Karachi is home to the millions who live in its streets, roads, slums and shantytowns. It belongs to the millions who earn their living on daily wages and to the hundreds of thousands who sleep on its pavements. It however does not belong to those who want to control it by remote control from another continent, or those who live in Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore or London or Dubai. This city has now suffered far too many casualties and lost too many sons and daughters while its warlords fought their battles for turf control. This city has bled for far too long by its drug barons or land mafias, who have robbed it of its land reserved for hospitals, community centers, schools and parks like the controversial Kidney Hill Park. All the Mohajirs, Sindhis, Pathans, Parsis, Punjabis, Memons, Ismailis, Bohris, Balochs etc who live here are its rightful residents and no particular community has the authority to deny others of their right to live here. There are very few who can claim to be its residents before 1947 and most of those residing here today have migrated to this metropolitan city because it offered them opportunities of employment and better life. Karachi has given all of them a lot. It is now time they all paid back to this city. -ANEELA CHANDIO, Karachi, via e-mail, April 27.