One fact has become clearer than before: It doesn’t matter whichever government is in power and however tall the claims are made, Karachi’s security situation seems to remain stuck in a bloody, never-ending imbroglio. At least three people were killed in the most recent bomb blasts on a Chelum procession on M.A Jinnah Road, while dozens were injured. In addition to wounded pedestrians, a bomb disposal unit was also attacked in the second explosion. In a series of terrorist attacks, common citizens of Karachi have not only lost their loved ones but it looks like they are losing hope as well rapidly.

The violence we see in Karachi is interlinked with the security conditions of the country overall. Many analysts have made a fatal error in assuming that Karachi’s predicament exists in a vacuum or that it belongs to Karachi alone as if there is no influence or even retaliation from other areas in the country. Several political commentators have connected the dots, however. As long as there is no stability in areas such as Swat or FATA, metropolises like Karachi will bear the brunt of militant reaction. The only way to tackle the growing mania in the city is for the government to immediately develop a comprehensive national security strategy in direct and honest consultation with the military and intelligence officials. We cannot afford more dilly dallying; lives are continuously lost.

More than anything, the National Counter-Terrorism Authority Committee ought to serve as a vehicle between the agencies and provinces. Up until now, there has been a lack of mutual trust and cooperation between both bodies – at the very expense of citizens’ lives. As time passes by and more lives become mere numbers in casualty lists, hope wanes and the collective response to the mounting brutality in Karachi suffers a surreal desensitization. This has to stop.