MQM (the biggest stakeholder of Karachi), PPP (the biggest stakeholder of Sindh), and ANP (the smallest stakeholder in Karachi) have been facing a string of deadly attacks following explicit threats for the same by the Pakistani Taliban. These assaults, being extremely barbaric, cannot be condemned more strongly. Consequently, these parties’ electioneering has come to a grinding halt. This too deserves highest degree of condemnation.
But, as is being said in the media, at least the recent Taliban assaults have brought these staunchest political rivals to a stage where they can be seen not only giving each other a shoulder to cry on but launching a joint campaign to mobilize the masses against the real and present danger.
These parties, in a show of rare unity which can simply be described as a marriage of convenience yet again, have vociferously demanded in one voice a level playing field in the run-up to what is being dubbed as the most unpredictable ballot exercise of Pakistan.
Pakistanis, especially, the citizens of Karachi are not only startled on their coming together but feel betrayed at the same time at the hands of this trio. Their supporters not just voted these parties to power but also continued to favor them during their latest stint in power for five years which seemed to have stretched much longer than just five times multiplication of 365 days.
During their half-a-decade-long tenure at the helm, these three partners in the government did hardly anything for the city of Karachi except for profusely spitting venom against each other both on TV screens as well as, presumably, behind the scene (or we were so led to believe).
None of these parties can boast of commencing, let alone bringing to a fruition, even a single mentionable development project in the metropolis – the largest city of Pakistan and the epicenter of its economic and trade activities.
They even turned a deaf ear to the citizens’ cries demanding nothing more but a single and most basic of the rights guaranteed in the Constitution of Pakistan to its every adult man and woman and their children — to live in peace. Even this single demand of the peace-loving citizens proved too difficult for them to fulfill.
What used to be known as the city of lights was mercilessly and selfishly turned into a battleground that in a course of five years witnessed bloodiest game of death, resulting in killings whose number runs much higher than those resulted from all the terrorist attacks including drone strikes and other natural calamities across the rest of the country.
Bloodshed continued on the streets of Karachi day in and day out throughout the five years of the trio’s coalition government but these parties, which came to power through electorate’s vote, couldn’t find a single way to sort out this issue.
Now, these parties are demanding of the caretaker government, which is also of their own choosing, to ensure them the exact right that the citizens had been desperately asking them for – to live in peace.
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