Karachi is (somewhat) Normal.

Life in the city is (somewhat) normal. “Somewhat” because there is little traffic on the roads, yesterday too the streets were considerably deserted. Last night after midnight at around 1:30 AM there was a pin drop silence, I went up my roof and there was no sound of traffic on the roads, not horns, not even a bark of the dog. It was very unusual, almost disturbing. and today too the traffic in the city is a bit less than normal and a fewer people are on the streets.

Yesterday a Geo television cameraman reportedly saw a car being burnt outside the Iranian embassy, today there are some unconfirmed reports of violence in the Gulistan-e-Johar, near Johar Mour.

With the ban on private channels, and people’s very little trust in the reporting of the state owned PTV uncertainty prevails all over the country including Karachi, Internet traffic has increased and tech savvy people are glued to foreign/local news websites and other news recourses. But those who are not computer literates are just in the dark, believing every single rumor tossed their way.

Karachi is somewhat normal, but just quite and engulfed in fear and uncertainty.

21 Comments so far

  1. FAS (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

    Karachi will remain normal Inshallah.

    President has taken belated right decision. Its a right decision in right direction. Karachi supports the president

  2. Ali Jafri (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    Life’s as fast as it should be here in the Tariq Road area and i dont see panic among the citizens either but yes Stock Market collapsed today which was somewhat expected..

  3. MB (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

    Jamash you didn’t hear properly. The DOG was actually barking on PTV.

  4. Jamash (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    MB I would most certainly agree with you.. :)

    Just to clarify: being dominated by fear and uncertainty is something people are not expected be Actually Enjoying !!

  5. IUnknown (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

    lol @mb.
    i dont think there will be ne effect on karachi.
    some thing going on near high court but im too far from it :D

  6. TOTALFUNWORLD.COM (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    I wish Allah bless our Karachi city always shining and improving. Here’s another Shining view of Karachi


  7. Junaid (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm


    Watch GEO LIVE:



  8. Happy (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    Musharraf is the best thing to have happened to Pakistan ever. Pakistanis as people are a self-destructive bunch. And as such not quite ready for democracy. Most of them are not very well educated and have serious difficulty voting for the right people in govt Historically they have always elected worst of the worst as their leaders. Pakistan has developed economically under Musharraf’s 8 year rule. More so than ever before. All previous leaders concentrated on looting the country. Freedom of press and freedom to criticize govt. were concepts citizens of Pakistan were not familiar with before Musharraf.

    I am in the minority on this but I support his recent action. The country is under attack from the religious right. Terrorism inside the country is on the rise. Someone needed to put their foot down and say enough is enough! I hope that now he really goes after the terrorists with full force and mop them up without worrying too much about his political rivals calling for freakin negotiations with the terrorists.

  9. Walden (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

    LUMS Faculty Arrested from within the HRCP building

    LUMS Professors Dr. Ali Cheema (Rhodes scholar, Econ phd from Cambridge,and one of Pakistan’s most notable economist with whom I had the pleasure of working after the tragic earthquake in Kashmir in Oct 05) and Bilal Minto (Lawyer, teaches Pakistani Legal System) have been arrested while in a meeting INSIDE the HRCP builindg. I think they were organizing a protest for tomorrow. (not completely sure yet at this time)

    I was talking to another LUMS professor and he told me around 10 pm Sunday, 4 Nov 2007 that he was standing with around a 100 people holding candles, outside the Model Town police station in Lahore and that police were asking the people arrested to sign some document. I don’t know what this document said but they police were insisting the protestors sign it and they were refusing.

    Asim Sajjad (teaches History of De-colonization etc) being arrested (in pic) here (with wife in background): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21622463/displaymode/1176/rstry/21609019/

    At the moment, private television channels are shut down, the Supreme Court bar has been removed along with the CJ, Musharraf’s cronies have been placed on the bench, opposition leaders are being arrested as are human rights activist, lawyers and professors.

    Since private channels are shut down, here are some ways to get information:

    GEO’s Stream is available here: mms://
    Al-Jazeera English News Stream is available here: http://www.jumptv.com/en/channel/aljazeerainternational/
    (set the video to lowest quality)



    So there is a meeting at the Karachi Press Club today at 4 pm. If enough people show up, they will protest.

    I didn’t know it was a meeting. I was told it was a protest. So I sat here, weighing the pros and cons.

    If I go, I might get bashed in the head, or arrested for 30 days with no charge like the (reportedly) 17 members of the LUMS faculty who have been arrested and like the members of HRCP who have been arrested. And I really don’t want to put my mom through the worry of it. And then there is Harvard and Fulbright waiting for me.

    But I have to say, I want to go. This is one arrest I would positively BOAST about. Those 30 days in jail could I think, become memorable. For once, stand up and do what’s right. For once, not let a dictator get away with suspending the constitution and sealing high courts and suspending fundamental rights. As I speak, lawyers and protesters are being beaten up by the police and the rangers as they go about sealing the Sindh High Court.

    If you do decide to protest, here are a few things to keep in mind:

    1. Wear sensible shoes
    2. Take bottled water and energile/glucose if protest is in morning or afternoon
    3. If crowd outnumbers police, they will go for the leaders and tear gas the rest. In which case:

    Take a bottle of tap water
    Take an onion
    Take a thick towelet
    When teargassed, wet towelette, bite down upon the onion and wrap towelet around face.


  10. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

    BTW the police has arrived at Jang’s printing press in Sultanabad in Karachi – is preventing the management from taking out a supplement of its Urdu evening paper, Awam – was in a meeting when this was being discussed

  11. Shaikh (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    To the people who think this is the best thing that has happened to Pakistan in recent months and “hope” that Musharraf will now get rid of the religious right:

    If the religious right and the extremists are the problem, why are the liberal, progressive elements being rounded up and thrown in jail? Wake up!!

    Schools are also open today in Karachi.

  12. Shaikh (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

    To the people who think this is the best thing that has happened to Pakistan in recent months and “hope” that Musharraf will now get rid of the religious right:

    If the religious right and the extremists are the problem, why are the liberal, progressive elements being rounded up and thrown in jail? Wake up!!

    Schools are also open today in Karachi.

  13. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    that’s a very good point shaikh

  14. mansoor (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    last night was pretty normal, i came back home around 2 AM and there was quite a bit of traffic on the roads, most of them the ‘shadi crowd’

    good to see the emergency does not atleast affect the shadi culture in khi.

  15. kk (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 6:07 pm

    i agree with junaid ,pakistan is definetly not ready for democracy .and besides as far as the ban on private tv channels is concerned i belevie it had to be done because the some chanelles were definelty sensationalizing the news and all this definelty implicates a negative side of pakistan ,why cant our tv channles show the brighter side of the picture ,we dotn have good dramas anymore ,why cant the media put up things that can really educate the masses .there is so much to that the media can do .

  16. BitterTruth (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

    what a pity few guyz marshal law is good for people..judges are house arrested, and instead of condemning it you are praising it, and call yourself civilized people…shameful

  17. unnamed (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

    happy! i cannot agree with you more on this!

  18. Concerned (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

    I would support this action by mushy as well.

    If the SC actually took Suo moto to release people arrested from lal masjid without proper investigation, then all those judges should be arrested. They are unnecessarrily trying to create problems, prob bec of political affilitations.

    That my friend is why I call myself a civilised person.

  19. d0ct0r (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

    @Concerned according to justice Ramday all those judges who had released people from lal masjid incident have taken oath under New PCO.. so it doesn’t suit dictator to still brag about that issue and malign SC’s senior judges

  20. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 12:06 am

    @Mansoor – 2AM and where were you ? what you were doing out that late nite ??

    People if there is protest call stay inside

    why shall you suffer when you are never part of govt., neither you are the beneficiery of NRO. Am sure many of you are not looking at some booty on 12 million dollars from BB and company.

    People, the sane ones will remain calm and peaceful. Opportunist will try and encash whatever they can.

    Give me a reason – single dot FQIN valid reason why SHALL ANY OF US go out on street and protest.

    Say NO to Protest- No one EVER wins from the state power.

  21. english nitpicker (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    Yaar Jamash, the correct spelling of ‘privet’ is ‘private’. Does MetBlogs not have some sort of spellcheck software? Maybe this is something the moderators can request MetBlogs to include to avoid embarassing mistakes like this, especially when the world’s eyes are upon us: http://dc.metblogs.com/archives/2007/11/discord_in_paki.phtml

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