Terror in Boriri – by AZIZ NAREJO
This is with reference to news stories, letters and editorials in media about the people living in the state of fear in Boriri and some other neighbouring villages in Taluka Khairpur Nathan Shah, District Dadu in Sindh.
According to the reports and personal communication with the people in the area, it is evident that the government has utterly failed to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities to provide safety and security to the people. It has completely let down the people who are living in war-like conditions. The dacoits and criminal elements have murdered six people belonging to village Boriri and about 40 people belonging to neighbouring villages in the last few years. Extortions, robberies, kidnappings, threats to life and property and intimidation are commonplace.
The reports say most of the boys and girls schools have been closed in the area and the teachers, especially female, who teach at Boriri and neighbouring villages have stopped travelling to their places of work. Elected representatives belonging to the ruling party have confirmed that nobody could travel in the area after 3:00 pm as at dusk hoodlums take control of the roads in the area.
The people allege that the criminal elements had the support of a powerful PML-Q leader from the area in the past, who has now been replaced by an influential minister from the sitting government.
Does the party in power care? What would it take for the government to come to the aid of the people and safeguard their lives and properties and take away the criminals who are known to everyone — even to the people in the government?