The ongoing Lyari gang wars have claimed 25 lives and caused injuries to more than 60 others, during the previous three days. On Saturday many troubled spots of the area relapsed into a virtual battleground where the police officials were caught off guard when the criminals pounded them with rocket launchers and grenades. An armoured vehicle was mangled in one such attack in the Afshani Gali area and the SHO leading the operation could not stand his ground against miscreants’ fire power and died on the spot. After a day full of bloodletting, the police officials in their utter helplessness had to issue shoot-on-sight orders.
It is high time the officials went about cleaning up the entire city. The urgent need to beef up the force both in terms of its strength and weapons is plainly manifest. Also it is necessary that political involvement in the force’s day-to-day affairs and appointment of SHOs which is one of the major hurdles in the way of peace was brought to an end. The federal government has girded up its loins too late but still it has time to arrest the rising graph of violence. The people who are tired of years of violence expect it to act with courage. The city that is the economic hub of the country cannot be abandoned to lawlessness.