Shia killings in Karachi and the intelligence agencies’ failure

It is now becoming abundantly clear that recent wave of Shia killings in Karachi too is a handiwork of the Jihadist sectarian elements.

What is the motive behind the recent wave of sectarian killings? You can glean some information from the following news report:

Coalition partners of the Sindh government had held successful meetings late last month to sort out the issue of political target killings in the city, following which the phenomenon came to a screeching halt. The respite, however, was short-lived.

Following this breakthrough, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza issued a letter to the heads of intelligence agencies on June 3 making it obligatory that any detention by them be first referred to the local police station, so that all misconceptions are avoided.

Interestingly, two days after the fetters were placed, sectarian violence erupted in the city.

In the letter, addressed to ISI commander, FIA director and other top intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, Mirza instructed them to stop arresting people without taking local police into confidence.

The letter issued the directives: “[…] It is decided that henceforth any arrest required to be made in furtherance of a legal process by any agency must be done only and only after information of such an arrest has first been communicated to the police station concerned where such an arrest is supposed to be made. Snap checking on the pretext of search must also be communicated to the relevant police station. If this practice is not followed, the arrest of the individual or group of individuals shall be subject to judicial scrutiny and the government shall take an adverse view of it. I would like to place on record that these instructions be fully complied with in the future.”

Source: Express Tribune

From the text of the letter, it is evident that the elected government wanted to enforce a due legal mechanism in the way intelligence agencies perform their operations. However, such restrictions were obviously disliked by the ISI officials who are notorious for their lack of cooperation with the police and also for their lack of loyalty to the democratic government.

The outcome was a foregone conclusion. The ISI’s revenge was forthcoming which soon became evident when the agency unleashed its “non-uniformed manpower” in the form of the Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorists attacking and target killing innocent Shia and Barelvi citizens of Karachi.

There is only one way to restore peace in Karachi. The Sindh government / civil administration in Karachi must not interfere with the unrestricted powers enjoyed by the ISI and its various “civilian” outfits.



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