A photograph of 'flag march' showing a big column of police vehicles regally passing through on a metropolitan thoroughfare has been splashed in almost all dailies. These flag marches have become common sight in our country. Whenever some incidents of some serious proportion occurs, these marches are made to show their presence and raise the morale of forces i.e. rangers and police. As a Pakistani I feel ashamed as these very forces are, more often then not, found missing when they are needed the most. It happened on 12th May 2007 when the Chief Justice was due to address the Karachi Bar and more than fifty innocent people were savagely butchered on the roads of the metropolis in broad daylight. This gory spectre was witnessed by the world as the event was transmitted live by more than a dozen local and foreign TV channels. Where were these forces? Where were these forces when on April 8, an ex-minister was beaten by a mob in Lahore and the very next day, eleven people were brutally murdered including six that were baked to death? Had such incidents taken place in some other country, I am sure the law of the land would have taken its course and not only those involved in callous laxity taken to task but the families of victims would have been adequately compensated. In this Land of the Pure, those killed without any cause are forgotten in the expediencies of politics and those who are paid from public taxes to secure their live and properties have the temerity to show their belated "raw-power" on the road in flag marches that are staged the next day. -BADAR JATOI, Canada, via e-mail, April 18.