By Raza Rumi

The recent escalation of violence and senseless butchery in Karachi serves to remind us once again just how the state is withering away in Pakistan. State-building has always been a neglected project in Pakistan’s largest city. Ineffective and weak institutions were commandeered by large, organised mafias often with public support on the basis of ethnic identity. This spurred other groups to organise themselves in a similar manner and now Karachi is a playground of ethnic battles and fascist tactics with violence seen as a legitimate instrument to achieve and exercise political power. Click here to read complete article.

2 Responses to What needs to be done in Karachi

  1. Nadir Rehman says:

    The same old rhetoric of MQM that PPP is behind this unrest and pandemonium that left Karachi weeping and mourning. Zulfiqar Mirza was the prime target because he always called spades a spade against MQM. He was becoming a nightmare for the hooligans of MQM. Mirza is being lambasted, maligned and vilified. Of course, no sane person backs Zulfiqar Mirza’s recent statement about Urdu speakers in Karachi, His meeting with Afaq Ahmed, leader of MQM Haqeeqi, facing fabricated cases like President Asif Ali Zardari and His candid declaration about Afaq Ahmed. However, facts remain facts, how much you distort. The statement of Zulfiqar Mirza was not a party statement, it was his personal opinion. Not only party but Mirza himself apologized for his sentiments ushered statement. Now coming on recent meeting of Mirza with Afaq Ahmed, there is no second opinion that Afaq Ahmed was one among the founders of MQM, he was the man of that caliber who could run MQM much better than Altaf Hussain. Infact, Altaf Hussain, axed him, because he knew until Afaq Ahmed is there, he could never become the kingpin of MQM. Leaving aside the role of Afaq Ahmed, one should confess that all the charges against Afaq Ahmed are politically motivated and engineered at the behest of MQM, because he poses a real threat to the existence of MQM. The reaction against the statement of ex-home minister Zulfiqar Mirza was not unusual. Whenever a statement or decision annoys MQM, the poor people of Karachi face the music. Their properties are torched, their homes are burnt and their lives become more insecure. Playing havoc with the lives of citizens is a predicted response by MQM in such cases. This situation is de ja vu. MQM wants Karachi under their power, thus in tug o war, they spare no brutal tactics to threaten people. MQM should confess, their vote bank is just because of use of the barrel of the gun and nothing else. If the people do not vote in favor of MQM, they are simple butchered clueless, I am sure when people succeed to get rid of this paranoia, MQM will hardly get few hundred votes.

  2. ali says:

    Strange u didn’t write anything about ANP

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