Peace inKarachiis still a far cry mainly because those responsible for ending the bloodshed are watching the situation as silent spectators. The three main stakeholders, PPP, ANP and MQM strongly protest when their workers become victims, blaming each other for murders. Target-killings, on an average, claim more than a dozen lives daily.

Karachihas been bleeding for the past four years. Yet, no one dares initiate effective measures to stop this gruesome game of death. The Supreme Court was forced to take suo moto action and heard the case inKarachifor over two weeks, giving a 14-point action plan to the provincial government stressing immediate action. The apex court observed that major political parties were maintaining militant wings which were instrumental in disturbing the peace in the Sindh metropolis endangering life and property of innocent citizens. But its instructions have, it seems, not been heeded. Security and investigation agencies have miserably failed to perform their duty being vulnerable to political pressure. Making things worse is the fact that courts cannot award punishment due to lack of evidence.