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


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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.

Comments (11) Closed

samar Nov 13, 2012 03:14pm
Yes we kill each other and free world gets free hand to kill us.
Shan Rizvi Nov 14, 2012 08:36am
The people are the problem. Sipah-e-Sahaba exists because there are enough people who support it, both verbally and financially. Political parties just reflect the people themselves.
az Nov 13, 2012 02:15pm
az i think all these political parties in karachi are playing...noora khushti. They are playing for their own political aims and...if thats true we do not deserve democracy.We only need a person who can put all these politicians behind the bar and i can assure you ..karachi will be at its best.In current senario in Karachi if you ask any person..they wont mind ..even..if this person is an army dictator.
S. A. M. Nov 13, 2012 06:17pm
Dear Adnan, The political parties have been tried numerous times. It is very obvious that either they are unable to control the miscreants from bringing the present chaos in Karachi or they are not willing to curb these activities. Whatever the case may be there can be no valid reason for their failure in maintaining peace and harmony in the metropolis. If they cannot ensure this necessity (which is at the threshold) what incremental privileges can you expect from them. Due to the prevalent terrorism the most basic need of security it seems has become the ceiling to measure a party's success or failure which indeed is very sad.
adnan Nov 13, 2012 02:09pm
Vote for the right people in next election. Otherwise the whole Karachi will become no go area. Parties with criminal records always blackmail each other and the person of Karachi suffers. Its very said community like Bhori is targeted who are the most peaceful peoples in Karachi. When I was young I witness that in our area if you are not supporting the leading parties your life will hell. When you reach to polling booth you find out that your vote is already registered and funny part was you see small kids aged 10 14 register their votes in ghost polling stations. I don
S. A. M. Nov 13, 2012 01:51pm
I am convinced that no political party is interested in resolving the lawlessness in Karachi. Things can get better (hopefully) if heavy contingents of army deployed in the city. The democratic government has totally failed and it seems senseless that after holding the office for several years there is consistent deterioration in the law & order situation in Karachi. No we do not want to fool ourselves that the present govt will NOW ACT FINALLY. Things were far better in the times of so called dictator Musharraf. I would hope that military takes over. This is the wish of a common man.
faz Nov 13, 2012 12:40pm
Our souls are dead simple is that every single day we see hear dozens of death but nothing happens its keep going on for decades , blame game does not stop as matter of fact it is use for political gains we are calling for Allah warth surely we have to shun our political ,ethnic,religious difference to solve this unfortunate situation before we get to point of no return.
Aamir Nov 12, 2012 08:00pm
Not only in Pakistan...its cheap in the so called Muslim World
Agha Ata (USA) Nov 12, 2012 06:23pm
No. It is not cheap; it is free. :(
Tanvir Nov 12, 2012 03:48pm
Again and again, it has been proven that politician cannot maintain peace in Karachi. Only the military can bring peace to Karachi. Impose Marshall Law and throw all party leaders out of the city. Life is too precious to give for the sake of some dubious democarcy for some time.
Seeker Nov 12, 2012 02:45pm
Life is Cheap in Pakistan.