by: Aziz Narejo, TX
May 12th, 2007 should be a watershed in the history of Pakistan. On that day a military dictator and his collaborators in the London-Karachi based terrorist group stood against and confronted the popular movement in Pakistan for restoration of the deposed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The terrorists with the connivance of the Military Establishment, unleashed a reign of terror in Karachi, that day and killed and injured scores of people, harassed media and tried to stifle any voice for democracy and justice. The people of Karachi witnessed what naked terrorism could be. The thugs who believe in political blackmail and use of violence to achieve their objectives were at their worst. At the end of the day, the coward dictator raised his both arms in front of a coward in Islamabad and showered praises at ‘his’ men in Karachi who through the use of force had stopped the Chief Justice from reaching the Sindh High Court. In his words it was the manifestation of the ‘people’s power’.
Such occurrences can’t be stopped and undemocratic forces can’t be effectively defeated if the London-Karachi based terrorists and the ex-military dictator are not taken to the courts of law for their crimes against the people, democracy and the rule of law. No amount of appeasement would stop the undemocratic and terrorist forces from raising their heads again and again and play havoc with the people.
Immediate steps should also be taken to free the cities of Karachi and Hyderabad of the arms and ammunition. It is not just the areas of North Western Pakistan that have some terrorists. There are even more dangerous terrorists in the cities of Sindh that have taken the whole country hostage. They need to be tackled and de-weaponized too.
May 12, 2010