The sum of 19,000 missing containers resurfacing two years after an enquiry was ordered, is an unwelcome, but necessary reminder of the triumph of incompetence and complicity that governs our country. At a Supreme Court hearing, the DG Rangers drew a connection between thousands of containers of weapons and vehicles vanishing from the Karachi port and a surge of arms in Karachi.

That the containers went missing while in the care of Pakistani customs authorities does not seem to silence conspiracy theorists who allege that the root of Karachi's violence problems is foreign interference. It emerges that at every possible opportunity individual benefit and monetary advantage has been valued more worthy of protection than the interest of the state.

This holds true even of those ordered to conduct the 2011 inquiry by the Supreme Court. No conclusive results were obtained. Two years wasted and more than the initial discovery of the 'theft', we are none the wiser.

Security checkposts, with no men to man them, scanners that don't work, closed circuit cameras that record static, almost every aspect of the details emerging show not only disrepair and technical breakdowns, but are symptomatic of a larger malady: the utter disinterest in getting the job done at the cost of possible personal gain.

The best of intentions fail, the clearest of laws are worthless, the highest of reimbursements will not satisfy if personal integrity is continuously put up for sale.

Weapons distributed between Karachi and the tribal areas have been used to devastating effect, and have been the subject of intense debate, as to their origins. If an inquiry that reaches unbiased conclusions can be conducted, it would not only help lay to rest many conspiracy theories, but also make clear that terrorist networks do not have the wherewithal to act alone, but rely on greed and corrupt elements in the state to aid in the accomplishment of their nefarious goals.