The article was published in Dunya News Blog on 18/07/2012. (Courtesy Dunya News Blog) – http://blogs.dunyanews.tv/?p=4844
Just now I came across the news, A United Nations (UN) Doctor was attacked near Sohrab Goth, Karachi. No casualty was reported. Dr. Foston himself received minor injuries. The incident gives a glimpse how the city is engulfed in unrest & terrorism and has been made hostage by some miscreants. An obvious question, people have in minds when a Doctor of the United Nations & our own security agencies are not safe, how would they ensure the people’s security in the city?
Karachi, being the economic hub & the biggest metropolis of Pakistan always attracted the people around from the country for different purposes. Some are willing to carry on their studies in the Universities & Colleges while some wishes to excel their career in the city. Investors from around the country & abroad considered Karachi the best place to invest funds at. The poor friendly city always welcomed & embraced everyone. Needless to say, in turn the same people from different walk of life, belonging to the different areas contributed their share in the development & ecstasy of the city.
Karachi has seen three phases of its development. In the first phase it was developed by the British Empire from a small village to a port town. The population of the city grew from some hundreds to almost 100,000 in that period. In the second phase the immigrants, normally known as Muhajir, who migrated from Muslim Minority Provinces after partition of sub-continent, developed it, in this period the city experienced a boom in infrastructure, economy, industry, education, culture, population & all other sectors. The third phase wherein the city became the biggest metropolis & the centre of all economic activities & people from other parts of the country started taking part in its development. Their collective collaboration made this city world known, developed & dream of everyone to be lived in or work at.
Apart from the positives, there are always some dark sides too. Karachi while embracing the new comers also proved to be safe heaven for a number of goons & miscreants who contributed their share also, but to develop the underground economy instead. The same miscreants developed arms & ammunition markets, drugs markets, black markets & finally the same miscreants getting stronger by the time turned to be organized mafias. Extending their underground economy, they started land grabbing, armed robberies, kidnapping for ransom, even target killing for a few rupees or funding terrorists of banned outfits became their normal course of life.
Even some groups established state within the state. The law enforcement agencies seemed to be helpless & found looking for their own safety. The abduction & killing after torture became a routine & the worst part, it turned to be an “Ethnic Civil War” where people of different ethnic origin started to be abducted & killed tortured, specially the same Muhajir people who had already sacrificed for the creation of the country & contributed the most for its development. Evidence is there that the whole bloodshed was initiated, sponsored & directed by some high officials of the Govt. itself. History was repeating itself. In the past some officials from the then Govt. also staged such genocide, either to exercise or grab more power or to change the “Political & Demographic Order” of the city to extract benefits. The incidents of last 4 years appeared to be the sequel of the sam! e state owned terrorism.
For law enforcement agencies, to change the “Political & Demographic Order” proved more important then to maintain the “Law & Order”. Surprisingly, the law enforcement agencies acted as silent spectators in whole episode. Perhaps the matter was bigger then the “law & order” only. As the subsequent incidents revealed the real issue “Political & Demographic Order”, it was also revealed that the law enforcers were not allowed to interfere & kept away from the scene.
The mafias active in the city are abducting common people by identifying them as Muhajir & killing them after torture. Traders are being kidnapped and released after receiving huge ransom. Investment & investors are fleeing from the city. The ecstasy of the city is getting dimmed. The city of lights has turned into city of darks. The political leadership is blaming each other. They all, rather we all are equally responsible irrespective of political affiliation, ethnic origin, in or out of the Govt, have powers or not. The Govt. & Law Enforcement Agencies are not fulfilling their duty to maintain law & order and book the criminals, the opposition parties are equally responsible with their criminal silence, parties which are out of assemblies also acting uncaringly by supporting the mafia directly or indirectly, & we the people of Pakistan are the real responsible for all the mess by supporting the wrong ! voice, wrong people & wrong instances just to get short term benefits & for this we have put our long run benefits, our future at stake!
The cold blood murders of thousands of the innocent people could not draw attention of the authorities, law enforcement agencies, judiciary & the media specially the international media. May be the incident of today would prove to be the turning point & the terrorism & genocide in Karachi would get attention of the authorities & innocent lives could be saved.