Let there be no “No Go” areas
Supreme Court has directed the Police and Rangers to elimi nate the no-go areas in Karachi by utilising all resources by April 4. The order by the Apex Court would give a sense of satisfaction to the citizens who had been suffering since long and not getting any respite from incidents of daily killings, extortion and kidnappings.
There are no two opinions that the criminal elements have established State within State and different political parties made the law enforcement institutions helpless as the outlaws enjoyed political umbrella. Manghopir, Lyari, Sohrab Goth, Shanti Nagar, Dalmia, Korangi, Liaquatabad, New Karachi are some of the areas where the armed gangs enjoy full control and police due to political interference failed to establish its control. According to the reports, there are 13 no-go areas in Karachi because of the presence of militants or gangsters and 29 have become no-go areas for people of a particular ethnicity at the time of ethnic violence. In fact Karachi is not an exception as there are uncountable no go areas in other parts of the country including interior Sindh, Balochistan and FATA. Out laws, landlords and sardars have established their private jails but police officials having all the information do not take action due to fear of either to be posted out or killed at the hands of the mighty people. In other cities including Capital Islamabad, large number of barriers on roads give the impression that the country was at war and otherwise too they are an eye soar and be removed forthwith. We expect that the orders of the Supreme Court would be implemented with all earnest and city would be cleared of the “No Go” areas as the law enforcement agencies are now having freedom to act without political interference.
The state of Pakistan is in a to tal anarchy. There is break down in governance and virtual financial collapse due to inefficiency and corruption. Corruption has many faces, beside financial, intellectual and in the management. Hundreds of thousands of political workers have been inducted into various state run organizations/departments making them absolutely non viable entities. The corruption is to an extent that hundreds of Kilos of explosive material pass from various check posts with out any hindrance. Criminals and terrorists have made in roads in to law enforcement. Criminals know that no body can touch them make them bold and dangerous. Over all, it looks the nation is losing its moorings. Every institution seems to be in a state of virtual paralyses. The society by and large is in depression and suffer uncertainty.
The milieu is a result of the prolonged neglect and vision. All the major pillars of policy formulation suffered. The planners failed to correct moral, social, educational, economic and political directions. The political parties on either sides, continue to safe guard their own vested interests leading to utter polarization in the polity. Average citizen is a cannon fodder. Culture of intolerance has quagmirated the fabric of the society. Violence breads violence. Common citizen believes that no justice is attainable from any institution unless it resorts to violence. Result is strikes, Dharnas, breakage of property, burning, looting and killings. It is a natural psychologi-
In recent years, militants of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliated outfits conducted terror-activities such as suicide attacks, ruthless beheadings of tribesmen, assaults on security personnel and prominent figures including Shias. Besides blowing children schools, while attacking the female teachers in order to deny education to girls, they also targeted mosques, Imambargahs, mausoleums, and disgraced dead bodies. Their nefarious acts resulted into killings of several persons in Pakistan. They have accelerated their anti-social, undemocratic and un-Islamic practices to sabotage the democratic process and the forthcoming elections.
When the Supreme Court of Pakistan, armed forces, political and religious parties including media and civil society remained keen to see democracy, flourishing in the country by favouring the elections, TTT militants started propagating that democracy is western system of government which is against Islam. For the purpose, recently, a leaflet was distributed by the TTP-led Pasban-eShariat Organisation in North WaziristanAgency to reject the democratic system in FATA, while propagating negative notions like as to “Why Democracy is Forbidden for Tribes.” The aim is to thwart the process of elections and create chaotic order in FATA. Meanwhile, TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that militant group was withdrawing its offer of peace talks with the gov-