If Talibanisation stands for militancy, weapons, lawlessness and uncivilized behavior, the Pakistan Army may as well forget the Waziristan operation and begin its charity from home – the DHA and Clifton areas of Karachi. These areas are now in control of urban Talibans who roam around in obscene heavy duty vehicles, which are invariably official, stolen, smuggled or foreign registered . They often travel in a convoy with dozens of prohibited bore weapon brandishing goons. They violate all traffic rules and hit, push, beat or kidnap any decent citizen who questions this lawless behavior.
While the illegal detention of a prominent city architect and scuffle with a PAF officer have been reported in the media because of the high profile of these individuals, there are hundreds of similar incidents that go unreported. While the citizens of Karachi may not have any immediate fears from the Talibs of Waziristan, they are already in a state of siege by the lawless militant ministers, parliamentarians and powerful members of the state.
Many streets in DHA and Clifton have been partly barricaded to provide security to this highly guarded but pathologically insecure species. Bilawal House in Clifton and the Home Ministers House in DHA are just two such examples. While the hungry citizens commit suicides, the state spends billions on protecting the ones that need the least protection. It is time that citizens unite and ask for removal of all ministers and parliamentarians from these areas, unless they can learn to obey law and behave like ordinary citizens.
The DHA and Clifton authorities must be taken to task for failing to check the blocking of streets, pitching of tents, and presence of thousands of armed militants. The corrupt police who never fails to ‘Challan” a poor person in a Suzuki or motor bike will never notice the thousands of fake Sindh Government vehicles, the foreign registered vehicles, the fake number plate vehicles, the no number plate vehicles and the AFR vehicles. Should we not demand sacking of the incompetent senior police officials just for this reason. The Government is itself a party to this crime when it encourages these criminals and fake degree holders to behave like VIPs by creating discriminatory “Parliamentarian” counters for them at the airports.