16 Oct 2017/Monday
Karachi, fared the second worst globally, followed by Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of the Congo. Everything about the city is difficult for women even a simple walk on the street, and they are subjected to harassment, whether verbal or even physical. A US magazine ‘Foreign Policy’ had earlier termed Karachi “the most dangerous megacity” in the world. Gangs tied to political parties have long operated in the poorer parts of the city, running extortion rings and land-grab schemes, asserting that these factors have helped turn conditions in the city to one of the most fertile hotbeds for meth trade.
There is a high threat from terrorism and sectarian violence throughout Pakistan, with Karachi being the fulcrum of several attacks. Decades of neglect and mismanagement have turned Karachi, Pakistan’s largest and wealthiest city, into a pressure cooker. Ethno-political and sectarian interests and competition, intensified by internal migration, jihadist influx and unchecked movement of weapons, drugs and black money, have created an explosive mix. Karachi has been overrun by political violence, gang shootings, and even suicide bombings.Karachi is the most dangerous of the world’s mega-cities, with a murder rate of 12.3 per 100,000 residents (Al Jazeera). None of the world’s 13 largest cities come within 25% of Karachi’s exceptional murder rate. Amongst the political in-fighting and lawlessness, Karachi has become especially famous for its motorbike riding assassins, known as “target killers”. For $700-$1000, these target killers will assassinate police, protesters, businessmen, and political opponents.Also, incidences of street crime are very high in the city. Night time travel in the city is very unsafe with mugging and looting being a routine affair.Meanwhile, anti-India outfits like the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba/Jamaat-ud-Dawa (LeT/JD) and Jaish-e-Mohammed continue to operate madrasas and charity fronts with scant reaction from the Rangers or police.Jihadist groups have benefited from a combination of lax law enforcement and state support. For long Pakistan is looking towards Kashmir to turn it into another Karachi “a mafia-land”, to carry out all its illegal activities. However, all its attempts are thwarted by the security forces in J&K, thus maintaining peace and stability in the state. Kashmiri’s need to take a clue from this report, they cannot endanger their women and children at the hands of such mafia’s who have now earned the tag of a terrorist nation globally.