Karachi burns…

In today’s papers, there are reports of several violent protests in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Liaquatabad, Rizvia, Lasbela, Pak Colony, North Karachi, Pailwan Goth, Safora Goth, Gulbahar, Azizabad, Ancholi, Moosa Colony, Landhi, Korangi, Mangopir and Orangi Town.

Daily Times reports:
“In Gulshan-e-Iqbal blocks 13-A, 13-B and 13-C, electricity supply remained suspended for 10 hours from late Tuesday night making life miserable for a large segment of the population there.

Electricity supply also remained suspended for about 10 hours near the Ojha Institute of Chest Diseases on University Road. The area is surrounded with residential high rises, in which thousands of people live. A resident of the area said that the entire block was without electricity for the better part of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

A similar situation was reported from Pak Colony on Wednesday afternoon where people experienced a power cut of 12 hours. Residents came protesting out on the streets and blocked the main road pelting stones on passing-by vehicles and lighting bonfires. The area’s law and order remained disturbed for more than two hours. Area police reached the spot and brought the situation under control dispersing the protesting mob.”

The recent power crisis has been affecting the normalcy of many lives in every area of the city. It seems, however, that several areas up north are worst affected.

Read the full story here.

13 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    i was wondering about that.. yesterday, while driving around, i noticed that most of the area of defence and akhtar colony were in darkness. Also a colleague reported that gulshan was plunged in darkness for the better part of the nite too.

    You know what gets bad in such conditions? It gets unbearable for heart patients.. a relative of mine told me yesterday that the intense heat was getting to him and since he his already a heart patient.. his risk of having another heart attack are gradually increasing!


  2. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

    Is there a solution to all this ??
    I bet KESC aint doing this just to tease us..
    It was pretty bad even in the clifton area a while back when they had the cable problem.. but i think we were all just too lazy to go out and protest.. knowing nothing would really change


  3. Zain (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

    Hey Umer, what is this IMTCO all about? Are you a freight forwarder?


    Karachi Burns: F**K KESC… F**KERS they are…Burn all their offices and vehicles…


  4. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

    Zain,

    KESC is only one culprit; the other culprits are:

    Government officials in Islamabad whose policies have always been against anything that sounds and look like “karachi”!
    WAPDA, which is not supplying enough electricity to KESC
    Theives who steal the electricity cables
    Consumers among us who steal electricity (kunda system, billing meter manipulation, etc)

    It would not do any good to attack KESC offices and/or torture KESC personnel b/c they just don’t have enough electricity to supply to everyone …


  5. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 6:20 pm

    This is an engineered mess. Things are systemically been led towards chaos. People are driven to edge so that they come out on roads in frustration and start rioting. The wheels of destruction have started to roll, beware ;)


  6. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

    why they don’t accept publicly that they don’t have enough supply? Why they can’t do the announced & systematic load shedding?


  7. mansoor (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

    zain: violence never solves anythin… not even electricity shortage.


  8. tanzila (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

    i ‘witnessed’ this mass rioting from my apartment’s window for two days during 2 power outages(The first lasted 12 hours, the other 24 hours). The mob’s behaviour was scary. They werent allowing any car to pass from the road and were pelting stones at everyone and everything in sight. They snatched tyres from a tyre walas’s shack and and wooden benches from a pathan ka hotel, ripped banners, and threw everything into their bon fires. The first day, the electric suplly got resumed, however, the second day, nothing happened.The fire outburned itself in the wee hours of the morning. Although the police came around both days, they couldnt disperse the angry crowd. They were pleading and negotiating, telling the crowd to calm down, and letting at least the KESC trucks pass.


  9. al khan (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 3:05 am

    At least now you know why the west calls itself the ‘civilised world’.


  10. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    Zain: In reference to your reply
    yes freight forwarding is also a small part of what we do. The website is under construction at the moment, this was just a theme page that was uploaded to finalise the colors. You can check back in a week or 10 days to see what we do and how we do it =)
    Cheers

    My apologies for adding a personal post in this thread.


  11. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 11:45 am

    Zain: In reference to your reply
    yes freight forwarding is also a small part of what we do. The website is under construction at the moment, this was just a theme page that was uploaded to finalise the colors. You can check back in a week or 10 days to see what we do and how we do it =)
    Cheers

    My apologies for adding a personal post in this thread.


  12. Badar (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    Wow !!! what a reaction. Do you start hammering your own foot if you are in problem ???


  13. Zain (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

    Manny, Mansoor & Badar, yes you are right but I am so angry…

    Umer Zaman, give me your email address. Mine is zainfeb13@gmail.com



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