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Lahore in free fall?

Published Aug 26, 2011 08:54am


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Can someone ask the Punjab government that with such a terrible wave of extremism raging there, how many militants has the police nabbed so far? How many have been brought to justice? – AP (File Photo)

His father died for a value system he held dear, and which negated all bigotry and religious extremism. Shahbaz Taseer is now punished for being his father’s son. Are they going to leverage his release with the Taseers being pressured into accepting blood money and let Salmaan Taseer’s killer walk free? Anything is possible in Shahbaz Sharif’s Punjab, with the Sharifs presiding over a cabinet of ministers, some of whom are hand in glove with the banned militant outfits. The Punjab government’s soft-peddling on rising acts of extremist terrorism is little secret. Shahbazpura it is.

The abduction at gunpoint of Shahbaz Taseer from near his Gulberg home in Lahore is a sorry reminder that Pakistan’s second city is no more the safest place to be. This is the second high-profile kidnapping this month after the American development worker, Warren Weinstein, was taken away from his home in Model Town. Now those aren’t the neighbourhoods with a high crime rate, so these are obviously no ordinary crimes. They have all the extremist symbolism attached to them.

And hear this: while Lahore falls apart, the Punjab chief minister tours Sindh to sympathise with the flood victims in Badin and victims of the May 12, 2007 killings in Karachi, offering his sterling advice on how to tackle the law and order situation in this troubled metropolis from the safe environs of a five-star hotel. Why isn’t there a voice in the media saying that this Shahbaz (Sharif) is not up to his job, when there’s a chorus against the failure of the Karachi and Sindh administrations in the same quarters? While Kasur drowns in floodwaters, Mr Sharif feels pain and anguish for the flood-affected of Badin. As Punjab goes under the yoke of Talibanisation, with a series of terrorist attacks and kidnappings rocking the province, the Punjab CM’s heart bleeds for targeted killings in Karachi. Someone please help find the logic.

A terrible wave of extremism grips Punjab, while the police do little besides moral-policing citizens. Can someone ask the Punjab government that with such a terrible wave of extremism raging there, how many militants has the police nabbed so far? How many have been brought to justice? Is there really a figure to be quoted? Nay, the government’s priorities lie elsewhere. The Lahore police chief even thwarted the attempt at nabbing the kidnappers of Warren Weinstein by blowing the whistle at the wrong time. This is precisely why the Americans had to go it alone to kill bin Laden. Our law enforcers are not only inept, they have their strings attached to the fingers of more inept people in the administration.

Because nothing is done in Lahore without the CM being behind it, it is obvious that the cops sniffing people’s breath on the streets of Lahore have such explicit orders. Never mind the firearms that one may be carrying, and which may be used for terrorising the people, staging terrorist attacks on shrines or kidnappings, Lahore law enforcers only ensure that you don’t fly a kite by day or consume alcohol by night. And you are free to kill any number of Ahmadis even as they pray to the same Allah as you do. Can’t always find an Ahmadi? Well, there’s always a Shahbaz Bhatti somewhere in a Christian ghetto or a Salman Taseer who would stand up for him, so you are free to have a go at them instead. Welcome to Lahore, 2011.

The self-righteous cries for saving Karachi from the terror of political parties’ armed wings emanating from Lahore by such eminent people as Imran Khan, Shahbaz Sharif and Aitzaz Ahsan, for instance, are ill-timed, to say the least. Why don’t they do something about fixing Lahore, which for all practical purposes is becoming free-for-all. And all this in the name of Allah, which is a real shame.

The abduction of Warren Weinstein and Shahbaz Taseer are but indications of the severity of the threat posed to Punjab by rising extremism. Will Imran Khan, even if only with his supporters at Lums, stage a dharna at Lahore’s Charing Cross against this evil? Some fat chance, well… in Shahbazpura!

— Murtaza Razvi is a member of the staff at Dawn Newspaper.

Comments (98) Closed

Asad Shairani Aug 26, 2011 02:27pm
As Imran would say, all this is because of drone attacks!
Shaharyar Aug 26, 2011 02:36pm
Extremely well written and to the point.
nasir Aug 26, 2011 02:44pm
Why peoples are comparing lahore incident with karach.
hassan Aug 26, 2011 02:47pm
If d 2 kidnappings in lahore,1 f a liberal fascist n 2nd f an American z a failure then wt wil u call d whole fiasco occuring in other provinces? Surely CM Shahbaz z d best administrator Punjab ever have.
NawazM Aug 26, 2011 02:52pm
Great piece Mr.Razvi. You have raised very pertinent questions that need to be addressed by this callous government in the Punjab.
Sohail Aug 26, 2011 02:53pm
Of course Imran is responsible for all the ills of the country, having never been in power himself. Wow! an article that is supposed to be about the CM of Lahore ends up critical of Imran Khan. He must be doing something right this Khan of ours....
ilyas abasi Aug 26, 2011 03:00pm
As Lahore is the cultural capital of Pakistan & today its image ruined. Police has the authority to raid at Nairing Art Gallery & harras the female exhibitors. Policemen are vigilant to curb the cultural & historic Basant event but they are unable to curb the ills of abduction , rape & theft. Statistics are larger as compare to rest of country.
ahmed Aug 26, 2011 03:06pm
Very well written article... there is clear double standard in the media with regard to reporing for three provinces as compred to Punjab......... Sarfraz shah case decided with months but nothing on salman taseer murder to date.... one can ask the mind set in our judiciary..... why double standards.....
Tupple Aug 26, 2011 03:06pm
Its always nice to have people like these speaking up.But I tell you one thing- majority of Pakistanis are apologetic, if not altogether supportive of such acts. Unless you take firm action against extremists, these things are going to happen.But for getting rid of extremists too, our country will have to pay a Heavy Price.
Nabeel Aug 26, 2011 03:08pm
As much as I appreciate the way you've expressed your sentiments in the blog Murtaza, I fail to understand why you're dragging Imran Khan into this entire fiasco. At the moment, he's nothing but a leader whose wishing / trying for change. Shouldn't your article be more focused on criticizing and questioning those in power? What about the role of our adorable Interior Minister? What about the role of the Punjab Government? And Oh, how could I forget, does all this mess in Lahore concern our dear President, or its not really his concern at the moment? Those in power must be questioned, and pressurized to either take control of things or just STEP DOWN!
Fawad Shah Aug 26, 2011 03:37pm
I am not sure if Imran Khan is to be blamed for current fiasco. Shahbaz Sharif on other hand is the all powerful CM of Punjab and is answerable to all the ills of the province. Having hundreds of security guards for Sharif family he failed to provide proper security to Salman Taseer's son whose life was in danger at the hands of religious extremists since his father's death.
Noman Aug 26, 2011 03:40pm
Extremely irresponsible article... just because some dubious people are kidnapped you think the punjab government is failing. what about the innocent people killed in karachi by their dear leaders. What about the innocent people in other parts of Sindhi who are kept away from basic education by their dear leaders. Similarly in KPK and Baluchistan their government have failed to protect the masses, while in Punjab the major part of society is safe in one way or the other.
Ali Aug 26, 2011 03:40pm
Well-written article but Imran Khan has been dragged into it unnecessarily. Those in power are responsible and should be held accountable.
Munir Khan Aug 26, 2011 03:50pm
Well done for writing a moving plea that CM Sharif should stop playing with the lives of citizens in Punjab/Pakistan.The Sharif's are unfit to rule Pakistan/Punjab, and in particular the younger Sharif who is more intolerant and an extremist in sheep's clothing.Remember it was the Sharif's who when they were last in power wanted the elder Sharif to be crowned "Ameer ul Momineen", just like Mullah Omar!! CM Sharif is a disgrace and should immediately return to Lahore and start doing his job properly or else he should leave and return to the Raiwind Palace from whence he come!!!
Barooq Aug 26, 2011 04:14pm
WOw. two specific kidnappings in Lahore make it worse than Karachi where there is a spree of political motivated killings. Lets even it out. Indiscriminate 100 plus murders make Karachi a peaceful place and 2 kidnappings make Lahore hell. And unlike Karachi police actually tries to do its work in Lahore which you conveniently forget. But then again, what to expect from you.
Xari Aug 26, 2011 04:19pm
Wonderful piece. Very well articulated, and hit the nail right on the head. I'm with you.
Wazir Aug 26, 2011 04:20pm
Weinstein and Taseer's travails are unfortunate. So are the tribulations faced by tribal incinerated by drone attacks. Weinstein and Taseer are well lamented by dozens of English press columnists. The only vocal Pakistani outside FATA/Sarhad to speak for drone victims is Imran Khan. Is it fair to single him out for that?
Saad Aug 26, 2011 04:31pm
There was no call for dragging Imran into this.
Sarfaraz Rafi Aug 26, 2011 04:36pm
The Article is absolutely Rubbish,It shows only anonymity towards Shahbaz sharif,As for my Knowledge He is one of the best CMs of Punjab
kjd Aug 26, 2011 04:43pm
Please leave Imran out of this, everythign else I agree with.
Naveed Aug 26, 2011 05:01pm
I totally agree with the writer. I am really surprised by the fact that our nation still doesn’t realise the daunting task ahead of us. If you point out figure at a problem rather than fixing it they point out another problem, just to save their interests. PML (N)/PPP/MQM and all other parties are just serving their interest. Every time I visit Pakistan unfortunately I find it worse than last time. For God sake realise where are we heading to. Stop patronising things.
farhan Aug 26, 2011 05:30pm
MOST of you guys live in denailistan. Did u know that most banned outfits r headquartered in Punjab? All of u r like cornered birds who close their eyes and in denial of the cat just about to eat them. Just today people attacked Christians who had to flee their homes and guess where that happened....Punjab. now please continue to justify that as an isolated event.
Falcon Aug 26, 2011 05:32pm
Very well timed article. It is unfortunate what happened to Mr. Warren Weinstein and Mr. Shahbaz Taseer. The article though correct to point out inefficiencies of Mr. Shahbaz Sharif is unfair in its assessment towards him on the issue of visiting Karachi / Sindh victims. Same applies to the article's position on Mr. Imran Khan. As far as I remember, Mr. Imran Khan never condoned murder of Mr. Salman Taseer or similar extremist acts.
raika45 Aug 26, 2011 05:41pm
Eid is only a couple of days away.In my small town in malaysia muslims working outstation are coming to their parents and their home town.We are seeing trafic jams with the amount of cars coming here.We are a multiracial society with chinese,indians,sikhs {in malaysia sikhs are not called indians]There is a carnival atmosphere.Take a look at your nation.How many families throughout pakistan especially in karachi,baluchistan and punjab are going to celebrate this joyous occason or are they going to grief.WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU PAKISTAN?
Ziyad Khan Aug 26, 2011 05:46pm
One of the most useless collection of words I have had the misfortune of reading!
Ahmad Aug 26, 2011 06:02pm
I agree wiv writer, i felt terrible as i read the news of Taseer's son. i think we should raise voice against the biased media in pakistan.
HMJ Aug 26, 2011 06:02pm
"As Punjab goes under the yoke of Talibanisation, with a series of terrorist attacks and kidnappings rocking the province, the Punjab CM’s heart bleeds for targeted killings in Karachi." Why does this have the age old tint of what happens in one city is more important than the other, when both are facing terror? But yes, there are ills all over that need to be dealt with but who will hold these politicians accountable? The media? The citizens? No one who can will. Everyone just wants their bread buttered.
Fassih Aug 26, 2011 06:13pm
I think this a biased peace of writing displayed by the writer. Two incidents of kidnapping have made punjab worse than karachi and all of a sudden Shahbaz Sharif becomes the most hatred person. This is truly unfair. Both of these incidents are sad and punjab government should immediately look into the cases to speed up the recovery.However, lamenting Shabaz sharif is extremely uncalled for. As a neutral observer i see his government has delivered more than any other provincial government. How mnany times have we seen Sindh , Baluchistan and KPK CMs introducing schemes for public welfare, taking pain in minor administrative issues, surprise checking of hospitals and so on. Only a neutral observer can understand the performance of punjab government
Sabir Aug 26, 2011 06:17pm
This is nothing but jealousy against a person who is best among these entire incompetent and selfish government people in the center and other provinces. He has no support from the center but still doing very good job. He is truly patriotic and hardworking person who will change our destiny and I see a bright and prosperous Pakistan in near future.
Qamar Aug 26, 2011 06:24pm
Many are kidnapped in Pakistan without being reported in the headlines. Shahbaz's abduction, though sad, is just one of many such abductions. Why this incident is in the headlines? Is he more valueable than many others? I don't think so. The lawlessness unleashed by ruling parties (in center and in all provinces) has to hit home some day.
Umair Aug 26, 2011 06:27pm
I agree with the writer about the incompetency of our rulers
ameen Aug 26, 2011 06:31pm
what a rubbish article. Why don't you talk about the terrorists destroying karachi.
Gul Nisar Aug 26, 2011 06:34pm
It is irresponsible for us to sit here and play the blame game. One government to the next...we keep slinging mud. Yes, of course all politicians unfortunately in our country are inept. However, there are other causes for these incidents - causes that are much deeper than the current government in power. Disparity, hunger, lack of opportunity, and the plague of being born on the wrong tracks is the problem. These are not issues that any one ruling government can tackle by itself. During unfortunate times like these, it is irresponsible to "keechar uchalo". We should all come together and sincerely think of ways to ease the tensions and try to erase the ever widening gap between the have and the have-nots.
Syed Aug 26, 2011 06:38pm
Simple - self interest is more closely followed and with corrupt thinking than fairness, honesty, dignity and Sincerity. Bring in these elements and one can see the existing/previous govt. do not fit in. A change towards the progression of Pakistan with the dedidation to serve and protect the country's interest and its people being top prority is what needed here.
Pakistani Aug 26, 2011 07:53pm
The article addresses the issue of extremism in Punjab and that is fair. Also it is fair to question Mr. Sharif for about the failing law and order situation in the province. But how can the author of this article drag Imran Khan into this? What is his fault? I will tell you what his faults are.. He speaks against the killing of our tribal people, he builts charity hospitals and educational institutions and shows great pride in being a Pakistani. Those are surely great sins and he ought to be critisized even when he does not even hold a seat in the parliment.
Zeeshan Aug 26, 2011 07:55pm
While it is regrettable that the young Taseer has been abducted I believe Shahbaz Sharif is the best thing that has ever happened to Punjab, Please lets not compare Karachi with Lahore, it is because of this ethnic mindset that we have Karachi of today. Musharaf destroyed PML (N) in Sindh to support that very mindset. Sharifs going to other parts of the country ( e.g. Karachi) only help save Pakistan from internal Divisions. Love to see Imran Khan coming forward but does he have a team? or is it a one man show?
Bilal Aug 26, 2011 08:30pm
I agree with the author, and it is painful for me to see CM Punjab not doing enough against religious extremism and still going to other parts of the country and commenting on law and order situation there. It is most unfortunate that Punjab government is least concerned with a monster problem of religious extremism. I am afraid that Punjab is more vulnerable to terrorism than any other part of Pakistan because of ignorance that Punjab government is showing towards religious extremism.
kadar khan Aug 26, 2011 08:41pm
Exactly, why media is not saying anything about bad governance in Punjab. Who will come to fix it if the leadership is that incompetent.
Tayyab Aug 26, 2011 09:25pm
Disappointing article...I think same message could have been conveyed without giving the whole law and order situation, a Provincial tone. During these testing times, one needs to paint more responsible picture of our society, especially journalists. I agree though that we are in state of denial as a nation looking for excuses elsewhere rather than putting our house in order. Hopefully, we can learn our lesson in time....
Muazzam Siddiqui Aug 26, 2011 09:48pm
Wow... what can I say here. This article is ridiculous. This article is based on the personal bias of the writer and he is trying to compare apples with oranges. I am in no way a supporter of the current politicians of the country but even I find this article in very poor taste. Writers like these can have a bright future in Fox News in US.
shiraz Aug 26, 2011 09:51pm
Please remember, he's not the only one who was kidnapped in the last 24 hours, why is he being highlighted so much? Because he's ex-governor's son? Rich?, Famous? have contacts? To me, it's just another case of kidnapping of a Pakistani citizen! He should be search and recovered just like our Police does for other citizens.
Tanzil Gillani Aug 26, 2011 09:52pm
Well, not at all agreed with the writer, seems to be an emotional out burst of a taseer fan or supporter, off course we all want him to be safely recovered and hopefully he would be. if that's the way the superiors in charge have to be blamed over high value kidnapping, how about the hundreds who have been killed in Karachi,no one is responsible for that ? no one to be questioned? no resignations to be demanded ? well, i hope taseer is safe and safely recovered.
ANA Aug 26, 2011 10:30pm
No doubt what happened in Lahore is sad and shameful for Punjab Govt but how can the killings in Karachi can be compared to Lahore high profile two abductions? A very unfair comparison. I blame Punjab Govt for this no doubt but that's it. What is happening in Karachi is total anarchy and the less said, the better.
Azim Tirmizi Aug 26, 2011 10:32pm
Let's stop politics, I see extreme polorization in the article and reader comments. Please save Pakistan first, all countries are rising their bars to higher standards and we are on a nose dive. If we are any sincere to our nation, we all need to come out and send all rulers behind bars and make condition for next twenty years no one can have a second term or job extension and then we might merge as a new nation.
Ali Ayub Aug 26, 2011 11:18pm
the Army needs to assume control in this country; provincial and fed government have FAILED if the khakis come to Islamabad, I will be first in line to salute them this government is a FAILURE at EVERYTHING. Nobody likes them
Kamran Shah Aug 26, 2011 11:22pm
Imran Khan has been rightfully dragged into this article due to his conspicuous silence on all such matters, be it these kidnappings, or Taliban attacks (he has never once condemned these). All Imran Khan goes on about is drone attacks and blaming the outside world for our ills. Why does he not speak up on such issues too? He is exactly what's wrong with this country, with its refusal to acknowledge its own failings and to constantly point the finger at others.
Muhammad Iqbal Aug 26, 2011 11:25pm
Only two instances of kidnapping and this rubbish comment. Please compare other C.M's with Punjab's.
tahir mahmood Aug 26, 2011 11:29pm
this is a totally myopic view expressed in this article.i am very dissappointed that an article has to play this game of this city against the other city.i also feel this writer is from karachi.the undertones of this article have nothing to do with violence,because the law and order situation in the whole of pakistan is ridiculous and more so in karachi than anywhere else. the writer should be ashamed of himself.sorry to say
Asim Aug 26, 2011 11:57pm
What exactly is the point of this article...That Lahore is worst than Karachi...May Be author needs to read more. May be his point is that Shahbaz shouldn't have gone to Sindh...but why not I am not a fan of Shahbaz government but this article has no merit. And Imran Khan is evil man because he is not gonna do a dharna for this...please get a life and write something based on facts.
Razzaq Aug 27, 2011 12:11am
An excellent and heart warming writing on a very sensitive but equally burning issue.Can any one please tell me that why the killer of Salman Taasir is not punished yet inspite of confessing of crime,once on the spot of crime and than in court of law?
state ali Aug 27, 2011 12:55am
i salute ur courage. nobody in this country is having gutts to speak the right. u have rightly said that punjab govt has failed miserably. this is the last govt they were having good bye sharif's family. they are backing terrorists in Pakistan and they ll see its consequences in comming 2013 election inshallah
Hassan Amin Aug 27, 2011 01:05am
Why is Imran dragged into this? Is he in power? Has he ever been in power? This is absolutely absurd
Taimoor Aug 27, 2011 02:07am
Are you one of those "Karachi is better than Lahore" folks. 2 kidnappings and the city has become utter hell to live in. Is it me or do the writers at dawn so insecure about being from Karachi. Why don't you join Nadeem paracha reminisce about Karachi's good old days.
Saad Bajwa Aug 27, 2011 02:12am
As an avid Dawn reader I expected better. Being a staunch Left voter, I always crave for some Rightwing bashing but here it doesn't make any sense at all. Why? Because Dawn and most of its contributors like Murtaza Rizvi of NFP write superb pieces on the ills that the Rightwing has given this country but when it comes to the Left, they are silent. I was waiting for two weeks for a stinging attack on PPP, ANP and MQM from these gentlemen over Karachi issue but it didn't come. All I know is that PML-N is most responsible for the fire in Punjab so it deserves this ire but when PPP,ANP and MQM are responsible for something then we don't see anything (yes anything) that even remotely points a bad finger at them.
Afnan Ahmed Aug 27, 2011 02:17am
Biased to the core, this article!
AB Aug 27, 2011 02:34am
A piece full of mindless sarcasm right from its title onwards. "Lahore in free fall"...seriously. If Lahore is in free fall because of two kidnappings, then Karachi is beyond doomsday already, cuz uncountable kindnappings, tortures, extortions & murders take place there each day. Let me make a better comparison for you. Death toll in Syrian Revolution so far=2,200 (UN figure), Death toll in Karachi=3,000 above. Surely things are far from ideal in Punjab, but a journalist with such a reputed newspaper should atleast be qualified enough to make a sensible comparison. A very feeble attempt to divert attention from civil-war like situation in Karachi for whatever ulterior motives.
shafi Aug 27, 2011 02:40am
Divided nation, divided politicians, divided Ummah, divided country and divided citizens is the essence of the article and the writer. Terrorist acts whether they occur in North, South, East or West are terrorist acts and they should be condemned by the 'normal' people but there are no 'normal' people left in Pakistan. Pakistanis boast about their divisions not about their cohesion. Can anyone unite, Punjabis, Sindhis, Blochis and Pakhtoons and turn them into Pakistanis first? No one can!
Zain Aug 27, 2011 03:14am
Why to discuss Lahore only, why not Karachi and other cities and how about the performace of Qaim and others. Having more pathtic services
Ejaz Aug 27, 2011 04:16am
Well, I agree that recent incidents in Lahore are indeed worrying however I totally refute this blatant personal and biased attack on a relatively best CM (not ideal though) of Pakistan. Look at the other three naive and sleeping CMs esp Sindh and Balochistan. While there's no comparison of crimes ratio between two cities, please concentrate on cleaning up the mess in Karachi first.
Tariq K Sami Aug 27, 2011 04:30am
Why drag Imran Khan in this mess that is Shahbazpura. Actually I fear for his life. After losing Benazir the nation cannot afford to lose Imran. Through your letters and postings I would like to put pressure on the local goverment to protect a national asset.
Ehson Aug 27, 2011 06:18am
Anyone who tries to portray Lahore's law and order situation as falling apart needs to have their head examined. If you really want to see a city falling apart, please visit Karachi, where people get killed like mosquitoes every day and where the politicians are complicit in killings and extortion. I would like to ask the author, how many targeted killings happen in Lahore each day? Or hate-crimes against minorities?
Ali Aug 27, 2011 06:22am
One of the worst article i have read in my entire life. You are comparing Lahore's 2-3 kidnappings with mass murders that has happened in Karachi, 340 killed in July and then 100+ last month. Then, you bring in Imran Khan in the middle.. I'm sorry mr writer, but your credibility with this article is a complete FAIL!
Bilal Burki Aug 27, 2011 07:49am
I agree
Haroon Ahmed Khan Aug 27, 2011 09:42am
This article may be well written (which I suppose isn't a big deal coming from a staff member of Dawn) but ill-placed and clearly biased. How can any rational mind compare the current situation in Karachi where 15-20 odd people are being blatantly kidnapped, tortured and killed on a DAILY basis to two kidnappings in Lahore? Just because the two were relatively high profile doesn't equate it to the situation in Karachi. Just because the 100s of people losing their lives in Karachi are not Americans or high-end liberals doesn't make the loss of their lives any less. The author of this article should get his facts straight.
Shehzad Saeed Aug 27, 2011 10:03am
Well Mr. Rizvi my sympathies are with the people of Pakistan irrespective of the fact whether they are from Karachi, Lahore or any other city around, but i found your article a totally biased opinion which does not truly depicts the point of concern which is the "Safety, Security and Sovereignty" of all the people which are native's to this country.
Mustafa Hussain Aug 27, 2011 10:32am
Are the provincial governments in Peshawar or Quetta doing better, or people in these cities feel more safe and secured than in Lahore or Karachi? Governance in the whole country, I am afraid, appears to be in a grip of mismanagement in almost all the vital institutions of the state.
naseem Aug 27, 2011 11:24am
Why so much an uproar on a couple of kidnappings in Lahore or is it that we have given up on the kidnappings and murder in Karachi. I have not seen such an article against the CM of Sindh. Don't worry in the near future after the breakup of Punjab in small provinces, the other provinces will have nowhere to hide and gripe about Punjab. They will have to atlast own up to their problems.
PM Aug 27, 2011 12:05pm
Why are you dragging Imran into it? Don't we all know who is responsible for killings in Karachi? Do you or the local media have courage to just even name them?
zia Aug 27, 2011 12:10pm
I generally agree with the writter, because I think media and Judiciary is favouring them. However, there is no comparison between Lahore and Karachi as regrds to law and order situation is concerned. Definitely, Karachi is in a terrible shape. It seems that writter has some personnel grudge with Punjab and Sharifs(I don't mind having with Sharifs).
Rasheed Khan Aug 27, 2011 12:29pm
You are perfectly correct mr. writer. The Punjab govt is patronizing the banned outfits like LeJ, SSP etc. The media is biased. I don't understand why media is not highlighting the bad governance of Sehbaz Sharif.
Umar Aftab Aug 27, 2011 12:54pm
I think the writer has probably not visited or lived in Punjab in his life. Murtaza's words stink of hatred. I am no supporter of Shahbaz. But what is wrong if he goes to Sindh or Balochistan to offer his condolences for natural or man made disasters. I am disappointed that a respected newspaper like Dawn is publishing such material where accusations of complicity with terror groups are made on a major political party without any proof or even an example. We are thankful to Allah that people can go out with their mobile phones and drive around in cars they can afford in almost all of Punjab, without fearing to be held at gun point. I am not saying that Shahbaz Sharif should be given credit for this but Alhumdolilla things are better than other parts of the country. Things need to improve in Punjab and I hope that the situation in other provinces also improves. Lastly referring to the great province of Punjab as Shahbazpura is completely tasteless.
Faraz Fayyaz Aug 27, 2011 01:12pm
I think we should see in a broader spectrum as why this happened? People responsible should be punished properly in our country people are getting training for this and no one is stopping so even we all should think when our turn is coming some one at top has to think seriously to stop all this we should discourage to support all those people who are using religion to protect their wrong doings.
Umar Aftab Aug 27, 2011 01:22pm
It is very unfortunate and disturbing that Weinstein and Taseer got kidnapped. Instances like this bring disrepute to the country. One other fact though must also be seen by everyone. Both made not the wisest decisions to be in the places that they were in. Tasser didnt take his security guards, that were provided to him by the Punjab government with him. I would say that he acted very irresponsibly almost childishly. Mr Weinsten regardless of his motives for living in Lahore, what were you thinking? At this point of time in Pakistan I would never advise a foreign national to visit Pakistan and if someone really has to they should stay in the confines of a secure area in Islamabad. Several of my non-Pakistani friends asked me that they wanted to visit the country, especially the northern areas and I have been advising them not to even think about such a venture. When the whole country is in a grip of terror and the Army is trying fight these groups, it seems a bit unfair to blame Mr Sharif for everything. The author probably needs to see the improvement in infrastructure in Punjab that can only be credited to Shahbaz. Even MQM supporter and member Musharraf recognized Shahbaz's administrative abilities and offered him Prime Minister-ship at a point of time.
Zainab Aug 27, 2011 01:29pm
I agree with the writer, he precisely clicked the point about where the Punjab govt. should be paying heed. But then again we can't undermine Karachi's situation which is more grimmer than anywhere else in the country. Anyways the issue at hand of Shehbaz Taseer's kidnapping is something which indicates that religious extremism has reached to its full peak in Punjab and govt.of Punjab is trying as much as it can to ignore its fatality.
mehmoona Aug 27, 2011 01:52pm
the chief minister of punjab can very well protect himself and his family yet time and again he is failing to protect the people in his province...thus he is either incapable or either case he is liability for the province and the people of pakistan
AMS Aug 27, 2011 01:53pm
Extremely Irresponsible article. Murtaza needs to learn and compare the law and order situation not only in Lahore bu Whole Punjab as compared to other provinces and development.
Ahmed Aug 27, 2011 01:54pm
As long people of Pakistan elect their rulers form uneducated, corrupt and heartless type, there will be no peace, no progress. Search your own soul what you have done for Pakistan.
chaudhry Aug 27, 2011 02:00pm
Punjab is too big and these are issues of governance. Best way to improve administration in Pujnab is to divide it. Please give Sraikis a chance. Shabaz even can not recall the names of some of districts of his province.
Riz Aug 27, 2011 02:48pm
Strated like a good article, but ended like just another Imran Khan bashing rhetoric. I don't know what IK has to do with the situation in Khi and Lhr; he is not part of government. However, i agree that punjab govt is as incompitent as Sindh and obviously crumbling in fron of this wave of terror.
yousaf Aug 27, 2011 03:47pm
Writer, your article is totaly biased with and i am disagree with your point of view. We should appreciate Punjab CM's efforts towards development in punjab rather than unjustify criticise on his performance. The incident like Shahbaz Taseer should not be taken place every where in pakistan.i totaly condemd this.
umar daud Aug 27, 2011 04:44pm
I symphatize with the family of Shahbaz Taseer, but the writer seems to be comparing apples with oranges. As a Lahori, I would not like even a single kdnapping or murder in Lahore, or any city of Pakistan. I pray for Shahbaz's safe recovery. But comparing the situation in lahore to that of Karachi is absolutely wrong. It shows the writer's bias to a particular political ideology rather than any love for Karachi. The constant history of daily murders and kidnapping in Karachi going on for the last few decades are a tragedy no sane Pakistani, Karachiite or other,should minimize. Dawn has a history of bashing right-leaning politicians from Up North, although it seems to to ignore corruption and incompetency of left leaning, pseudo liberal politicians and gernerals, especially Pervez Musharraf.
Agha Waqar Aug 27, 2011 05:02pm
Totally irresponsible article. The problem is the mentality. 2 people kidnapped have made the Punjab government irresponsible because the people in topic are the BIG & RICH of Pakistan. What about hundreds of people daily kidnapped in Baluchistan, What about hundreds of innocent children not able to go to school and what about millions of people of Karachi not able to even sleep in their homes. Very very biased approach by the writer. Note to writer: why you are dividing this nation which is already in so many pieces. Be mature and grow up.
Laeeq Aug 27, 2011 05:31pm
Over 5000 dead in KARACHI during last 3 years alone and we are talking about LAHORE. Seems like agenda by karachi parties to take the heat off themselves.
AB Aug 27, 2011 05:43pm
The article is a complete waste of time. It doesn't really matter if anything happens in Karachi, Lahore, etc. - its all Pakistan. There is no denying that the situation all across is Pakistan is pretty bad but lets not single out cities and provinces!
Ghani Khan Niazi Aug 27, 2011 06:06pm
Typical blog, spitting in the wind. Criticism of Sharifs might be right up to a point but why even mention Imran & Aitzaz in the same breath. Is this dharna only the domain of Imran ? Why doesn't liberals, secular chattering class stage a dharna in front of Bilawal House,Karachi to protest unabated killings?
Muhammad Nauman Aug 27, 2011 06:38pm
Mr. Murtaza... I am surprised to see that being a journalist you have decided so quickly that the unfortunate abduction is being done by the same u have any evidence supporting the same? If yes, please coordinate with the law enforcement authorities and give us the story with full facts rather than shots in air.. Please we need unbiased journalists...people like you are our talent ...and I pray and request you to be responsible and professional.
Murtaza Kashif Aug 27, 2011 07:10pm
Shahbaz Sharif is efficient enough to employ official infrastructure for building up his real estate in Murree and Lahore, but cannot control the law and order situation in his capital city, let alone the whole province. He has ruined state institutions, which were performing well previously including the police, IT department, Bank of Punjab,C&W just to name a few.
nyrah Aug 27, 2011 09:35pm
absolute rubbish is what this article is the CM has done alot for Punjab, it's better then khi's gov. where the blame game is all they care for ;if you think CM is callous in leaving his own province to see to flood VICTIMS ,and help them out wow !`what an atrocious thing to do he should be hanged ,as for taseer family that's is just unfortunate ,so dude really, ! this was a very dumb article ,i don't see the point of dragging imran khan into this =s and also why is it CM's fault that shahbaz taseer choose to take his friend along instead of a guard !=s
kookla Aug 27, 2011 09:57pm
Very well written article.
awais Aug 27, 2011 11:25pm
MR.C.m punjab is losing its popularity in current regiem as he known to be good worker in previous one.It seems to me that in any condition MR.C.M and his party mens want to be remain in power either being a friendly opposition or being a silent spectators. MR.C.M needs to come out of the utopia world of being having a majority like in 1997 and should find out the solution of these abductions on priority basis
Salman Aug 27, 2011 11:28pm
Tottaly rubbish, strongly condemn this articel. Its seems like that author has no clue about Pakistan.
Dr. Ali Mahmud Aug 28, 2011 12:51am
The author talks about logic in one paragraph and than drags Imran Khan into the discussion...Beats me!!...But one thing becomes very clear that for the majority of Print and Electronic media, a corrupt and immoral goverment is the best option since they can earn millions by taking sides and blackmailing a selected few whom they corner because of what they do...that is why an organized campaign has been initiated to drag Imran out of nowhere into the mud...
Arsalan Aug 28, 2011 02:43am
The article's logic was flowing quite clearly until you decided to drag Imran Khan into it. That was quite a stunt, and an extremely poor piece of writing. He is the one person actually defining the problems faced by the country, and rallying people to do something about them. Yet that is something you cannot see, and perhaps never will. Safe confines of LUMS? I am willing to bet that the only thing you will do is pen another article from the safe confines of your study too.
Hindi Aug 28, 2011 03:15am
So am I,Xari.Brilliant article.The Punjab Govt. is either scared of the Islamic fanatics or are too useless to turn the screw on the terrorists in Punjab. Either way Punjab will go down the plug hole. Overall it's bad news for Pakistan.
Faz Aug 28, 2011 05:34am
Good article. What's happening in Lahore is bad but cannot take away the agony of what has been suffered by people in Karachi.. Like gun battle everyday with bodies found in streets everyday. Shameful. Not sure how long our politicians will continue without being ashamed of their acts. People in charge have failed to control the situation and should resign for being incompetent.. Time for Mr. President to wake up!!
Dr. Akram Aug 28, 2011 08:40am
Pakistan has become victim of our politicians after many years plundering by our "brave Generals". We are witing for mesiha but no where to be found.
Yusuf Aug 29, 2011 06:49am
I am surprised why the journalists like your don't write about the governance of Qaim Ali Shah in Sindh when there is daily multiple killings in Karachi.....It is strange!
tringle Sep 01, 2011 10:12am
IK had a strong militant presence at his Dharnas and speeches and they were openly waving their flags and the founder of his party is also the founder of some of our issues today