Peaceful Karachi is not a dream anymore; in fact, the realization may not take that long now. In the recent past, owing to the targeted killing, a ‘day of mourning’ was called by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). MQM is the leading party in Karachi. Fortunately, the day passed by without any violence, or protests which usually is not the case. There may be a few areas shut down, there may also have been a partial strike, but considering the fact that the day went by without any ‘incident’, we would say it’s a win for a to-be peaceful Karachi.
Almost all the protests or ‘day(s) of mourning’ called by MQM, never had such a thing been experience before. It was a treat really. We can thank the Sindh Rangers and the army for their massive operation against target killing in Karachi; stepping a toe out of line is no longer a very inconsequential thing to do. Usually, not a person would linger on the street after a ‘day of mourning’ or a strike has been called, but this time around, things were different. Karachi was alight like it usually is. It is safe to assume that MQM is on the back foot primarily because there was a raid on MQM’s prime region, Nine Zero, on 11th March, 2015. A target killer and some serious criminals were arrested from within said area. The first call after such a long time that MQM gave was a complete failure.
That fact is, not a single person in Karachi would say anything against the ongoing operations. Not if they were given freewill to speak. They would hardly be able to contain the joy and satisfaction over everything that is currently happening in Karachi. The government along with the military officials have said with some confidence over and over again, that a peaceful Karachi will be in grasp within two years. That makes us wonder, what would a peaceful Karachi be like?
Karachi is the largest metropolis in the country. It is booming with industry, trade, and business. Karachi has immense potential. It can significantly help boost the economy of the country, the province, and it can definitely help the people living in there already. Most of the people from Punjab and the North dare not visit Karachi because of the reputation it began to string along. A peaceful Karachi means a lot to the entire country, and especially to the stability of the province. We need Karachi to be on the right track with the developments shorty beginning at Gwadar, and the China-Pak Economic Corridor.
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