The city of Karachi, once known as the city of lights will now be known as the city of chaos and red alerts. The populace of Karachi is currently not sure which morning would bring another day of open fire and bloodshed. Though political parties are taking responsibility of the consequences and giving reassurances that nothing ever will go wrong now, people are so terrified that mobile users are sending text messages telling recipients to take care of themselves, stay at home and not go out at all on May 12. This is the common topic among people this week. This reflects the mental state of the people of Karachi. -SAMAN ATHAR, Karachi, via e-mail, May 9.