KARACHI: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Monday expressed concern over the law and order situation in Karachi and demanded that the safety of citizens of Karachi be ensured.

A spokesperson for the HRCP stated that the law and order situation in Karachi had deteriorated to a dangerous level, as thousands of street crimes had been reported to the police in 2023.

The spokesperson expressed utter shock at the government failure to tackle the escalating crime rate in Karachi. The first quarter of 2024 has followed the same pattern, it said.

While vigilantism and increased brutality in response by citizens is not the answer, the government’s failure to address rising crime levels is shocking, it said and asked the government to address urgently the underlying factors such as economic desperation and unemployment.

Published in Dawn, April 9th, 2024

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