Karachi – the city of lights, a place where many dwell their imaginations and dreams. The beauty of this city has always been in its diversified cultural and ethnic colors. This city has offered to all more than its own potential and capacity. It has been more than 60 years and still people from our rural vicinity look up to this city to attempt their fortune in here. It’s a mini Pakistan, we find individuals from all groups, sects, ethnics, and religions in here. This city used to be mother of jobs providing opportunities and employments, knowing the fact that the immigrants (Mahajirs) who migrated at the time of independence were the settlers and deserved an edge. At the moment the city has almost one third population of Mahajirs, about one third of combined Pashtun and Sindhi and the remaining are mixed groups including Bengalis, Biharis, Christians and Hindus.
Meanwhile the population has been increasing without any check and balance. The continuously growing violence and timidity is denting the city very harshly. The ethnic war has reached at its uppermost stage and seems uncontainable. There are no signs of dawdling it down. The residents have found a way to safeguard their interest but not without hurting others welfare. They have become immune to violence and aggression that everyday killings is no more but a News slide for a minute. The land mafia culture is strongest in history. City has been divided into colonies by religious & political parties. Ammunition display is getting more and more common. While security forces aren’t delivering at all. Courts aren’t issuing verdicts. All these issues might lead to anarchy or massacre sooner or later.
Considering the whole dreadful situation here is a probable solution I suggest minimizing it:
- Karachi should also be declared as a Neutral Zone. No political activities or marketing campaigns should be allowed in it. No provincial or district seats should be allotted. This is a huge sacrifice we might need from all the political parties by choice or by force.
- Make Karachi a separate state/province. It would safeguard the interests of the locals at first and others as well. I am not being mean but yes the locals deserve the first preference as the whole country has quota systems and domicile culture. We have to think in the favor of the nation.
- Give them their own government structure, security and administration, which have to be decided upon qualification and merit.
- City governance should be institutionalized and entrepreneurs & business bureaucrats must be made stake holders.
- An intercity work permit should be assigned to all the employees in every sector to keep check and balance.
- A limited time visa should be allocated to all those migrants entering the city, to keep check on security issues.
- Even in the city an industrial free zone should be made to keep things aligned with special security and incentives.
- Special Forces should be designated around the city. This job can easily be done by our local police, prior to their commitment and sincerity.
- Special Judicial courts should be established to deliver the verdict as soon as possible.
- There should be no concept of Jails, individuals should be punished the moment they are found guilty and then released.
I propose these harsh measures not because am a local of this city but by analyzing the constant deteriorating situation of Karachi for last few years. I know there are more issues to be dealt with such as education, corruption, and inflation etc. But I assure that all of them will fall in line with the implementation of these points.
Karachi has always been the industrial hub and the economic wheel of Pakistan. Its security is important for the interest of nation and such a sacrifice can be made in order to maintain peace and tranquility in this city. The concept of modern city is similar to it, away from politics and
corruption. I personally believe that making a single city Karachi Politics free; would not affect the country’s political dynamics. For Political parties who claim to be so much worried about this city, it should not be difficult for them to comprehend a viable solution. After all, the government is framed not from Karachi but from the coalition and alliance in the center. This can be implemented on temporary basis let’s say 5 years or so, but we have to keep in mind that the Karachi is the heart of Pakistan and we have to maintain its functionality without any hindrance or obstacle.