Sindh : Where are law enforcers?

by Qazi Altaf, Hyderabad, Sindh

A photograph appeared in a local daily showing some angry young men (moslyt teenagers) of Aqil Village, Naudero, who were supposed to hold books, seizing weapons in their hands. As per caption they were anticipating possible attack by a clan with who their family had enemity on some metrimonial affair.

A glance of the picture reminds one a scene of some western Cowboy movie where every citizen used to carry a gun for his personal protection.

If the state of law and order of such an important place like Naudero, a constituency of Late Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto is so precarious, one can imagine the worsening conditions of other areas of the province.

Unfortunately it was after the changes brought by the previous regime, in district administration and police setup that system of governance prevailing in country went completely out of hand. In the urban areas street crime has increased exponentially whereas ever increasing tribal feuds has destroyed the peace and tranquility of the rural areas completely. The police force either does not intervene in the tribal warfare or when it does was discouraged by the politicians in power who are party to the dispute.

If the provincial government is interested in restoring the writ of government it has to take on the one had stern action against those police functionaries who are sitting as silent spectators when flagrant violation of law and order is reported and on the other hand shun political interference in tribal warfare. This will not only restore peace in the province but faith of local population in the strength law and order institutions will be revived once again.

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