Recent target assassinations in Karachi coupled with indiscriminate killing spree have victimised some political workers along with street public in general for no fault of theirs except they were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Just in one week, loss of more than 100 precious lives in the city is highly thought provoking.
Seemingly, the local political craziness of such a magnitude has pushed Karachi into an economic turmoil causing an irreparable loss to the whole nation.
Unfortunately, the ongoing “tug o war” in Karachi is for the sake of dominance – which presents a scene even worse than that of a jungle where the ferocious animals target other ferocious ones or go on a killing spree for spreading a scare in order to establish their own authoritarian rule throughout the domain in question.
Nevertheless, every step of dishonest leadership is based on the political opportunism which has created a great deal of messy scenario in the entire country and particularly in Karachi, the commercial hub of Pakistan.
Most obviously, the aim of the political gangsters is to establish their very own areas of influence.
It’s not hard to smell the immoral and unlawful motives of the stakeholders who are desperate for the control of this mega city. Yet sadly, the impotent authorities are severely disabled and are suffering from administrative paralysis.
The current spell of unrest is blamed on gangs with links to three rival political parties looking for influence namely the ruling PPP, the MQM, and the Awami National Party.
The struggle for power has activated the “dangerous underworld” to carry out their killing missions in the streets of Karachi openly with complete confidence and brazenness. It’s believed that street thugs and ethnic gangs have been used by political parties as foot soldiers in a turf war in the city. However, the political parties in question deny any involvement.
Furthermore, any conciliation followed by reconciliatory politics is aimed at power sharing. It is generally inferred that the politics of reconciliation is a tricky game full of blatant lies, double-dealing, using party members to issue rhetorical statements, backstabbing coalition partners and ignoring commitments and the solemn statements.
Quite apparently, the Sindh government headed by an aging chief minister either lacks integrity or competence in matters of handling any situation – despite the criminal gangs armed to the teeth with modern weaponry are roaming around killing for showing off basically.
However, greed, treachery and double standards have been overriding the agreements of conciliations and reconciliations. Shamefully, such is the attitude chiefly responsible for the current fatal scenario on the streets. On top of that, land mafia, bhatta mafia and other criminals are busy extorting money, taking over properties, kidnapping for ransom, doing drugs in a fearless manner as if no law applies to them.
Despite the federal interior minister’s assurance to arrest the killers, none is produced before the courts so far. The reason is simple: these criminals enjoy the patronage of Karachi’s power players. The real issue under discussion is the share of bounty from Karachi. (Pathetic)
The PM obviously has a very loose handle on the situation. A day before the meeting he headed in Karachi, he had resisted all the calls coming in from more and more groups that the army be deployed in the city. Yet, the senior ulema, at a press conference last Sunday, joined the MQM, the ANP and the business community in demanding army action.
Under such a grave situation, a stronger line of action from the federal government is urgently needed, yet a viable strategy at the highest levels to deal with the critical situation is not coming fast enough as only 14 accused including 10 target killers and four extortionists have been apprehended so far from different parts of Karachi. However, federal interior minister Rehman Malik has promised an indiscriminate action against the miscreants and terrorists across the board in light of the directives of Prime Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani.
More worrisome is the leaked information suggesting that the gangs shall be informed prior to the crackdown against the criminals/killers so that they may hide/move the arms/guns/hand grenades/rockets to the safer places.
Horrendously, the inhuman activity has been affecting the innocent Karachites of course. Main victims of this bloodbath are no other than people who come from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds e.g. Urdu speaking community of migrants, Sindhis, Baloch and Pakhtoon or Pathans or Punjabis. But the security forces other than the army currently operating in Karachi have miserably failed to bring the situation under control. Even the police are admitting that they have no alternate choice but to follow orders asking them not to intervene to stop the violence.
The civil society has also been too naive so far to mobilize to insist to correct the power struggle.
Ballot not bullet is the only answer: But his Excellency Mr President is busy point scoring to strengthen his presidency through coalition politics in Pakistan.
On the other hand, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry took a suo motu notice of Karachi’s deteriorating security situation last Monday ordering the government to submit a record regarding the ongoing unrest in the metropolis.
As Pakistan armed forces do not have the power to correct the ailing atmosphere in Karachi, Gen Kayani expressed “grave concern” over the security situation in Pakistan’s biggest city and said the army was “ready, if the government called on it, to control the situation in Karachi.”
Guess what? Pir sahib Pagara has also indicated that the time of martial law has arrived and warned that September will be a bad month for the government. Oh, there you go!
Since, Karachi is the jugular vein of country’s economy and it will be great injustice if the deteriorating law and order situation is further allowed to continue for a longer period.
It’s about time for the Pakistani nation to wake up and realize - the precious time is fast running out. Therefore, collectively, we all have to work hard to do political cleansing and get back to the road of economic recovery to attain self-sufficiency before it’s too late.
With Karachi burning, the whole country feels the pain as almost all institutions have been so damaged beyond easy repair while corruption and nepotism are rampant.
Since the present government has totally failed to correct any of the political and economic woes, a fresh electoral process based on merit is the only way to go forward in the best interests of Pakistan.