We Will NOT Retaliate

As we have all read in the previous few posts regarding the tragic incident of a bomb blast in Karachi which resulted in the loss of upwards of 50 lives including a few important personalities of Karachi. Immediately following the bomb blast an angered mob started rampaging the city burning buses and cars. I think the the terrorists who organised this attack would relish at the site of seeing an ever worsening condition in the city. We must urge everyone around us to show restraint and be peacful at this important time, not resort to the old anaolgy eye for an eye tooth for a tooth

I think its important for all Pakistanis to urge everyone to remain peaceful hence I request bloggers to make posts titled “We Will NOT Retaliate”

(Send trackbacks to Teeth Maestro’s Post We Will Not Retaliate)

16 Comments so far

  1. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 1:39 am

    I like your idea. I think there should be small ads in the media to convey this message to the general public. Something like those old tv commericials we used to watch about not throwing trash on the street and the anti tobbacco ad in which Waseem Akram use to say ‘May cigarrette nahi peeta’

  2. Pakistan Patriot (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 1:57 am

    I think this “We Will NOT Retaliate” motto is good for the ordinary people of Pakistan, However the security apparatus in Pakistan must be held responsible for not doing enough to protect its citizens from terrorist attack. I find it most peculiar that this venue which had already been cleared by security services was attacked; Obviously part of the blame lies in the Interservices intelligence and FIA & other local crime fighting organizations from incompetence and dereliction of duty. I see the government making examples of these terrorists regardless of who they are, BLA, religious bandits, Al Qaeda or outside elements. I offer my condolences to those affected by this henious crime.

  3. A. Fischer (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 2:39 am

    I agree with the previous statement. A rampaging mob does nothing but show these kind of killers that they can get results (chaos, anarchy, instability) but also security forces must show them that they cannot act with impunity.

    As an American with a couple Pakistani friends from Karachi I am sad to hear this. Good luck and it is heartening to hear that hospitals are being crowded with blood donors. That is certainly one way to show that you stand for civility and good things.

  4. Inspirex (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 6:49 am

    We wil not retaliate…..

  5. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 7:46 am

    It’s a very sad event for all the Muslims of Pakistan, but Violence is not the solution, Burning public vehicles, Breaking signals, burning Ambulances and creating a Law & order situation will only make things difficult for our own selves.
    Please Be Calm and ask everyone not to retaliate in Violence.

    We condemn this act of terrorism, and we are sad, but we will not let the terrorists achieve their goal to trigger an unrest in the city.

    We Will Not Retaliate !

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 9:47 am

    I agree with you doctor,why not Huma asks her office guys to take initiative?

  7. Kashif (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    We will not retaliate but people who have lost their families, their leaders, their friends, will certainly retaliate, and it is their right.

  8. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 11:57 am

    Kashif – I feel deeply for those families who lost their loved ones in this unfortunate incident, but these are the exact people who we have to calm down.

    You may say it is their “right” BUT Islam teaches us to be patient and be forgiving. The people who lost lives were in the noble act of praying to Allah. May that be their blessing into heaven and little good will they receive if the families resorted to revenge and violence. The families should be condoled and told to be peaceful.


  9. Ali G Fan (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
    Terrible what happened.

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 3:14 pm

    I am sure these are not those people who belong to those religious parties,asusual someone else taking advantage of it,these are same guys who burnt banks and buildings in lahore few weeks back.

    Is there any law to kill such ppl on the spot?but..who will kill them,police dont appear on such places

  11. Kumail (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 5:45 pm

    So, the whole idea is that rioters would see a blog that says we will not retaliate – do you really think that one of them, in the midst of setting fire to a vehicle, would say hey wait a minute i have to check a particular blog !!!!
    The idea although good in spirit, holds no significance for negative elements causing the chaos.
    If Karachites do not have the civic sense to understand that by disrupting the lives of the the citizens they are only bringing further loss to themselves, then no blog and no statement can do much to change their attitude.
    Its sad to see the city of my youth plunge into flames at every incident international or domestic!

  12. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 7:14 pm

    @Kumail – I dont think we expect the rioters on the street to turn on the net and rethink their rioting strategy. What this campaign aims to promote is an understanding and hopefully influence atleast one person to change ways, if not today but sometime in the future. Even if none of the destructive elements change their ways – I would like to believe “atleast I tried” to give up without trying is simply not in my blood and especially when I see this happening in my own country – I WANT TO ATTEMPT to change.

  13. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with Doc. Even if this blog is successful in changing the mindset of even ten/twenty people, then the effort and time spent on this blog by people like Dr. Awab is well-worth it


  14. Kumail (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    As I had said earlier – in spirit it maybe a good idea – but it does not help. You arent the folks retaliating to begin with – so just saying that out aloud is not doing anything to stop the retaliation. If you want to make an effort do something that atleast caues a ripple – making a phone call to your local radio station or tv channel and being vociferous about the fact that violence is not going to resolve any issue here would have more of a positive effect.
    The common man doesnt read the blog – the common man is more worried about other things – the common man needs sympathy and compassion. Since you cant communicate with every common man it would be a wise idea to express your solidarity on a medium that reaches all and sundry!

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 10:26 am

    Dr sahab,dont you think that root of devil is “Illetracy”,there is a severe need of *education* among those people

  16. redsnapper (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

    I would not let my pessimism, frustration or fatalism judge anyone’s effort. However small it might seem to some.

    Whether it will change our city or the world overnight is not the question.

    Its all about making a positive statement.

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