By Dr Shahid Qureshi –
The recent killings of four young men who belonged to religious organisations by the Karachi police in fake encounters has raised the alarms both nationally and internationally if Karachi is safe for investors or not? These men were killed by SSP of Karachi police Rao Anwar who holds a large portfolio of properties in Dubai and in Karachi.
Pakistani Police has become part of the problem than part of the solution. In every criminal syndicate, we see close police involvement. Police force has become a sign of fear for innocent citizen and source of power to the criminal gangs.
Criminals mafias including politicians are using police forces to eliminate opponents. One of the root causes of failure in tackling terrorism in Pakistan is complicity of the police and complete failure of the local police and intelligence system. That is happening by design to put pressure on the armed forces and rangers to do the job which they are not trained and equipped. It further reduces the capacity in dealings with the enemies at the borders.
According to a report by Mehtab Aziz, “during year 2017 there were 38 police encounters in which Karachi police killed 122 young men by declaring them terrorists. Almost 98 applications were filed in the courts for hearing. 16 accused were brought to their homes for further investigations to recover their laptops. Police took them back and told the families that your boys will be back soon. A Sindhi nationalist worker President of Jiya Sindh Qumi Mahaz was killed and later declared as Taliban Commander. A worker of religious party who refused to sell his house to a builder was killed in police encounter and declared as Taliban. A member of Qadr Magsi Group was killed for exposing corruption in building material. He was declared as Daesh. A student who came on holidays from Malaysia was killed for snatching a container. His family was pressured to withdraw the application from the court.
Police don’t have basic information about the terrorist groups operating in the area. The most important factor to be noted is that all the people killed in fake encounters were religious, Sunnis belong to Jamat-e-Islmai, JUI or Tablighi Jamat and have beard”.
Pakistani security establishment must act quickly as White Collar Criminals have moved to Red Collar Crimes now. Which means they have started using police, judiciary and criminal gangs for their businesses. This trend started when Justice Nizam was killed in Karachi, Asif Zardari was accused in this murder and later son of the Chief Justice Sindh High Court was kidnapped by the police-mafia syndicate. Pakistani premier agency recovered the son of the chief justice from the custody of criminal-police and a SSP level officer of Sindh Police was caught red handed. He was acting on the behest of the powerful ruling party politician. The purpose was to get relief in the case of Dr Asim who holds nationality of Canada and Uzbekistan.
Moving of mafia from White Collar Crimes to Red Collar Crimes would be great disaster for the country and security agencies as well as armed forces. This has been observed in Central American countries Columbia, Mexico, Ecuador, Panama where politicians, judges, security officials were killed in large numbers by the drug cartels.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University)