Traffic arrangements for MQM protest

Undoubtedly another nightmare in the making:

‘Traffic to remain close at MA Jinnah Road from 1:00 pm till the end of the protest meeting. The vehicular traffic from Liaqautabad and Jail roundabout would be diverted to Shahrah-i-Faisal via Shahrah-e-Quaideen whereas traffic from Nazimabad will travel to Tower through Nishtar Road.

Traffic from Tower to Quaid’s tomb would be directed from Fresco roundabout to M R Kiyani Road and than from Shahrah-e-Quaideen to Shahrah-e-Faisal.

The streets adjacent to MA Jinnah Road have been sealed with deployment of heavy contingents of police. Additional police contingents were provided to Saddar, Clifton and Jamshed Town for security arrangements. Police force will also be deployed for rally and the public meeting place.’ (The News)

If it wasn’t going to cause so much chaos on the roads tomorrow, I’d relish the irony of the beards being harassed on ostensibly religious grounds.

UPDATE: This post should have appeared yesterday i.e. Thursday morning. I was dabbling in scheduled posts and appear to have screwed up. Apologies. The traffic jams duly materialised during and long after the protest.

10 Comments so far

  1. YO YO (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 5:29 am

    Its not only beards who go to the friday prayers. Its a prayer call to all muslims.
    Your bitter remarks towards the beards gives me some satisfaction that Islamic Social/Moral Ethics are alive in some shape and form in Pakistan.

  2. MB (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 7:28 am

    The “servants” of “awaam” have decided to give them what their predecessors gave: The pain.

    Instead of using their energies in rebuilding the city they are again after the other side. Hell with the protest. Don’t they have something better to voice about. The city Nazim is working day and night for the people of Karachi and others in his ranks should follow the same.

    Many of my friends told me that their younger brothers in some universities (Sir Syed, KU etc) were forced to join the rally/protest by students linked to the political wing. So sad, the future is forcefully pushed into already all-dirt politics.

    And the mullah’s, well they better stick to their faith first instead of preaching others. They cannot keep the sanctity of few pages in assembly, shame.

  3. Kashif (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 9:50 am

    “the irony of the beards being harassed on ostensibly religious grounds.” – this is really biased remark. Do you think if people have beards, they belong to certain political/religious parties? If you are aware of what you have written, your apologies are due.

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 9:57 am

    Kashif:This Cy always appears as an Ignorant.I am not surprised anymore by reading his posts/rants.

  5. Mariam (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 10:08 am


    I think we know who he is reffering to. It’s a term to describe religious parties beards, Mullahs and etc. I don’t think he meant any harm. It’s just like people say burger family for extra mod families but it doesn’t mean every burger eating family could be given that term.

  6. Haseeb A (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 11:05 am

    YEah, i heard too they forced jamadaars, students and ‘sarkari’ employees for joining the protest! Haha. forcing someone to join a protest, it is truely an Awami party!!
    It didnt register any protest during the famous cartoon incident. I wonder why

  7. tee (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    @ haseeb

    do u really think they are protesting against the so-called sanctity of those peices of paper? oh its just their old enimity with the party in question. thats why they didnt protest over the cartoon incident.
    anyway, do the terms Allah and rasool on ANY paper make it sacred? that way we’ll all be termed blasphemous for ‘mis-treating’ them.

  8. MB (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    Agree with MARIAM, HASEEB, and TEE.

    When I heard the news about this i asked few friends to follow it if they can. They did and gave me a feedback saying it was “the same” drama. Initially i had “One more drama” as title for my post but then i found this post and decided its better to stick to this one.

    It’s nothing new. All parties use force when in power to bring people into their rallies so why not a party who is already famous for using force (by the way, who doesnot). After a long time it has got power and a chance to prove a point and they better stick to their task.

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 25th, 2006 @ 4:10 pm


    do u really think they are protesting against the so-called sanctity of those peices of paper?

    Not at all.I said something in this post,the very first comment.Its all politics.

    anyway, do the terms Allah and rasool on ANY paper make it sacred?

    Yep.Are you surprised?And this respect is not Islamic invention.Do you know that jews write G-d instead of “God” on papers?And the only reason of this tht a paper could be mistreated by humans which is very much possible.So when they jews are so sensitive that they dont write the complete word “God” then why can’t we be so respectable towards those words which are more precious for us(muslims only) than anything else?

  10. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 26th, 2006 @ 8:21 am

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