Published: November 16, 2010
If Talibanisation stands for militancy, weapons, lawlessness and uncivilized behavior, the Pakistan Army may as well forget the Waziristan operation and begin its charity from home – the DHA and Clifton areas of Karachi.
These areas are now in control of VIPs and their army of bodyguards who roam around in trucks and mini pick-ups. They often travel in a convoy with dozens of prohibited bore weapons. They violate all traffic rules, hit, push, beat or even kidnap any decent citizen who questions this lawless behavior.
While the illegal detention of a prominent city architect and scuffle with a PAF officer have been reported in the media because of high-profile of these individuals, there are hundreds of similar incidents that go unreported. While the citizens of Karachi may not have any immediate fear from the Taliban of Waziristan, they are already in a state of siege by the lawless ministers, parliamentarians and powerful members of the state.
Many streets in DHA and Clifton have been partly barricaded to provide security to these highly guarded but insecure people. Bilawal House in Clifton and the Home Minister’s House in DHA are just two such examples.
While the hungry citizens commit suicides, the state spends billions on protecting the ones that need the least protection. The citizens must unite and ask for removal of all ministers and parliamentarians from these areas, unless they can learn to obey law and behave like ordinary citizens. The DHA and Clifton authorities must be taken to task for failing to check the blocking of streets, pitching of tents, and presence of thousands of armed militants.
The corrupt police who never fails to issue challan to a poor person in a Suzuki or motor bike will never notice hundreds of stolen Sindh Government’s vehicles. Should we not demand sacking of the incompetent senior police officials just for this reason?
The Government is itself a party to this crime when it encourages these criminals and fake degree holders to behave like thugs and criminals.
– MUHAMMAD UMAIR MALIK, Karachi, November 13.