Security situation in our neighborhoods

With the entire city at a standstill, people are hesitant in venturing out of their homes. There is an eery silence around our neighborhoods that seems unnatural and a general feeling of unrest hovers in the air. With various news channels reporting of stoning and rioting in various areas and barely any public transport throughout the city one wonders what actually is happening in various neighborhoods and what the prevailing security situation is.

My area (Gulistan e Johar) has seen road blocks, burning tires, stoning and sporadic rioting. All sorts of markets and shops are closed. The few that did open up early in the day have been closed down. A Rangers pickup has been patrolling and cruising around throughout the day which has kept the situation from escalating to full out violence and has maintained it at extremely tense. The rioters disperse when they see the Ranger’s vehicle coming only to come back to their posts the minute it passes by.

Whats shocking to see is that little kids are also out on the road with stones in their hands ready to throw it at on coming cars. They’re treating it as a game. Its hard to decipher what I felt when I was told about the kids with stones in their hands. Shock at how people can encourage their children towards violence. Sadness that these children will never learn that all this is unnecessary and wrong or just plain disbelief.

Please brief us about the security situation in your area/neighborhood.

10 Comments so far

  1. SIlver (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

    I think we already post regarding deserted streets, why is this being done over again.

    However, PPP activists forced shops to close in Chundrigar area. Thats all I have.

  2. Hasan Zuberi (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

    On route to my office at Zamzama from Gulshan Iqbal (13D area) … all I saw was complete closure of shops & markets … a few Rangers personal under Stadium flyover and NO activists on the roads … May be as it was just before Jumma prayers.

    Lets see what will get on my way back ?

  3. ahhh (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

    Poor people lost their lives and now the ‘dead bodies’ traders would use it to market their political business.

    This goes on and on….
    Oh Allah takeus out of the Ghulami, We have nothing to do with these corrupt leaders, save us and the whole nation from the evil deeds of our corrupt leaders, whereever they are. Ameen.

  4. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

    All is calm and quite here in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. The shops which were opened in the morning are closed now.

    There is quite an eerie sort of calmness in my neighbourhood.

  5. Neena (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    Mostly everyone I know stayed home, some of them who went to work came early.

    The people who did the blast may rot in special Hell as they knew well they couldn’t hurt Benazir and their bomb will only kill innocents.

  6. ALAM (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 9:51 pm

    [edited: irrelevant to the post]

  7. Zainub (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

    In Clifton, just near Bilawal House to be precise, its quite lively. All sort of personnel are roaming around BH (lots of media vehicles not withstanding); roads going to BH are blocked, though other roads in the area are accessible, people are coming out for walks, shops with every day usage items (including fruit and vegetable vendors and general stores and bakeries and the like) were open both today as well as yesterday. Sorry to know the situation in Gulistan-e-Johar, hope people there are bestowed with some sense.

  8. Zee (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 11:17 pm

    I live in GJ too but I don’t know what’s the status here. I am gona outside for a walk or something and then I’m gona see what’s the current status. For all I know and heard of is that everything is closed.

    MUSTAFA KAMAL has announced that all educational institutes will work as per schedule tomorrow. This means that the business activity comes back to life tomorrow.

  9. ALAM (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 12:01 am


    >>>> Sorry to know the situation in Gulistan-e-Johar, hope people there are bestowed with some sense.

    “bestowed with some sense”? [edited]

  10. (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 9:53 am

    [edited: irrelevant to the post]

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