A few days ago one Uzair Baluch proudly sitting with a Turban on a Pakistani TV channel is seen sitting in lavish surrounding of his home. Seated proudly he boasted about the grace of god but failed short of mentioning the grace of his henchmen who have kept the city of Karachi by its throat in the last few years to make him a rich man.
When I am writing this piece only 50 of the 300,000 AK 47’s distributed by PPP government’s main fall guy Zulfiqar Mirza has been recovered. 9 days later only 6 henchmen are dead, 20 arrested. Uzair looks as defiant as ever. Round 1 has ended. Sorry to say but Police has failed to make much ground. A reporter categorically said after spending PKR 10.0 Million in this time 98% of the ammunition got wasted.
Pakistan’s interior minister has widened the doubt on TTP and BLA separatists. Looks like Round 2 should be a bigger offensive otherwise. The level of defiance shown by the armed men of Lyari would unsettle a lot of nerves in the city in case the law enforcement elements fail.
Whilst many might be accusing political rivalry within PPP or blaming others for this operation; the fact of the matter remains that being closest to the port and the sea belt of Karachi. This area of Lyari has been a major conduit for smuggling from abroad and for destination within Pakistan as the area also holds one of the largest Truck port as well.
Being next to the financial hub of I.I. Chundrigar road, next to the largest commercial market, closeness to Northern Bypass/Lyari Expressway and its proximity to the port makes the need of a serious operation there a must for both civil and defense purposes especially after the revelation of TTP and anti Pakistan BLA having grounding over there.
Whilst we should not forget that how Zulfiqar Mirza used People’s Aman Committee’s henchmen to unleash terror on the city of Karachi just a few months ago and massacred, maimed, raped and looted people of the heart of Pakistan for his own lust of power. Interestingly the master mind is off the scene. I am sure pulling the strings from rear.
As for Uzair Baluch who I feel thinks that he is the Robin Hood of Lyari fails to demonstrate that he read the full legend that Mr. Hood lived with his people and never lived a rich life as he gave everything back to the poor. Since he is involved in extortion, kidnapping, murder and smuggling. He by partaking a little and that too may be to the so called supporters manages to live a lavish life on his own. Doesn’t make sense isn’t it.
There is no doubt that Lyari deserved better from its leadership especially PPP. They after being so many times in power failed to develop this area and I am sure out of selfish reasons and may be incapability to deliver as well. Since they have always seen the poor and talented people of Lyari only as infantry and nothing else. In my view, they think that with a full stomach and equal opportunity they would and might exercise their right to choose their representatives intelligently and that may see PPP loose its only stronghold in Karachi. This strategy may have worked for them but is unfortunate for the poor of Lyari.
But what ever we might say. Lyari operation has to be done rightly without any foul play as its future would determine the future course of peace in Karachi. The government and the army should not undermine the strategic importance on the peace of Karachi due to Lyari; as I feel & I hope I am wrong. This might start a wrong trend in the city and with the current polarization in the city. This would be detrimental for the future of Karachi & Sindh. Wishing for a swift action and praying that the innocent of Lyari shall prevail for their betterment and a better Karachi.