Community Voices Karachi:"Let's give peace a chance!"

by Muhammad Ammad on 24th June, 2014 at 12:25 PM CEST

Karachi is a global megacity, its houses nearly 22 million people and generate three-fifths of countries GDP. It is often regarded a mini Pakistan as people from all over the country head to the metropolitan city for jobs and business. Due this status of the city any law in order situation causes economic loss and destabilization. Ongoing war on terror in Afghanistan and its fall out in Pakistan’s Tribal areas has led to the creation of Pakistan Tehreek Taliban which has been suspected to be added by Uzbek militants and other foreign state and non-state actors.

On the night 9 June 2014, 10 heavily armed militants attack the old terminal of Jinnah international airport (JIAP) Karachi. They were held back by Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel before they were martyred in the firing. After this the militants stormed their way to the runway of the airport. Meanwhile the special services group of Pakistan and rangers overtook the operation to end the siege. The force killed 8 militants after fierce battle while 2 of the militants were reported to have blown their selves up with suicide jackets. Media reports claim 25 innocent were slain including 18 security personnel.

Pakistani media has praised the bravery and valor of the security force for limiting the extent of the damage and preventing the terrorist from achieving their desired targets, which is believed to be destroying the parked aircrafts, taking hostages and occupying the control tower. Moreover the militants were also carrying Factor 8 injections to stop bleeding from wounds. The sophisticated weapons and medicine recovered from terrorist has led to speculation about intelligence-led terrorism.

The terrorist attack on the Jinnah international airport could hammer the aviation industry in Pakistan as a few airlines are reviewing to cancel their services to JIAP, putting already troubled economy under more pressure. The divided political opinion about the ways to tackle the TTP and other militant groups have also aggravated the situation. The main issue is the incoherence of governments security policy, where it seems unable to decide whether to give dialogue a chance or making the force come into the play. While a few political parties till now have advocated in favor of dialogue with limited counter-insurgency strikes against those defying peace.

Let’s pray for peace in Pakistan. We are sick of these terrorist attacks and military operations. Let’s give peace a chance!!

Muhammad Ammad
C:F Chapter, Pakistan

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pacifique ndayishimiye

pacifique ndayishimiye

No to terrorists attack,Peace in Pakistan!!

24th June, 2014 @ 6:18 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

yes. Ammad, u r right. peace is the need of the hour

26th June, 2014 @ 6:18 PM CEST

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