The incident of target killing of two men in Karachi participating in a religious procession on Sunday should be condemned seriously. Those who have carried out this heinous act must be immediately hunted down. They are part of the forces that want to dismember Pakistan by instigating sectarian strife. Immediately after the killings, violent protests and demonstration erupted and engulfed the city. Scores were injured. Several vehicles and motorbikes were put to torch as the members of the aggrieved community lashed out against the culprits as well as police for dereliction of duty. The protestors also blocked some junctions and roads choking up the traffic of the city. The climate of fear was quite noticeable. The killings rebut the claim by the police that sufficient security measures have been taken to ensure peace during Muharram. What it shows is that the target killers and the groups backing them up are alive and kicking. This raises serious doubts about the federal governments recent set of measures to ensure peace in Karachi in the wake of suo moto notice by the Supreme Court. And hence it is clear that a new and different approach is required to bring peace on a permanent basis. Why is it so that the troublemakers have been allowed to hold the city hostage for so long? Unfortunately the man at the helm of the Interior Ministry Mr Rehman Malik has miserably failed in living up to the expectations of the nation. All he seems to be good at doing is to indulge in saving the coalition government making and breaking the alliance in Sindh or at best passing ridiculous statements. In this point in time there is all the more need to crackdown on criminals and target killers and bring them to justice. As the aforementioned attack shows the violence in Karachi is taking on the character of sectarian discord as well. The spiral of violence in the days to come should be controlled. If the government and the law enforcement agencies remain idle spectators, things will only go from bad to worse. Who are these men who bolt through the streets of the city in high-roof vans and bikes, spray the innocent Karachites with bullets but are never caught. And why is so that despite years, such groups and criminals have not been nipped in the bud. The question keeps bothering Karachites whose normal life has been destroyed by criminals, thieves, target killers and now sectarian terrorists. Their fear and frustration only increases when they see that these assassins are killing with impunity. It appears there is no one to protect them, when they venture outside their homes to go about their business of life. Even more worrying is that it is of no concern to the government.