Peace in Karachi

Khushal Khan

Karachi is the commercial hub of Pakistan, generating 65 percent of the country’s total income and 80 percent of the total trade of the country moves through the Karachi port. Karachi is the economic engine of Pakistan hence any disruption in the life of Karachi badly affects the economy of the country. The Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif, termed that Karachi operation was apolitical, across the board and non discriminatory. People are not satisfied with the incumbent government in Sindh and are raising finger at every incident, upbraid the PPP government for poor performance.
Though the PPP government has been ruling Sindh for the two consecutive terms, yet it has badly failed in restoring peace in the Province. Karachi is the home of multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-cultural inhabitants and as a result its unmanageable size, the city has become a safe abode for lawlessness, terrorism and crime.
According to the handout of Rangers’, they started targeted operation on 5th September 2013 and arrested 533 people out of which 478 people were brought before the court. Moreover, 127 were Afghans and 34 were associated with banned outfits. Karachi Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar said that Rangers’ operation in Karachi has restored peace in metropolis. He expressed his determination that crackdown would continue till restoration of peace and tranquillity in city.
No doubt, the Sindh Government has always used delaying tactics in the extension of Rangers’ powers, which creates negative impact on Karachi operation. The ruling party of Sindh is not doing any commendable job or taking concrete steps to control the situation. I would request Chief Minister Sindh to exercise full powers vested in him and to grant extension in Rangers’ powers because they have played, and are still playing, an important role in establishing peace in Karachi.
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