Restor­ing peace in Karachi

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - HASHIM ABRO

Karachi was once a clas­si­cally peace­ful and thriv­ing city but now it bleeds. Peace in Karachi is pos­si­ble. Peace can be re­stored in this city once known as the “City of Lights and the Mother of poor. Of course, trans­form­ing se­cu­rity and jus­tice in­sti­tu­tions will be a long, hard slough. Com­bat­ing or­gan­ised crime will be a trans-gen­er­a­tional task but Karachi, at any cost, needs the rule of law. That re­quires changing in­sti­tu­tions and con­fronting crim­i­nals, pow­er­ful as they may be. The rulers must re­flect upon the mea­sures such as deweapon­i­sa­tion of ev­ery city, town and vil­lage but it must be­gin with this bleed­ing and mourn­ing city, where in­no­cent peo­ple like Am­jad Sabri was gunned down and Owais Ali Shah kid­napped, reg­is­tra­tion of all non-reg­is­tered vehicles, dis­man­tling of crim­i­nal gangs, in­sti­tu­tional re­forms in the jus­tice sys­tem, throw out il­le­gal refugees, no more in­ter­fer­ence in the ac­tion of po­lice, rangers and sen­si­tive agen­cies, among oth­ers, to keep the city, the prov­ince of Sindh and this coun­try peace­ful.

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