No doubt, Karachi takes the cake in target killing, though one look across the land of Pakistan would give unmistakable evidence that bloodshed at the slightest provocation is painfully common everywhere. If at one place, political, ethnic or economic considerations create strong rivalries resulting in death and destruction; at another, the feeling of deprivation finds expression in acts of sabotage and the murder of those who are perceived to be responsible for the local populations misery; at yet another, suicide terrorism takes its toll, much heavier than in any other corner of the country; and at still another place, the general law and order situation, dreadful as it is all over the country, seems to worsen by the hour. However, the above description should not be taken to mean that a particular kind of insecure condition is confined to a particular area; it can and does rear its ugly head elsewhere, maybe with less frequency. In the Pakistan of today, in fact, the security of life and property hangs by a thread, easy to be broken by a ruthless robber, an emotionally charged public protester, a reckless driver of vehicle, or simply a violent law-breaker. In March (first 20 days alone), Karachi saw the deaths of 110 of its denizens, mostly through target killings, and Datta Khel in North Waziristan had to bear the grief of at least 42 peaceful tribesmen with one CIA-operated drone strike, not to speak of so many other deadly instances of terrorism in FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and other provinces that keep occurring every now and then. In Lahore, the Punjabs capital where security is supposed to be the strictest, two policemen at a police picket were shot dead by three armed men on Sunday when they were stopped to identify themselves. Underlying the high incidence of thefts and robberies, violent scuffles and noisy brawls, and a host of other ills that afflict the country is the undeniable reality of a society in serious trouble. If the high and mighty in the land indulge in loot and plunder with abandon and disregard the calls for accountability from the highest judicial authority in the country, the political and economic underpinning of the order would be seriously shaken and there would be growing impoverishment of the people, giving rise to an acute sense of outrage and frustration. The system would ultimately creak under the strain. There would be all sorts of acts of lawlessness. Political wisdom demands a rational analysis of the root cause of the trouble; for unless that is removed, the law would continue to be flouted. Whether it is Karachi or any other part of the country, calm can only return when the root cause is suitably addressed, i.e. when the common man is assured of economic, social and political justice.