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Lawlessness & Karachi – Pakistan.
Sindh the most talked about province of Pakistan since Z A Bhutto and his Pakistan People’s Party came into power or should I be brutally honest and say he and his party stole power from the than Awami league & Sheikh Mujeeb ur Rehman of East Pakistan. Anyway having said that we are here talking about the city of Pakistan and i.e. Karachi. Which also happens to be the provincial capital of Sindh and by far the most progressive city of the country (or should we say at least it used to be). Karachi has been generous enough to open its hearts and arms to people from all over the country and has always been considered a business hub of Pakistan. A port city that has an estimated population of 23.5 million people as of April 2013 and has a rich history dating back centuries. After the independence of Pakistan, the city population increased dramatically when hundreds of thousands of Muhajirs (a term usually associated with Urdu speaking people) from India and other parts of South Asia came to settle here. Today this city has been titled as one of the most dangerous cities of the world, one would wonder why? The government of Pakistan would call it propaganda and some would go a bit further and say it once again is western conspiracy against Islam. As today once again the chief minister of Sindh, Syed Qiam Ali Shah of Pakistan People’s Party has said in a high level (provincial) meeting “Karachi is safer than most cities in Pakistan”. Whereas the ground reality is just the bitter opposite, the fact of the matter remains that the average murder rate in Karachi is 12.3% (this data gathered from various private Pakistani news channels). Keeping this awful data in mind one (wanting or not) has to agree with western media reports. A welcoming innocent city made into a warzone by all political parties, I won’t single out and blame just one party but would rather blame the whole political system for this current mess. Apparently with no end in sight anytime soon. Now let’s try and figure out how this all can end? Only and only one solution that comes to my mind the city should be handed over to the armed forces of Pakistan (only to restore law and order) with immediate effect. In today’s Pakistan perhaps our Armed forces are the only creditable force and source. But would that really happen? As our dirty politicians won’t benefit out of it all or would they? So for now the talk is that Rangers (a para military unit) would take charge. They have been installed before but all their efforts have been in vain so far. So bottom line suffering for the people of Karachi won’t end shameless state of affairs indeed. Democratically elected government of Pakistan is busy feasting both at the provincial and federal levels while their cities burn and have a blood bath over and over again. Photo & write-up Akbar Warris 416-371-9849.