The day karachi showed what its made of

All through the day, i was glued to the TV screen, trying to make sense of what was going on. One thing was sure, it was not going to be pretty.

And so, i was not prepared for how it ended, and i have to say, never have i been prouder of being a karachiite than today. Today, Karachi stood up and showed to the country that it cannot be manipulated by hijacked political manuevers. The city stood up against threat to its peace, its stability and its well being. Everybody has different views on how the events played out, with the ‘mob mentality’ against MQM being the strongest of the opinions, yet this is not how i see it.

Today had all the trappings of being a disaster. In a city of 15 million people, with over 6 hours of firing in over 10 areas of the city, only 20 people lost their lives. Dont get me wrong, i do not condone the loss of any life, especially at the hands of violence, but you have to take things into perspective. Such a city-wide terror scheme could’ve taken the lives of hundreds of people today, yet the death toll was limited.

Think about it, a single shooter in a single university campus of Virginia Tech, USA managed to take out more people in a couple of hours than the ‘hundreds’ of mobsters out there in the city today.

The MQM is being blamed since the event started, i say give me proof that the killers were MQM. Find out who they were and then blame the party. Just because they were involved in such activities in the past does not give anyone free reign in blaming them for every shooting incident in the city. There are a lot of other ‘elements’ in the city which can accused but i dont see anyone even thinking about them. Many of the people killed belonged to Sunni Tehreek, PML(Q) and the PPP as well as MQM itself. Howcome it was only the MQM who was blamed? The MQM rally itself was as peaceful as a rally could get. Thousands of people were gathered at their rally and the procession was taken out on MA Jinnah Road, how many shooting incidents occurred there or around it?

The fact that police and rangers were not present at the scene was an extremely good strategic decision, otherwise the scenario right now would’ve been really different. It would’ve turned out to be a clash between the mob and the authorities and the death toll would’ve gone up drastically. A member of the govt. very rightly pointed out that even a law enforcement officers bullet can kill a person if done in response. Also, the peoples reaction gets really changed when they see men in police uniforms, and violence is usually the outcome of such a scenario.

As for the matter of the Chief Justice, the cause which today was hijacked by whoever wanted to turn my city into a battle ground was sent back. It was his visit here, which heightened the sensitiveness of the day, which was the root cause of today’s happenings. Take a look at how many other rallies have been taken out recently by MQM which were peaceful and you cannot just get up and blame MQM for this.

And lastly, if anyone who watched TV today would have seen, where were the leaders of the other political parties when everything was going to hell? The only people i saw on TV today were the MQM leaders, whether they be city govt. officials, provincial ministers and any other person in a position of power. They were on the roads today at the rally, amid bullets flying all over the city. This is a true test of leaders people! These are the people, who get out in the midst of the trouble and give sense to it all and lead their people. Today, i was impressed by the leadership of MQM, and today i truly understand why they own the city!

126 Comments so far

  1. babar (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 10:24 am

    I think MQM was asked to return the favour by president for the 4 years in government. By their stance on Balochistan , Hafsa ect I had thought may be they are going in right direction and not ready to support the establishment at any cost, but today the destroyed all their good will, and destroyed their chances of any kind of compromise with other liberal parties like PPP , ANP, BNP ect. Who else could be their ally ? It shows they are not a genuine political party.

    Infact , I am still amazed as how could they do all this to support the army they once so hated, and the one which is now hated by every body in pakistan?

    And why did they planned a rally on the day chief justice had already announced his plans to address the bar. And shame on the government who already knew what was gonna happen, and instead of stopping their allies from having the rally, they just told the chief justice “mera zimma tosh posh”.


  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    First of All ,as I said Mansoor belongs to ARMY Family, is that not enough? :-)

    99 commments so far! I am wondering why people still getting engaged with him. He belongs to army cabal, his elders would kill him if he says anything against them. For him or other army kids, Army is more than Allah. Leave him alone!


  3. tee (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    isn’t the account narrated by SJ enuf proof for all the mqm lovers? but i guess they knw and are proud of it all……


  4. Tabraiz Feham (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    Adnan: For God sake, DON’T compare the great struggle of our Quaid with this rogue politics, that was a great stuggle for freedom where our fathers and forefather gave their blood & everyting to give us what we call Pakistan.

    in takay takay per bikay walay kalay cote walon ko Quaid Azam say milana intehai kam maigi ka saboot hai.


  5. Sohaib Nizamani (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

    MQM, could’ve played a better game……

    Mr Waseem Akthar, advisor to CM for home department, who is not even an elected leader btw said yesterday that he had warned the CJ of the situation in khi and had asked him to postpone his visit… I have a question for him… well if u were really worried about the sitution you should’ve warned ur Altaf bhai of the situation and should’ve postponed ur rally… ?

    oh and Altaf bhai talked about tolerence… In his speech he said his party *MQM* beleives in tolerence.. i mean haha… if his party was tolerant he would have never called his rally on the same day… or atleast would’ve postponed it…

    Even a kid in grade 5 knows what police is supposed to do, yesterday on TV we could see the so called MOBs shooting yet police was having fun watching them…. Mr ADvisor said on TV, ‘u gimme orders i’ll tell my police to shoot at sight’ dude chill just tell them to arrest the mobs atleast…
    well why would he want his ppl arrested.. but hey that could’ve been a better game.. cuz its his police he could’ve arrested them and then released them… anyway….

    MQM yesterday kept repeating 2 things…
    1. Its all CJs fault.. Dude the poor guy couldnt even breath khi air…
    2. CJ issue has been Politicized by the opposition…
    acha really?? then wat have u done by callin a rally on teh same day…

    i think MQM just didnt play the cards right yesterday…. and they might have to pay for it…
    i just hope we dont lose anything in this clash….


  6. HASSAN' (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    Chief Justice arrived at Karachi Airport and waited for 9 Hours(approx) to goto Sindh Bar to address the bar council, but the BIG CHIEF of Quaid’s City decide to show that mass of karachi is with him.

    People saw mass fighting, people with guns like T.T., Revolver, Shot gun(repeater) etc walking around the city streets (especially as AJJ TV shot them near their office). Wht kind of city is this??? wht kind of politicians we have????

    Today I was thinking that the thing which we lack is UNITY ……. yeah the thing which Quaid-e-Azam talked about sixty years back. We have a large number of political parties (“note: political alliances in Pakistan can shift frequently” as by CIA https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/print/pk.html) whose basic agenda is same i.e. they work for PAKISTAN so why don’t the unite and struggle together so that the achievement is quick and stronger………….but they can’t because every one here wants to be a LEADER and if in any case they (all parties) unite then they have to choose one leader which they deny by the death of Quaid-e-Azam.

    Last night i saw a dream in which I was anchor of AJJ TV (may sounds funny to you but not for me) and I was asing questions to someone sitting in the dark.

    Question 1: Where were the authorities at the time of riots ????????

    Answer: Authorities??? wht authorities???

    Questions 2: Why the law and order situation is so mismanage ???

    Answer: Because we wanted to. wht can u do??? haan???

    Question 3: What is our President doing in this situation??????

    Answer: He is enjoying horse dance with his PALS….i said wht can u do???
    haan????

    Question 3: Can we hope that our city soon get out by this riots???

    Answer: Its up to you.

    Question 4: Can…………….

    STOP ASKING ME TOO MANY QUESTIONS…………I have to goto listen the great address by our great HAQ PARAST leader………

    ????????????

    in last if u wana smile then i’ll tell u the latest joke ” Governor Sindh announces RS. 3 LAKH COMPENSATION EACH FOR HEIRS OF DEAD, RS 50 THOUSAND FOR INJURED…………WE CAN PAY U………….BUT SORRY WE CANT PROTECT U”


  7. Halim Chishtie (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    I called my brother in Khi today and he tells me that there are still gunfights going on in some parts of the City…UNBELIEVABLE. IN GODS NAME STOP! As it is overseas Pakistanis (including those who have taken other citizenship) have to constantly expalain Pk’s role in the war on terror, islam, jihadis, role of women, shariah law etc etc etc and now we have SENSELESS KILLINGS to explain! I will carry on trying to make some sense from it all tho…. its getting more and more difficult!!!


  8. Tanveer (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    Adnan & Sohail,
    I agree it’s not like Europe or US, but I don’t think anyone will come to help Parachutes. Everyone on this blog with agree with me that no matter what happens in rest of the Pakistan, the retaliation only disturbs Karachi.

    As far as question of Ghunda-Gardi of political party is concerned, till when we will be hostages, till when we will last. Doesn’t forget we are the nation of ideologists, we are the one who created Pakistan. I don’t think we will let it ruin by handful of goons.

    In the end all I want to say that candle or no candle, choose what ever you think fit our society but we have continue our lives, only us can make this city better and worth living for our children, that means, WE HAVE TO FIGHT THIS GHUNDA-GARDI.

    Zulm sehna aur zulm kerna dono haram hain.

    I hope all of you will get my point.


  9. Anna (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muttahida_Qaumi_Movement

    Altaf Hussain (Urdu: الطاف حسین) is the leader of a political party, Muttahida Qaumi Movement formerly known as the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM), now converted to Muttahida Qaumi Movement. MQM is frequently cited for their involvement in terrorist and mafia activities, especially within the city of Karachi. Altaf Hussain is currently in exile at London due to the fact that he faces criminal charges in Pakistan.
    MQM is frequently cited for their involvement in terrorist and mafia activities, especially within the city of Karachi.


  10. Farhan (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

    By replying that we should think and look this painful event as being a true pakistani not to be having a prejudiace views.before throughing everything on MQM look backward and try to realize what they and karachiite borne in the tenors of last government including nawaz and benazir and still vicitm of the recent bloodsheds.So be a realistic and moderate analyst not to think while to consider yourself a follower of any thought or race.we karachiite are real affected and vicitm people now and has been for the past.
    Farhan(Karachi)


  11. ali (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 2:21 am

    salam
    I think all the people who only sit in their home n wantch tv n read newspaper plz shut their mouth close. If u want to know true stories come out from ur houses n watch who da hell r doint all that things.. today is 13 may n only in those areas where pakhton n punjabi n opposition partie have strong hold are under voilance..why?? if mqm is involved in all that thing then wht da hell r pakhtion r doing on the street??? i live at malir halt,on 12 may wht the hell ppp do here i saw from my eyes.they intersapte the rally of mqm at malir halt take the people outside from the car shout them on site n after killing those people then run n hide out in the Baloch goth which is adjusted to the malir halt.when edhi driver come to rescue mqm people they alos shot him.. so wht de hell u r accepting from mqm?? if u didnt belive then please saw the newspaper of jang of sunday..the pic in which 4 dead bodies of mqm worker is around the white car..who kill them??? it is clear from pic some1 take them out from the car shot them n flew away..this scene is of malir halt..

    may 13 at qaidabad pakhton beeting all the pepoles who r in paint shirts….pakhton belong to mqm?????

    Golden town falkanaz tower..strong hold of punjabi. just opposite to airport…take any news paper .or take news from bbc…who the hell is firing at mqm rally from falaknaz tower???

    I chellenge all the peoples plz provide a single point where friing n kiling occue at mqm strong hold point…reallity is that opposition attack mqm rally from theor strong hold points..so is their any thing wrong if mqm worker do self defence??

    why today only at place volilance occur where only punjabi n pakhton are in majority?? from newsbulltion it is clear all the prople who r doing voilances r punjabi n pakhton…so why u r blamig mqm??

    if any pathan is present here. n his father is in karachi from 1980 then please asked from him wht de hell pathan done in khi in 1985..who many inocnet people they kill in kasba colony? how many houses they burn?????? how many girls the kidnaped from that colony?? who de hell annouce the jihad against mohajir in 1985??? pls all the people who r out side from khi or came to khi after 1990 plz shut their mouth close.

    If u want to know true story come out from houses..n just go to pahtan areas which r close to mohjir society.. like azeem pora qaidabad. qasba colony..why the hell those people r prepearing to attack on mohjir societies?? it is not fake story..i invit u to come in that areas n saw from ur eyes. how many houses mqm attack on 12 n 13 may, which belong to punjabi or patahn ??? in any area where mqm has stronnng hold n voliance occuse there???

    n most of the people r saying mqm attack on aaj tv..so my dears..again watch aaj tv transmission of 12 may..mqm workers r fifinr to defend them self not on aaj tv..if they attack on aaj tv then not a single staff can escape alive..

    n the cars n motor cycle burn in front of aaj tv was not do by mqm..please saw again that recording..it is clearly visible that pathan form guru munder attack on parking steling taperecord from cars..burning bikes…then why the hell u r blaming mqm??? who the hell r on ary hospital tv building just oppoite too aaj tv?? why the hell aaj tv didnt focus them n tell the true story?????

    reality is that from that buliding pathan atack on rally of mqm at guru munder.. n when mqm fire for self defence then aaj tv focus the camera on it n teling the world that thy are attacking on aaj tv..

    i request all the pepoles who r just analysing newspaper n tv news plz shut the mouth close..if u want reality thne come outside from the house n observe the real world..


  12. ali (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 2:23 am

    salam
    I think all the people who only sit in their home n wantch tv n read newspaper plz shut their mouth close. If u want to know true stories come out from ur houses n watch who da hell r doint all that things.. today is 13 may n only in those areas where pakhton n punjabi n opposition partie have strong hold are under voilance..why?? if mqm is involved in all that thing then wht da hell r pakhtion r doing on the street??? i live at malir halt,on 12 may wht the hell ppp do here i saw from my eyes.they intersapte the rally of mqm at malir halt take the people outside from the car shout them on site n after killing those people then run n hide out in the Baloch goth which is adjusted to the malir halt.when edhi driver come to rescue mqm people they alos shot him.. so wht de hell u r accepting from mqm?? if u didnt belive then please saw the newspaper of jang of sunday..the pic in which 4 dead bodies of mqm worker is around the white car..who kill them??? it is clear from pic some1 take them out from the car shot them n flew away..this scene is of malir halt..

    may 13 at qaidabad pakhton beeting all the pepoles who r in paint shirts….pakhton belong to mqm?????

    Golden town falkanaz tower..strong hold of punjabi. just opposite to airport…take any news paper .or take news from bbc…who the hell is firing at mqm rally from falaknaz tower???

    I chellenge all the peoples plz provide a single point where friing n kiling occue at mqm strong hold point…reallity is that opposition attack mqm rally from theor strong hold points..so is their any thing wrong if mqm worker do self defence??

    why today only at place volilance occur where only punjabi n pakhton are in majority?? from newsbulltion it is clear all the prople who r doing voilances r punjabi n pakhton…so why u r blamig mqm??

    if any pathan is present here. n his father is in karachi from 1980 then please asked from him wht de hell pathan done in khi in 1985..who many inocnet people they kill in kasba colony? how many houses they burn?????? how many girls the kidnaped from that colony?? who de hell annouce the jihad against mohajir in 1985??? pls all the people who r out side from khi or came to khi after 1990 plz shut their mouth close.

    If u want to know true story come out from houses..n just go to pahtan areas which r close to mohjir society.. like azeem pora qaidabad. qasba colony..why the hell those people r prepearing to attack on mohjir societies?? it is not fake story..i invit u to come in that areas n saw from ur eyes. how many houses mqm attack on 12 n 13 may, which belong to punjabi or patahn ??? in any area where mqm has stronnng hold n voliance occuse there???

    n most of the people r saying mqm attack on aaj tv..so my dears..again watch aaj tv transmission of 12 may..mqm workers r fifinr to defend them self not on aaj tv..if they attack on aaj tv then not a single staff can escape alive..

    n the cars n motor cycle burn in front of aaj tv was not do by mqm..please saw again that recording..it is clearly visible that pathan form guru munder attack on parking steling taperecord from cars..burning bikes…then why the hell u r blaming mqm??? who the hell r on ary hospital tv building just oppoite too aaj tv?? why the hell aaj tv didnt focus them n tell the true story?????

    reality is that from that buliding pathan atack on rally of mqm at guru munder.. n when mqm fire for self defence then aaj tv focus the camera on it n teling the world that thy are attacking on aaj tv..

    i request all the pepoles who r just analysing newspaper n tv news plz shut the mouth close..if u want reality thne come outside from the house n observe the real world..


  13. opinion (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 2:43 am

    All these violent acts occured in places like “Sohrab Goth (ANP); Balouch colony (PPP); Shah faisal colony (Haqiqi); Landhi (haqiqi); Gurumander (Jamiat)…. these are strong holds of PPP, ANP, Haqiqi and Jamiat.

    MQM is not present i these areas…. the people came fired and ran back into these areas…

    Also why would MQM want to ruin it’s rally?????

    I have pics where you can see ANP, PPP, PPI responsible for the firing…. please check this site for pics:

    http://www.mqm.org/

    Also personally I saw PPI and ANP activist on Sohran Goth torching cars and and burning tires and carrying guns….

    The CJP had NO intention of coming out of the Airport…. the govt offered him helicopter…. but he refused…no leader of ANP, Jamiat or PML or PPP came to lead the rally of CJP…. which shows they knew in advance what was going to happen!

    Those that never favored MQM are forced to favor it now!!!


  14. Babar (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 4:53 am

    As some people have pointed out, there is no doubt in my mind that huge crimes have been commited against Muhajirs in the past years. During the operation against MQM, attrocities were committed against muhajirs, no matter if they were involved in any of the crimes of MQM or not. We should never forget the whole picture.

    Also it is quite obvious that Pakhtoons , Punjabis and SIndhis are not angels. They also kill people. But the main issue here is who master minded and planned the May 12th, and I think only a blind person can go wrong in seeing the culprit in this regard. It was Sindh Government itself (MQM + Musharraf regime).


  15. sector incharge (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 6:15 am

    Muttahida ne bohat tight kaam kia


  16. Unknown (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 8:17 am

    @ SECTORINCHARGE…..tumharay amma abba nay bhi bauhat tight kaam kiya bas ek ghalti hogayee…tum hogaye….warna this world would have been a better place to live in…..


  17. frozen flame (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    @ OPINION, brother can’t you post a more authentic website in defense of MQM? The authenticity can be proved by reading the biography of Altaf Hussain. Regarding the pics hat you are referring to, since when holding a flag of other party guarantee involvement in that particular group?

    You said all violence took place in areas that are not dominated by MQM, so do you think they are stupid enough to torch the cars and kill people in their own backyard? Ahh one more thing let say I believe what you are saying then can you tell me what were MQM people those got killed were doing in that area?

    One more thing regarding the rally, I think you need to do a reality check on MQM before you favor them. The evidence of the use of force by MQM can be confirmed if you can ask any traders in kamran market (gulshan-e-iqbal block 1), they were all forced to pack their shops and get on the bus to attend the rally otherwise their shop would have been burned.


  18. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    Sab Bandar Baant Hai – Sab eik thaylay kay chataay bataay hain

    hand in glove i scratch your back you scratch my back


  19. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

    @ Opinion/Ali: Whoever saw ppl with guns & mqm flags are also mistaken??

    Those of us who faced mqm’s terrorist activities first hand are also delusional??.

    MQM “fingered” others & as per tradition they are crying upon retaliation.

    Shabash.


  20. aqsa amina (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    Farroq Sattar who are you fooling with pics in your hands. MQM terrorists, on 12th may came not only with automatic weapons but with cameras too, with their illegal Army Jawans in disguise of other parties killing and shooting at their crazy will, the thing they are best able to do.
    Well, by the way doesn’t Hiader Rizvi sound like a war criminal, and doesn’t Altaf sound like lunatic in front of his idle worshipers. Crazy MQM followers, unable to see who are they poojing.


  21. raisa (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    MQM SAID THAT THEY WERE CLOSING DOWN THEIR UNITS. I THOUGHT UNITS WERE FOR ARMIES. IS THIS WHAT MQM REALLY IS, AN ILLEGAL TRAINED ARMY, TRAINED TO KILL ANYONE THEY DISAGREE WITH.


  22. Bayghar (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    Mansoor,
    You post reveals you as a poor bigoted excuse for a man. Anything the MQM does is fine by you – murder, arson, loot, kidnapping. One day they will get one of yours, and you will sit by the TV all day watching khabarnama!
    May Altaf have mercy on your soul.


  23. SELF (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 9:01 am

    It’s heartening to see people opposing all wrong doings irrespective of which party does it. It’s this non-partisan attitude that will serve public right. Partisan politics only hurts public while leaders reap the benefits.


  24. axiomatic (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 7:14 pm

    Bravo, great people of Karachi, and specially those disillusioned Mohajirs who have stood up on this forum against what must be called as this century’s most bizzare, heartless, cold-blodded, organized slaughter of common citizens fully sponsored by a dictatorship regime.

    The statements of MQM leaders following the mass murder at the hands of their terrorists prove beyond all doubt their criminal characters. These culprits who are today supporting or trying to support MQM and Altaf are nothing but a bunch of liars and rogues, with Altaf as their to terrorist, orchestrating massacres while sitting in his plush drawing room in what is supposed to be the most civilised countries of the world. These murderes and criminals (like Mr Mansoor) will be brought to justice very soon, in this life or in hell!


  25. wasiq (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 2:28 am

    Movie/TV Quote of the Day(imdb)

    MAMA MORTON [Chicago (2002)]

    In this town, murder’s a form of entertainment.


  26. ambreen (unregistered) on May 28th, 2007 @ 6:50 am

    looooooooooooseeeeeeeeerssssssss allllllllll offff yoooooo………suckkkkkkkkkkk Pakistna and their governmetn and the people annnnndddd u all who have shit time toooooooooooooo talk about the shittttttttttttttt



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