Karachi, the heart of the land of that great mystic of peace Shah Lateef Bhitai, is mired in an endless cycle of violence, murder and crime. Hardly 2% of the present population of Karachi today are its original inhabitants. The vast majority had migrated from across the border or from other parts of Pakistan. Karachi was the first capital of Pakistan and, thus, its once barren land attracted many who sought better prospects. The city opened its doors to its new inhabitants who benefited from the largesse of its resources for six decades. But today it has become one of the most dangerous cities in Asia, largely due to the millions of refugees ensconced here. The battle for the crown of Karachi is, thus, forever being foughtnot by its original inhabitantsbut by those who migrated to Karachi in the post 1947 era. The fate of Karachis original citizens is worse than the Red Indians, though. I fail to understand the claims to ownership of Karachi by a particular ethnic party. Either all those who migrated to Karachi have equal rights, or none qualify, especially if they do not accept each other with an open heart and an open mind. Karachi has accepted all migrants to its shores but they have not quite accepted one another. The current spate of violence that seems to stretch on and on and on with no end in sight is unacceptable, immoral and illegal. Those responsible must be punished. Karachi is home to Urdu-speaking migrants, Pathans, Punjabis, Sindhis, Balochis, Bengalis, Parsis and all the rest who live there, with no exclusive right of any particular group. The politics of 'my Karachi, not yours is unacceptable. -NAZEER ABRO, Hyderabad, February 4.