It is often said, mostly by those who live outside ofKarachi, that theKarachiviolence is semblance of an ethnic conflict between the Muhajirs and Pukhtuns. However, this theory ofKarachiunrest being a result of a larger ethnic strife seems flawed because:
- Had such strife existed, it should have had at least some manifestation before this military and civilian regime came to power; the very fact that it only surfaced during the present regime negates the existence of an intrinsic ethnic conflict in the city.
- The pattern of such unrest to occur in periodic bouts coinciding with political events is suggestive of a political as against an ethnic dynamic of such unrest.
Lastly, the very notion of an ethnic conflict suggests that ordinary people from the two communities are fighting each other, which of course is incorrect as hundreds of thousands of people from each community work together in complete harmony with each other on a daily basis and also how hundreds of thousands of pukhtuns travel to and live in Urdu-speaking residential localities where they not only work but live as watchman, drivers, shopkeepers, laborers, etc