During the early morning hours of Thursday, the police officials found a dead body of Careem’s captain—Junaid Mustafa in the Sector G-13/1, near Street 79 in Islamabad.
Mustafa was twenty-six years of age and the resident of Rawalpindi. He was working with Careem for the past three months.
He picked a ride on the night of Thursday from F-11 Markaz in Islamabad around the time of 2:35 am on the 22nd of February. The drop-off location was also not provided by the person who hailed the ride—which makes the case all more suspicious, as per the reports of Golra police.
In this tragic time, we request you to please pray for Careem's Captain Junaid Mustafa and his family. pic.twitter.com/qtJ53JWnXB
— Careem Pakistan (@CareemPAK) February 22, 2018
As per the police, he was shot many times from a thirty-bore pistol in the chest and on the left arm and his right hand and arm also showed signs of injuries.
Additionally, the gunman who, apparently shot him, took Mustafa’s Suzuki Wagon R along with the car’s registration book and two mobile phones.
Golra police have got the case registered against an unknown person. According to the FIR one of the stolen phones of the victim was tracked to a location on the motorway.
After the incident, all the captains of Careem made an announcement for strike against the company on Friday. The captains said owing to the new drafted policy of the company drivers are forced to pick rides even from places that are dangerous and unsafe, even at the cost of their own security.
The Careem captain—Afzal who was leading the protest blamed the company for the murder of Mustafa. He informed that as per the changed policy a Careem captain could only request for the reassignment of the accepted rides thrice, on the fourth time the driver would be charged with an amount of rupees thousand and also with a separate re-inspection of the car for rupees five hundred.
This policy has made it kind of forced on the drivers to take the rides even if they are not willing to do so—this policy change leaves no option for the captains even if it means sacrificing their own safety.
Soon after the incident occurred, Careem released an official statement on Twitter saying that each and every person of the Careem family is grievous and demands for the cities to be made safer.
Every member of the Careem family, Captains, Customers and Colleagues, are equally pained and demand that our cities are made safer. pic.twitter.com/sa90449Laf
— Careem Pakistan (@CareemPAK) February 23, 2018
It was also mentioned in the statement that Careem’s team is in continuous contact with the victim’s family and the police. It added that critical data has been shared with the police that has assisted them in making advances in the inquiry. It further mentioned that it would be best that any update on the case be shared by the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).