It took the Sindh government, Karachi civil administration and police two weeks before they took notice of huge billboards advocating the division of the province and creation of a mohajir province. Anybody going to Karachi airport via Shahrah-e-Faisal could not have missed the wall chalking or the billboards, unless one is blind. No private television channel of our independent media dared to show these billboards or wall chalking, fearing deadly consequences. Why has nobody been arrested for these acts committed on Karachi’s most important and busy roads, which are patrolled by our police and on which there are many military, naval and air force instalments? This could not have occurred without the consent of those in power. It seems all this is part of a policy of reconciliation (mufaimat), whose sole objective is to remain in power at any cost. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is responsible for this betrayal of Sindh. They launched an operation in Lyari, as if it alone was infested with criminals, while the rest of the city was handed over to an armed gang of one of their coalition partners. Target killings have resumed with a vengeance in Karachi and so have drug and land mafia gangs, yet nobody dares to arrest these criminals. It is the much talked about brinkmanship of the PPP leadership that encouraged an ethnic political party of Karachi to launch an unconstitutional campaign for division of other provinces in violation of the constitution and the18th amendment. Now that the chickens have come home to roost, it is the PPP that has to be held responsible for indulging in such petty and dangerous politics, without analysing the consequences and backlash of such policies.
Sukkur, May 28.