LAHORE: It is unfortunate that while being in government at both the centre and in Sindh, the PPP, MQM and the ANP cannot run the latter in a peaceful manner. The country’s largest city sees bouts of violence almost on a weekly basis with dozens of lives lost each time this happens. The three parties are in the government and should be able to sort out their differences in a peaceful and non-violent manner. Is it not the primary responsibility of the government to protect the property and lives of citizens? And if the government is not able to perform this responsibility in particular, what moral right does it have to continue in office?
In the case of Karachi, it is an open secret that most of the political groups that hold sway in the city have armed cadres — why aren’t these disarmed and their members assimilated into the political mainstream? And why has the provincial government made no progress in the deweaponisation of the city?
Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2012.
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