23 August, 2014 / Shawwal 26, 1435

KARACHI is having tens of thousands of settlers from other provinces of Pakistan. There are a number of ethnic, religious, and sectarian groups, besides the band Jihadi outfits and indigenous criminal elements.

Criminal groups pronounce their affiliation with all political parties of Karachi, though the political parties, including the ruling parties, do not own them and have given in writing that legal action be taken against all criminals whoever is responsible.

It is also a ground reality that 80 per cent of Karachi’s mandate is owned by the MQM, which has maintained it in all the elections in the past 20 years, whether carried out under the army or the judiciary or both. Therefore, election should be honoured.

A possible solution to the problem of Karachi is as follows:

The mandate of Karachi should be honoured since the representatives are patriotic Pakistanis and sincere Sindhis.

The police must be recruited from among the local people. Ninety per cent of the police force does not belong to Karachi. In developed countries, the idea of community policing is gaining ground.

Trade unions of Karachi should be activated and trained to handle criminals. Traders of Karachi should be given not only arms and ammunition weapons but should also be allowed to shoot extortionists at sight. This exercise should be coordinated with police commandos and should have an extensive intelligence cover. It needs a strong political will, and a bill to this end be moved in the provincial assembly.

Foreign interference be identified and managed effectively through central intelligence services. Some steps have already been taken in this direction.

All the licensed weapons in Sindh be taken back for one year and computerised licence be issued after one year. The weapons of prohibited bore like Kalashnikovs and machineguns be confiscated from every citizen of Pakistan. Persons having illegal arms be apprehended effectively and strict punishment be awarded to them.

The route of supply of arms and ammunition from tribal areas be effectively blocked at the Punjab-Sindh border and Karachi-Balochistan checkposts.

DR FATEH M. KHAN (Ex) Director General Health Services Sindh, Hyderabad

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Comments (7) (Closed)

Jan 09, 2013 06:08am
Unfortunately Karachi has been made a wild area by encouraging land grabbing, denying the employment of locals in government institutions and appointing on adhoc basis by overlooking merit, a crime and evidence of bad governance. A large population of Karachiites facing homelessness, families living in a room , living below poverty level specially of the area of New Karachi, North Karachi, Nazimabad, Liaquatabad, Federab B area, Buffer Zone, Mehmoodabad, Golimar, Korangi and Landhi as well as old city area. There is the need to be taken care by political parties and government. Serious action is also needed against land grabbers that caused suffering and homelessness of law abiding citizens. This is government's apathy that people suffering.
Jan 09, 2013 01:48pm
agree with you mr mazharuddin.
Jan 09, 2013 02:38pm
Dawn owes it its readers to at least run a spell-check before publishing such submitted material. The gentleman offering these suggestions to make Karachi safer is unfortunately thoroughly confused (besides not being able to tell band from banned) where on the one hand he wants all merchant community to be armed to teeth to tackle extortionists but he also wants the country to be fully de-weaponized. Perhaps he needs to first figure out what exactly does he want.
Jan 09, 2013 03:31pm
By giving arms to trade unions, we will be creating another mafia in the city that will be unable to stop any killings by the gangsters The best solution is to allow only the police to posses all kind of arms and ammunition but not the gangsters or unions. The general public should only be allowed defensive weopons (non-automatic pistols like arms) through a licensing process. This requires an honestly trained police which is committed to serve the public and not the political parties or their gangs.
S.A. Hyder, Ph.D.
Jan 09, 2013 03:42pm
Can not agree with your analyses. "Traders of Karachi should be given not only arms and ammunition weapons but should also be allowed to shoot extortionists at sight". This is what the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the USA subscribes to, which in truth is as far from truth as possible. According to the NRA 'Give the good guys guns and ammunition to kill the bad guys with guns and every thing would be fine'. Giving guns to the good guys is not the answer. Taking guns away from every one is the only solution to this problem.
Jan 09, 2013 04:47pm
Karachi's problem, three words. MQM, PPP, ANP Karachi's solution: Try Elect somebody else this time PTI, PML-N (Punjab is not doing that bad).
Jan 09, 2013 06:18pm
ha ha ha ...