In other blogs: Karachi is my city, my home

Here is an entry by Fatima Bhutto on how she feels about Karachi. A very touching and emotional piece of writing. It’s heartening to see how people who have been through the rough and tough times that the city has faced, hardly ever say anything negative about the city. Their optimism is inspirational.

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43 Comments so far

  1. Omer (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

    Hair raising stuff very well said Fatima I must say the whole of Karachi in such compelling words…Amazing from a jewel in the crown to a diamond in the rough Karachi shall live again :)


  2. BitterTruth (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

    Fatima has the potential to be the next leader, she is patriotic unlike her aunt Benazir.


  3. Concerned (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    Beautiful.

    I’d vote for her.


  4. Balma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

    Before you vote for her, ask her about her father’s terrorist activities.
    This is androoni khaandaani jhagRaa between Budnazir and her bhateeji. Don’t be fooled by the bhateeji. She is cute though.


  5. Nouman Alvi (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 7:55 pm

    The website which has published her article seems to be inspired by sindu desh and jeay sindh philosophies.


  6. Balma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    Nouman Alvi,
    Don’t worry about Sindhu Desh and Jeay Sindh.
    Her relationship to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (a contributor to the break up of Pakistan), Murtuza Bhutto (terrorist, hijacker of PIA plane to Kabul and Damascus), and Budnazir (less said, the better) is more troubling. Anyone who wants to capitalize on the name Bhutto in Pakistani polictics should be rejected by the people of Pakistan.


  7. ALAM (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:10 pm

    BHUTTO is what BHUTTO does :D


  8. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

    Yes, the rivalry between the Bhutto Clans is well established. The Murtaza Bhutto clan has Asif Zardari on its hit list, quite a few police officers who were involved in the Murder of Murtaza Bhutto have already been gunned down or have fled.

    I cant comment on Fatima’s motives and aspirations, she might be sincere but one thing is for sure she is emotionally charged. The Bhutto’s have seen a lot of death in their family. So not carying a bias towards her aunt would be un-natural.


  9. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    I must say this….I am very touched by her writing, Umar thanks for sharing this. It seems that our ruling elite has finally produced an intellectual. Sorry about the above post, I submitted it before reading the link.


  10. zs (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

    What do people think about Operation Clean-up in the 90s? Don’t you think it was necessary to weed out the MQM torture cells and their mafia-like grip on Karachi? She seems to be against it. Anyways, Fatima Bhutto completely hates the guts of Benazir and blames her for her father’s death. So please don’t be confused by the Bhutto legacy.


  11. Balma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 11:53 pm

    Reality_Check:

    If you think she is an intellectual, and an honet intellectual, please send her email at the gmail address she has listed and find out for us please if she agrees that:

    1) Her grandfather Z.A. Bhutto should have tried to work with the majority party and thus not contribtued to the break up of Pakistan.

    2) Her father, Murtuza Bhutto, was a terrorist and hijacked PIA’s plane.

    I feel bad for the way her father died, but that is no excuse to aspire for becoming another loot-khasooT PM of Pakistan.


  12. ALAM (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    I agree with BALMA.

    Anytime a scion of a dynasty tries to come across as honest and intellectual, we have to ask him/her to spare us.

    Most people in Pakistan and India are so retarded that they can even elect a donkey from a dynasty, and that scares the hell out of me, as a democracy loving person.

    If Fatima Bhutto is reading this, I would humbly request her to concentrate on newspapers, books, etc, but never indulge in active politics, like her aunt or father.


  13. Balma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    * ALAM writes:
    Most people in Pakistan and India are so retarded that they can even elect a donkey from a dynasty

    **** Actually, Budnazir (Fatima’s phoopho) will agree with you on this. I recently read her making a remark somewhere in answer to a question why people vote for children of past leaders, and she said that the people in sub-continent are uneducated and they believe that the son or daughter will continue their father’s or mother’s policies.

    Haa-ai’n! even the idiot herself knows why she gets votes! Totally bizzare, if you ask Balma.

    P.S. Alam, can you find a link to this article? which interviewed her where she spoke honestly, probably for the first and the only time in her life. Either it was Financial Times or Wall Street Journal or CNN website or something. I just can’t figure out what search terms to use. Lately, this idiot woman has been in so much news that I am afraid hundreds of links will show up.


  14. Visitor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 12:42 am

    @Balma, Alam, Reality_chk

    Could’nt agree more with you guys…

    however,ignoring the background of the author the article is heartrending nonetheless…

    we all are more then aware of wats happening in Pakistan and how it is affecting Karachi, however all we really do is come to a blog and pour out our frustrations, other then the blogs we rant with colleagues at work, family at home, and anyone we come across in a social gathering…

    the point is, we the karachites,esp the ones who have a fair sense of wats right and wrong, cant we do nething for our city? time and time again a politician or neone other than a politician but having a political significance, decides to pay a visit to the city and hundereds are massacred for no rhyme or reason, not to mention bringin the entire city to a complete halt. BB decides to put up a circus upon her arrival inspite of being warned by the govt n all. wat did v as karachites do…rather stayed back at home an enjoyed a muft ka tulla….once the carnage takes place we come here, whine and write emotional articles like fatimah’s…

    really? is this all we are capable of doing?


  15. Balma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:10 am

    Visitor:
    Every one had high hopes with MQM, but to me now these guys are more and more :

    Pal may tolah, pal may maashah.

    One day they are with PPP, then with NAvaz, then with PPP, then with ARmy + ex-Navaz, then again I guess with PPP.

    I think they are still better than most other crooks, but who else. Imran Khan was another hopeless case. Totally made a fool out of himself. But, he did have potential. He was famous, Everyone knew him. But, what a waste.

    Finally, politics in Pakistan is a matter of ghunda gardi. Most people are not prone to ghunda gardi. Therefore, most of us will not get into politics, perhaps social worker, but not politics. For politics, you need to hire ghundaa types. Here MQM could play a role, if it was little more stable not Pal may tola, pal may maashah…..but again may be that exactly is politics…. who knows, but I know what you meant. I see your frustration.


  16. Imran (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:17 am

    @Visitor,
    You doing the same thing man, just writing in these blogs. Aren’t you? it is so easy to come to these blogs and bash others and ask others to do something, but doing something in reality requires lots of gutts and courage. And when people try to do something to change this pakistani political culture they become a victim of this system and being labled as terrorist/goons..etc etc.
    This is what exactly happend with MQM. They tried to change the culture actually they did change it by bringing middle class people to the parliment and now the party is labled as goons/terrorist.
    People who call MQM with names dont have any plans or ideas (ideas that can be implemented in real pakistani world, not just some one’s dreams)for the betterment of the city/country.
    MQM is the only hope for the country whther you like it or not and if you really want to do some good for your people you have to be part of it because you need MQM more than MQM needs you. I agree that MQM does have some workers who really ruining the image of the partt, so it is our duty to be a part of MQM to keep it in the right direction where it has been headed.
    I know by writing this I have fuel the fire and I can smell that lots of negative comments coming on my way but I wanted to get my message across for those who really love Karachi and want Karachi to be the best city atleast in Pakistan if not in Asia..


  17. ALAM (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    Pakistan is fast approaching towards a failed state scenario. The situation is hopeless. It is not Sudan or Somalia yet, because of sizable urban socities, nukes and a big army.

    I foresee that eventually, this country could be taken over by UN (or US) nominated bodies, completely demarcated along northern and southern Pakistans. I think Afghanistan is better suited to administer Northern Pakistan. We can’t understand Tribals and we should not deal with them. Balochistan is an anomaly. It should be given back to the Arabs (from where it came).

    Pakistan’s Panjab is always happy with Hindus (remember Unionist party?), so it should go back to Sikhs and Hindus. Only BJP type parties can take care of Panjab.

    So now we r left with Upper Sindh and Karachi. Karachi has lots of potential, but it will be sapped by rural population demanding their entitlements in Steel mills, govt, PIA, and what not. A popular politics can never work here.

    My proposition will be to assimilate southern Panjab with upper Sindh, and be done with it, as the sick man of South Asia. India can take control of it.

    So we r left with Karachi as an independent country much like Hong Kong.

    Moan or whine as much u like, but thats the final destination, and no one is leaving the bus.


  18. SELF (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    I have said this before; Punjab and NWFP should either be merged to make “Taliban Jamhorriyaa Pakistan” or whatever they may want to call it.. or let the NWFP be separated and/or join Afghanistan should they want..either way khas kam jahan paak. After that we should deport all Mullahs to these northern areas (Punjab, NWFP, whatever). Sindh and Baluchistan should join to make Secular Pakistan and between the gas and oil and ports they should prosper easily, specially without the Mullah mafia around to confuse people.


  19. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:33 am

    Oh Bhaio I was just commenting on her writing, (if this her original work) I have no basis to doubt it. The writing shows her intellectual side that’s it , I found the post in question touching —-that’s how I view it. The facts therein are open to debate so is the background of her family. I found her writing an emotional depiction of her times, and that’s all to it. I am not saying that she is a leader to be followed. If this piece was written by annonymous then my comments would be the same.

    As for Murataza Bhutto, he destroyed himself the day he created Al-Zulfiqar, and gifted his pagree to BB, who was in no mode to give it back. I think that sums up the Bhutto sibling rivalry.


  20. Balma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    But, Hong Kong progressed because of stable China.
    Independent Karachi (I hate this idea) no matter how stable, will not progress if Afghan shit heads and NWFP are unstable and Panjab and Upper Sindh has nukes and India is messing around with them! And who told you Baluchistan came from Arabs. There are Iranians in the middle.

    Toom hum may say nahi’n. I am totally against this ridiculous idea of yours. I am not getting on this stupid bus.


  21. Visitor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:55 am

    im sure its not just me who is frustrated but any rational, peace-loving and literate karachite, who has this grave desire to have a normal life and feels truly for his/her city would be equally frustrated…

    i dont think one necessarily has to be in politics to bring about a change, or at least do sth for the city…y dont we realise that its us who make the nation, its us who has the power – the people, the awam – logically it shud be the leaders needing us not the other way round…

    all im trying to say is that we, the literate and rational lot of the city, who have the sense of right n wrong, need to team and do sth for the city…i dunno could be nething, for instance next time BB decides to have a jalsa we by putting our resources best to use discourgae people from attending it…or watever…n v all r contributing in little ways like in one of previous posts people mentioned how do they in their own way contribute to the city…if v r taking steps in reducing the pollution and shutting down the LPG decanting outlets im sure v r very capable of changing the political scenario of the city as well…

    for how long r v going to underestimate our importance as citizens just b’coz v are not the ghunda types or dont have a political standing, b’coz at the end of the day it is only people like us whose lives are affected…


  22. SELF (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:56 am

    Baluchistan with its long coastline can have eight cities like Karachi allowing for unlimited development as well solving the population problem in urban Sindh. Why limit to one Hong Kong when there can be ten along the coastline of Sindh and Baluchistan? An independent Karachi alone would be too venerable to blackmail from any side and would have limited development opportunities in the long run. This may actually lead to a Lebanon like civil war situation with competing groups fighting for the resources of the city state.


  23. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:58 am

    What is happening now is that the so called progressive forces, however repressive within, are uniting faced by suicidal maniacs. I agree totally with BALMA on IK, what a waste.
    In Pakistan politics somebody has to do the dirty work, and MQM did a fine job of ridding this city of biggest base for A-Qaeda status. Now their force is an ominous deterrent to both the religious crack pots and the gun totting Waderas and Tribal Chiefs who took this city for a ride far too long, but no more. As for making alliances with political parties or Army, I see no issues there, they should have working relationships with all the stake holders, and get max benefits for their electorate. Its not their job to reform PPP, PML or the Army. They can only reform themselves and switch to a peace time mode, they are doing that too.


  24. Visitor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 2:04 am

    @Imran

    yes i know it is close to impossible to do sth on your own, that is y i said the rational lot like ourselves…..we having the same mind set need to team up…n it cud be nething from minor to major that can be accomplished…


  25. Balma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 2:12 am

    * MQM did a fine job of ridding this city of biggest base for A-Qaeda status

    Haai’n….. yeh dhamaakay kaisay ho rahae hae’n, then? Obviously, the nuts are still around. they haven’t been gotten rid of yet!


  26. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 2:16 am

    VISITOR the resistance by the educated that you are talking about was once abundant in our cities in the form of intelligentsia and the student politics of the universities. Ayub Khan and Bhutto were brought down by the struggle led by university students both from the left & right. But Zia-ul-Haque took care of this phenomenon by banning student unions and encouraging ethnic student orgs. So approaching the end of his era both Jamaat and NSF suffered from the emergence of APMSO, PSF, JSSF, Pakhtoon SF and many others.

    Now there is a big Vaccuum to fill, the situation was compounded by the introduction of endless reserves of Automatic weapons in our society, so an opposing voice can be easily silenced. But things have changed with the opening of the media, now using the gun is not a popular option. Please don’t get annoyed with BB Jalsaa’s the khamba vote of every party is diminishing very rapidly. That’s the biggest positive, and if the electoral process continues then it’s my personal opinion that every political party will have to work really hard to earn its vote. Ofcourse, the suicidals have to be marginalized, they want to take every thing down with them.


  27. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 2:27 am

    BALMA this event organized by BB presented a real opportunity, to climb down the mountain and effect a blow, it was a real security nightmare. But remember how it used to be like, a bomb explosion every quarter: outside a consulate, outside a hotel, inside a mosque or a religious gathering, targeting of convoys, shootouts in defence and ofcourse target killings of prominent Shia’s, You cant say that there hasn’t been a significant drop in activity by religious terrorists. This is simply due to the fact that they are finding it hard to establish permanent safe houses in concrete jungles of Gulistan-e-Johar or defence extentions.


  28. Balma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 2:36 am

    I guess ban on student politics Pakistani style is not a bad idea. Thanks to all the ghunda gardi in the universities, we can’t seem to produce good scientists and engineers…or philosophers or historians for that matter.

    Second, is police under federal control or under provincial control. In other words, who gets the credit for lack of frequent dhamaakaas…. I am not complaining or missing dhamaakaas, just would like to know who gets the credit?


  29. KHICITIZEN (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 2:50 am

    As far as I know, the faather of Fatima Bhutto was a terrorist who was killed in a police encounter in Benazir’s regime. It’s their family matter, she must be fighting for her fair share in Z. Bhutto’s left over wealth/assets which Mr and Mrs Zardari must have taken over completely.

    It is understood that if Fatima Bhutto becomes a pain in the butt for Zardari’s they would give her few millions to keep her mouth shut.

    But why are we discussin Fatima Bhutto here? That’s beyond me. If she is cute like someone suggested, she should try her luck in Lollywood.

    I am alergic to this name Bhutto. they are all effed up and quite capable of effing up the country too, so the brother above who wanted to vote for Fatima Bhutto or any other Bhutto, please think again. After all, its your vote. Bhai mein kaun hota hoon aap ko rokne wala.


  30. Balma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:18 am

    KHICitizen,
    You seemed to be just allergic to the word Bhutto, I actually go bananas when I hear this word. I start swearing, become totally unreasonable, and have gotten into people insulting mode when I hear this name of Z A B Bhutto’s descendants. Fatima, cute or not, has nothing to offer. She should stick to blogs world.

    Oh btw, I don’t think Bhutto had much cash type wealth. He wasn’t that corrupt in finanacial sense, morally and politically yes, but I have not heard of him taking kick backs and rishvats Budnazir/Zardari style or I never heard of him getting involved in bank loans like Navaz NoSharif etc. Yes, there was a rumor of Nusrat Bhutto depositing some UAE money for Hilal Ahmer to her personal account, but most probably that was jamat-e-Islami’s propoganda. They are big liars, as you may know. Also, Z A Bhutto had hindu mother who was not from a wealthy family.
    He was kind of disowed by his family including by talented cousin’s father etc, who actually I beleive cheated him of the lands etc. So, Bhutto was not really that rich. Of coruse he was not a tut poonjia like Balma, but not very rich. So, all the Budnazir+Zardari wealth is self-made, if you know what I mean, and Futee is getting nothing from that. 70 Clifton is worth enough though, esp if she can use some Mullah to justify giving Budnazir rupay may chaar aanaa for her inheritence..hehehe
    Futee can sell 70 Clifton, and buy an apartment in one or the other creek apts and use rest of the money to earn interest.


  31. Neena (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:33 am

    Also, Z A Bhutto had hindu mother

    How her being a Hindu is related to anything??

    Coming to the point. It’s a emotional article and I don’t think she has any political motives behind it as some are claiming nor deeds of her relatives good or bad has any bearing on her character.


  32. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:35 am

    Bhutto WAS a nationalist and he was unished for that .

    Hats off to the Grand Daughter of Late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.


  33. Balma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:53 am

    *Neena writes:

    Also, Z A Bhutto had hindu mother

    How her being a Hindu is related to anything??

    *****
    Aitraaz kiyaa bhee to kiss baat per, and not on my mischievous “rupay may chaar aanay” comment per!

    Anyway, I was trying to say that Z A Bhutto’s family cheated him of his inheritence because his mother was a Hindu. ACtually, if I remember my Wolpert Stanley, Shah Navaz Bhutto was not actually married to Z A Bhutto’s mother when Z A was born.

    the fact that Z A Bhutto’s ancesotrs got that land as a result of chamcha giri to Birtish, is another story.


  34. Balma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:58 am

    * Neena
    nor deeds of her relatives good or bad has any bearing on her character.

    ****

    Unless and until she starts using ‘Bhutto’ name to get votes, then all is a fair game.


  35. ALAM (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 4:03 am

    Coming back to the article:

    The article reminds me of a person whose first wife is dying after a prolonged illness. Sitting besides her, he remembers all th epast things, and how he would live his life without her. Not everyone is same, but soon he will get over, and looks for another bed/soul partner.


  36. .!. (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 4:17 am

    no one was nothing

    every single politiian from jinnah to musharraf have been decieved by their self-created illusions.

    fate of pakistan is decided as someone wrote before, But YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN, you cant always get the right results no matter how sound is your planning.

    There r many examples where BIG BRAINS failed to achieve their goals and left a BIG MESS behind. I dont need to give examples there are plenty.


  37. SELF (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 5:24 am

    Another column on the subject by Fatima Bhutto; http://jang.com.pk/jang/oct2007-daily/24-10-2007/col8.htm

    This could very well be damage control effort by Fatima after the marvellous reception of Benazir in Karachi. Never trust a politician…Bhutto or otherwise.


  38. ALAM (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 6:23 am

    >> Another column on the subject by Fatima Bhutto

    Bhai/Larki, this is the same column, but in the language of her subjects….Urdu (Ok, Sindhi is the main language of her subject)


  39. SELF (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 6:27 am

    I don’t read propaganda sounding stuff.


  40. KHICITIZEN (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 8:35 am

    @Jamal Shamsi:

    this is interesting:
    “Hats off to the Grand Daughter of Late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto”??

    why??? you serious or just being a “THARKI” since someone called her ‘cute’?? please explain so we can salute her too…


  41. Reality_Check (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    BALMA I guess after the city govt system, the police is reporting to Nazims, I may be wrong. Previously the IG use to come from Islamabad and the home secretary ran the show. Now I guess its the provincial home or interior minister who has control, not the secretary. Personally I blv the police shud report to the mayor. But its not only the policing that counts, the Nazims and councillors keep an eye on what is happening in their locality and who has moved in, and who has moved out. Believe me they know.So setting up a safe house is not that easy now, however in a city the size of Kracahi nothing can be fool proof. That said if such a large portion of the city is secured then the police can concentrate on un-secure areas.


  42. Balma (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

    I agree that police if it has to exist, should be under local control. Otherwise, I believe lots of petty crimes will disappear from Karachi if we get rid of the police. Police is more of a problem than solution.


  43. likeItOrNot (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

    JEO Fatima Bhutto,

    I have never been a fan of Bhutto, either ZAB or BB or MB, but Fatima bhutto is great. She can’t be held responsible for his grandfather’s blunders.

    She has the heart of this Paki and I respect her from the day I read her first article.



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