Is it May that does this to Karachi? May last year was a bloody affair too. A spate of bombings, torchings, strikes, unrest. Last evening as I headed home there was a huge crowd at the JPMC. I assumed it was an accident; a real bad one. Only on reaching home did I get to see that dreaded breaking news of a blast in Gulshan e Iqbal. And a worrying call late in the evening from my brother who said he would be coming in late from work, once halaat in the city have cooled down a bit. Reports came in of KFC at NIPA Chowrangi being set on fire. With people trapped inside. This morning all fuel stations were closed. Or cordoned off.
This morning papers report the aftermath. Names of people dead. I try to make sense of how an AC Technician, a waiter, a security guard and a sweeper may have been compromising Pakistanís sovereignty; pushing the Zionist/America/British agenda. How an evening meal out with family could brand you traitor punishable by torching.
Where do all these enraged mobs come in from? All armed? And where is law enforcement? I just hope the P and PM do not come to the city and make life any bad than it already is with their pumped up securities and unfeeling sympathies. Be careful everyone. Keep safe.