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Karachi and the Wild West

Published Aug 08, 2012 12:01am

THE violence in Karachi reminds me of a 1960s’ western film The Magnificent Seven, starring Yul Brynner.

It is about bandits terrorising farmers of a village to pay ‘protection money’.

A group of these bandits ride on horses to remind the farmers, and one of them pulls out his gun and shoots one farmer dead. The leader very casually threatens the farmers: “No protection money, no protection.”

The Magnificent Seven encouraged the farmers to fight back and join in with them to confront the bandits. The farmers armed themselves with spears, axes, whatever weapons they could lay their hands on as they were not trained fighters.

Are we living in an era where there is no civilisation?

RAFI AHMED Karachi

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Comments (4) (Closed)


Alan
Aug 08, 2012 10:36am
The problem is that the govt will use every tactics in book to keep the citizens unarmed.
shan
Aug 08, 2012 09:50am
whatever civilisation we had, has disappeared in the last four years of misgoverance!
Mr.T
Aug 08, 2012 10:01am
yea very nice movie, at-least they are motivating the farmer to fight back to dacoits but in Karachi who gonna motivate people of Karachi to fight back to political mafia ?
Razzaq
Aug 08, 2012 05:58pm
What a joke, the citizens are well armed.