Isn't it curious that ten times as much trouble occurs in Karachi and in Peshawar/Quetta. But the army never gets called in? Why?
Actually, Shiv, could you expand on that?
You probably may think that it as an obvious common knowledge, but I don't totally get it.
This "curious" fact has struck me time and again, and I can reach more than one "off the cuff" conclusion, but I keep wondering which explanation is correct.
Pakistan rangers have a permanent presence in Karachi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan_Rangers#Role_in_peace_maintenance_in_Karachi
They are *NOT* the equivalent of CRPF, they are the equivalent of Assam rifles. A detachment of Paki army "under" the interior ministry for protection in Karachi. These fellows have quite a colorful history. Search for "Karachi rangers" and you will get to see a stomach churning video of a fellow begging for mercy before being shot in the stomach. A BBC report about that is here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13717106
These guys pretty much run the city, including supplying water. here is a (old) Dawn articlehttp://archives.dawn.com/2005/11/02/local5.htm
Rangers reduce water charges
KARACHI, Nov 1: The Rangers have revoked their earlier decision of adjusting tanker filling charges. The decision has been taken to prevent the tanker mafia from increasing rates of water tankers who were taking undue advantage of adjustment of filling charges.
Taking a prompt action against the owners of tankers who had increased the rates of tankers following some adjustments made by the rangers in the filling charges, an official of the Rangers said on Tuesday that keeping in view the difficulties of the consumers, the Rangers have restored the old filling charges so that commercial tankers could be made available at old rates.
When army is in, can their spooks be far behind? In fact it has been alleged that Haqiqi faction of MQM was split off from MQM to keep altaf in check by Military intelligence associated with Karachi rangers. Here is a dailywhines article about that:http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009/06/09/story_9-6-2009_pg3_1
A rebel spook, currently running a human rights outfit for the “disappeared persons”, had once revealed that Haqiqi was used by the intelligence agencies to weaken the street power of Altaf Hussain. It had obviously not worked. In fact it had made permanent a dangerous urban split that the agencies could not have wanted had they known in advance what their policies would bring about.
There are stories of Military intelligence personnel being caught by MQM as revenge, tied to a chair and electric drills used on them. So now there is an uneasy truce between MQM and the TFTAs. Karachi is MQM territory, and they are quite jealous about protecting their popularity and street power (against the army and other political parties). Last time when the current Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan tried to conduct a rally there this happened:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_of_Iftikhar_Muhammad_Chaudhry#May_12.2C_2007_Karachi_Riots
As soon as the CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's plane touched down in Karachi airport, The city erupted in violence, especially the famour Karachi road of 'Shahray-e-Faisal' was taken over by groups of armed mobs who fired indiscriminately at the people due to receive CJP. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had come to address the city bar association on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Pakistani Supreme Court.