Does a Karachi life mean less to the powers that be and to its own people? We already see that people in Karachi having grown up in / around or being affected by gun culture, can so easily speak about killing another human being. Now the latest is this tragedy. A bridge collapses in 25 days since its inauguration.
Why do our people, construction folks and engineers feel its ‘ok’ to create sub standard structures? Are Karachi people that low on the priority scale that losing Karachi lives is acceptable?
How poor must the construction have been? How poorly can you think of your brethrens that you sell weak/diluted cement and insufficiently strengthened steel structures or simply create a bad design?
To complain about the folks who may have built sub standard bridges is one thing, but why does our gawking public have to thrust their way into every situation? If you are not on the search and rescue squad do not hinder their progress. Keep away like the authorities were asking you to. How many lives must have been affected by the delays caused by the chaotic crowds? These are full grown adults. Staring into cameras. Hindering the progress of the rescue operation. Not helping anyone. Are they “agents” wanting to sabotage rescue operations? It’s not a lack of “education”, it’s a lack of humanity. If you cannot help, allow passage to those who can. We all contribute to Karachi lives meaning less and less.
Tragedies here are sadder. They mean more because in other areas around the world, people’s humanity, their desire to help their fellow humans, irrespective of their backgrounds, becomes apparent at such times. Here we see godlessness. No one wants to help and those who are trying to, are hindered due to the lack of caring by the bystanders. If you can’t help, at least allow those who are wanting to. This same mentality is apparent in everything we do. If someone has a new idea, its shot down and labeled as “this is Pakistan, things happen differently here” meaning let things get from bad to worse, no one is interested in improving things around here.
Why do our people want to lag behind? Even comparing ourselves to the rest of Urban Pakistan is becoming a joke. People visiting from Lahore categorically feel they live in a better city (going so far as to saying they are in a first world city, while Karachi lags behind in the third world), as far as daily issues and infrastructure are concerned.
As a city we are becoming crippled mentally. Do we WANT to lag behind? I have been proud of Karachi and Karachi-ites for their spirit but if your fellow citizen means less everyday, should one be proud of the Karachi Mentality?