Karachi, the once serene city of lights, where taking a stroll in public places late in the night was just a routine free of fear, now appears to have almost vanished into thin air. The killing of 18 people on Thursday and a bomb explosion ripping through a police mobile is a glaring reminder — if at all one was needed — that the city is home to dreadful terrorist outfits who have found in the commercial hub of the country a perfect place to thrive. A naval officer’s vehicle was also targeted with an explosive device.

The cycle of bloodshed continued on Friday when 10 more citizens were shot dead across the city. Against this backdrop one can find the Supreme Court grumbling but finding to its dismay officials concerned devoid of either morale or motivation. Strangely enough, it has been seen that though the killing blitz is immutable, it gets worse when hearings on the Karachi law and order are resumed. Which are these forces that are not afraid of the state, its courts and the security establishment? It must be asked when decisive action will be taken against these criminal non-state actors roaming almost free. Now many police officials would state anonymously that they know the troublemakers as well as their backers but express their helplessness to initiate any action against them, mainly because the force itself has been politicised. When would this reign of terror end no one can tell, not at least for now.