Tuesday, March 05, 2013
From Print Edition
At least 45 people died and more than 100 were injured in a bomb blast that ripped through a Shia-majority neighbourhood in Karachi. While the dead bodies were being picked up, a large number of our ruling elite were busy enjoying the engagement ceremony of Sharmila Faruqui. At least 300 police personnel on VIP duties were also stationed outside the venue.
When I saw the news, it reminded me of Nero, the Roman emperor, who was playing his lyre while Rome burned.
Dr Irfan Zafar
While men, women, children and the elderly were killed, law-enforcement agencies and their political godfathers were busy protecting the elite, enjoying a private party, totally oblivious to what was happening in Karachi. As long as our ruling elite and the bureaucracy do not have any stakes in this country, upholding rule of law and protecting lives will be the least of their priority. Those who allow criminals to enter or exit the country and facilitate smuggling of weapons are responsible for the killings of innocent Pakistanis. So long as armed criminal gangs, affiliated with political or religious parties, operate freely, sectarian outfits will continue to kill our people, destroy our economy and weaken Pakistan from within.
What have those who claim to have a mandate in Karachi delivered to the people during the last five years? Terrorists have killed in cold blood and wrecked our economy. But whose agenda is served by closing down Karachi or other parts of Pakistan? If any purpose is to be served, it will only be a total crack down on criminals.
Malik T Ali