Will the nightmares of target killings in Karachi ever end?
April 01, 2011
The Karachi police seems to have lost the confidence and trust of Karachites, completely. Since this useless, inept and good-for-nothing force has failed to provide them any security and safety from terrorism and lawlessness of target killers. Any citizen daring enough to go to police station with his complaint should consider himself as a possible prisoner; for nothing! And the hapless, entrapped prisoner cannot leave the police station unless he is fully squeezed like a lemon. Torture cells, notorious for their atrocities, which could even baffle the historically blackest spirit of Halaku Khan the Mongol, abound in police stations; while squeezing out a totally desired statement of one’s own type is but a sport for police, which has even eked out a handsome amount of assets and personal properties for itself. So much that even a child is well acquainted with police psyche.
But as the saying goes that ignorance is bliss, if there is one unbelievable element who ‘does not seem to be in touch with outside reality (!) ‘ is incumbents themselves, who hear no evil and see no evil . As a result there has been a massive genocide committed in the Metropolitan City in past, but strange enough no criminal elements have so far been unearthed. Even those ‘arrested’, are nothing but a massive façade of deceit and hoodwinking masses.
The recently convened strike by the PPPP Sindh, over sacking of NAB official on the orders of Supreme Court was yet another example of unrestricted and officially sponsored violence, which sparked yet another round of torching, rioting and looting spree in the City. ‘Unknown persons’, using the old tradition of killings and rioting well before any strike, killed seven persons and torched 16 vehicles. This was one of the chief reasons that PPPP was able to make its call for strike quiet successful, even after a 25-year respite. It is pertinent to remember that People’s Aman Committee; an organ of PPPP Sindh has been attributed with making the strike a success. A fact not even overlooked by MQM; while political segments had termed this as a success in terminating the political monopoly of a certain group over Karachi.
Death of an MQM activist during the strike caused severe friction between MQM and PPPP, which was soon transformed into a cold war, resulting in torching of offices of People’s Aman Committee, while bloodshed splattered red all over the City in the ensuing conflict between PAC and activists of MQM’s Kachi coordination committee. More than 200 lost their lives in this senseless mayhem and rioting; while the very element of security and law, the police, Rangers and others were conspicuously and mysteriously absent.
The Karachi police contend that it had, alongwith Rangers failed to contain this spate of target killings, going on unabated for a month, now. MQM has been cited as being involved in more than 80% of target killings going on in the City, while other political elements, like Lyari gang war elements, ANP, Sunni Tehrik etc are also reported for their involvement.
But, than the investigative department of police has a good solid excuse, reason for its failures as well: It has to contend with political expediencies from all sides. Another harrowing part of the tale is that sources have also disclosed that as of recent, the terrorists had started targeting general public in order to portray a general environment of lawlessness and killing spree, in face an inept and helpless government. Actually the target here is the fact that there is an urgent need to displace the much disliked Provincial home minister, Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, for which a strong alibi was being established at the cost of many innocent and costly human lives and public and private assets.
Sources have also informed that after the leakage of this conspiracy by MQM, PPPP has also evolved a strategy of its own, according to which only terrorists of MQM with solid proofs of subversive activities were being sought; thus making it difficult for MQM to shout over discriminations being perpetuated against it. Responding to this blackmail of MQM, government arrested 27 terrorist activists of MQM, quietly interning them into cases and jails. Important confessions were elicited from these terrorists, but they were never produced before media. This was a surefire warning to MQM by government to refrain from any further political blackmailing of the Provincial government.
The accursed morbidity of target killings has now been going on for two years now, consuming a massive costly price of 3000 plus lives, but recent year’s toll of just three initial months is 415, out of which January alone consumed more than 130 victims. Police sources indicate 5 activists of PPPP, 4 of ANP, 13 of MQM, 5 MQM (Haqiqi)., one of Sunni Tehrik, one doctor, 5 police personnel, one Shiite, one journalist and 94 ordinary citizens , of falling prey to deadly clutches of target killings.
The most important aspect of all this harrowing tale is that even the Provincial home minister has field to come up with a credible remedy of the bloodiest problem, while MQM and ANP were busy eking out a political milieu out of as much killings as possible.