Let there be no “No Go” ar­eas

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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-

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