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Ending violence in Karachi

Published Nov 19, 2012 12:12am


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THE basic purpose of a state is to provide security to its subjects.

Explaining the origin of a state, the social contract theory contends that the individuals have surrendered their liberties to the state on the condition that the state, in return, will provide them the security of life.

Likewise, provision of the security to its subjects is the only function of police state – a state which is considered the worst form among all kinds of state entities.

So, provision of the security of life to its citizen is the fundamental duty of any state, failing this, state loses the raison d’etre as the foundation of its very edifice is severely crumbled.

If a state does not have a right to exist, then what justification a government may have to stay in power. The way some rogue and criminal elements are playing havoc with the lives of innocent people in Karachi is simply unparalleled in the world at present.

Targeted killings, torture, extortion and kidnapping have become the order of the day in Karachi. The way Karachiites are being killed cannot be witnessed in any other city.

It is an open secret now that all the so-called political stakeholders in the city have been either equal participator or silent spectator over these ruthless killings.

All the previous slogans of across-the-board operation have gone by the board. Instead of operation, they have just rapped the bandages over the wounds of this ‘poor patient’ with an aim of hiding rather than healing it.

At this point of time, the task of keeping peace and stopping these killings is beyond the control of police and paramilitary forces.

As the Karachi police have become both, politicised and demoralised, therefore, they alone cannot establish the complete writ of the state.

So, it has become mandatory that the state should act now using its full security apparatus, including the army.



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Comments (11) Closed

Observer Nov 19, 2012 06:52am
Unfortunately Pakistan does not know what is peace or they love violence.Where every day their is bomb explosions,killing etc.
syed Nov 19, 2012 05:59pm
For all their faults and limitations Police and Rangers still do their job on several instances. And that performance will improve further if at least some of the terrorists they arrested get the due punishment from the courts. Courts have completely failed interms of providing justice for the security of common man.
Mrs MAHDI Nov 19, 2012 03:04pm
I 100% agree with the writer- Army is the only solution at this stage.
Razzaq Nov 19, 2012 06:12pm
Provided army is unbiased and sincere in their duties.Past history shows opposite of these requirement.
Shah Nov 19, 2012 08:22am
Karachi is every on first page of Pakistani newspapers for bomb blasts.
Poor Pakistani Nov 19, 2012 02:58pm
But the question is who will bell the cat?
Muhammad Huzaif Nov 19, 2012 11:12am
The police and rangers is completely politicised and can never operate impartially. Army is the only independent force that can wipe out these vicious criminals. But the fear of the army amongst the ruling parties of loss of control is tempting these forces to try alternative measures till the culmination of their term.
Pakistan Nov 19, 2012 06:56am
When you compare citizens of Pakistan with US We find our citizens are inhumane,violent,uneducated,unclean etc
IndianShia Nov 19, 2012 06:53am
As an Indian I have no hope left for Pakistan,the situation in Pakistan is going from bad to worse from day to day.The situation is deteriorating.
Seeker Nov 19, 2012 06:59am
The violent situation in Pakistan has gone out of control.I bet no one can control
Gerry D'Cunha Nov 19, 2012 09:31am
for God sake, if you want peace and harmony in karachi - you need to sack 90% of the police force who are involved in criminal activities in karachi - recruit honest people in police force giving them good encentives.