Over 289 citizens of Pakistan were burned alive in Karachi Baldia factory massacre in September 2012. They were not Rohingya Muslims slaughtered by Burmese fanatics or terrorists, nor Palestinians butchered by Israelis, nor victims of Hutu tribal feud of Africa, but by their own fellow citizens, for no fault of theirs, other than being poor, underpaid laborers of a garment factory, whose owners refused to pay extortion money, demanded by criminals and terrorists affiliated with a political party, which was part of coalition government that ruled Sindh.

Does getting elected give any political party the right to kill citizens, collect extortion, kidnap for ransom, forcibly occupy private or state property, indulge in money laundering and yet claim immunity from prosecution?. How can such a government, or a political party and its activists, or criminals involved in such heinous crimes deserve any reprieve from law? A country that allows such barbarity to go unpunished, within its territorial jurisdiction, is a state that has no right to exist, or demand membership of UN, or claim sovereignty.

The PM, Chief Justice of Pakistan and General Raheel have moral and constitutional responsibility to ensure that these barbarians, responsible for Baldia Garment Factory Massacre, be given exemplary punishment in conformity to heinous nature of crime committed and not allow political exigencies to be a hurdle in delivery of justice. Failure in doing so will only encourage terrorism and extortion collection to flourish in this unfortunate country, ruled by people who have neither any stakes nor any commitment, except perhaps blinded by greed and lust for black money, assured that they will get away with murder.

ANEELA CHANDIO,

Sukkur, June 16.