Shahrai Faisal Blocked at Karsaz Tipu Sultan

In just a recent development I am told that Shahrai Faisal has been completely blocked going towards airport at the Karsaz Junction.

This can be a great ploy to defeat the thunderous reception planned for Chief Justice Iftikhar who was due to arrive in Karachi tomorrow afternoon. I can only say it may either diffuse the situation entirely or could aggravate the supporters resulting in heated exchanges throughout the city.

Karachi holds its breath while hundreds of MQM supporters prowl the streets (though in small groups) of Karachi reminding us yet again of the threat they pose to the people of Karachi.

I have no idea what will happen to any potential travelers who might be scheduled to take a flight tonight out of the city but can suggest them to try a few alternate points the most probable access to the airport would be the one passing through a heavily populated MQM area of Gulistan-e-Jauhar for those unaware there is one small road which passes behind Jauhar and exist onto Shahrai Faisal right next to the airport runway. Approach all areas with confirmed travel documents to pacify the activists and authorities that man these posts.

Credit – Mahrukh & Rakay who were kind enough to message me the current situation on Shahrai Faisal

Update: The road behind Jauhar is also blocked (credit Jamash)
Update 2: Reports coming in that the Shahrai Faisal has been blocked all the way to Tipu Sultan, seems like the curfew is increasing by the hour (credit K I)
Update 3: Govt Ishrat Ul Ibad declares a public holiday : Geo (Credit Kasif)
Update 4: Geo reports that PIA crew could not reach the airport for the NY flight so the flight is canceled (Confirmation pending though official sources)

40 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:02 am

    posted twice.. they’ve also blocked all roads leading towards Sindh Highcourt..


  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:07 am

    Thanks Doc – I just deleted the older one my mistake – I think this might actually force the Lawyers to defer. its just a battle of their wits now – but if they cant rally enough support then might live to fight another day.

    AAJ reports that one dead and three injured in a firing incident (Not to say its linked but I strongly suspect it is) I also note it specifically as if it were an MQM supporter they would have started screaming ‘hamara karkun shaheed’ so its most likely of the other party

    It did not take long for MQM to revert to its good ‘ol bad days – with one day of activities they will most definitely loose all the good will they might have created over the past few years with all the development work in Karachi


  3. Asif Raza (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:20 am

    We pay taxes and we are the ones who suffer !


  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:23 am

    MQM has already expressed its intention when Secretory interior issued advisory to CJ telling him that he would escorted to governor house and if he deviated from this order then all those accompanying him will be sent back on the same flight..


  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:24 am

    i won’t be surprised if by tomorrow morning police starts saying the only guys holding MQM’s flags and accompanied by unit/sector incharges would be allowed on the road and rest would be arrested..


  6. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:31 am

    With this attitude I fear a severe gun battle with riots – tomorrow – with the tension mounting I can assure you that the opposition will nto take it so easy. If they start blaming the opposition I would defer – as the CJP rally was a peaceful rally and it was only aggravated by the Pur Aman MQM gimmick.

    I swear these MQM guys will go to all lengths to appease Musharraf – as this show of loyalty can mean a make or break situation when PPP comes to power, it would mean a sharing of power in Sindh (which would have gone completely to PPP had if MQM not butt in)


  7. someone (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:43 am

    @ Teeth Maestro

    “It did not take long for MQM to revert to its good ‘ol bad days – with one day of activities they will most definitely loose all the good will they might have created over the past few years with all the development work in Karachi”

    do u really think that anything other than their “share” was the motive behind the development work???

    u r naive


  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:45 am

    What these guys are doing on Shahra-e-Faisal at this time??

    Waise MQM waloun se darkhuast hay k atleast wo road block na karain jo mere ghar se Puri walay k dukan tak jati hey. Emaan se bara dil chahra hay kal puri khanay ko.

    Waisey dostoun, Shahr-e-Faisal par night match ka program ban sakta hay. Kiya khyal hay?


  9. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:51 am

    @Someone – it was definitely not a naive comment but a deliberate comment for people to read in between the lines – You nailed it right on the head

    @adnan – you rotten scheming mind – damn it will be fun !!!! LOL plus we might also get to hear all the blaring rock songs from the MQM speakers all night as well ;)


  10. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:53 am

    “Emaan se bara dil chahra hay kal puri khanay ko.”
    :D :D..say yes to puri!!

    do u really think that anything other than their “share” was the motive behind the development work
    yes the were pressurized by the tremendous amount of work done by Naimatullah…retaining vote bank was a factor as well, although in my opinion most followers blindly follow MQM and they shouldn’t be afraid of loosing voie bank.


  11. Kashif (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:01 am

    Development Work? Where in Karachi?

    I second the fear of riots in Karachi. I certainly won’t like to remember 12th May as a black day in political history of Pakistan. We are already having our share of blackouts (7 hours today, so far).


  12. wasiq (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:04 am

    na baba na those flag carrier 4wd’s drive very fast on deserted SF they will hit the wickets before the ball and make a run……


  13. MB (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:06 am
  14. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:08 am

    “blaring rock songs from the MQM speakers all night as well ;)”

    talking about that saathi song?

    which goes on something like…
    sathi… mujraymoun ka sathi Altaf hussain… Altaf hussain …. Saaaathiii mujraymoun ka sathi Altaf hussain .. Altaf hussain


  15. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:10 am

    i just pray for Pakistan!

    can’t do anything more sitting outside:)

    i just wanted to go to karachi and take part in the CJP rally……:)


  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    that road behind Gulistan-e-jahur comes in handy when ever Mush is in town.. it remains open even when he is using SF… but seems like this time MQM is just hell bent on making the lives of karachiite miserable…

    Jauhar road..(shortcut to airport)
    http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/844/khiar1.jpg
    http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=24904460&x=67130842&z=15&l=0&m=a&v=2


  17. Kashif (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:15 am

    Governor Sindh declared public holiday today (saturday) – source AAJ TV


  18. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:18 am

    I am sure Karachiites will come again to rally for MQM..they dont have their share of grievances yet!
    even for such clear cases, if we cant support the justice, we deserve the suffering


  19. Tamed~. (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:18 am

    To hell with the rallies. Save Karachi to save Pakistan.

    What was the reason for MQM to hold the rally on the same day.

    Are there any fear in their minds that CJ has got the potential to affect their vote bank in next elections?


  20. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:27 am


    Are there any fear in their minds that CJ has got the potential to affect their vote bank in next elections?

    I don’t think so. Engineered elections can’t gurantee fair counting. The reason they are doing all this is their Bachpana nothing else. They think they are still in 90s. Bhai Ab tu Imran khan bhe 50 se opper ka hogaya. Na ab Imran kHan raha, na 1992 aur na worldcup. Ab tu chai k cup hay aur thori se patti. Doodh mehnga hogaya hay tu baghair doodh k chai he pisaktay hain.

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  21. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:29 am

    @Tamed~ no fear.. their vote bank won’t be affected .. they just had to show their true face… if Punjab CM didn’t disrupted CJ’s rally and let him address the bar council then why not here.. its just that MQM wana lick dictators boots & wana get a pat on their back for messing CJ’s rally..


  22. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:39 am

    MQM surely looks pissed!

    it is making a fool of itself!


  23. Kashif (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:54 am

    @Adnan: I think CJ may become President [on Public Demand]


  24. TEE BEE (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 4:08 am

    Kashif…i agree with you…..this whole drama of CJ and what not..may be a pre-planned strategy to bring teh CJ into so much lime light and give him so much public support that public demand him as the next leader of the country….

    on the other not…u could never tell whats around the corner in our beloved country…the most unexpected thing could happen with proper planning… =)


  25. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 4:09 am

    CJ president hmmm nope.. he should stay as CJ clear his name and retire gracefully ..


  26. Kashif (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 4:18 am

    @TEE BEE: I did a piece on this titled Chief vs Chief :)


  27. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 4:59 am

    I think CJ may become President [on Public Demand]
    if CJ get reinstalled, its safer job than to become the President, also he has much time to retire (2011). He will never want to become president, which is also not possible as there is law one cant hold President office before 2 years of job retirement period. (like all laws it doesnt apply to Pak Army)


  28. Kashif (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 5:04 am

    Laws are made to break and retirements can be extended. Now Asghar Khan is also advocating for this :)


  29. Jalal (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 5:37 am

    Just coming from Shara e Faisal and it is closed at Tipu Sultan.

    An uncharacteristically absolute lull over the city.


  30. karachi4eva (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 6:20 am

    LONG LIVE MAHAJIR!!!


  31. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 7:50 am

    “LONG LIVE MAHAJIR!!!”

    Long live all Pakistanis.

    Stay safe ppl :).

    Maybe one day there can be rally for Puri’s, where the only danger would be CHOLLA’s! :P


  32. HITMAN (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

    Just watching the news channels & the advocates r openly blaming MQM cartoons for the harassment, beating & other hostilities against them. MQM is surely desprate & trying to be “Shah say Ziada Shah k Wafadar”. But its seems that many people will still wont even try to look at this face of MQM which is actually the genuine one!


  33. Saad (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

    Just a week ago I was getting my documents notarized at Islamabad kachehri and casually asked the person stamping my documents as to what does he think about this judicial crisis..

    His words were, “Sir, yeh apkay mustaqbil kay sadar hain”…


  34. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    The CJ circus is more a political then the judicial one. He is TOY to political parties.

    When restored, he will resign (rather his resignation is drafted and signed post dated), and THEN wait 3 years before being active worker of some FQIN political party.

    For Karachities it is another long weekend ONLY, majority have choosen to sit at home and enjoy the comfort and company of family.

    Urchins are on road be it CJ or MQM.


  35. BoZz (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    Mr. Shamsi I could not agree with you more. Only degenerates and hooligans are out today. And we have plenty of them.

    This CJ issue is nothing more than a hogwash. CJ himself has shown his true colors by his inconsiderate, selfish and immoral behavior. He is relishing this opportunity to be in the limelight like a true Pakistani. Something that would have eluded him otherwise.

    Maybe we should be glad that he was taken out.


  36. Saad (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    [quote]This CJ issue is nothing more than a hogwash.[unquote]
    True – he should’ve just given up when Gen. Musharraf and his cronies were pressing him to resign. Instead the ‘retard’ opted to stand up to the most organized political party of Pakistan, the Pakistan Army. What a bugger!


  37. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

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  39. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    @Bozz:
    CJ shown his true colors? Yes I agree with you! CJ showed its true colors by standing against the dictatorship of Musharraf and Ghunda gardi of MQM which is appreciable by every Pakistani and only ignorants and blind follower of Musharraf could hate it.

    As far as CJ is being a toy, who is not a TOY here? the entire situation is being controlled by our very own U.S of America who already gave statments against Musharraf. Now Mush and his buddies trying their best to save the seat of Mush but reverse counting is started..something which can’t be stopped.

    Shamsi, what a lame statment given by you. You want to say that Lawyers who are backing Iftikhar are urchins? your statment is not different than ignorant statment by Wasim Akhter who said that all is being done by supporters if Iftikhar and their hands are clean. Keep your psuedo intellectual wisdom words to yourself who are far from reality. Sitting outside of Pakistan and doing drawing room politics is hell easy thing, even for a 12 years old kid.


  40. REDSNAPPER (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    UP

    1. Cars of two judges (black corollas) were desperately trying to manuever their way through …. yes, believe, it… FOOTPATHS. This was near the turning at Panorama and Rex center. i stopped and helped the cars off the foot path. The two drivers were frustrated and said their judges were stopped and not allowed to go further and so they had to walk. They were now trying to get the cars back to their residence as getting to the high court was impossible.

    2. I spoke to three teams of police wallas and rangers. Each of them were respectfully (yes, believe it again) greeting good mornings to lawyers walking to the high court. I saw it myself. When I spoke to them, they said they were praying the chief justice is forced to go back on the next flight. Why ? So they wouldn’t have to do things they don’t want to do. They lamented the call of “duty” that they have been assigned from “above”.

    3. Met a few lawyers who were running towards high court. I asked them what the hurry was and they replied that 5 lawyers have been killed or severely injured in MQM’s and police’s attack in Malir. They wanted to get to the high court building where the next line of action is being devised. This, of course, is not confirmed.

    4. MQM buses, vans and bikes are taking rounds around the high court with emotional slogans. Peaceful, yes, but inciting trouble.

    5. Cars, vans with Nazim and Sindh Govt number plates are organizing movement of convoys of MQM supporters. They stop at intersections, stay on the phone, give instructions of raising slogans near the high court and move on.

    6. I asked a couple of young MQM supporters why they were blocking roads near high court rather than concentrating on their own rally, they were initially rude but when I pacified them, they had no answer and said they are following instructions from, again, “above”.

    I will be going out again in a bit and will report back here.



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