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Rich and poor divide


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IT is being reported in the media that in Pakistan, specifically in Karachi, wealthy people are getting their cars bullet-proof and bomb-proof. The rich are buying a higher ‘probability of safety’ by getting their cars armoured. The people cannot afford a car let alone travel in an armoured vehicle.

The privileged people, in addition to having private armoured vehicles, can afford private guards, houses with thicker and higher concrete walls with pointed steel bars and electronic security systems.

The affluent mostly live in the DHA, Naval Housing Schemes, Askari Apartments, Malir Cantonment, etc. This is like ‘private green zones’ in the making. A situation where the rich will have their private secluded green zones and the masses will be alienated even further.

The police can be seen stopping vehicles for checking in Karachi. Unfortunately, either motorcycles or smaller cars are stopped while the elite drives by ‘undisturbed’ in their expensive cars and tinted SUVs with open display of weapons under the gaze of the same policemen.

The poor suffer owing to lack of water, electricity, lack of educational facilities for their children due to being profiled by law-enforcement agencies and now they might also feel relatively insecure owing to the formation of private green zones.

They also have children and feelings, and the need for security. They will definitely ask themselves the question: how can we secure our family? But in Pakistan having a sense of security is being reserved for the rich only nowadays or so it seems.

The solution to the security problem does not lie in building more isolated communities or by having more armoured vehicles. Rather, it can be solved by massive police reforms, strengthening of institutions like the CPLC, promotion of education at all social levels, propagation of the concepts of tolerance and patience.

Last but not least, by having the will to oppose oppressors and support the oppressed. If Pakistani society decays like this, then in the not-so-distant future we might have a situation where the rich may build private islands or walled townships while the poor will be at the mercy of terrorists and law-enforcement agencies. It will be like the Hollywood film In Time which shows that in the future the rich live longer as they can buy more time to live, while the poor just prepare for death as life becomes an expensive commodity.


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kamran Sep 08, 2013 05:34pm

this is creating more tension and widening gap among people,when a person/people see that some one is enjoying life by every mean it create hatred basically there is no equal wealth distribution ,affluent people with their political,social and financial source they are getting all the perks of life(although there are somewho help less privelage)but overall it's not good for society as a whole and I think this is also one of the reason specially in Karachi where we have unrest as there are no jobs,water,gas and other basic amenities where as in same city people have got every thing although some must have hard earned but most of them(sorry)getting rich overnight by anymean even bending tax rules or correct word should be white collar crime so other people resort to violent crime to make their end meet.

khanm Sep 08, 2013 06:41pm

@kamran: poverty is becoming a stigma in our country... it is sad but it is true...

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Sep 09, 2013 04:18am

At the end of their respective mandates if the National and Provincial assemblies of Pakistan and the Federal and Provincial governments, at least will have achieved the target of two square meals for the Pakistani masses they would have accomplished nothing less than a miracle!