The Karachi Episode, An Overview

BY SYED FAWAD ALI SHAH

After seventy three years of the country’s independence, the political junta of Pakistan fails to act like a responsible force for economic, social, religious and political stability of the state.

They try to remain in the limelight by playing their regional, linguistic and religious cards without considering its consequences for national harmony. The political leadership unlike their claimed loyalty to the state prefers to acquire offshore assets. They prefer to stay abroad once out from the power corridors.

The politicians reach the masses through their staunch workers to convince them to vote for them. The masses never made them accountable for the non-implementation of their promised manifesto. The masses do not make these politicians accountable for their corruption, due to their feudal backgrounds or criminal record.

Politics has become a playground for the politicians who play with the sentiments of the people on the slogans of dams, religion, language, race and above all tabdeeli. Unfortunately, the masses of Pakistan are in a constant state of depression and hopelessness for being victim of all these cards.

Karachi saw violence in the past decades but the armed forces of Pakistan, after a successful cleanup operation, restored its life to normalcy. The peace of Malakand division and FATA was restored and administration was handed over to the civilians after effectively crushing the Taliban movement.

The armed forces of Pakistan achieved peace by laying blood. On the other side, it is the civil administration and politicians who request the military establishment to assist them in the elections and later accused them of maneuvering the elections. It is the armed forces who lend their support to the civil administration in earthquake, flood and other emergencies.

The peace of Karachi was robbed by politicians and the political parties. Extortion, robbery, dacoity and street crime paralyzed the economic activities in Karachi. When the civil administration showed its inability to restore the law and order in Karachi, Sindh Rangers were tasked to restore peace in the city through conducting an operation. It was the result of their effective operation that restored the law and order situation in Karachi and Sindh province.

The PTI government in their ongoing drive against the corrupt politicians and political parties arrested some important characters in the political parties who requested for NRO through their local and foreign sympathizers. Their request for under-the-table return of looted amount was rejected. Finding no way out, they started narrating the Indian and other adversary nations’ version against the state of Pakistan and its armed forces. The creation of PDM platform is the last desperate effort of these corrupt elements to regain political power at the cost of state.

The episode of Karachi Jalsa by PDM and follow up acts of Maryam Safdar Awan and Captain (retired) Safdar Awan in the presence of Sindh police was clear violation of section 6 of “The Quaid e Azam`s Mazar (Protection and Maintenance) Ordinance, 1971 warranting a penalty of three years imprisonment under section 10 of the Ordinance ibid.

Needless to mention that the Ordinance was introduced by Late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party which is ruling Sindh province at the moment. A party asking the people of Pakistan for votes in the name of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto refused to order its police to register FIR under against the violators of the law introduced by its founder.

The Sindh Rangers with the powers of Police for restoration of peace in Karachi and Sindh requested Sindh government to act according to law promulgated by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The Inspector General of the highly politicized police department of Sindh government who is famous for his allegiance to the Sindhi politicians and corruptions failed to act in accordance with the law.

The writ of the state had to be restored through Sindh Rangers in addition to reminding the Inspector General of the province that he is representing the Federal Service of Pakistan and the federal government in the Sindh police. The act of Sindh Rangers was for the state of Pakistan and its love for the founder of the nation in accordance with law under their assigned mandate.

The attempt of the corrupt politicians to divert the attention of the masses from their corruption cases would fail. The bond between the armed forces of Pakistan,  Pakistani nation and Pakistan would remain strong. The state of Pakistan would strengthen with every passing day through eradication of corruption, corrupt politicians and corrupt political system.

(The writer is a Journalist, He can be reached at pmpk55@hotmail.com )

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