NEW YORK: Foreign Policy (FP) Magazine has placed the metropolis of Pakistan on top amongst the World’s most dangerous mega cities.
The US publication claims that the ratio of murder in Karachi is 25% more as compared to other mega cities of the world.
Besides claiming such statement, the magazine also stated that significant rise in the metropolis’ population has been noted up to 80% during the span of 10 years from 2000 till 2010. The population explosion which took place in the city over the decade is more than the entire population of New York city.
Furthermore, the magazine states that due to terrorism on northwest frontiers, millions of Pakistanis fled to Karachi during 10 year span. Land grabbing and extortions in Karachi were being operated by the gangs that had political associations.
Another incident was the rise of militant outfits like TTP, LeJ and SSP in different areas of the city added fuel to the fire. All these groups were involved in criminal activities such as kidnappings and bank robberies. However these militant organisations had been banned by the government, yet they continue their strong hold in their respective areas, local media quoted FP.
Insurgencies in Balochistan and other areas of the country along with the Afghan War have opened Karachi’s ports to narcotics and weapons smuggling. Clashes which last for days between rival gangs or between gangs and the police have become the norm in the city.
It is under these circumstances that Karachi has become the most dangerous mega city in the world with the highest homicide rate per 100,000 people.
To add insult to the injuries, the report claims that Karachi comprised of 1,723 gangsters while twin city Mumbai had 202. During 2012, 2000 people were reported to have been killed in the metropolitan city. Earlier, The News Tribe reported 25000 fake licenses issued for 9 mm guns during 2010 and 2011.