Concerned Citizens of Pakistan (CCP) strongly condemn the continued violence in Karachi which has resulted in the loss of over 70 valuable lives in the past four days. On Tuesday more than 20 people were killed in Kabari Market in full view of the public, yet nobody has been apprehended. It is a matter of deep concern that the largest city of Pakistan, which is also the major centre of commerce and industry has been paralysed. Normal life has come to a stand still but indiscriminate firing continues. The city of lights has been reduced to a slaughterhouse where bullet riddled and tortured bodies of young people between the ages 20 and 35 are found strewn over different parts of the city. The imposition of curfew followed by search operations has not yielded any positive result.
This communal strife appears to be entrenched in ethnic differences. Many of the Muslim immigrants from India sought refuge in Karachi at the time of partition. They had given tremendous sacrifices for the sake of an independent Muslim homeland. Refugees also poured into various parts of Punjab. Their family members gave their lives for the sake of this country. In the Islamic tradition we are all part of one community. This was historically demonstrated when the Holy Prophet migrated from Mecca to Medina. The Residents of Medinah, the “Ansars,” accommodated the Muhajreen in their own homes. The Holy Prophet organized the Muslim community into a State under the Charter of Medina, (Misaaq-e-Medina). This covenant was entered into between the Muslims (Muhajreen and Ansars), the Pagans, the Christians and the Jews. According to the covenant, the diverse ethnicities and religions present in Medina constituted one community, Ummat-ul-Wahida. The state guaranteed the lives and security of all the citizens. They could pursue their professions and livelihoods and practice their religions in peace. In public matters, the affairs of the state were regulated by a common system of laws acceptable to all, however in personal matters each group was free to practice and apply their personal laws. This is the example of tolerance taught to us by the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Our nation, particularly the city of Karachi, is divided across ethnic and sectarian lines where no tolerance is found for diversity.
Firqa bandi hai kahin or kahin zaaten hain.
Kia Zamaney mein panapne ki yehi baaten hain ?
CCP urges state functionaries to rise above petty personal political considerations and devise a system where by the citizens of Karachi belonging to diverse ethnic, racial and religious persuasions can live together in harmony. Peace and security must be maintained by law enforcing agencies through strict regulation and monitoring in a transparent manner, in order that the city of Karachi may eradicate these killing fields and regain its past glory .
Nasira Iqbal, Chairperson,
Concerned Citizens of Pakistan (CCP)
61, Main Gulberg , Lahore.