In order to restore peace in Karachi the army will train the Sindh Police as discussed in the Apex Committee chaired by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. The committee has decided to develop a new strategy to make peace in the city sustainable. For this, the Chief Minister approved the appointments of 20,000 policemen, including 8,000 in Karachi. Additionally, Rangers check points would be set up at the Sindh-Balochistan and Sindh-Punjab border.

The situation in Karachi has always been tense, however the urgency of better policing is even more pertinent after seven police commandos guarding polio workers were gunned down in twin attacks carried out by armed motorcyclists. A police forensic report confirmed that the same weapons had been used in the targeted killing of at least 27 people in different areas of Orangi Town, Ittehad Town and Korangi in 2014 and 2015.

While the PPP government in Sindh has not done itself any favours and is perceived to select senior police officers on the basis of loyalty rather than professional competence, it is also worrisome if the hidden hand of the army-led security establishment is involved in all areas of security. This merging of the military and civilian police action in Sindh is disturbing, but the incompetency and corruption in Sindh’s politics and bureaucracy is itself to blame. With the army taking charge, and statistics showing that crime has reduced, only time will tell how this can be accumulated into a long term solution. In the end, the true test of police reforms lies in creating a system where the police can work with and not for whichever government happens to be in power. That is something that they can definitely learn from the army.