Crime frenzy takes KPK by storm
June 03, 2011
Safety of life and wealth of people takes top priority among multifarious responsibilities of any state, but, unfortunately, in Pakistan, this important issue is of least importance to those at the helm. To make matters worse, Transparency International’s report that ranks Pakistan 10th in the world in terms of corruption, coupled with grim law and order situation and catastrophes like flood and earthquake, all reflect a sorry state of affairs.
On the other hand, target killing and abduction for ransom have turned into a successful business, and the locals have become prey to insecurity. Recently, some miscreants gunned down religious scholar, psychiatrist and Swat University VC, Dr Muhammad Farooq Khan, at his clinic. The stance taken by Dr Muhammad Farooq over some religious issue was cited as a plausible motive behind his gruesome murder. An author of several Urdu and English books, Dr Farooq had established a center to bring the Taliban trainers to normal life. The law-enforcement agencies have failed to arrest the killers of Doctor Farooq despite a lapse of eight months.
According to investigation report, security lapse was a major cause of this incident. The administration of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa should pay extra attention to such incidents since one month ago, Islamia University Peshawar Vice-Chancellor Ajmal Khan was kidnapped at gunpoint, while leader JUI-F leader Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman was attacked twice.
Target killing is in full swing in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Earlier, Mian Rashid Hussain, son of KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, was gunned down on 25th July, 2010. Mian Rashid was targeted in reaction of his father’s tough stance taken against terrorists.
The members of provincial assembly have been targeted more in incidents of target killing. MPA Peer Muhammad Khan was killed in a suicide attack. In December 2009, a suicide bomber killed MPA Doctor Shamsheer. Earlier in 2008, provincial transport minister and PPP-Sherpao leader Aalamzeb Umerzai, and Akhtar Nawaz Khan were killed in 2008.
FC Commander Sifat Ghaiur was murdered in a suicide attack when he was on his way to office. Even after 4 months of his murder, the mastermind cold not be traced.
Likewise, CCPO Peshawar Muhammad Saad got killed in a suicide attack in Khurani Market in July 2007, while DIG Banu Abid Ali was killed on 2nd December 2006. On 29 March 2009, unknown suspected kidnappers killed the SSP of Lower Dir Hajji Khurshid Khan during a chase. Former District Nazim Alam Zeb Khan was also gunned down during the incident.
The services of the security personnel of KPK, including DIG Abid Ali, CCPO Malik Muhammad Saad, Commander FC Ghaiur and DPO Khursheed Khan will always be remembered.
In the ongoing war against terrorism, at least 29 inspectors and some 700 police personnel have lost their lives.
At least 23 activists of Jamat-i-Islami along with DSP Khan Razaq and his companions were killed in a suicide attack during a protest demonstration against inflation and load-shedding on 20th April, 2010.
Almost 3,500 people have lost their lives in this war against terrorism, apart from 5,000 security personnel. In all such incidents, the culprits could not be traced, causing great insecurity among common people.
Kidnapping has taken the form of a profitable industry in the province. No area is safe from the excesses of kidnappers. Incidents of kidnappings have also increased in Peshawar to the extent that every family prefers to have private security guards.
In the current situation, the government of KPK is fighting on multiple fronts, since it has been a front line province in war against terrorism. On the other hand, panic has spread in the masses due to target killing and kidnappings for ransom.
The need of the hour is that the government should take solid steps for improving the law and order situation in the province and to formulate a strategy and security plan for safeguarding the lives and property of its people.