Karachi,A city of Ghost voters and Real deadbodies
October 17, 2010 11 Comments
Karachi the economical hub of Pakistan has lost state of peace and tranquility long time ago .Politics on the basis of ethnicity and wrong policy of government for providing adequate living setup to residents and migrated people from other part of country are the basic reasons of its down fall as provider city.
It is said that military govt with the help of agencies raised ethnic and sectarian issues in educational institutes of Karachi to weaken the power politics of PPP under Bhutto and few religious political parties . Karachi known as golden sparrow from trade and business point of view first time observed the growth and strengthening of political groups on” live or leave” basis.All political groups came in front of each other not the basis of political ideology but by harassing each other even showing the piles of dead bodies of each group.
The kids of Karachi born during the era of 198os hardly sensed any kind of normal peace and harmony situation which are still underlying in the sweet memories of their elders.
Those who opted to move there in 1960s for economic gains from other provinces never thought of going back to their backward areas after getting financial gains as per capability and capacity of their skills hey were very content living in secular, educated and liberal culture of Karachi.
But all went wrong when MQM has taken its control on power politics of Karachi through arms and harassment strategy.At that moment army establishment realized that their design missile has hit the wrong target so process of eradication of over growth political shoots were started under the tag of interior ministry.
Military actions under a Pukhtun general at that period might be considered as short span victory in official pages of army but it can be reason of start of target killing process of same community and others in the same manner in which once MQM or Urdu speaking were targeted. It was by chance or by default that after this operation cleanup it was MQM runaway leadership that had taken control of same city in which they were declared absconded and criminals.
After taking control of city and state matters they couldn’t have done anything regarding the probe against extrajudicial killing of their hundreds of follower nor showed any kind of practical interested to put charge sheet on them who actually ordered and executed this illegal operation.
On the other hand no doubt they got the repute of handling their opponent through target killing, harassment, and bullying as routine pattern of city politics.
So Karachi after that military operation has been recognized as area of living beings of billions where rule of thumb for driving state matter is either political violence ,creating sectarianism or target killings of opponents.Such culture of harassment strongly developed along with extreme lawlessness situation where snatching, robbery, car theft and kidnapping are in highest side as compare to other affected areas of Pakistan.
With the passage of time other groups like puktoon, balochis, Punjabis also organized their armed terror gangs for showing their resistance for minimum survival against ruling groups.
So all such dangerous trends have contributed enough to destroy the peace and harmony of the country’s commercial-cum-industrial hub, making the life of its common citizens highly vulnerable to all kind of risks regarding life,property, business and other normal activities of life .
Karachi has been ruled by the PPP and the MQM jointly for many years .Even during the martial law regimes, the two parties dominated the city. Apparently it look s that victims of violence are not linked with any political or religious factions, it gives the political leaders an excuse to claim that the Taliban are carrying out these target killings.
But who so ever is behind such massive kind of lawlessness, this city is being controlled by PPP and MQM alliance,.In this scenario of understanding it is their job to maintain law and order situation at least minimum level.But both failed to do so and trying to put blame on each other and other mafias persisting in Karachi culture under the rule of same groups.
Interesting situation appears in election period in which millions of voters appear in Karachi polling station where hardly any public is seen coming to cast its vote.
If somehow the heavy mandate of MQM is accepted heavy heartily then why MQM with millions of voters couldn’t restore the peace of same city just like in 1970s.This city hadn’t recorded a single riot at the time partition but now hardly any one can predict a single day when target killing is not reported in this city.
Many times suggestion like to deweaponisation a society was tried to implement but this demand become unrealistic as no consensus of all political parties and major urban stakeholders, including land mafias and traffickers showed a little interest toward such option for maintaining peace in the city which is nerve center of millions living under the protection of this city.
The another reason of failure of such concept is attributed by the bullying unlawful attitude of ruling groups including MQM , PPP and Pakistan army too which is another stake holder of Karachi having 17 working cantonments in all major areas.They are also responsible of inviting all international arms dealer and supplier to project their modern weapons in an event under the name of International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) almost organized each year in this city of violence. Under the guise of ‘arms for peace’ this arms fair provides a platform for domestic and international manufacturers in an attempt to make Pakistan a major regional trading zone for small arms and military hardware.
The aftereffects of this trade policy will no doubt tending toward more weaponisation of Pakistan.So one can judge the violent situation here that either it is killing of Razahaider or election campaign people of Karachi are ready to receive the dead bodies and gunfire as part of normal culture of Karachi politics.
After seeing such a terrible situation one can only pray that Leaders like Altaf Hussain and Shahi Sayed would leave the world through natural death otherwise,in case of unusual happening of their fate, could have generate the replica scenes of 12May or 27Dec or might be more worst.It can be revived by the cannibals living in this city in disguise form any time any where in Karachi.
God protect our one of fine city from such devils and evil acts of power control.