The Terror Wave of Karachi!!

Gulistan Johar Karachi ArsonLike many other issues, it seems that peace in Karachi has become a dream for the current regime. Meetings, pledges and ultimatums have all gone in vain as the death toll keep on rising every day and night. This is nothing new, and nearly every quarter has shown its distress on this issue, but in the end it seems that the “city of lights” has been abandoned by those who are assigned to ensure public safety and security.

Two factors have greatly contributed to the current situation, as we see it today. The division on political and ethnic bases has become so strong out there that it is simply impossible to reverse this issue.

Instead of taking on the issue head on, those in power have found it easier to transfer the blame on “land/ drug mafia” and sometime calling it the deeds of invisible hand. The two political stake holders have joined hand at the top, but it has become clear that on the grass root level they are a world apart.

Without any distinction it is crystal clear that the “out laws” have got the support of some political group, and they are used and disposed according to the need of the time. If things continue in the same manner, it wont take long for Karachi to take over Rio de Jinaro as the deadliest city on the planet.

A few days back I had the honour of being part of a discussion directed on this issue. A veteran in security affairs made one point clear that in situation like these, it’s the technology which makes the difference. To this point I was left guessing regarding the outcome of the so called “command and control centre” established some time back by the top mayor of the region (the title is still suspicious).

Any one from the policy circle hoping that the traditional police force in Karachi will deliver is simply day dreaming. For years political appointments in this sector have destroyed the credibility of these institutes and people are forced to defend themselves with what ever mean possible.

The immaturity of the political lot is clear from the fact that instead of calling for an end, they are still pointing fingers at each other and reviewing their track record I can say with guarantee that they have no willing in ending this menace from the life of Karachiites.

To end this saga once and for all, it is required that an all out operation must be launched without taking into account the willingness of the political parties. Karachi and its suburbs should be de-weaponized and all the license, issued by different regimes at different times must be cancelled. The hijacking of the biggest city of Pakistan is simply unacceptable. This politics of interests have held Karachi back from matching Dubai and Hong Kong although it has the most potential to surpass them.

Till now the establishment has always played its part by silencing the killing spree for a few days, only to pave way for its return a few weeks later. Its time that once and for all, the issue must be settled for good.

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7 thoughts on “The Terror Wave of Karachi!!”

  1. My comment does not concern the topic here but it definitely has links with he topic. Recently Transparency international reported that the corruption level in Pakistan has touched new limits during the present government era . Initially the report alarmed everyone and it remained talk of town but then , as usual, people started forgetting about it and put this issue to the backburner .Silence is an attribute of the dead; he who is alive speaks. But in Pakistan it is a common practice that the masses become just silent spectators while tragedies occur. Why there is no public uproar against corruption and other misdeeds of the state functionaries. It is because we as individuals have become so corrupt ourselves that it is justified in saying that our state functionaries are from us hence no different than us. Let me make it crystal clear that I am in no way defending any of the state departments perceived to be corrupt but who is going to bell the cat, because it wont change itself unless we are not willing to mend our own ways because it starts with you, it starts with me.

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  2. The government says that there is evidence that those causing trouble in the city have links to the Taliban Federal Interior Minister stated that this assassination could be the work of Taliban-linked militant groups. But MQM, representing the city’s majority Urdu-speaking community, blamed the attack on a rival political force, the Awami National Party which is a representative of Karachi ‘s ethnic Pashtun population. It has been seen that these two major political forces have routinely blamed each other for deadly attacks on their activists.
    As we know that we are quite emotional as a nation. We react to the things emotionally while completely forgetting its adverse outcome. We must understand that during such trying times Pakistan needs our honest and patient services more than it needs impulsive reactions. Karachities are compelled to live amongst all this chaos and mayhem, while those responsible for public safety have scores of armed vehicles escorting their movement across the city. The Police and Rangers are nothing more than silent spectators in the face of killings and arson. The ruling alliance claiming support of masses, do nothing but blame all and sundry. The opposition , Judiciary the civil society, the intelligentsia are just silent spectators of Karachi bleeding. It won’t be totally wrong to say that these outbreaks of violence in the city have exposed the helplessness and inability of the government to perform its basic duty which is to protect its citizens.

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  3. This is a strategy of the terrorist to create instability in the nerve center of Pakistan. Just imagine the daily losses are in billions of dollars that we are suffering. This will not stop till the terrorist are hunted down.

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  4. dolo-miyan

    i merely stated what is obvious and did not claim any greatness for myself. however if you force it upon me then i humbly accept.

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