Complete strike is being observed in Karachi to protest against yesterday’s brutal act of terrorism. All the markets are closed today with little traffic on roads. Schools have also been closed for three days by the Sindh Government as it has announced three dayâ€™s mourning. Karachi is once again in the grip of shock and fear.
Things have moved from bad to worse in recent years. Though, Karachi has witnessed many sad incidents in the past but this incident is first of kind as it was carried on the day when whole Muslim ummah was celebrating the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Apparently, the timing was chosen by the terrorists to turn the celebrations into mourning. Thousands of people were present in the Nishtar Park but the attack was carried out on the stage where prominent religious personalities were present. Itâ€™s intriguing that the terrorists chose to attack the stage instead of going into the crowds. Karachi has seen incidents of target killings of religious scholars in the past. This time they found many at one place. Or perhaps, they wanted to put fear in the people for holding such religious activities at the large scale. There could be many possibilities which law enforcement agencies would have to look at and as the President said, one thing is sure; no Muslim can do such an inhuman act. Perhaps he meant Muslim by belief otherwise many people with Muslim names kill fellow Muslims for such a small thing like a mobile phone.
Qazi Hussain Ahmad has termed it an international conspiracy of the anti Islamic forces but itâ€™s unlikely that a foreigner could have joined the Prayers without coming into notice, so there is need of finding those insiders who perform on behest of foreign forces.
An investigation has been ordered by the President of Pakistan and compensation announced by the provincial government. Helpless to do anything to stop such types of incidents from happening at first place, the government tries to control the anger and frustration of the people by taking same old steps which it does in each case; meanwhile those who do such barbarous acts remain free to strike again at the time of their will.
In all the terrorist related acts, the government moves by taking conventional steps. Steps which look like a check list. Compensation is announced immediately with the order of probe and promise of providing free medical aid to the injured. In some cases a judicial inquiry is also announced. Recently, it has added closure of educational institutions in the book. Nothing is ever done to bring the facts to the public and to bring the culprits to the justice.
These types of incidents speak volumes about the Management Chaos in the country. There is increasing sense of insecurity among the people and people feel left alone. There is visible gap between the rulers and masses.
In a country where law enforcement agencies fail even to impose ban on kite flying or on making of metal wire, how could they be expected to tackle complex problem like that of terrorism which has deep roots and multiple dimensions. So it tries to shun its responsibility and look more competent and humane by announcing compensation of rupees 3 lacs for the families of each individual who lose his life. Its only here, where a human life is priced. Itâ€™s a shame that anyone who lose his life by foreign missile attacks, bombings, metal wired kites or terrorist acts, is provided justice in the form of rupees three lacs.