The task of establishing peace in Karachi was one which the government took on with gusto and all concerned were optimistic about the operation, thinking that this time, it might be different. No one was to be spared, political affiliations were to be ignored, and a transparent means of ferreting out criminal elements was to be employed. However, so far, the positive attitude and the spring in the step of the law enforcement agencies has come to naught, as the people responsible for Karachi’s demise are still at large, and continue to do what they do best; wreak havoc. Now after a few months since the beginning of the attempt to clean up Karachi, the protectors of the people of this country are complaining that there is a “hidden hand” behind all the crime and hence curtailing the violence is harder than what they expected it to be.
Firstly, they should have realized that this was never going to be a walk in the park. Karachi has not just been infused with violent elements in recent times; it has a bloody history that goes far back, predating the rise of terrorism in the country. It is also bitterly amusing to see our guardians trip over their own feet in their attempt to establish that Karachi is not just riddled with instances of petty crime, and the problem has more sinister elements, especially since they are afraid to admit to the real problem. This fear does not stem from the idea that the public will form a negative opinion about the government; it is the more tangible horror of being targeted by those ‘invisible elements’ and losing their lives in the process. The people in charge of protecting the citizens are not even capable to protect themselves.
As it turns out, the ‘hidden’ forces are not all that hidden, and the facts point to the usual suspects as being behind the problems of our very own megalopolis. Political parties still support their favorite gangs and supply them with cash under the table and political clout over it, so that they can choose to do as they please. The LeJ and the TTP display their traditional proclivity for violence with ceaseless abandon. Sectarianism, terrorism, and contention between the various gangs are the main causes for the bloodshed, and it does not seem like they are going to be put on hold any time soon. Pointing the finger towards unidentifiable enemies only serves as a substandard excuse for the failure to do what was promised, and recognizing that defeat is all but inevitable. Essentially, the agencies giving these explanations are giving up and saying that the operation in Karachi is nothing but a failure.