At least we are safe if the nurses ever start rampaging. If there is ever a time when hordes of nurses and hospital attendants start a violent and bloody uprising, then we know that we can rely on the Karachi police to keep us safe. The brave warriors that comprise our local constabulary will not cower in the face of blood-tipped syringes and deadly bedpans. They will don armour, take up cannons filled with water and hold the line, ensuring our survival. Unfortunately, if it is anyone else they have to battle, don’t expect much of a turn out.
In two weeks, the city of Karachi has seen active political parties from the MQM to the ANP to the PPP wage war on the local citizenry. They claim we aren’t their target, but whether a married couple riding their motorcycle on a strike day are shot because they were aimed at or because the bullets decided they were acceptable collateral damage is irrelevant. Thrice in one week the city was shut down. First it was by the MQM who felt that mourning is something that should be enforced, not sincerely felt. Then, by the ANP who had to mourn the results of the previous MQM mourning and then again by the MQM. Since then, the PPP workers in Lyari also decided that grief is an expression best indulged through wanton violence. Apparently, Destruction is a new phase in the recovery cycle, somewhere between Grief and Acceptance.
What has been made clear in all of this is that the police in Karachi is utterly, completely and unquestionably useless. During each strike they protected the people of the city with all the effectiveness of a swab of particularly ineffectual cotton. Currently, their ability to contain the violence in Lyari can be likened to the ability of a locally manufactured diaper trying to contain a diarrhoeic infant’s discharge. So, the question then is, what exactly are they there for?
Now, it is easy to blame them for their failures without considering the causes. These range from pathetic training to a lack of resources to political influence with a healthy dose of corruption sprinkled over the whole mess. It’s hard for the police to enforce any rule of law when every single member of Karachi’s political groups is better-armed than the entire force combined. So the first step towards improvement is better armaments. This, logically, leads to better training so they know how to use their weaponry with consideration and prudence. The claim that they have no choice but to accept bribes when their own salaries are so meagre holds little water when you consider that the majority of our population earns less than them and still doesn’t dive down the path of morally questionable behaviour. And the issues with political influence need to be attended to with postings and promotions being given based only on individual merit. All of this sounds fairly utopian, but to not at least try for it makes no sense. Currently, the city of Karachi is paying money to an entire police force that serves no actual purpose and has an effectiveness that goes from laughable to depressing.
To expect our political parties to behave with maturity and calm is clearly asking for an impossibility. They are comprised entirely of the most reprehensible members of society and are focused on the destruction of the nation. That is their mandate and they will not swerve from their task, no matter how many people have to die to achieve it. With the PPP, the ANP and the MQM, we are all guaranteed a commitment to crime, corruption and much more. From our police, it would be nice to be guaranteed a commitment to, y’know, policing. At least until the nurses return for revenge. Then it will be every man for himself.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2012.
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We need to create bunch of rutless (and faceless) anti terrorism squads who hunt the rioters and terrorists and dont get influenced from any political party. Once government is able to install fear of police going after the criminals, the crime rate would go down effectively.
Karachi police is not mostly from Karachites due to unknown reasons. Further, we think that no government servant, including police, are taught and reminded again and again that their salaries, allowances, housing, uniforms and other facilities are paid by the citizens, poor and rich equally and thus they have to be given due respect.
Police is the single most important factor behind street crimes.. They have full information of the whereabouts of the decoits/looters and they often take part in these crimes themselves..I am often surprised that why our enlightened and active media never raises this issue.
As corruption in Pakistan is business as usual,particularly in the government and at all levels of police forces.The country has had a consistently poor ranking at the Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index with scores of 2.5 in 2011,2.3 in 2010 and 2.5 in 2009 out of 10.
In fact many of us believe that the police is the most corrupt sector in Pakistan but somehow we still want to be associated with people who are linked with the higher ups of our police force just because no one can mess around or its more likely to be a privilege where we can make things done by hook or crook….How deceitful and cunning !!!
@Asjad Khan: That is because "locals" dont usually give CSS as opposed to other cities in country where as ASI's, Constables etc have a good amount of local recruits.. My observation.
I couldnt agree more with the writer !!! I have one suggestion to add - why dont we also abolish the traffic police force and save millions of the taxpayers money. They are totally uninterested, ineffectual and redundant - one can happily sail through a red traffic signal or break any other traffic rule blatantly and they do not as much as stir or even interrupt their intrepid nose picking !!!!
I think along with everything else the police should be privatized and after that if it remains inefficient they would at least be more accountable. In this country the most secure and undemanding job with maximum perks is a government job.
Sindh government is paying Rangers too so why not utilize their services only. Disbanding the current party workers (sindh and karachi police) will relieve the masses. Rangers and Army can easily control the city although I am not in favour of both but till the time new competent and well trained force is established these bunch of terrorists sponsored by MQM, PPP, Sunni Tehreek, ANP should be removed.
Targeted action against terrorists by Army in Karachi will bear fruitful results. The hold on this city by FOREIGN Agents sitting in UK etc should be stopped.
You could say the same about the PAK military. Put on a great parade.......that's about it.
Its ironic when I go to Islamabad we have "local Police"...when I go to Balakot 'Local Police" and so on and so forth.But in Karachi in my experience I never find a "local policeman"...either they are imported from Interior Sindh or Punjab...Give the ownership of the city to those who belong...Learn from Balochistan!
@ParvezL Rightly said, disband this bunch of goons in uniform filled with rank and file of the armed groups of Karachi (MQM and PPP).
I forget which IG Police it was (good man) who said ' If you disband the police, 50% of the cities crimes and problems will disappear' and think about it, we would save a bundle as well. Now that's a win-win situation for the people.
Karachi police exists only to salute the VIPs and slap the masses. What a difference, a single hand can make. Also only in Karachi, do we see the city shutting down for 4 days to mourn political deaths. Three days for recent political killings and one day to mourn a death that happened in April 1979.
Nicely written :)
its pakistan, bro....
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