WITH elections on the horizon, the incumbents will no doubt trumpet their achievements, both real and imagined. However, there needs to be a modicum of reality attached to their claims. While Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah told the provincial assembly on Monday that the law and order situation in Karachi was “fragile”, his assertion that the overall crime rate in the metropolis has come down under PPP rule and that the crime graph is also down in Sindh’s rural areas is hard to digest. If anything, lawlessness has been Sindh’s biggest problem over the last five years. Admittedly, terrorism is a nationwide problem, but the provincial administration’s efforts to deal with even routine crime have been lacklustre. At the same time, the MQM criticism of PPP rule, particularly on the law and order front, is strange. After all, the Muttahida just moved to the opposition benches in Sindh last week after spending most of the last five years as the PPP’s coalition partner. Whatever the PPP’s performance has been, the MQM shoulders equal responsibility for it.

The chief minister himself admitted in the house that around 4,000 people had been killed in Karachi during the current government’s tenure. Street crime is so rampant in the metropolis that people don’t even bother reporting it any more. The rest of Sindh is no better, with kidnappings and highway robberies common. In some parts of Sindh people are advised not to use the highways after sunset for fear of criminals. Hence, where law and order is concerned, the current government has failed miserably. We can only hope Sindh’s next administration will do a better job and take the steps necessary to restore order throughout the province.

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Comments (3) Closed

Agha Ata (USA)
Mar 13, 2013 05:21pm
Please don't blame the CM Sind, he is getting his figures from the Interior Minister.
A Subhan
Mar 13, 2013 02:43pm
Poor old man..... called CM of Sindh!!! .... neither is he a real CM of Sindh, nor are his figures about crime, correct. Only those, who are burning in this fire, know about their miseries.
Mar 14, 2013 04:56am
MQM is just criticizing the govt because they want not to loss their votes and as they are sitting on opposition benches because they know if they will be with the PPP led govt so they will loss.