Making DHA a weapon-free zone
Right to life and liberty is a fundamental right of all citizens. In the year 2015, Pakistan lost over 10,000 precious lives to gun violence. It is our considered opinion that the only option for Pakistan to eliminate its devouring violence is to work proactively and aggressively towards a weapon-free society.
DHA Karachi enjoys a high reputation for its well managed and well regulated housing scheme. It offers a number of excellent facilities, parks and services to its residents. Sadly, these environments have been destroyed by hundreds of militant individuals who reside and roam about in DHA. This weapon-wielding elite travels in a fleet of obscene vehicles with armed guards that apart from being distasteful and public nuisance are also a source of insecurity for common citizens.
Many of these militants have pitched permanent tents, containers or pickets, on public spaces, often blocking roads and inconveniencing the general public. At places the DHA looks more like a war zone and less like a housing society.
As members of ‘Citizens against Weapons’, a citizens’ group working for a peaceful and weapon-free Pakistan, we urge you to take the initiative and become the first gun-free housing society in Pakistan. We believe that the possession of weapons is the exclusive domain of the state and urge DHA to prohibit display, carriage and use of weapons within DHA territory by implementing the following actions:
Citizens Against Weapons