Pakistani Urban Legends: More than a decade ago, we heard scary rumors about violent groups that used to roam the streets in the dead of night to kill off innocent people. Mystery surrounded them. Appearing out of nowhere, entering the house without a key, stopping a car with a glance and doing their nasty work without a mess were only a few of their superpowers.
Your classmate swore it happened, your neighbor was sure she saw someone prowling outside her home and your chawkidaar quit. As these stories passed on from one person to another, they got scarier and weirder.
The following are only some of the mysterious groups and individuals that created an air of terror in Pakistan.
1. The Hathora Group
Back in late 80’s, a gang of serial killers called the Hathora Group would target the houses standing near the railway lines in Karachi. It was rumored that it was a satanic cult who would smash the skulls of their victims with hammers. Others said that they were Russian spies.
Besides the houses, they would strike anyone sleeping on the footpaths. It was a scary time for beggars, drug addicts and runaways. According to one report, there were four men dressed in white clothes and wore black masks. Nobody ever saw the hammer. The group eventually disappeared, but the mystery remain unsolved.
2. The Chadda Group a.k.a the Chalawa Group
The ‘Chadda’ Group was the talk of the town in the 90’s. The group consisted of graceful, light-footed young men who preferred to wear boxers than pants. They slathered their bodies with oil so that nobody would be able to catch them if they were trying to make a run for it. It worked because they never got caught!
The men in the Chadda group weren’t really violent. They simply entered the houses, stole valuable things and rarely ever assaulted anyone. They were basically oily, slippery robbers in boxers.
3. Pichal Peri, the ugly witch with the cursed name
Admit it, you all hated ‘Pichal Peri’ with all your heart. According to your friends, saying the witch’s name out loud would make her come to you.
The witch was rumored to have a long face, dirty fingers, a hunchback, bloodied rags for clothes, large circular eyes and unkempt hair which she never shampooed. Oh, the dreadful nights you spent in anguish! Luckily, Pichal Peri never bothered to show up. Say her name and give it a shot!
4. The Evil at Devil’s Point
God knows what really goes on at the Devil’s Point, Karachi. Apparently, there used to be an unknown, evil-looking entity sitting on a chair in the sea, chanting the words of horror and doing black magic. Maybe the poor thing was only surfing, but it did scare the people off.
5. The Headless Man in Karachi
People have actually seen this ‘sar katta’ admi near the old, abandoned casino in Karachi and were even chased by it.
6. Adamkhors in Rawalpindi and Islamabad
This happened last year! Whoa. In 2014, around 150 gigantic men with teeth like bricks had developed a taste for human flesh in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. They stalked the roads at night, eating anyone they came across. One was caught at the Gulraiz Graveyard.
Some people say that if these cannibals bite you, you turn into a cannibal yourself. We can have Pakistan’s very own Twilight!
7. The Virus Injectors in Karachi
Do you wear sleeveless shirts without a shame? These guys with injections will take care of you. Few years ago, in Saddar area, a group of men would inject viruses into the arms of anyone wearing short sleeves. Apparently, the virus was HIV. Let’s all buy turtlenecks to be on the safe side.
Did you remember any of these?