ISLAMABAD: Karachi has been bleeding for the past many months due to the shortsightedness of the government and its general inability, or unwillingness, to find a long-term viable solution to the violence that has killed over 1,200 people so far this year. Every day dozens of innocent people are losing their lives and it seems as if the government has lost all semblance of its grip on the city’s law and order situation. Every day dozens of bodies are being found in various city neighbourhoods and what is worse is that the police and law-enforcement agencies have failed miserably in carrying out their duties because one does not know the identity of even one of the killers. Reports on the violence suggest that in most cases ordinary people with no affiliation to any political or other group were kidnapped at gunpoint and later found dead in the gunny bags, in various parts of the city.
Astonishingly, the stakeholders, especially the political parties seem to be acting as nothing more than silent spectators. Our leaders should take solid steps to prevent further killings in Karachi.
Iftikhar Shaheen Mirza
Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2011.