My City Burns….

It is without doubt that each and every Pakistani, living in Pakistan and abroad feels frustrated watching what is happening to Karachi and Pakistan. It is with utter disgust we stand to see terrorists, yet again destroy our city for their own political agenda, leaving behind another series of body bags this time it inches closer to 110, all killed for no fault of their own.

TV channels are abuzz with the horrific scenes and undoubtedly the morning newspapers will be transformed from the images of a large welcome served up by Karachi for Mohtarma Bhutto, now into touching images of devastation and carnage splashed across, overshadowing everything else. I would like to share with you these touching images I found on the NY Times website, which have really touched me to the core.

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I wish I can confidently say, lets join hands and make things better, sadly I said that barely five months back – nothing happened then and the killers went scott free most probably setting a bad example for others to try and test the system again, and test they sure did, leaving 100 dead and over 200 injured

May Allah have mercy on the souls of each and every person who perished today, May Allah give the city of Karachi an opportunity to recover from all this hatred and devastation and become a peaceful city to live in.

68 Comments so far

  1. Aamir (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

    Perhaps this crime will convince the cowardly people of pakistan that terrorism exists and has to be fought. Most Pakistanis seem to have great difficulty in accepting that.


  2. Imran (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

    @Neena,
    Calm down girl no need to get angry.get your facts straight before saying something on this blog. Mohajir did not kill pathans it was other way around. Remember Aligarh and Qasba incident?? who killed who? remember Pakka qila incident?? Remember the killings on Sohrab goth? or you were too little to keep those things in your tiny mind??Remember all the extra judicial killing in 90s??
    you may not call yourself mohajir (you can be whatever you want) but I am a mohajir and feel proud about that. If you feel ashamed calling yourself mohajir(if you really are) then feel free to call yourself punjabi, pathan, makrani whatever you like. Plz let us know so we will use that name in the future.


  3. ALAM (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

    @NEENA

    >>> Stop calling yourself Mohajir we are here to stay. It was the mentality of Altaf since he was planning to leave but we are not

    Haha…i like that.

    BTW, there can’t be genocide of pathans in KHI. FOr that MQM has to go to Peshawer. I guess they have just one MQM office in KHI….not enough.

    But Pak Army is doing some good job for MQM, there


  4. karachiite (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

    Couple of things I would like to comment on…

    1) As much as this act of incomprehensible carnage is deplorable – Only in Pakistan the blood of the innocent and poor people is so cheap – 135+ died and will only be condoled by their relatives – they will be soon forgotten by even the PPP high-ups. I also consider BB indirectly responsible for this carnage – as she mentioned now and it was doing the rounds of news media that there are threats of suicide bombers attempting to kill her – if thats the case why the isistence on and willingness to be welcomed by millions of people (esp. when the exile was self imposed) – when a reporter asked her to compare her ’86 welcome to the one yesterday – all she had to say was that then it was 10 lacs and now its 20 lacs – infact in today’s news conference that figure has gone up to 30 lacs!
    He audacity to greet the people who had come to welcome her and have thousands of people around her while there were credible threats of suicide bombings borders on stupidity and sheer political showboating. If the street lights were not working and the security arrangements were not adequate then why risk the lives of innocent people – why taking so long to cover a short distance – why not just giving up this fanfare and using common sense and abandoning the procession and take a safer route????

    2) To all those people who are arguing with each other as to what mqm did to others and what others did to mqm….i would just say that all the groups – parties – etc. are pawns in the bigger game controlled by the establishment and the foreign powers – in Pakistan – money speaks – see how even after being victimized all the big leaders live lavishly overseas without a concern for where they will get the money from – some maintain 3-5 posh residences – exorbitant travel expenses – no one asks where all this money is coming from…..mqm, ppi(pakhtoon, punja…), pmlq, pmlf, iji, mma, ppppatriots, mqmh…all these groups are not started cuz they are the need of the common man or its their desire – but rather at the directions of the establishment and with their finances…..pakistan will not get on the right track until a true across the board accountability and abolishing the culture of money worshippings….


  5. karachiite (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

    Couple of things I would like to comment on…

    1) As much as this act of incomprehensible carnage is deplorable – Only in Pakistan the blood of the innocent and poor people is so cheap – 135+ died and will only be condoled by their relatives – they will be soon forgotten by even the PPP high-ups. I also consider BB indirectly responsible for this carnage – as she mentioned now and it was doing the rounds of news media that there are threats of suicide bombers attempting to kill her – if thats the case why the isistence on and willingness to be welcomed by millions of people (esp. when the exile was self imposed) – when a reporter asked her to compare her ’86 welcome to the one yesterday – all she had to say was that then it was 10 lacs and now its 20 lacs – infact in today’s news conference that figure has gone up to 30 lacs!
    He audacity to greet the people who had come to welcome her and have thousands of people around her while there were credible threats of suicide bombings borders on stupidity and sheer political showboating. If the street lights were not working and the security arrangements were not adequate then why risk the lives of innocent people – why taking so long to cover a short distance – why not just giving up this fanfare and using common sense and abandoning the procession and take a safer route????

    2) To all those people who are arguing with each other as to what mqm did to others and what others did to mqm….i would just say that all the groups – parties – etc. are pawns in the bigger game controlled by the establishment and the foreign powers – in Pakistan – money speaks – see how even after being victimized all the big leaders live lavishly overseas without a concern for where they will get the money from – some maintain 3-5 posh residences – exorbitant travel expenses – no one asks where all this money is coming from…..mqm, ppi(pakhtoon, punja…), pmlq, pmlf, iji, mma, ppppatriots, mqmh…all these groups are not started cuz they are the need of the common man or its their desire – but rather at the directions of the establishment and with their finances…..pakistan will not get on the right track until a true across the board accountability and abolishing the culture of money worshippings….


  6. mz (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

    An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.


  7. mz (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.


  8. llama (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    so what’re everyones comments after watching the press conference?

    my mouth was agape as i heard some warbled words coming out of her mouth stating that if the street lights had been turned on then her guards would’ve caught the suicide bomber before he attacked! if anyone had any doubts as to the sanity of this woman, i hope they are now abolished. she is mentally and emotionally unstable. she needs to be in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation. her husband should be in jail. her kids should be sent to the strictest boarding school. the bhutto legacy, such as it, needs to die a natural death.


  9. karachiite (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

    My comment is that she is trying to ensure that she is considered a very important and central figure in Pakistan politics as the western powers
    and media want her to be. Another question is where were the NAB and other agency sleuths if she has outstanding cases against her – why were they not there to arrest her???? I think that we are cursed to be ruled by idiotic military generals who only think about saving themselves.


  10. Zee (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    yes and that’s because of one very simple fact… JIHALAT! You can find all the jahils you want in all the provices of Pakistan. Muhajirs who have always concenterated on education are a minority and they can’t fix everything. This country needs education! Desperately!

    LLAMA: I agree. Bhutto’s legacy must come to an end.


  11. karachiite (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

    Zee, you say that karachi people are educated – what would you say then about educated people of karachi led astray by altaf? The problem is that it has nothing to do with education but rather a mental state – that mental state is the same all across Pakistan no matter what the education level is – look at the mess we are in – you think that educated leaders of Pakistan are any better than the comman man who is not well educated.


  12. Atif Abdul-Rahman (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 3:43 am
  13. Reality_Chec (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 9:30 am

    WOW what a great blog MB, making such bold statemnent and at the same time blocking my posts. Tell me what Extremist Views I have posted on this blog?

    This to me is becoming more & more PTI chicken blog. Instead of condemning such cowardly acts by religous zealots you guys dont let up on an opportunity to drag MQM or any other political entity that does not conforms to your views.What you guys are saying is in extremely bad taste.

    As for IK he is chicken not because he was banned from Karachi, but because of his disappearing acts at the eve of critical events, there is no need to count them again.

    This is the time to condemn and ask our political leaders where they stand on suicide bombings, Al-Qaeda and all such religous jihaadis.


  14. Neena (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    A great read on Benazir’s Homecoming.


  15. Syed Johny (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 4:52 pm

    Common people its obvious Benazir herself planned all this!

    1) For weeks she had been saying that her life was on danger ! and she would be attacked! If this was so then why did she plan such a big Rally! So that when an attack occurs casualties will be mamoth!

    2) BEnazir was the supposed target of this attack! right? but why did the suicide bomber exploded ten feets away from the truck, when he could have got closer after the first blast !

    3) If Benazir was target ! then why was the bomb trigered when Benazir herself was down in the truck for 5 minutes?? [an Armour Truck ] IF the target was benazir then the bomber should have bombed when benazir was on the top!!!

    So think laterly people!


  16. Tariq Khanani (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 12:03 am

    This piece from strings song just fits city’s current situtation


    Bajaye pyaar ki shabnam meray ghulistan main
    Baraste rehtay hain har simt maut ke saye
    Siyahion se ulajh partee hain meri ankhain
    Koi nahein, koi bhi nahein jo batae main kitni dair ujalon ki rah dekhon ga
    Koi nahein, hay koi bhi nahein na paas na dur,
    Ek yaar hay dil ki dhadhkan,
    Apni chahat ka jo elaan kiay jaati hay,
    Zindagi hay jo jiya jati hay,
    Khoon ke ghoont piay jaati hay,
    Khwaab kaanton se seay jaati hay.


  17. Khurram Rana, Sweden (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 2:14 am

    WOULD PAKISTAN EVER CHANGE? 60 YEARS HAVE PAST SINCE 1947!!!!!!!!
    ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO THE COUNTRY INSTEAD OF COMPLANING AND SUPPORT STUPID MULLAH’S.

    LOOK AT OTHER MUSLIMS COUNTRIES
    1.TURKEY, MALASIYA, INDONESIA, TUNIS ,MOROCCO, UAE, ECT


  18. shaazia faiz (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    salaam
    a true leader who travelled 9 kilometres in 12 hours before the blast, and 25 kilometres in 10 minutes after the blast!



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