Rangers is confident that it can single-handedly do the job in Karachi, a case that makes the need for army redundant but it has also explained to the Supreme Court, as well as the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar that first it should have the freedom from political meddling. In Thursday’s action -- that seems to be a step in right direction -- more than 100 suspects belonging to various political parties were arrested. The federal government in a statement through the Attorney General apprised the court of the measures it has chalked out; the court was informed that intelligence agencies stand ready to offer whatever assistance is asked of them. Also there is this Muhajir Republication Army – unheard of as of now -- seen by the federal agencies’ report as a terrorist organisation disturbing Karachi’s peace. This could be a case of another outfit taking on a new name.
In the light of all this evidence, it has become more than obvious that the spot where trouble comes is none other than some of our political parties and their battle for supremacy. The role of police also comes into renewed scrutiny since now when the suspects will be captured, they will be kept in lockups, which given the politicisation of the force means, they will most probably be released. Already senior police officials are making no secret of forces’ helplessness in fighting the crime in any way. The criminals cannot be arrested because they have bosses more powerful than the police, they say.
One party’s hero is another party’s terrorist. When notorious goons like Ajmal Pahari who himself confessed to gunning down close to a hundred people in the city, are patronized by a political party, what can one say. Likewise, other camps that are blaming the backers of Ajmal Pehari have been sheltering crooks and thugs in their ranks as well. For instance it just took one blood-filled day of May 12 to demonstrate how strongly this factor has been at play.
Chaudhry Nisar’s is a workable strategy when he said that Ranger’s action within the province will be led by the Chief Minister Sindh, who he said will be the ‘team captain’, something that should allay fears of MQM leader Farooq Sattar who seems quite upset at the prospect. Peace must be achieved and the culprits and their criminal patronisers crushed, no matter who carries out the operation. Violence has spread to such an extent that we see all the major political parties in the province relying, patronising or condoning the use of gun in one way or the other. Any targeted action must be free of pressure and aimed at miscreants, regardless of the group they belong to.