By M. Tahir Khan.
It is a harsh reality that Pakistan’s renowned Qawwal Amjad Fareed Sabri is no more with us. He was targeted on 22nd June, 2016 in day light by some unknown gunmen in Liaqatabad, Karachi where he could not even struggle for his life and left all of his fans and followers in Pakistan and around the world in a state of shock.
The city of Karachi came into limelight once again in last week, firstly, on 21st June, 2016 the kidnapping of Advocate Awais Ali Shah, son of Chief Justice of Sindh High Court who went missing outside of Super Market in Defense Housing Authority and importantly after the efforts of seven days, he is still missing. Secondly, the target killing of Pakistan’s world known Qawwal Amjad Fareed Sabri got killed by unknown gunmen, whose responsibility was accepted by Taliban’s Hakimullah Mehsud faction, a splinter group of Taliban. Yet security institutions have not confirmed claim of that group. Thorough investigation is still in progress.
These last two incidents, no doubt once again have raised many questions on the overall security situation of the metropolitan city. A week ago, Pakistani’s had started to believe that security situation has been improved in the last two years, it’s because of operations being conducted by Sindh Rangers and Karachi City Police and at large, situation has also improved with the successful military operation in FATA and Tribal Areas as well.. But, there is a need to look into the facts in further detail to scrutinize where problem lies and exists. On general scale, there is no doubt that security situation in the country and in its metropolitan city has improved drastically and all the credit must go to our security institutions that have worked hard to safeguard Pakistan’s interests, but after these incidents, people are having question marks again in their minds.
It is also important here to highlight that all those who raise concerns on the security situation without considering the regional changes being happened around us, they have to understand that we are in a state of war, our enemy is on a run because of successful security operations and state of Pakistan is moving ahead towards the completion of real game changer “China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)”, but our neighboring state India is not willing to accept a path that leads Pakistan to a developed state. This is not only about India, but India has also lobbied with our other two neighbors Iran and Afghanistan to create a difficult situation for Pakistan. The recent example is the Chahbahar Agreement between the three countries India, Afghanistan and Iran which was declared as security threat to Pakistan. While talking to a workshop organized by Strategic Institute Vision, former Defense Secretary General Asif Yaseen Malik also stated that the alliance between India, Afghanistan and Iran is a security threat to Pakistan and added that he is feared that Pakistan is going into isolation. He further mentioned in the workshop that Pakistan is falling into isolation primarily due to its own mistakes and the hostile policies of the other states.
It is proven that Pakistan Military under the command of General Raheel Sharif has conducted successful operations in all tribal belt including North Waziristan, development in the war zone areas is under way, security situation in Karachi is better than ever before, Baluchistan is getting better day by day and finally overall situation in Pakistan is far better than ever before. But someone is out there to create unrest in Pakistan with different names some times, its Al Qaida, sometimes its ISIS and sometimes its Taliban. However it leads many questions for whose interests these groups cater, of course they cater Pakistan’s enemy, and those who supports them also fall in the same category too.
This is not the first time that a coward attempt was made to disrupt the normalized atmosphere of Pakistan’s metropolitan city. If we look into our recent past, many examples can be quoted here that were added to disrupt the day to day life of the city. The first example that fits here relates to the murder of Sabeen Mehmud, Human Rights Activist and founder of Karachi based café, The Second Floor (T2F). She was murdered on 24th April, 2015 and initially institutions of Pakistan were blamed, but those who blamed were being proven wrong after detailed investigations and successful operations by Karachi Police. The second case relates to the Safoora Goth incident that left 46 innocent people dead. Later, several arrests and investigations revealed that Sabeen Mehmood’s murder and Safoora Goth killings were conducted to sabotage the peace process and Foreign Secretary Azaz Chaudhry, while giving his official statement, expressed that Indian Intelligence Agency RAW is all behind it and is sponsoring the terror wave within Pakistan. All the accused in both the cases were arrested and now they are facing the law.
Our security and military institutions have shown a drastic success in handling threats. The role of Army Chief General Raheel Sharif remained an exception who proved to be the first to lead the institutions from front against all evils. Immediately after the target killing of Amjad Fareed Sabri, General Raheel Sharif along with Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and heads of all security institutions, visited Karachi, reviewed the overall security situation of the city and re-affirmed that across the board operation against terrorists, their abettors and financiers will continue till the normalcy in all parts of Karachi. Army Chief also issued directives to all intelligence institutions to work together and leave no stone unturned in finding the perpetrators.
The current two incidents, murder of Amjad Fareed Sabri and kidnapping of Chief Justice Sindh High Court’s son Owais Shah, indicate that Pakistan’s all opponents are all out there to create unrest in different parts of the country including the metropolitan city Karachi. This is the time when we have to prove our firmness in handling all security related threats being faced by us. Pakistan Army and General Raheel Sharif’s role in dealing the militancy and aims of Pakistan’s opponents, remained exceptional. However, our civil institutions lack the capacity to meet the new challenges. These institutions need total and complete reforms which our civilian governments seem to be reluctant to do so, but to cater the security issues under the ongoing circumstances, much needed reforms are more important than ever before.