Welcome to the jungle

Published: April 17, 2011

“Target killers are conspiring to make Karachi a no-go area,” says Nasrullah Khan, Station House Officer of Mauripur Police Station in the teeming, multiethnic metropolis of Karachi.

It is a sentiment that many of Karachi’s residents share. The city of lights seems more like a jungle full of predators: extortionists, drug lords, weapon dealers, the land mafia…the list goes on. These criminals jealously guard their turf and have allegedly formed links with political parties, making controlling the violence difficult, if not impossible.

“So is it a lost battle you are fighting?” I ask.

“No!” retorts Nasrullah, who battles target killing on a daily basis and has himself survived numerous shootouts. “The police is combating crime efficiently,” he claims, “which is evident from the numerous arrests and the seizure of illegal arms, the courts are overflowing with trials and the  jails are overcrowded with all the people we have arrested.” The statistics Nasrullah offers in support of his claim are impressive, but there are other numbers as well, and they tell a different story.

The official police website lists the numbers of target killings for the month of March as 135. That’s twenty more than January, when ‘only’105 people were killed. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, target killings in the city have risen by 175 per cent from 2009 to 2010. Last year 748 people lost their lives on the violent streets of Karachi. Only 447 of them were political activists.

The causes of this violence are many: political rivalry, sectarian tension, ethnic hatred, and a bloody scramble to get a bigger slice of a multi-billion rupee pie.

“This is indeed a turf war,” says Nasrullah Khan. “There is a battle for drugs, for weapons, for confiscation of land, for extortion, for dominance — ultimately it’s a battle to own Karachi.”

Politics by other means

The political dimension is, of course, undeniable. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party share the coalition government in Sindh with the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. This means that they also share the responsibility of governance and maintenance of law and order. Unfortunately, the political tensions and recurring wars of words between these coalition partners very often lead to a surge in violence in Karachi.

At an informal gathering at Mardan House in Karachi, I met ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan. This imposing Pashtun minced no words about the situation in Karachi, saying that no single political party should be allowed to dominate the city. He emphasised that the Pashtun presence in Karachi was a reality, as was the existence of other ethnicities.

However, Wali seems reluctant to lay blame at any one doorstep. Though he accepts that Karachi’s situation is “complex”, he rejects the view that the violence is because of the desire for political dominance by both the MQM and his own party. The ANP chief says that “elements” intending to destabilise the city were feeding on political strife and that neither the MQM nor the ANP were solely responsible for target killing.

Significantly, Wali believes it was the May12th carnage that changed the political dynamics of the city. Post-May 12th, Karachi has become far more polarised and vulnerable, says Wali. It is an assumption that many analysts agree with: May 12th sent a signal to political parties to strengthen their militant wings or find themselves on the receiving end of political violence. Very often, party workers chose to arm themselves or align with ‘sympathetic’ criminal groups for protection.

When asked to explain the criminal-political nexus, the possession of weapons and the “settling of scores” in the lower tiers of each political party, Wali took advantage of then Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza’s presence, dramatically announcing that he had allowed Mirza to arrest anyone from the ANP who was found involved in target killings.

Though they are often at daggers drawn, the ANP and MQM now apparently seem to be in agreement that peaceful co-existence is the solution to Karachi’s problems. Sindh’s former advisor on Home Affairs Waseem Akhter, during his recent visit to Karachi, told me that the notion that every Pashtoon involved in criminal activities was an activist of the ANP and that every Urdu-speaking criminal was affiliated with the MQM, should be dispelled.

Unholy alliances

That may be the official stance, but the situation on the ground is somewhat different. The ‘unofficial’ affiliations of these criminals with the three major parties — the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP) — which form the coalition government in Sindh, reinforce the criminal gangs. Police officials and analysts will privately tell you that this is a give and take relationship: the parties turn to these criminals when they need street power and weapons, and in turn the criminals demand protection when the noose tightens around them. These links do not even have to happen on a higher level. Very often it is the local party organisations that create the links, without the consent or even knowledge of the party leadership. But regardless of at what level the links are made, this nexus is very much to the advantage of the criminals.

The arrest of Ajmal Pahari in late March was a real feather in the cap of the Crime Investigation department (CID). Pahari — whose real name is Shahnawaz — was wanted in over 100 murders, and was allegedly involved in extortion and land-grabbing as well as murder.

But this was the second time that Pahari had been arrested. The notorious criminal was first charged with politically motivated killings across Karachi in 2000, but he was acquitted on all counts and walked free in 2005. Police claim that since then he has butchered over 50 more people.

A high-ranking police official I spoke with admitted, on condition of anonymity, that Pahari’s political affiliations served as a protective net for him, “The law in Pakistan resembles a spider’s web, spun to catch only small prey, but too flimsy for the big quarry.”

When elephants fight…it is the grass that gets trampled

Whatever the motive behind target killing, it is the average citizen who pays the price. Ordinary Karachiites are targeted for their ethnicity, their sect, their politics…and sometimes, just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s exactly what happened with 19-year-old Imran Hussain Katchi, a resident of Lyari. The sole breadwinner of the family and the apple of his mother’s eye, Imran was caught in the crossfire when an argument between rival gangs over erecting barriers erupted into violence.

Imran’s father says he know exactly who to blame. “The thugs of the People’s Aman Committee (PAC) are responsible for the murder of Imran,” declares a distraught Hussain Katchi. “These extortionists and murderers have made our lives miserable and the government supports them. When I went to the police to register Imran’s case, my brother, son and nephew were implicated in counter FIRs. The Katchi community is fed-up of the PAC and has decided to gang up against them under the banner of the Katchi Rabta Committee.”

He shows me the KRC’s office in Lyari, the exterior of which is riddled with bullet marks. I’m also shown an extortion slip with a name, cell number and the figure of Rs. 1000 inscribed on it. These slips not only make the rounds in Lyari but also in other areas of the city including the Shershah Market and SITE. Refusal to pay in cash or kind means that you will likely pay with your life instead.

Robbers or robin hoods?

The People’s Aman Committee is not only a thorn in the side of the Katchi community, it also upsets the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. When the former Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza proclaimed that the PAC was a sister organisation of the PPP, the MQM protested by boycotting the proceedings in the Senate, National Assembly and Sindh Assembly. “The PAC is notorious for engaging in gang wars,” claimed the MQM’s Raza Haroon.”While the MQM has never supported terrorists, the PAC is involved in extortion, kidnapping and target killings.”

In what has become a frequent damage control exercise, the PPP saved the coalition by officially disbanding the PAC. And now Zulfiqar Mirza himself has been sent packing, apparently as a result of his animosity with the MQM.

Uzair Jan Baloch, chief of the now-defunct People’s Aman Committee, refutes the allegations leveled against him. “I am a victim of gang wars myself. My father was abducted in front of my eyes, some fifteen years ago. His dead body was found in Jahanabad in a sack. When I pursued his case, I was implicated in false cases including murders. I courted arrest in 2006 and after serving two years in jail, I initiated the People’s Aman Committee in Lyari. I am a social activist and the Aman Committee is a social welfare outfit,” claims Baloch.  He says that he is a follower of Sardar Abdul Rehman Baloch aka Rehman Dakait. Often called the Robin Hood of Lyari, Rehman Dakait was a controversial figure who inspired both terror and reverence in equal measure. After he was killed in a police ‘encounter’, thousands of Lyari residents turned out for his funeral. Uzair Baloch says he is simply offering the residents of Lyari what Rehman Dakait once did, and what the public representatives of PPP never have: a better life.

To back up his claims, Uzair Baloch shows me three applications from the residents of Lyari. One is a request for payment of a student’s school fees in Australia, the other two also ask for monetary help due to lack of income and the absence of a breadwinner. Baloch claims he took care of all three applications. While touring Lyari with Uzair Baloch and his battalion of heavily-armed guards, I ponder over the reasons behind his larger-than-life image for the residents. Though he is accused of being a criminal, Baloch is received by men, women, children and elderly alike with seemingly genuine enthusiasm. “You have showed up after so many days, I missed you, my son,” says an elderly woman as she kisses Baloch on his forehead.

Years of administrative neglect have left Lyari so impoverished that it is not surprising that people find their heroes and saviours in people like Uzair Baloch or Rehman Dakait. “Lyari used to be a peaceful area but after General Musharraf’s takeover, we were systematically targeted and pushed to the wall. Lyari would only rattle with gun shots. The police operation in 2004 was also partisan, leaving us with nothing but dead bodies” says Uzair Baloch, as he recalls the operation that was launched in Lyari.

Baloch shrugs off all inquiries about his involvement in criminal activities. “Since the PPP has taken over in 2008, the people of Lyari have heaved a sigh of relief. We are striving to make Lyari livable. I am not running an extortion ring. On the contrary, I have personally caught many extortionists and target killers red-handed and handed them over to the police. I am making an effort to establish peace here,” claims Baloch.

When I ask him to clarify his position on the allegations levelled against him by the MQM and KRC, Baloch smiles and says, “You know that they are politically motivated”.

A melting pot for militants

The police official I spoke with admitted that the armed wings of political parties are engaged in a bloody turf war to establish their hold in Karachi. But they aren’t the only ones with a stake in Karachi. When I inquired about the nexus of religious extremists and criminal mafias taking advantage of the situation in Karachi, the official did not rule out the possibility.

“Karachi is a mega city and a commercial hub, generating billions of rupees in revenue. It definitely provides sanctuary to outlaws, who are hell-bent on destabilising the city so that they can continue their activities unchecked. Lately, the towns of Gadap and Orangi have become safe havens for Taliban renegades, many of whom are simply hired mercenaries.

The Anti-Extremist Cell and Counter Terrorism Units of the Crime Investigation Department are effectively hunting them down,” says the official. Indeed, the CID recently arrested two alleged TTP militants from Sohrab Goth who were engaged in collecting extortion money from people who hailed from the Mohmand agency and were working in Karachi’s Pashtun-dominated transport business. CID (Operations) SSP Fayyaz Khan says that along with extortion, they were also involved in target killings, kidnapping for ransom, robberies and other heinous crimes. Coming just a few months after the arrests of two other alleged TTP militants and a member of the Laskhar-i-Jhangvi, it was yet another sign of just how many groups with different agendas are operating in this city.

Of police paucity and judicial jams

The buck of maintaining law and order in Karachi has now passed on to Saud Mirza, the new head of the Karachi Police. Amidst this cycle of violence and police failure it is ironic that the slot of Karachi’s top cop has become a revolving door. The man on the top keeps changing, but the situation on the ground stays the same.

The official police website says that the sanctioned strength of police in Karachi is 28, 964, out of which the current working strength stands at 26, 873. According to these figures, with an estimated population of 18 million, this means there is one policeman for every 670 number of citizens. Unless that citizen happens to be a VVIP, of course; with approximately 5000 policemen deployed for their protection, the policeman to VVIP ratio is considerably better. “We cannot overcome a shortage of manpower in one day,” was Mirza’s response to my question during his first press conference after assuming office. “I am pursuing a one-point agenda, though — to apprehend target killers and bring them to justice.”

Mirza says that the Crime Investigation Department is tasked with chasing target killers and extortionists. But though arrests have been made, dead bodies still keep turning up.

The clear up rate for violent crimes in Karachi is also not satisfactory because of the sluggish judicial process. The police and prosecution lack the ability to produce evidence or witnesses before the court. Nine target killing suspects, despite their confession of involvement in the Shershah scrap market carnage in October last year, in which 13 shopkeepers were killed by indiscriminate firing, were acquitted by the court because of a lack of evidence and witness testimony. The SHC has now ordered the counsel and the petitioner to include the names of the acquitted men as respondents in the title of the petition so that they are issued notices and then a verdict can be reached

Nature abhors a vacuum

Bad governance and the political coalition partners’ disrespect for each others’ mandate is challenging Karachi’s peace. So long as political parties feel the need to maintain militant wings and ally themselves with criminals, the slightest spark will continue to set this city ablaze. The law enforcement agencies themselves suffer from endemic lawlessness and rampant corruption. On top of it, the police have lost credibility as it is perceived to be highly politicised. While the Paramilitary Rangers have shared the responsibility of maintaining the law with the police in Karachi for almost two decades now, even their performance has been sub-par.

The void left by the failure of law enforcing agencies, and the enduring insecurity of political parties offers space to criminal gangs to penetrate into the system, gaining a kind of credibility and support as they do. When the state abdicates its duties, others rise to fill the gap. Nature abhors a vacuum after all, and in such a vacuum, only the law of the jungle can prevail.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, April 17th,  2011.

Reader Comments (17)

  • munib
    Apr 17, 2011 - 3:53PM

    I am reading news stories related to Target Killing in KHI and one interesting aspect that i have found in all these stories is that all these target killers had been caught previously on one occasion or other. However all of them got released. This is a very interesting aspect which i have noticed not only no journalist is noting (i.e asking questions to these police officers or courts) but it looks like much of the media attention is to “play” on these stories rather do some professional journalism. A private channel recently quoted Zulfiqar mirza and made a video clip with some questions which were again useless. The actual questions which PAK media is NOT asking are:

    Where is the funding coming from for these target killers?
    How come these target killers frequently get bail or got released time to time.
    What is the level of support these target killers get from Police itself as well as our intelligence agencies based upon ethnic, sectarian and different ideologies.
    Recommend

  • Maria
    Apr 17, 2011 - 9:02PM

    Karachi needs the like of Naseerullah Babar to cleanse the city of criminals and anti state elements. That no nonsense soldier brought peace and calm to the city the last time he was invited to clean up. The government should take notice and find a worthy successor to repeat the same operation.Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 18, 2011 - 2:14PM

    @ Maria , had Babar brought peace to Karachi , he woud have been considered a hero in those effected areas . Right ?

    Ever wondered why Barabr never visited those areas in Karachi in his ife time .

    Simple . Babar is loathed and will always be for the saughtering of innocent youths of a particuar comunity .

    Move into Karachi and get a first hand knowledge how Babar is remembered to the majority of Urdu speaing peope of Karachi .

    The venture by any insaner element will be devastating this time . . Recommend

  • Arsalaan Haleem
    Apr 18, 2011 - 5:16PM

    Kudos to Subin for such an interesting and indepth article on the Karachi’s violence.Recommend

  • Yasir
    Apr 18, 2011 - 6:38PM

    As a citizen of Karachi, We seem to know very well who is involved in these incidents. We have witnessed so-called political workers annoying/bothering us on our way, with our facilities some times, by singing songs or chanting their party slogans. We also have seen these political workers coming at our door step and demanding funds for birthday-gifts of their leader/ anniversary of their party. They are the people who blackmail us at our shops in the city and collect BHATTA/FUND often in the name of charity. And the most important of all, when its elections. They are the people who knock at our door step and threateningly tell us whom to vote. I wonder the last time I walked to a polling station, to my utmost surprise, I was told that you may go back as your vote has been casted: though I was at considerable distance from the poling station. After going through all this, when I listen on the news channels, the political leadership of such party/parties, claiming we have absolute mandate of people of Karachi. I wish to knock their head off and show them their true picture. Moreover they also enjoy media support, which disgusts me to the maximum; I understand that the main reason is because such political parties’ terrorist group keeps harassing the reporters/media men. The authorities can not help us, unless we help us ourselves, we have to raise our voice and kick of these people for once. Today I am alone and fear raising my voice, but if joined by others we all can make this nightmare disappear and return back our city of lights. Recommend

  • Baloch
    Apr 19, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Dear Moderator,

    When we talk with facts why your print media or electronic media get affraid, now you will say its about policy , please clarify your limitation, then say it publicly you people affraid, like some other TV Channel they change their slogan from Insaaf kay saath geo to Altaf ko Kush kar kay geo aur Dar kar geo.

    With due all respect please shutdown this tribune if yourself is journalist please do not abuse your professionalism, please pursue some other profession, or resigned if your publishing house restricting you to publish the truth. why don’t you people write about your brother Wali Babar he was journalist though.

    Answer me please reply on the main post, you should answer this.

    regardsRecommend

  • Human Right Activist
    Apr 19, 2011 - 1:00AM

    @ Salman Orangwala,

    The Great Naserullah Babar (Allah Rahma) visited Khaji Ground / Baldia Town / Orangi Town, landhi area, Shah faisal Colony after the operation, being a youth I still remember him I salute him, Alllah rest his soul in peace.

    In 1992 dont forget those tourtured dead bodies which were inside the bories Edhi and police found them near garbage bin or near lyari rivers area. those people were also innocent.

    In Khaji Ground those terriorst used to ordered those innocent people run near to the goal post and the fired bullet on those innocent people and they used to celebrate all of them said Goal. you mean those innocent youth of Karachi. you called them youth even we should not call them human.

    atleast be realistic. Recommend

  • Salman Orangiwala
    Apr 19, 2011 - 6:38PM

    @HRA

    A rhetoric one sided story as usual . Babar ( and yes let the Almighty decide the appropriate homage , not by quasi-mullas who dare to call Zia a “Shaheed” (sic!))

    Consider him anything you deem fit , thousands of wailing widows of innocent men
    do pray rather differently for his “departed soul” to the same God who you pray to.

    Babar never , I repeat , never ventured into Karachi post the so called operation .

    Some ” brave-heart ” I must say .

    the problem with you people is , you dont wanna read the writing on the wall .
    You have been trying to corner a particualar community by sheer force vide army , rangers , Babar , ANP and now AMN committee .

    Just remember , the simple logic , the more force you put on a jack hammer , the more…….the universal truth . right ?

    So ,wake up and smell the coffee ( or dudhpatti )and brave the reality , my piece of advice to you and to your ponderous like minded biased comrades . Recommend

  • HS
    Apr 19, 2011 - 6:48PM

    @Human rights activist

    You dare call yourself that? Since you seem to remember a lot from 1992 maybe you remember all this too.. Remember whole neighbourhoods rounded up? When you had your door knocked down? When all males between 16 and 45 were being arrested?? Remember the torture cells created by your great Naseerullah? Remember when innocent people were tortured and forced into confessing their ‘crimes’? I was young then but I still remember…

    Remember how your hero dies? Completely bed ridden and unable to even wash himself.. I pray to Allah may that only be the beginning of his Azaab and may his Azaab last for all eternity.. May he be made to suffer the pain he inflicted on so many innocents.Recommend

  • HS
    Apr 19, 2011 - 6:52PM

    @ Yasir

    If you do live in Karachi your city was turned into the city of lights during Mustufa Kamals time. But you dont see that do you? Recommend

  • Human Right Activist
    Apr 20, 2011 - 1:36AM

    @ HS

    The Great Naseerullah Babar already passed away, me and you have to die as well will answer to Almighty Allah, again I should say so, be realistic, I guess you were too young on those days, the area I belongs was under operation, law enforcement agencies personnel was standing outside of my house main door for patrolling purpose, not a single Law enforcement agencies personnel dare to knock my door, they were having a complete intelligence report for each area. Majority of residential of the affected areas they left their homes, impact of that those so called innocent youth (Terrorist started looting those houses), who ever mainly men were their homes some of their supporter start feeding them those terrorist. they were arrested which you called innocent 16 to 45 years of male either they were informer to those innocent terrorist inform them police or rangers on the way be ready for battle field, or logistic support or delivering the food to those innocent terrorist. if you want me to explain in details those tactics which you called innocent 16 to 45 years of male used to inform those innocent terrorist with different tactics such as creating different kind of whistle or start thumping stone on electric poles, and you want me to explain it more !

    As far as torture cell are concern as you blaming that great Naseerullah Babar created again I completely disagree again you were too small on those days, let me correct you here again, Torture cell were exist and created by those as you called them innocent terrorist, they used to bring specially real innocent Government of Sindh employees with different departments tortured / brutally killed and put them in boris and their logistic team (16 to 45 years male as you called them innocent males). Throw those dead bodies in street/Garbage bin/Rivers/road.

    As city of light the great city of Karachi is concern as you mentioned about Mayor, converted to lights yes I do agree he did some development as usual which used to be in the past same formula with 60% and 40% budgeting manner mainly those areas were develop where their vote bank exist. By the way he suppose to be Server of the citizen of Karachi with civilized attitude, following videos are exposing this so called best nominated Mayor of the world city. By the for your information please review the code of ethics http://www.worldmayor.com/contest_2010/code-of-ethics.html already violated by himself, this Worldmayor is the only one think tank institution not the recognized authority in the world.

    Following are the links for again you innocent mayor.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ6A1sJEgbs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpUE8guC6Fg

    Recommend

  • Human Right Activist
    Apr 20, 2011 - 10:14AM

    The Great Naseerullah Babar already passed away, me and you have to die as well will answer to Almighty Allah, again I should say so, be realistic, I guess you were too young on those days, the area I belongs was under operation, law enforcement agencies personnel was standing outside of my house main door for patrolling purpose, not a single Law enforcement agencies personnel dare to knock my door, they were having a complete intelligence report for each area. Majority of residential of the affected areas they left their homes, impact of that those so called innocent youth (Terrorist started looting those houses), who ever mainly men were their homes some of their supporter start feeding them those terrorist. they were arrested which you called innocent 16 to 45 years of male either they were informer to those innocent terrorist inform them police or rangers on the way be ready for battle field, or logistic support or delivering the food to those innocent terrorist. if you want me to explain in details those tactics which you called innocent 16 to 45 years of male used to inform those innocent terrorist with different tactics such as creating different kind of whistle or start thumping stone on electric poles, and you want me to explain it more !
    As far as torture cell are concern as you blaming that great Naseerullah Babar created again I completely disagree again you were too small on those days, let me correct you here again, Torture cell were exist and created by those as you called them innocent terrorist, they used to bring specially real innocent Government of Sindh employees with different departments tortured / brutally killed and put them in boris and their logistic team (16 to 45 years male as you called them innocent males). Throw those dead bodies in street/Garbage bin/Rivers/road.
    As city of light the great city of Karachi is concern as you mentioned about Mayor, converted to lights yes I do agree he did some development as usual which used to be in the past .those areas were develop where their vote bank exist. By the way he suppose to be Server of the citizen of Karachi with civilized attitude, following videos are exposing this so called best nominated Mayor of the world city. By the for your information please review the code of ethics http://www.worldmayor.com/contest2010/code-of-ethics.html already violated by himself, this Worldmayor is the only one think tank institution not the recognized authority in the world.
    Following are the links for again you innocent mayor.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpUE8guC6Fg

    Recommend

  • Apr 21, 2011 - 9:22AM

    Destroy MQM is the only solution to save Pakistan, Karachi and people of Karachi from their all kinds of terrorism. Recommend

  • Human Right Activist
    Apr 23, 2011 - 9:57AM

    @ Salman Orangwala (Para by Para reply to your post)

    Don’t forget widows of those people, when Edhi ambulances found them in Boris which were brutally killed.

    As usual you people repeat millions time it does not change the history and evidences, please re-visit to Liaquat Library review all the news achieves, if you are in town not in London or SouthAfrica.

    Writing on the wall is old style as you called them innocent they change this trend doing it another way, No one trying to corner a particular community, if that is the case it could happen while they were migrating from the India to Pakistan, only People of Karachi welcome them and give them their land to them. The problem is not with people, The problem is leadership of that particular community which is mis-leading that particular community, if you go back the history of Karachi, it started when the particular community’s political party leadership start playing the dirty games (and people knows from where those game controlled), from 1980’s till today. As you mentioned some name, with ANP (here I should mention all the follower of this party) the leadership of that particular community having a problem since Orangi Town Incident, (let me remind you here don’t forget again as you called them innocent those terrorist did very bad which I even cannot write it here), and now AMN committee, well another puppet element which has been the party of this dirty game, now here is interesting fact when both AMN committee and as you called them innocent people have a common interest they are shake hands with each other, here is the game for Battaa, the very recent example, about Rami Club Controlled by AMN committee do you believe there was cut of monthly goes to those innocent people’s gang also. No doubt biggest gonads of Karachi was behind them Sindh Police.
    As far as Jack hammer universal truth agree with you that is what happening it will be worst as well .

    We wakeup since 1992 , not only smelling, we are drinking Karak, truth is truth, I should say it always.

    There is say

    if someone has enough courage to ask you a question seriously, then you should be brave enough to answer truthfully.Recommend

  • Kash
    Apr 26, 2011 - 11:26PM

    @ Orangi, Human Rights!! i totally agree with human rights activist. Karachi was very much cleansed after Naseerullah babar’s operation. MQM always counts on sheer and blatant lie but that cannot change the reality. Just by saying we have lost 15000 workers all the time in every talk show can never make it a reality. Karachites havn’t forgot the days when dead bodies in rugsacks were found almost everyday with the notes clung on ‘em like ‘Gift to Naseerullah Bbabr, and gift to agencies (though MQM itself is the creation of agencies) I very much remember the days when Naseerullah babar visited the effected areas when the opeation was almost on the finish, people literally hugged him and chanted slogans in his favour for getting these areas free of terrorists and making it accessible for every1. I am not a supporter of PPP but Benazir had courage and political will to carry out large scale operations with prudence, another example of this was what she did with Akbar Bugti. But thanks to Musharraf he reincarnated MQM just to please US by finishing hundreds of terrorist cases against them, acquitting their terrorists like Ajmal Pehary who had already committed numerous murders at that time and he has been recently in the news again with even more accusations of murders, finishing MQM Haqeeqi’s hold on some areas (though they r as bad as MQM but because they were against MQM they were sidelined as well). So MQM got everything they wished for just like a stubborn kid but now we see the repercussions of it. I remember it was so frustrating when it was happening, we couldn’t do anything but to curse Musharraf, he also brought Ishrat UL Ibad, who had cases on him and was hiding in London and made him Governor, gave funds of billions of rupees to Nazim Karachi Mustafa Kamal although the one before him, Naimutallah Khan was a brilliant administrator but because he belonged to an Islamic Political party, it was totally not accepted by US, he was removed swiftly (please dont give me the lame excuse that he lost in election, our agencies can make any1 what they want) anyways, Karachi was way better place because of the operation and we desperately need one more but this time it should be stretched across the city including Lyari. Recommend

  • Human Rights Activist
    May 5, 2011 - 9:51PM

    @ John Luis

    would you please let us know being your Actual Karachities ? as you said non Karachities stop getting involve in our politics, as you called Politics I guess you should re read the this article u called this politics in which jungle something is called politics? As far as Naimatullah Khan is concern at least in his tenure there was peace. and what about yout as your called him best Mayor here you must watch read the below.

    By the way he suppose to be Server of the Karachities with civilized attitude, following videos are exposing this so called best nominated Mayor of the world city. By the for your information please review the code of ethics http://www.worldmayor.com/contest2010/code-of-ethics.html already violated by himself, this Worldmayor is the only one think tank institution not the recognized authority in the world.

    Following are the links for again you innocent mayor.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ6A1sJEgbs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpUE8guC6Fg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeuzGVuEfk

    As far as Punjabi Taliban is concern which is really out of topics to discuss but I am agree with you. Recommend

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