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پیر، 12 نومبر، 2012

Karachi killings

 The question is why the government has become hostage to criminals and no action is being taken against elements involved in killings? If State agencies are helples and cant arreest criminals then what is the use of their existence.

Not a day passes when a dozen or so innocent people are not killed in Karachi, mostly on account of preplanned target killing. Though the law enforcing agencies are blamed for their incompetency to control the crime yet, I think it is just beyond them.
The main reason is that the terrorists have the initiative to chose the time, place and the target which is not known to the law enforcement forces, and they cannot be at every place. Each incident comes to them as a total surprise and they can only react to it after it has happened rather than preempt or prevent it before hand. Again 99 percent of the killing is done by the motorcyclists, who after committing the crime disappear weaving their way through the side streets and the bylanes of the thickly populated Karachi city.
Now, it is a common knowledge that there have to be at least two of them on a bike to perform the heinous act. A single person on the motorbike cannot do it. So, wouldn’t it help if the pillion riding is banned in Karachi for good or for as long as required, as it is done on certain special religious occasions and political rallies etc?

I am fully aware of the inconvenience it would cause to the general public, especially the middle class, but would that be more than the loss and agony suffered by the families of the victims who lose their near and dear bread earners for the rest of their lives?

The upsurge in target killings in Karachi with the latest number jumping to 30 on Saturday, — 27 of them shot dead in 24 hours — establishes the city’s image as the epicentre of terrorism, organized crime and now a hunting ground for Taliban as well.

It might be that some of the killings maybe for private reasons or that a part of these could be the result of turf wars amongst mafias, but now there is no doubt that most of the murders are the result of sectarian fighting.

There is no sense in elaborating or analysing as to which side introduced sectarian assassinations; nor is there any wisdom to tell the Sindh federal government or the parties in the coalition running these administrations what to do. If those in government are so devoid of wisdom that they already don\'t know the causes of the violence and the people behind it by now then they do not have the ability to solve this problem that threatens the whole nation.

Nevertheless, this is not the time to recall the past mistakes, nor is it the time to play the blame game as to whose action or rather inaction brought the situation to such a point of near no return.
We can blame the government and the parties in the coalition as much as we want to, however, that is not going to stop the murders or arrest the turmoil in which the city is sinking. Things have come to a point where all those who love their country and have heads over their shoulders are scared and worried as to the country solidarity, without being badly hurt, during the last few months before elections.

Most of the people are clinging to the hope that the general election results would bring a new government, which will, in turn, bring a positive change in the situation. However, most of us forget that when the date of elections is announced there will not be this present government but a caretaker government whose main job will be to hold elections but will be mired in bringing peace in the city. It seems improbable that a caretaker government will bring the law and order situation under control and at the same time make the necessary preparations for elections.

Currently, the law and order maintaining agencies have failed. The political governments in Sindh and Islamabad seem clueless and helpless. Ultimately, the responsibility lies on the people of Karachi to do something to, somehow, decrease the level of violence.

It is for the civic and religious leaders to come together and not just unite but also organize the ordinary people in that city against this twin-headed monsters of government inaction and sectarian violence.
It is not an easy task but somebody has to take charge. The people have to be organised in a way that they are able to recognise, report and if need be to take action against the murderers. It has also to be made sure that religious leaders do not show sectarian feelings in their statements. Ordinary people, of whichever religious leanings, should be given to understand that this sectarian violence in Karachi does not stem out of sectarian bias and intolerance; rather it is used to bring instability in the mega city as well as the whole country. 

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