Loya Jirga strike might be called off

The Pakhtoon Action Committee (Loya Jirga) is now reconsidering its three-day strike call. According to what Dawn reported:

The Pakhtun Action Committee (Loya Jirga) is meeting on Wednesday to review its decision of a three-day strike call from May 25, says a press statement.

“It adds that the PAC has been under tremendous pressure from various sections of society to reduce the number of days during which the strike will be observed.

“The committee had earlier given a strike call for three days from May 25 to 27 in protest against the May 12 bloodshed, demanding immediate removal of the governor and the adviser to the chief minister on home affairs. “We have convened a meeting of the Loya Jirga on Wednesday morning to review the decision of giving a strike call for three days. The Loya Jirga, which had taken the earlier decision, is the only organisation authorised to make any changes in the strike schedule,” a member of the central committee of the Loya Jirga, Ameer Nawab, told Dawn here on Tuesday night.

“He made it clear that a complete strike call was given only for Karachi.”

Daily Times had a similar story:

The Pakhtoon Action Committee (Loya Jirga) has come under immense pressure from traders, politicians and civil society organisations to reconsider its call for a three-day shutter-down strike. The PAC was told that if a commercial strike is necessary, it should not last more than a day.

“‘Traders have faxed their requests and office bearers of civil society organisations have made this proposal in a meeting on Tuesday with the Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali,’ ANP information secretary, Zahid Khan, told Daily Times.

“He said that Majid Aziz of the Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and Zubair Motiwala of the SITE Association of Industry had faxed letters to Wali asking him to reconsider the call for a three-day strike because it would cause colossal commercial losses.

“Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) Meraj ul Huda Siddiqui and Naimatullah Khan also made similar proposals during Wali’s visit to the JI Karachi offices.

“Anis Haroon, Majida Rizvi, Uzma Noorani, Seema Shaikh, Shireen Khan, Seemi Kamal, Malka Khan and Nasreen Siddiqui of the Aurat Foundation, Women Action Forum and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan called on Wali at Mardan House. ‘They spoke for an hour and a half, and asked the ANP president to reconsider the call for the shutter-down strike,’ Khan said.

“Wali informed them that he had called the strike, and that, he would speak with the PAC and ask them to reconsider the call.

“Loya Jirga chief, Shahi Syed, said that he had not given this call in his personal capacity. He said that many traders and transporters had contacted him about it, and he would inform the Loya Jirga about ‘the pressure being exerted by well wishers, traders and transporters,’ and that, the problems of citizens should be mitigated.”

The News, however, had a different take on events:

Despite pressure from both federal and provincial authorities to call off their three-day strike, the Pakhtoon Action Committee (PAC) as well as Awami National Party (ANP) leadership is not willing to bow to the government’s demands and is adamant to go ahead with its plans. The strikes are scheduled for May 25, 26 and 27 in Karachi.

“Even opposition political parties, whose workers and activists were killed by the violence on May 12 in Karachi, have failed to persuade the PAC to curtail its strike call from three days to one or two days.

“PAC Chairman Shahi Syed told The News, on Tuesday, that federal and provincial authorities, as well as the country’s intelligence agencies, were continuously approaching him and other PAC leaders and asking for the strike to be called off. However, he added, they could not do such so because of the pressure from the Pakhtoon people, their representatives and the elders.

“‘Some of the Pakhtoon leaders and elders even called for observing a month’s strike to send a clear message to the establishment that people would no longer tolerate bloodshed and blackmailing at the hands of terrorists in Karachi,’ he informed.

“He said even the central leadership of ANP, including its President Asfandyar Wali Khan, were approached to get the three-day strike called off, but Khan refused arguing that the call for the strike was given by the PAC, not the ANP and he could only convey the message to the PAC leadership.”

Whichever the case, let’s hope that the PAC actually does reconsider the strike call, and even if they decide to go ahead with it, let’s hope things remain peaceful. This city does not need any more bloodshed.

39 Comments so far

  1. Pkhan (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    Good decision, Who the Hell this Asfander Wali Khan is ? Is he not the Same son of Wali Khan who Opposed Creation of PAKISTAN and were supporting Congress? THese are so called leader who will never succeed in their alterior motive.

  2. noman ali ansari (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    they have postponed the strike – briefcase diplomacy worked out finally.

  3. Neena (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    Politically it is a very good move. Hope others will follow.

  4. ZAMAN (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

    ANP is more sincere to Karachi than the MQM.
    Doop maro ULTA-F hussain!

  5. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 12:09 am

    God damn these Pathans. They should go BACK to their rate holes and stop ruining our city. Do we Karachiites go to other cities and call for strike? Are WE invited to go elsewhere and live with the same rights?

    They are all shit to me!

  6. Khakan (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 12:19 am

    Why dont you go back to your HELL where you came from.Dont give us this ANP more sincere to Karachi…WHAT A JOKE..they posponed the strike because they know that nobody would follow thier command other than Niswar Shop owners and Chokidaars and may be some truck drivers…ALL EDUCATED PATHANS HATE ANP and are with MQM…

  7. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 12:26 am

    ANP is more sincere to Karachi than the MQM.
    Doop maro ULTA-F hussain!

    Posted by: ZAMAN at May 23, 2007 11:40 PM

    Hello my extremist brother. We do NOT want you here! Go BACK to your Pathan land and live your life the way you do… guns, drugs, gayism and some more guns. Go Back to your rat-holes and stay there with your fucking corrupt Afghan fuckers

  8. Bolshevik (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    What the hell is wrong with you, Zeeshan miaN? You call the guy all sorts of names, and then you call HIM an extremist??!

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    only postponed for 2 weeks… 8-9-10 june

  10. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    Yup! Something IS wrong with me! I say the truth! They ARE extremist. Look at their history! They know nothing but killing people. When they show weapons, they call it their “ZEWAR” or “SAQAFAT”. When they brutely kill people from other tribes, that’s called “Internal Matter”. When they kill women, it’s call HONOR. To HELL with such animals! I know what I said and I’ll say that again if I have to!

    Btw, something on topic. Pathans cancelled their strike and moved the dates. I guess it June 8, 9 and 10 now. MULANAS hated the fact that we can survive through this weekend peacefully, they have suddenly called on for a COUNTRY WIDE Day of Protest on MAY 25.

    Lets ask our scientists to create a nuke that’ll only kill Mullas!

  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    @Pkhan is altaf the same terrorist who burnt Pakistani flag at Quaid-e-Azam mazar? and wanted to further break pakistan?

  12. Faraz (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 12:59 am

    It’s not like they are doing anyone a favor by limiting the strike to one day. Even one day of strike can cause millions in losses, not to mention school shutdowns and headaches in general. I hope we can learn to protest without shutting down the city which only hurts the citizens, not necessarily the people in power.

    On a side note, lately the comments on this blog have been getting racist, overly political and basically just immature. Please guys, keep it civilized.

  13. ZAMAN (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 1:11 am

    “All educated people support MQM”.

    Here’s an example, posted by Zeeshan Syed (an educated MQM supporter):
    “Go Back to your rat-holes and stay there with your fucking corrupt Afghan fuckers”

  14. Khakan (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 1:23 am
  15. Pkhan (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 1:26 am

    Uptill now we have not been declared ‘Terrorist Nation’ but with all this good faith BAKWAAS will make us a Terrorist NATION where not only Altaf but You As Doctor will be labeled the same way as TERRORIST?

  16. RIAZ MOHAMMED (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    zeeshan syed

  17. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    @Pkhan thanx to MQM and its terrorist most countries are issuing travel advisories to their citizens advising them not to travel to karachi.. coz whole world have seen then even while in power MQM won’t mend its ways.. it’ll simply resort to terrorism whenever grand terrorist pir sahib of london signals them..

  18. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 2:03 am

    those 3 options circulated by Altaf bai just shows that Altaf just want his importance felt by Q League
    and Musharaf.. he’ll just use this blackmail threat as bargaining chip to counter allegations and figer pointing being done by Q league’s member that MQM was solely responsible for 12 may’s massacre.. this party in past as well have blackmailed Mush and Q league and god knows how much it got in return.. on bluchistan issue it threatened to quit govt but never did.. coz these terrorist are simply having the time of the life..

  19. ABC (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    I agree MQM was solely responsible for 12 may’s massacre. Altaf lie people die

  20. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    Its shameful that so called educated MQM workers are spreading hatred on ethnic basis. I am ashamed as a Urdu speaker how racist we have become. Surely education has no effect on some people.
    Zeeshan, the weapon culture you mentioned is what towards MQM is dragging us.
    Developed nations have denounced the racist behaviour on any basis, but here we are, despite clear message in religion, propagating hate and claiming to be enlightened and educated..huh.

  21. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 2:54 am

    “All educated people support MQM”.

    Here’s an example, posted by Zeeshan Syed (an educated MQM supporter):
    “Go Back to your rat-holes and stay there with your fucking corrupt Afghan fuckers”

    @ZAMAN: When the hell did I ever support MQM? Duh! Altaf can and by ALLLL means shuold go to Hell and burn there WITH these Mullas, Pakhton Leaders and other leaders from political parties.

    @RIAZ MOHAMAD: I belong here! Pathans DON’T. If they want to be a part of us, they have start behaving like humans and not animals and they HAVE to maintain to the discipline of Karachi. Civilized world and not the world that hates every guy who is wearing a pair of jeans and Ts. Lay off, take a niswar pill and drive your retarded bus but don’t mess with my city or its people! Don’t try to mess with our business, don’t sell drugs and weapons and stop trying to take over the city that we built by our own hands and our money. STOP MESSING WITH THE PEOPLE WHO PAY TAXES TO RUN THIS WHOLE COUNTRY!

  22. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:01 am

    @Zeeshan You do sound like a typical venomous MQM supporter but still you insist that you hate MQM and

  23. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:12 am

    Those who are trying to make Karachi a ‘mahajir state’ are the biggest idiots. Ulloo, diversity is power but unfortunately you don’t have the wisdom to see it.. even country like US is trying to pass a legislation to give legal status to all non-documented immigrants but our “Smartoos”, love this word i heard here on KMB (hehehehehe), are after these poor pathans who come here, find jobs, work hard, and make our economy grow.. apna mahajir saala never gets up and opens his shop after FAJR but the hard working pathan does…… so stop spreading hatred, its the easiest job on the face of the planet.. if you claim to be educated, do something challenging….. hope you get it………

  24. ghumandi (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:18 am

    Zeeshan have you heard of secular extremism? By all means poeple who adhere to this philosophy are as much intolerant and viscious towards others. only they ‘think’ they are not but infact the opposite is true. So if one was to reverse your above post and replace certain words, the point will be validated.

  25. Ali (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:19 am

    look at saeed anwar, junaid jumshaid and muhammad yousef … if all can change why cant altaf hussain .. ALlah kai paas dair hai indhair nahe .. lets all pray that we become more responsible and peace maker person rather than praying that he should be killed etc etc

  26. Bolshevik (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:21 am

    @ Zeeshan: MiaN insaan buno, podeeney na buno! :P

  27. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:27 am

    zeeshan, are you the same gentelman who was giving tips on buying generators here the other day? what happened my friend? what drove you nuts????

  28. Tamed~. (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:28 am

    I believe that the language used hereby does not even reflect any distant possibility that the writers & commentators are ‘educated mohajirs or pakhtoons’ . This attitude will not provide any solution to the problems that we are facing.

    Zeshan sahab, Pathans do have the same rights as you might have to live here.

    It is the responsibility of the state to provide law & order, safety & security to the ppl of Karachi, something which was missing on 12th of May.

    Whatever happened on 12/5, was well organized & possibly was not a brain child of any single political party, the decison & plans were made somewhere else which you & me don’t know.

    It would be the most foolish thing to pin point & raise fingers towards each other.

    Just think, who had gained the maximmum benefit of all that happened on 12th May, Pathans? Mohajirs? MQM? Certainly not.

    Then why blame each other?

    I would appreciate If I get the replies (if I) in
    the same decent language & tone in which I have written these comments.

    Otherwise don’t bother to make any comments on my thoughts please.

  29. Bolshevik (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:32 am

    well-said @ tamed! : )

  30. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 3:54 am

    “ALlah kai paas dair hai indhair nahe .. ” ROFLMAO!

    That single line made me forget all the above garbage, reminds one of old, cheesy Indian movies :P.

    @ Tamed: Bil la wajha rational batein mat karo,

    “Just think, who had gained the maximmum benefit of all that happened on 12th May, Pathans? Mohajirs? MQM? Certainly not.”

    Next thing, these ‘Smartoos’ will be slinging their crap on all the other ethenicities.

    BTW, just for the record (& I hope others noticed this as well), except MQM “hamdards”, no one else went racial or singled out mohajirs.

    There were rants against the carnage that took place in the city against those who were responsible for it. Every sect, including mohajirs condemned it.

    And its our country. We call ourselves Pakistani’s. Everyone should have the same right as another. Since you ‘Smartoos’ refuse to accept that and assimalate, maybe you should go back to where you came from.

    The attitudes of some Afghans doesnt impress me either, but telling people from a war-torn country whose homes & lives have been destroyed by decadedes of war & violence

    “Go Back to your rat-holes and stay there with your fucking corrupt Afghan fuckers”,

    wow. Maybe you should go back to bihar or where ever it is that you were rulers of.

    Any national migrating to this country is a Mohajir, same thing you claim to be. (Despite being born and bred here).

    They have the same rights as you & if you have a problem with it, stick your shit-head back into your rear-ends. And do not effing cry when the events of 90’s are repeated and all you murderes are brought to (street)-justice.

    Disclaimer: The above comments are for the rasicts around and in no way targeted to Urdu-Speaking folks. If you found it offensive, I appologise.

  31. Bolshevik (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 4:00 am

    “smartoos” … khekhekhe! :D

  32. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 4:44 am

    @DOCTOR: There is nothing that I can do to prove that. Actually, latetly, I have started to hate every political leader! There is none that I support and none that I admire. This country is in desperate need of a true “MODERATE” leader.

    @Salman A: No, I am not trying to make this city into a mohajir city. No, not at all. I do not agree that only Pathans get up and start working daily. Though, it IS true that you will see Pathans doing most of the dirty work but that is also because they have an organized Mafia for all these “small jobs”. Ok MAFIA might sound a bit too bold lets just say that they support each other to take on such jobs and if anyone from any other part of the country wana join it, they make sure that it doesn’t happen. That hurts the people from Interior Sindh. How many times do you see a Sindhi or Punjabi driving a bus or doing what other pathans do? No, we can not allow this thing to happen in the city that we have built with much love and respect.

    Do you want to know where the top quality Marijuana comes from? Who smuggles every little electronic item to Karachi driving local industry to an end? Do you have any idea how many of these guys come here and vanish and then end up killing people, snatching mobiles (along with MQM lafangas). Who runs Tanker mafia and drives an average Karachiite to spend preciously earned money to get a water tanker. Do you know tht most of the weapons we have in Karachi are smuggled from NWFP (they get it from Afghanistan). How many times do you see bus conductors misbehaving with the people who support them, who hosted them with so much love so that they could feed their beloves back home? Think about it! ARE THEY HELPING US BUILD A BETTER KARACHI?

    @TAMEED: You make sense! Someone else is benefiting from all this crises. Pathans would have the same rights when they give us the same rights in return and respect the land, the city and the people who live in it and when they start contributing to help develop this city even better, bigger and more stable. Take a small visit to Peshawar AND Quetta and TRY to start your business. It could be anything! Just TRY to start your own gig and see what you get to hear in return.

    @Red_Munk: If you think that I work of MQM or support it, you are totally wrong. There is no denying that MQM has hundreds of bunch of ghundas and chichoras with a T.T. gun sticking in their pants. I was born and raised here in KARACHI. I loved this city to the bottom of my heart but I will ask you one small thing. Do you think that only MQM was involved in what happened back on MAY 12?


    The leaders of all these parties are corrupt! Altaf is a murderer but so is Benazir Bhutto, so is Nawaz Shareef! You think these Wali Khans are innoceny angels? Bah! They are lame and crap! The best way to find a new leader would be to make all these leaders stand in a row and use the very guns they use to kill us but this time only for this country’s benefit, we could perhaps point them to these leaders and start firing like they did on May 12.

  33. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 5:12 am

    your approach is Wali Khan is ghunda so are all Pathans!
    its same as the approach by some people all Urdu Speakers belong to MQM and support terrorism!

    Do not generalize on whole ethnic class. Not all Pathans are smugglers. You mentioned only bad points but ignored they are hardworking as well.

    One important thing for Karachitees is we can not distinguish between Afghans and Pathans.

    regarding visit to Quetta and business..if they don’t tolerate that hurts themselves. As Salman said diversity is power and tolerance a catalyst for success..Karachi is a land of opportunity because of these factors.

  34. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    @Ghumandi: well said.

  35. Noman Ali Ansari (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

    @ Every One

    I have a Pashto Speaking Driver and couple of days back he said to me “Saab Shahi sayed will take some money and keep quite, write down my words” i smiled to him at that time however i knew that the actual demand from this SO CALLED LOYA JIRGA is related to Money….

    I came to know that finally they got what they required. However the JI’s role is really surprising and i have came to know that they are really trying to use this issue on political grounds not only locally in pakistan but a very patronized campaign out side pakistan as well.

    However i completed failed to understand the eventual benefit JI will get out of this ? If they think that they would be able to exploit this issue for upcoming elections i think they are little over estimating themselves.

  36. Noman Ali Ansari (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    Well, on one hand there are efforts being made to control the damage , there are KNOWN ELEMENTS trying to have more ….

    مذہبی جماعتوں کے اتحاد متحدہ مجلس عمل نے جمعہ کے روز ملک بھر میں بارہ مئی کے واقعات کے خلاف احتجاج کا اعلان کیا ہے۔
    اس احتجاج کا فیصلہ کراچی میں متحدہ مجلس عمل کی سپریم کاؤنسل کے اجلاس میں کیا گیا۔ اجلاس کی صدارت قاضی حسین احمد نے کی جبکہ مولانا فضل الرحمان سمیت اتحاد میں شامل دیگر جماعتوں کے رہنماؤں نے بھی شرکت کی۔

  37. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    Its politics … and all political parties are gaining from it one way or the other … be it ANP, MQM, Pakhton Action Committee, JI, PPP, Tehrik Insaf or PML.

    Their sole duty is to make idiot of teh people and they are quite successful .. if only we can realise by reading the comments written above.

    @ ZEEHSAN … I cant understand your hatred with Maulvis … MMA is not Mullas … they are as good politicians as any body from MQM.

    atleast respect the one who solmenised your parents Nikah … otherwise your status will be way down in everyones eye.

  38. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 9:22 am

    BitterTruth: your approach is Wali Khan is ghunda so are all Pathans!
    its same as the approach by some people all Urdu Speakers belong to MQM and support terrorism!

    My answer would be “My ass”

  39. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 9:23 am

    @Hasan Zuberi: Dude, you seriously need to read more and start understanding what’s being said in a sentence!

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