A semblance of security

Published: March 3, 2012

Kidnappings have increased by the day but it’s as if the government of the day has either no ability to maintain law and order, or is simply not interested. PHOTO: AFP

What kind of country are we living in? This is a question I, as ajournalist, often end up asking myself as I glance through the day’s newspapers.

Consider: on the same day, there was a report of a family of five found murdered, in one of Karachi’s relatively affluent neighbourhoods. Then there was a report of a suicide attack in the country’s northwest in which several dozen innocent people had lost their lives. And then there was the demolition of the Osama bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, which was being done for some unknown reason, almost a year after he had been found living there and killed by US special forces.

The link in all of these stories was of violence.

In fact, the very next day, one got to read how armed men had barged into a charity hospital run by Koreans and when they didn’t find any Koreans, they kidnapped two local volunteers. These are people who are giving their time and effort to help others in their hour of need and what do we have – we have people who want to kidnap them.

Though the motive was unclear, it may be that they were working at a hospital run by foreigners and it could be a gang involved in kidnapping for ransom. In fact, in recent weeks, several such cases have surfaced in Karachi in particular, of affluent people being kidnapped and then let off after paying heavy ransom. According to local police officials, the Taliban and other extremist groups may be involved in this, as part of an effort to increase their funds through ‘alternative’ means.

The one thread that is common to all of these incidents is the absence of the writ of the state. It’s as if the government of the day has either no ability to maintain law and order, or is simply not interested. I am no critic of the PPP but the occurrence of such incidents at an alarmingly frequent rate makes one think that governance is the farthest from the present government’s mind.

In the end, the losers are ordinary Pakistanis, who must wait for a government that can at least provide them a semblance of security and protection.

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Anum Fatima

Anum works as a sub-editor for The Express Tribune's editorial pages.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • sharjeel khan

    There will be no semblance of security or peace until the state firmly establishes through its actions that no one segment of society is superior to others.At the moment,religious fanatics are getting away with murder.they are not caught or punished by the state.Even on the rare occasions where they are caught,the courts set them free.the media is too scared of them to criticise them on tv because no anchor wants to be blown up by a religious fanatic.
    the tv channels have gone to the extent to include maulvis in talkshows where religion is not under discussion
    The religious people know that they can get away with killing governors,federal ministers so they go about their tasks without fear.As long as our society continues to live in fear and trepidation of the religious extremists there will be no peace,no security in pakistan.Recommend

  • Fah

    so tell us something new… I don’t see any solutions to the problems pointed out in this blog .. that is where we as Pakistanis are at fault, we complain complain about problemse.. but never really discuss or implement solutions to the problems faced..Recommend

  • Parvez

    Solution : Depoliticise the police.Recommend

  • http://- Abid P. Khan


    “Depoliticise the police.”

    Easier said than done, my friend. Recommend