Yesterday we were informed that Rangers have ordered to remove all sorts of security barriers and gates installed in several streets of Karachi. Some would welcome this announcement, they would do so without stopping to think how it would affect the citizens living in the areas that will be deprived of the little bit of security provided to them in their homes.
I get it, a cleanup operation is being conducted, criminals are being caught and every effort is being made to make Karachi a safe city. I trust our security forces and I know that they will indeed do what they mean to but the goal hasn’t been achieved yet. There is still crime in Karachi and people don’t feel safe anywhere. Security gates have at least provided some security to residents in their own streets.
Before taking away these barriers, have the decision makers asked the residents how they feel about it? Or are their feelings irrelevant? Is it too much to ask that people feel safe in their homes? That they can come out in their streets without fear of somebody pressing his gun against their temple asking for all that they have? How will they assure us that we won’t be harmed in our own neighborhood? What alternate security system are they going to install? And most importantly, before common citizens are made vulnerable by this step, will VIPs be made to give up their security as well? Will ‘no-go’ areas be cleared?
All these questions need to be answered before giving a deadline. In this so-called democracy, we are already being made vulnerable to a lot of elements without being consulted. It’s not fair to take away the little bit of protection that we are being provided without even asking us once. I hope that the love that every political party and forces have for Karachi will make them pity its citizens and reconsider their decision.
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