UKAA Expresses Concern
about Karachi’s Law & Order Situation
DC: The University of Karachi Alumni Association of Greater
Washington area organized a community meeting last Sunday
to discuss the deteriorating law and order situation in
Karachi. Mr. Mohammad Aslam Khan, Deputy Chief of Mission
for the Embassy of Pakistan started the proceedings with
his address. He acknowledged that Pakistan’s economy
depends on Karachi and the present law and order situation
is a matter of concern for every Pakistani.
Mr. Khan appreciated the effort of the UKAA in organizing
the event and expressed his appreciation for the various
intellectual and educational pursuits of UKAA. He said the
association is an important organization in the nation’s
capital and he values the work of all such organizations.
He went on to say that the Pakistani community in the USA
is highly educated, enlightened and indisputably a valuable
resource. Mr. Khan expressed his agreement with various
observations of the speakers on the occasion, especially
the need for greater awareness at the grassroots level and
adequate knowledge of factors that impact sustainability
of economic development. The Deputy Chief of Mission listened
intently and responded to each question or comment raised
by the speakers.
The UKAA meeting was organized to discuss the law and order
situation in Pakistan in the wake of rampant incidents in
recent months. According to the president of the Alumni
Association, three of its members were robbed of their belongings
at gunpoint, two of them as they reached home from the Jinnah
Mr. Athar Javaid said the deteriorating law and order situation
is only one aspect of a host of crisis issues that the nation
faces today. Praising some achievements over the last six
decades, he said that we have by and large failed to develop
a vision and to evolve the right kind of leadership that
could sustain strong institutions, rule of law and ensure
accountability. He said the success of economic, social,
educational and cultural reforms is critically dependent
on the sustained ability to govern ourselves.
Other noted speakers included Mr. Jamshed Uppal of Pakistan
Association, Mr. Ashraf Jan, Khalida Ali, Dr. Anwar Masood,
Farzana Siddiqui , Firoza Salahuddin, Haider Ali and Fozia
Akhtar of University of Karachi Alumni Association.
The meeting started with the popular song Sohni Dharti (The
Beloved Land) and a literary sketch by Nuzair Azam that
summarized how the our beloved country is overwhelmed by
a series of problems; law and order situation being just
one of them. First hand accounts of victims of robberies,
who visited Pakistan recently, were also narrated by the
Earlier Mr. Shah Fazal Abbas, President, University of Karachi
Alumni Association, welcomed the guest of honor
The speeches were followed by an opinion sampling session.
Ms. Firoza Salhuddin and Mr. Athar Javaid conducted the
Mr. Asad Kamal, a well-known community singer and member
of the University of Karachi Alumni Association, sang a
couple of qaumi naghmay.