In Karachi, guns are not the problem



  • The thing which allows you to feel empowered, secure and safe

    Since 2009, different quarters have been calling for the de-weaponization of Karachi. But with minimal trust in law enforcement agencies, many would feel safe with a licensed weapon in their possession, ideally placed in hands reach and to be used for defense only.

    Ironically the ones who call for de-weaponization are the same ones who wear weapons as traditional ‘jewelry for men’. But is this the only way to help curb target killing in Karachi? But why in Karachi?

    Karachi has imported many cultures over the years. Traditions came with the migrants whether from across the border or from up the frontier and are all are free in this city to be whoever they are.

    There is severe shortage of LEA’s for the city in comparison to other parts of Pakistan. Most of the police and rangers are not from Karachi. They hail from various villages and towns, and are sent here to keep a leash on the residents and maintain security half heartedly. Corruption is rampant from top to bottom within the whole system. Police stations are “sold” and power offering public seats are regularly bid upon. Regular bribes are traded and there is hardly any accountability or rule of law.

    In a city like this who would want to be stripped of the only defense one has? The thing which allows you to feel empowered, secure and safe?

    There was legislation passed by the Parliament asking for submission of licensed or illegal weapon to the same police station which gives you chills even when driving by it. How many would actually deposit their weapon knowing the morals and ethics our society possesses.

    A decade ago only the rich, influential, sardar’s, industrialists, and feudal cum politicians living in Karachi were seen roaming around with guards openly displaying their weapons. Perhaps this has not changed much, except that some can afford private security guards with spiffy uniforms now.

    Suppose we were to de-weaponize every part of the country? The campaign needs to start after from when the weapons are made, which is the North and move downwards to the South of Pakistan as this tradition of keeping weapons came very last in this city.

    Therefore, as per the ethnic based political party, the “target killing” in Karachi will not end until the city has been de-weaponized. We can now understand that this menace is something which is not going to stop anytime soon, because they know it is impossible to strip the city of 20 million from house to house, and still be free of weapons.

    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/33...t-the-problem/



  • okay so this MQM's side of the story, where is other part of it that exposes MQM?



  • if state failed to provide protection to citizen then i can see right of carrying weapon..regardless which part of country and ethnics group people belongs to....



  • In our society their are two reason for keeping weapon...

    1. because weapon is believe to be jewelry...

    2. For protection...

    Both of them have different purpose...In late 1980s and early 1990s Ahl-e-tashi in Karachi started buying weapons and started mobilizing themselves as well against few Anti Shia outfits emerged due to Jihadi outfit started emerging because of Afghan war and then when the situation started intensified then this culture started prevailing in Karachi....

    Back in the time of Soviet war in Afghanistan many people from Tribal areas helped their counterparts in Afghanistan and even many went to Afghanistan themselves to support them and due to that Weapons as jewelry culture promoted in tribal areas which came later to rest of Pakistan....



  • yah , guns are not the problem ...

    but the gun holders are ...



  • _yah, guns are not the problem ...

    but MQM is ...

    ;-)_



  • Karachi ka subse bara problem wohh jamaat hay joj khud ko Karachi ka thekaydaar samjhti hay.



  • To MQM supporters,ethnic terrorism is ok but no tolerance to Taliban's terrorism.

    We need to build institutions rather than buying arms.Why don't we put efforts for that.MQM in fact relies on Butta Khori so it can not shun gun culture.



  • @wantinsaf,

    Careful there my brother, your Haji Imran Khan has already admitted to having absolutely no evidence against MQM for the transgressions you have mentioned above.



  • he he he

    siddiqi bhai bilawajah Imran bhai se tappy hoye hain .

    halankay abhi tou Imran sirf apni doulat pe aish kar raha hay...

    Zardari ,Nawaz ,Altaf ,Asfand wali ki tarhah awam ki doulat pe tou aish nahi kar raha ...



  • The only solution to guns problems in Karachi is that either all are disarmed from guns or all are provided guns. In the cities like Quetta and Peshawar, all men are armed with guns, so robberies and mobile snatching in these cities are not as common as in Karachi.



  • Weapons are way of life in Pakistan. Karachi is plagued with street crimes coz common people dont have any weapon for self protection.

    Ideally, whole country should be deweaponised. This is as difficult as "Kashmir resolution" however, lets try easy one and encourage all citizens to carry licensed weapons. This weaponisation will act as deterrance against crimes.