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Karachi: The city rated ‘V’ for 18+ violence

November 12, 2012

There seems to be no breather for blood spilt, fire-starters, torture, and bullets exiting gun barrels. The gory effects in this unfortunate real-life motion picture have reached new levels as the number of lives lost daily in Karachi continues to rise.

The total number of those killed in the last 24 hours in the city climbed to 14, DawnNews reported on Monday. Why aren’t these figures being translated into genuine reactions and emotions for the existence of human beings that belong amongst the diminishing community of citizens? Why do these statistics just seem like meaningless numbers to be put on a board in a morgue?

Playing the blame game is clearly not working out for the innocents who are being played out as well as the constant fear and insecurity instilled in the common man. According to a recent report, “The Coordination Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement condemned killings of innocent people belonging to the Sunni and Shia sects and appealed to scholars of both sides not to give up patience. The Karachi chief of the ASWJ, Maulana Aurengzeb Farooqui, said the government had failed in the city. The killings, he said, were part of an international conspiracy. He was talking to reporters after the funeral of an ASWJ worker in Nazimabad. The Majlis Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM) called upon President Asif Ali Zardari and MQM chief Altaf Hussain to immediately remove Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad. The MWM said in a statement that Dr Ibad had contacted the head of the outlawed Sipah-i-Sahaba. “The Governor of Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ibad, conversed with Ahmed Ludhianvi on Saturday night following which many innocent Shia Muslims have been killed in targeted attacks,” the statement said.” Isn’t it high time that the authorities broke down the problem to it’s simplest form and got down to the crux of it to find possible solutions? Why is it that this same crisis that has been repeated time and again stretching over a number of months and in fact years is still lingering like a disease infecting the population of Karachi?

This constant talk of ‘conspiracy’, specially by those in charge of dealing with the problem need to be shunned at all costs as it is just adding fuel to the fire and building even more questions in mind rather than solving the issues at hand. How is it possible that even with the “increase in patrolling and intelligence in sensitive areas of the city” that high-ranking officials assert, there seems to be more of hassles and harassments to innocent men and children during stringent checking of passersby and vehicles while the real danger lurks in the shadows? Enough is enough really, the city needs to stop bleeding before it completely dies out.