The unbreakable blood-soaked saga of target killings is what makes up Karachi of today. The 5th International Urdu Conference and the 8th Karachi International Book Fair may be projected with high fanfare in media, but that’s not the true picture. We must not deceive ourselves with this fake display of peace items, because they are simply fleeting temporary things. Permanent is the bloodshed in Karachi.
PPP, MQM, ANP, Taliban, Sunni Tehrik, Jamat-e-Islami and Sindhi nationalists are killing the Karachiites with impunity. Eight people including two Rangers personnel were killed in Karachi violence just yesterday and more than 100 have died only during the past few days, and if you just pick this year, the figure of dead reaches to 10,000 and this doesn’t include the unreported ones.
The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Karachi Police yesterday claimed to have arrested to alleged members of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). But nobody was shown on media and we don’t really know who they are and how they reached here and who exactly are their string holders. This same CID also claims on weekly basis to have arrested target killers but we never manage to know who they are and who their masters are exactly.
But then perhaps Karachiites deserve this fate, sadly enough. For years, they have been killed, threatened, and extorted by these political parties and still they don’t stand up and even vote for them under fear. When they themselves select their own butchers, what else anybody else can do?