Learning a lesson or two... By Concerned Citizen
22 January, 2013
Karachi was recently saddened by the untimely demise of MQM's MPA Manzar Imam along with his gunmen on January 17, 2013. When news of his death was announced, there was chaos and commotion in the city resulting in carnage, looting and arson as usual. One could see long queues of commuters and public transport vehicles at fuel/CNG pumps filling up their tanks for the familiar misery ahead, which often results in the shutting down of the city the next day or even for the next few days despite an appeal by the MQM's chairman for peaceful mourning after this particularly sad incident. Every life is important whether it is that of a parliamentarian or an ordinary citizen.
It is the untimely loss that is always disheartening. Recently, Mr Bashir Bilour, who was one of the top leaders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's ruling party, the ANP, lost his life in a tragic bomb blast in Peshawar. However, no one was killed or injured nor was there any looting, rioting or carnage in Peshawar or in the entire province. Rather, the people remained peaceful; they kept calm and silently mourned the loss of their leader. Unfortunately, I, as a Karachite and Pakistani, felt disgraced when I saw the usual pattern of arson, looting, carnage, commotion, chaos and complete closure of the city on January 17, 2013 immediately after Mr Imam's death.
I hope Karachi's biggest political party, which should take the largest portion of responsibility, and other political parties learn a lesson from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because such chaos in Karachi costs this poor country billions of rupees.
A CONCERNED CITIZEN