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The Other Aspect of Violence in Karachi

Zulfiqar Mirza has claimed that he has issued 300,000 arms licences during his tenure as the home minister of Sindh. He also declared that these arms for which the licences have been issued by the home department under his instructions are not meant to serve as a show piece in marriage parties.

Karachi was very peaceful before just before the formation of government of the Pakistan People’s Party in Sindh. Karachi and other urban areas of the province saw unprecedented development work in the history of the country. The magnitude of the development work undertaken by the MQM through the local government was praised by friends and foes alike.

Karachi which is the lifeline of the economy of the country was changed beyond recognition in the short span of four years. Mustafa Kamal of the MQM emerged as one of the leading and promising young leaders on the world horizon. His efforts for making Karachi a modern city were recognized in Pakistan as well as abroad.

Karachi was on the threshold of economic prosperity when the general elections were held on February 2008. The unfortunate death of Benazir Bhutto in a suicide and terrorist attack in Rawalpindi created a sympathy wave in favour of the PPP.

Benazir Bhutto had come to Pakistan after earning the blessings of foreign power. A deal was brokered in foreign capitals under the guidance supervision of the United States. Benazir Bhutto who had signed the famous charter of democracy with Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan Muslim League promising never to engage in any form of dialogue with a military dictator, soon backed off from her stance.

She entered into a power-sharing agreement with General Pervez Musharraf at the behest of United States. Pervez Musharraf wanted to prolong his hold on the power, one way or another. Benazir Bhutto was eager to become the prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan once again.

In her zeal to earn the confidence of her mentors in the west she promised large-scale action against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the tribal areas – a favour which the western powers were not being able to extract from General Musharraf.

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto threw Asif Zardari into prominence all of a sudden. Asif Zardari was forced into oblivion by her wife emerged as the sole claimant to power in the new situation. Zardari played his cards well, and it seemed that the western powers were also more comfortable with the widower of Benazir Bhutto.

Zardari side-lined all the old guards of the PPP and bring forward his jail mates in order to strengthen his grip on power. Zulfiqar Mirza was one such jail friend of Zardari, who had benefited immensely from the massive corruption done during the past two PPP governments.

Zulfiqar Mirza was made the home minister of Sindh and his wife Fahmida Mirza was made the Speaker of the National Assembly – a boon which Mirza, and his wife could not have thought had Benazir Bhutto been alive.

It was here that problems being to arise in Karachi. MQM wanted to increase its presence in Interior Sindh and other parts of the country. The PPP felt threatened. The other invisible powers in the country also did not like the MQM trying to gain a foothold in other provinces particularly the Punjab.

A bloody game started in Karachi under the supervision of certain powerful ministers belonging to the PPP, including the home minister Zulfiqar Mirza, who minced no words about his hatred towards the MQM. While the central leadership of the PPP affected to douse the fire, the provincial leadership ensured that the fire raged on.

Zulfiqar Mirza got support from Shahid Syed of the ANP. A plan was made to change the demography of Karachi by bringing Pashtuns and other people from different parts of Karachi. It was constantly said that Karachi belonged to all. It so happened that every human tragedy in the country, whether the floods, earthquake or military operation in Sawat was used as a pretext to bring in people from different parts of the country in Karachi.

The ANP and Zulfiqar Mirza made a plan to kindle the fire of ethnic violence in Karachi. Arms licenses were issued in a big number without any verification and without fulfilling the requisite formalities under the rules and regulations.

Day after day, violence began to hit Karachi paralysing normal life. Karachi descended into chaos as killers and extortionist went on a rampage in the city of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. No action was taken to control the situation in Karachi.

The massive development works done in Karachi came to nothing through neglect and incompetence of the officialdom. MQM has been successfully cornered as a political party of the urban areas of Sindh only as it has suffered a serious setback in the wake of the recent outbreak of gruesome killings.

Although a large number of MQM workers and sympathizers have been put to death in the most brutal manner that has shamed humanity, it seems their blood does not count for much. The weapons given by Zulfiqar Mirza to his children of the gang warfare and Amn Committee are emitting deaths.





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  1. Dr.Syed Ali
    September 16, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    well argument-ed and logical….keep it up.

  2. farhan
    September 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    correct……superbb colum where as some of our stupid anc’rs alway’z critize MQM

  3. Ali
    September 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

    In a press briefing Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan, accepted the fact the current PPP government, in past 3 years, has issued around 150 thousands arm licenses, whereas in last 10 years the total number of licenses issued in Sindh were not more than 189 thousands.

    These are the figures added in count of LEGAL weapons in Sindh, during the last 10 years, where as the figures of ILLEGAL weapons present and added during the same period is untraceable.

    Count of captured (illegal) weapons during last 3 years from within the province or while trying to smuggle to the province with the number of factories sealed in province linked with this illegal business are still unknown.

    I would like to ask a question that Is PPP government really committed to the task of De-Weaponization or is doing Weaponization in Sindh specially, Karachi ?

  4. uzair kahn
    September 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    This is very thought provoking. Gr8 to read and hope others can understand.

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