The news of five bomb blasts in a day in Karachi was terrifying; it indicated failure of the new government to provide relief to the disturbed residents of the metropolis. While the major blast at Lyari took a toll of few human lives, the other four blasts destroyed four liquor shops located in the posh localities of DHA and Gulshan-e-Iqbal. One fails to understand how such illegal business was in operation despite the government’s ban on the open sale and consumption of liquor. Though the shops were closed at the time of incident on account of Ramzan, they otherwise remain open the whole day with and do a thriving business.

All the four shops are said to be owned by one person. How such a flourishing illegal business has escaped the eye of the provincial government, the Karachi administration and the police stations of the areas concerned is, however, amazing. The mystery can be solved by a suo moto notice by the Supreme Court to ascertain as to who is the ‘Liquor Tycoon’ making millions out of such an illegal trade and who are his sponsors and collaborators? All of them should be awarded severe punishment.


Lahore, August 8.