Another day, another strike

I don’t even know what to say about today’s strike. The buses are moving, everything is fine, yet no one showed up at my work. It’s Saturday. Who cares, eh?

26 Comments so far

  1. Zain (unregistered) on May 27th, 2006 @ 12:59 pm

    Umar, chill man.. Masla nahi hai..

  2. sophia (unregistered) on May 27th, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    Makes me sick to just hear it and I don’t even live in Karachi. How about a strike for the starving orphans living on the streets and the lack of free education for the people of Pak. I have an idea how about a strike to show UNITY of all the people of Pak? How about a strike to embrace one another and the rest of humanity out there. Chill on that one.

  3. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on May 27th, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

    One question:
    Why do they target Karachi for strikes?
    Why this city of mine has been hijacked by these politicians? Why? I am against strikes but cannot help thinking Why don’t they call for strike in Islamabad or may be Lahore for that matter? Why this city of lights has become a target for these politicians? No matter what happens in part of the country, they would call for the strike in Karachi!!!
    Karachi is a melting pot that embraces people from all parts of the country, yet a Karachiite can’t live in peace; Karachi provides outcomers with jobs and yet its own residents are jobless and being denied jobs (no wonder Baloch people are fighting the Govt (read Punjab) in Baluchistan); Karachi is the economic backbone of Pakistan, a true life-line which generates more revenue/taxes than the rest of the Pakistan but still its residents are living in dark without electricity! (WAPDA has been treating KESC as a step-child for quite some time now)!

    Aren’t we creating the conditions that would repeat the 1971 tragedy????? Allah raiham karay hum sub per, Ameen.

    PS: On a side note, did you guys get a chance to read the following article from BBC? I just don’t know why our people still trust these politicians!!!

    Its sooo depressing to read …..

  4. sophia (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 1:21 am

    On my visit to Karachi about 3 months ago I realised one thing, the most potential in all of Pak is in Karachi. However there is a small minority of people who start all the b.s. The reason Karachi is targeted for these strikes is because whenever a exteremist mulla stands up and speaks his hateful views there is no opposing voices to be heard. These people and their supporters are the true enimmies of Pak and Karachi. The majoritiy of people need to step forward and fight for their city’s freedom.

  5. wasiq (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 4:38 am

    It was really funny to read about a strike on the saturday anyways i don’t know if the khans shop was open today or not but this i am very sure that it did not have fresh M&M which is essential to watch the kind of movies they showed on the movie channels today all day….
    Merry christmas to you too Mr Tim Allen….

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    Sophia’s right or atleast reached the same conclusion as did a lunch time discussion i had with my office fellows. Things get bad in karachi because there is no opposing force.

    We just take it lying down :(

  7. turab (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

    why does this strike dies not take place in any city of the world,

    i live in calgary, even if its -50C, its business as usual!!!!!

    you can’t even use that as as an excuse for being 5 mins late………

    we need to have strike against the strikes.


  8. rosey (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

    Hey mansoor, check out the website “We will not be”

  9. mansoor (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 3:04 pm

    rosey: Good concept! thanks for the share!

  10. Concerned (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    A strike is only sucessful if people make it sucessful, so even if a strike has been called get up and go to your office. We cannot let these jokers win. Do your part and everyone will do theirs.

    As for electricity problems, contact GEO and publicise a peaceful demonstration, somewhere in the city on a Sunday and ask everyone who cares about Karachi to come for just a couple of hours. Let the people in the government know that you care and there are problems. The more people that show up the better, so get organised. You dont achive greatness by being lazy.

    I would have done it but I am not in the country any more. I will help how ever I can from out here. Just remember to keep the media invloved.

    Will any one dare take this up, or will we keep bitching about how bad things are??????

  11. mohsin (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

    well when Japanese wants to have a protest they don’t go on strike istead they double their working time means extra production which is more destructive then going on a strike. But what can we do our poor pakistanis never think intelligently!

  12. pls explain (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 12:19 am

    how is extra protection more destructive, mohsin?

  13. pls explain (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 12:22 am

    how is extra production more destructive, mohsin? and i agree with ‘concerned’ we should do somethng other than just complain about this. organise somthing, more actions less words.

  14. wasiq (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 1:50 am

    About eight years down the memory lane on this very day while burning the mid-night oil i was wondering how on earth is this nation going to survive the japanese sanctions imposed due to the nukes…..tonight when most of the karachi is burning generator oil…or candles…iam so sure there is a God.

  15. nonnie (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 2:16 am

    I think once we realize how much our ancesters sacrificed to build this nation to be a safe haven for all the hindustani muslims and muslims in general we must ask ourselves, Did any of them think that the country and city that they died for will one day be under siege. A city that lives in terror and fear on a daily basis but not because of forces outside of it. But from the ennimies within it. Is this what our great leaders and our ancesters wanted for us?

  16. Checkmate (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 10:06 am

    I agree that we should show up to work. There are people who come to work in thier own cars but don’t show up for work. I am one of them. I don’t go out on a strike, because my husband and my family is sitting on nails till I get to the office and or home. Last time we kept our office gate open people came in to forcefully close it. But I think I have had enough of living in constant fear. Lets all go to work next time there is a strike. And what really boils my blood is when these jackasses give statements thanking the public for their support. I wish they would all go to hell.

  17. Send Gifts to Pakistan (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    There are people who dont come to work because they dont have their own conveyance. What about them?

  18. Adnan Mansoor (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    Yes, very true indeed. I have personally seen people’s agonay at bus stops and the frustration they experience, as Karachi’s transport mafia strike’s em’ down!

    Those who have no means (of course we are talking about transport) are the hardest hi in such circumstances; Double Jeopardy, indeed! As a responsive society we all must emphathize with the larger section of populace.

  19. Adnan Mansoor (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 11:56 am

    Yes, very true indeed. I have personally seen people’s agony at bus stops and the frustration they experience, as Karachi’s transport mafia strike’s em’ down!

    Those who have no means (of course we are talking about transport) are the hardest hit in such circumstances; Double Jeopardy, indeed! As a responsive society we all must emphathize with the larger section of populace.

  20. rosey (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

    So what can be done? It feels as if we are all at the mercy of these people who obviously don’t have jobs of their own. So I wonder who gives them money to feed their families. We are supposed to be a democracy, yet we are held hostage in our own city. There must be a peaceful way to resolve this tramppling of our freedom and rights by theses thug losers. If 97 percent of the public is running scared how can we take back our power to live in peace and saftey?

  21. Concerned (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 8:32 pm

    I agree alot of people do not have their own conveyance, what we can do about that is we can car pool. Offer to pick up any one in your way.

    Other then that like I said before, do your part. You go to work, even if others dont come in. Let people know that you are working on a strike day.

    Let those thugs know they cannot win over you and more will follow. For the guys specially, if they come to close your office gate dont expect the guard to take care of it, come out and show your self.

    Like ‘Checkmate’ said above, they thank us for our support because they think we are all sitting at home, and I hate to say this but we do support them by staying home. Just be vigilant when you do go out, know the nearest way out and always know the nearest police station. They cant do much but at least if you run to their compound they might be able to protect you.

    Talk to the media, write to the President and the Prime Minister. Write to those damn Maulvis, tell them you dont care what they say, tell them to go to Peshawar and do what ever they want but not in Karachi. NOT IN OUR CITY.

  22. Concerned (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

    There is power in numbers.

  23. nonnie (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    If only the people of our city would ban together and fight for their rights. People all over the world had to fight for their rights. So why can’t we? more importantly why don’t we? What are we afraid of? What would they do to us if we really started to demand our rights? Any ideas?

  24. Checkmate (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    I like the idea of car pooling. In my office guys who do not have transport make arrangements with people who do have transport. I had read about a european country ( I don’t remember the name) what people do is that they offer rides to people going their way and charge them a minimum amount (like a private taxi) But I don’t if this would work in KHI given our security issue. You might end up losing your car or valubles. But maybe someone can make a website where people who are looking for car pools or shared transport can come and register. The people offering their transport can then verify the info. I am sure a lot of people working on Sh-e-Faisal or I.I. Chundrigar go to the same areas. Any suggestions?

  25. wasiq (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 2:59 am

    Ok it did reminds me of the day before but there is a lot of difference between now and then….we didn’t have the chocolate coated peanuts then did we…?

    Thanks anyways….!

  26. misha (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

    I’m curious, umar, what happened to the news item about wimax in pakistan? Surely that’s bigger news than power outages? I sent in the link several days ago and someone else mentioned the same news item in the comments sections somewhere recently.

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