wish so, can easily recover those from Islamabad and Rawalpindi. But as I have said always that the police being itself involved in this ‘business’, they would never take any interest in recovery of these vehicles and handing those over to their actual owners.
It would be only through the Supreme Court of Pakistan that there is any hope of the recovery of these vehicles if Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry may take a suo moto notice and order a high-level inquiry into the whole affair,” Mohammad Hassan told this scribe.
He alleged that many of these stolen vehicles are in the use of police officers of Mardan and Peshawar while at least six to seven vehicles could be recovered from every police station of Peshawar and Mardan.
“But this would not be a mean task. It would need a team of honest and dedicated police officers and officials, which unfortunately we lack so badly in our police force as the whole department from top to bottom is corrupt,” Mohammad Hassan mocked.
Dishing out further details Mohammad Hassan told that a Prado Land Cruiser (1KZ- 3000 CC), which belonged to a very well known lady doctor, running her private hospital on Jinnah Avenue in Islamabad, was lifted while it was parked in front of her clinic.
“Initially it remained under the use of a DSP (Deputy Superintendent of Police), Mardan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He later returned it to me and I disposed it off yet again. But this could be recovered easily as it is being used with fake Lahore registration number. That was one of those extremely lucky days for us when we lifted three vehicles at a time from the Blue Area — a Prado belonging to the lady doctor, the other a Honda City (dark blue) and another Honda VTI (Oriel). Imran Goga and Raees Khan were with me,” Mohammad Hassan confessed.
He said that a British green Land Cruiser (Model 1992) of a private company, which arranges tours and provide coaches and coasters to multi-national companies, was lifted from the Service Road South of the Jinnah Avenue near Faisal Bank and Razia Sharif Plazas. “This vehicle could also be recovered easily,” he added.
He confessed that a Toyota Land Cruiser (golden-grey) of 1995-96 model was lifted from Fazal-e-Haq Road where it was parked in front of a showroom of a company selling Aluminium windows and doors.
“The showroom was located opposite the TCS office. The vehicle belonged to the owner of the showroom. Originally this vehicle was carrying the Lahore registration number place but not the chassis and the engine numbers have been tampered and is still operating under the fake Karachi (Sindh) registration place number BC-9229. This vehicle is in use of an influential personality of Peshawar and is being well maintained and kept in a very good condition. This also could easily be recovered,” Mohammad Hassan claimed.
Another Toyota Land Cruiser was lifted from the parking lot of CDA. “It was such a golden strike to lay hands on this vehicle because not only we got the vehicle but we also found some very sophisticated and very expensive arms from the vehicle including an American pistol, three SMGs and a repeater gun. I sold that vehicle and arms. The owner took back his vehicle from Jawad of Paar Hoti (Mardan) after paying Rs600,000. But after a few days, I again lifted this vehicle. The owner this time came to me and paid Rs300,000 and also sought assurance from me that I would not lift his Land Cruiser again,” Mohammad Hassan told this scribe.
He also disclosed that the Toyota Land Cruiser, bearing registration number RIT-9229, belonging to editor of the Urdu-language daily, was lifted from the parking lot of a motel adjacent to the Lake View opposite Rawal Lake on the Club Road.
“The editor is a decent person. We decided to return the vehicle to him. But the Sub-Inspectors of Police Ishaq and Shams and Shafi forbade me, telling me not to return the vehicle. This Toyota Land Cruiser remained in possession of the Pirs of Golra but could not be recovered yet,” Mohammad Hassan told this scribe.
He also confessed that he jacked the Mitsubishi Pajero, which belonged to the General Manager of Mitsubishi showroom and was parked in front of the showroom adjacent to the NAFDEC Cinema on Jinnah Avenue in Blue Area. It was a 1992 model “British Green” Mitsubishi Pajero in very good condition.
“Another vehicle that we lifted from the same NAFDEC parking lot was a white colour Kia Sportage Jeep, carrying the Islamabad registration number of IDL Series, Mohammad Hassan confessed.
He also confessed that he and his gang members picked about seven government vehicles from various areas of Islamabad and disposed those off in Peshawar. “Those vehicles could also be recovered but now all of those have tampered chassis and engine numbers and are being used on the fake registration numbers and documents,” he added.
He said that he also lifted a Toyota Corolla car (Model 1995-96), carrying government’s green number plate from the Service Road of Jinnah Avenue parked in front of Sogo-2000. “It was, probably, some federal secretary’s car because the top police officials approached the ‘receivers’ in Peshawar and bargained for the recovery of this vehicle,” he claimed.
Similarly, he claimed that he lifted a black colour Toyota Corolla vehicle of 1995-96 model, also from the Blue Area in Islamabad.
“That vehicle, I believe, must have belonged to some minister because it was a car carrying government number plate and there was also the Flag Rod installed on the side of the front fender of the vehicle, which indicated that it could have belonged to some minister,” Mohammad Hassan said.
He also confessed that he lifted a Toyota Land Cruiser of 2000 Model, carrying the government’s green registration number plate from outside parking of Blue Lagoon, a facility owned and operated by the Army Welfare Trust (AWT) opposite Hotel Pearl-Continental in Rawalpindi.
“A ‘Hooter/Siren’ was also installed on top of this Land Cruiser, which indicated that this also belonged to some important officer of law enforcing agency. It was carrying Lahore’s registration number. This particular vehicle is still in Rawalpindi and has been seen in Saddar Bazaar quite often, meaning somebody influential enough is now owning and driving this vehicle that I lifted and sold out,” Mohammad Hassan claimed.
He said that he lifted another Mitsubishi Inter-Cooler Pajero jeep, carrying government registration number plate from the parking lot of a marriage hall near Koh-e-Noor Mill on the Peshawar Road in Rawalpindi.
“I gave about 26 Toyota Land Cruisers and Toyota Prados to one Zaman, running a workshop at Peshawar-Charsadda Road for disassembling and sell those as spare parts. It is most interesting that most of these very influential people, politicians, senior officials and elites are using ‘non-custom paid’ luxury vehicles.
They are the softest targets for us because when we take away their vehicles they can not even go to the police to report the theft and get an FIR registered.
Out of all the vehicles lifted by me and other gangs involved in car lifting, 80 percent remain in use after tampering and preparing fake documents while 20 percent are disassembled and sold as spare parts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he claimed.
He claimed that whenever he visited Islamabad he always stayed either in Serena Hotel or the Marriott with spending around Rs100,000 every day for maintaining his lavish style of living as well as entertaining all these important people who had been patronising him.
The luxury vehicles I lifted and who has them now, car don reveals