If any party presumes that they have propriety rights to Karachi, it’s about time they get a reality check and in one word, “Back off”. Our beautiful metropolis, an eclectic fusion of cultures, which truly shows signs of a prevalent urban mindset is now roiled by strikes, target killings and suicide bombing. What more is taken from us is even our right to decide for ourselves.
Living in Karachi in the past 5 years has been nothing less than living in a purgatory- in constant fear for life, hopelessness and endless inadequacies right from electricity to water to gas to CNG to home and employment. The heart of Pakistan’s trade has been looted, derailed and abused by many former governments. But ever since the last democratic regime, we’ve been hoping for 11th May- the day where our voice will finally make a difference.
But No, Karachiites won’t even have the privilege to have that freedom of thought, expression and action. Because Karachi is allegedly nothing more than a property of a few parties who have not only chosen it as a looting ground to fill up their pockets but also as their bait to climb up in their political hierarchy.
Not surprisingly, rigging during the elections was obscene. The worst was little children aged 8-10 taken to the polling stations for their thumb impressions and stamps. Party- urchins rushing inside the polling stations declaring on people to vote for their party. Where was ECP and army then? All there was in the name of security were two incapable policemen snorting tea outside the station.
Even if one vote is forged, it opens ground for re-election. Are we in the clutches of a few parties, one that always wins from Sindh and one from Karachi- by hook or by crook? Is that how it’s always going to be? What could a party possibly give us- one that takes away from us our primary right to freedom to decide for ourselves? How long can we live at a place where we are bullied into following what they want us to follow so they could plunder our rights and destroy our future.
However good a party may be, if it claims to hijack our city, we would Not stop until we force them Out!