The effect on Karachi’s business community is being felt, said Mohammed Atiq Mir, chairman of the All Karachi Trade Association. He estimated that 20,000-25,000 businesses have left, and that the economic loss equals about $10 million dollars a day. Businessmen he talks with have begun hiring private security guards and are getting licenses to carry weapons.
The city’s police are often outnumbered and outgunned. There is one police officer for every 600 people, compared with 1 to 150 on average in neighboring India, said Sharfuddin Memon, an adviser to the Sindh provincial government. There is no witness protection program, so people are reluctant to testify. De-weaponization plans have gone nowhere.
Meanwhile the deaths multiply, and the death of Samina Waseem’s son remains one among hundreds that go unexplained and unpunished.
‘‘I just want that whoever did it to just tell us, why he did it,’’ she pleaded. ‘‘Just tell a mother why he killed my son.’’
Follow Rebecca Santana on Twitter (at)ruskygal.
Associated Press writer Adil Jawad in Karachi and Zarar Khan in Islamabad contributed to this report.
On the Internet: http://www.usip.org/publications/conflict-dynamics-in-karachi