Panic Grips Karachi

Following the tragic news, Karachi appears to be in a grip of unprecedented panic right now. There is obvious panic and everyone is shocked. As the offices get closed down, people are rushing to their homes in anticipation of protests.

From the CNN’s headline:

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has died, according to media reports. Bhutto’s husband was quoted by Pakistan’s GEO TV as saying she suffered a bullet wound to her neck after a suicide bombing that killed at least 14 supporters at a rally today.

134 Comments so far

  1. Steve (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:30 am

    @ doctor — speedy Radar editors fixed the link. Thank you!

  2. wasiq (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:42 am

    Woh lardki kitni sunder thi
    Merey piyasey maan ka sammander thi…..

    saein iam very sorry…

  3. Balma (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    But, I thought that NRO had to be confirmed by Pakistan’s excuse for a parliament?

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:45 am

    elections postponed

  5. Balma (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:46 am

    *Woh lardki kitni sunder thi

    Especially, after the nose job (plastic surgery)!
    Also, please avoid using cheap-ass Bombay style of writing Urdu’s hard ‘ray’ as d.
    Either larki or laRki will do fine.


  6. 55 (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:44 am

    It is reported that Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility:

    Will this be remembered as “Pakistan’s 9/11”?

    If so, will popular opinion about “Pakistan’s 9/11” eventually be that “it was inside job”?

    If so, will people eventually come to believe that it was carried out in order to justify more “emergency” powers?

    Will people eventually come to believe that the aim of introducing more “emergency” powers was to establish a more permanent, more authoritarian, more right-wing, and ultimately more pro-American dictatorship?

    Will people eventually come to believe that the Americans had a hand in Bhutto’s murder?

  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    @55 good questions..

  8. Ali (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 2:04 am

    Benazir never points towards Mush she always put blame on Zia baqyat thats is Jamat e Islami, Jehadis and Punjabi Establishment.
    Aitazaz Ahsan said on Aj TV that the blame is on Punjab.
    Like Liaquat Ali Khan this case would be burried.
    This is the third time a PM from Sindh is targeted in Punjab and murdered.
    Why why why ?
    Why leader from punjab was never been hanged ?
    Nawaz and Muslim Q is same they are both happy.
    Now Sindh is orphan again and punjabi establishment will again over run sindh i guess MQM was always right not to allow Altaf Hussain to come back other wise he will meet the same fate.

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 2:09 am

    Musharraf had been tagged as used ammunition by policy makers in west and they in west were eagerly waiting to work with benazir.. so naturally Mush was concerned about bb’s elevation to power while he was being treated as used tissue paper and as american love doing , he would have been discarded shortly after bb had settled in power and Mush no more needed..

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 2:25 am

    Altaf bai is a british terrorist wanted by pakistan on the run.. had he returned then high security prison would have been enough to keep him safe

  11. Ali (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 2:47 am

    @ Dogtor
    it seems you are the most happiest men and the language you are using is also showing that you are also part of punjabi soil who never want to see mohajirs sindhi balochis and pathans as equal citizens of this nation.
    you are trying to put blame on Mush a non punjabi by diverting the attension, BB clearly tipped about who are the people behind her assination plots, it was Zia Baqiyat relegious extremists and Punjabi establishment not MQM ALtaf Hussain or Mush.
    Mush is only president not an army chief controlling Security agencies and army, why not blamming army now ?
    cause Mush a non punjabi has resigned?
    You think people of Sindh are fools ??
    shame on you barking dog.

  12. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 2:51 am

    @Ali seems like you love bringing ethnicity into everything by creating ethnic hatered and tension.. another MQM hallmark..

  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:27 am

    according to eyewitness present on the scene Ms Bhutto was waving toward her supporter from the sunroof of her bulletproof vehicle.. she had been wearing bullet proof vest as well but seems like sharp shooting assassin targeted her neck

  14. Ali K (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 5:31 am

    Firstly, im Ali K, not the mix me up with Ali.

    Secodly, DOCTOR, are you retarded ? Do you even ready your own posts ?!? Everything you’re blaming Ali for is exactly what you’re doing.

    You’re going around preaching hatred at such a devastating time for our country.

    Why dont you just cut the bullshit, and just relax, and stop hating so mch. Think thats doable? If not, just go jump of a roof somewhere. m’kay? thanks in advance

  15. ssa (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 9:07 am

    I was shocked like this a couple times before. Once when the earth shook and killed a lac people in Pakistan (oct 8th earthquake), when psunami killed thousands in several countries and now when I heard this news. I literally started shivering when I heard the news. It’s a sad day today in the history of Pakistan. Good or bad, no one should be killed because of his/her political beliefs. It’s really really sad.

  16. 55 (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:14 am says:

    ‘Bush was swift to condemn Bhutto’s assassination, but many in Pakistan are already pointing the finger of blame at him.

    “The military and their American masters have to take some of the blame for this,” said Munib Anwar from the Pakistan Lawyers Action Committee. “They brought these terrorists into Pakistan.”‘

  17. 55 (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:58 am

    an excellent resource for giving her murder some historical context:

  18. IUnknown (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    @ali K: why dont u ask @ALI to cut the bullshitt off?

    @Ali K: cant u see why @ali is always after punjabis in his post.

    @ali K: stop ur lame comments.

  19. Nigel Stephenson (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 2:23 pm


    My name is Nigel, and i live in Sydney Australia. I have a friend who is arriving in Karachi, departing from Bangkok at 5.10pm Karachi time. My friend is staying Pakistan for 4 weeks to teach Pakistani teachers.

    The Australian teachers, as far as i am aware are still travellling to Karachi.

    I would appreciate any updates, or advise from the bloggers of Karachi on the current crisis.

    Thank u


  20. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    @Nigel things might calm down in next 3~4 days..

  21. Rajiv Parikh (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 7:53 pm

    Hello friends , Metblog Bombay here !

    While we are share you pain but for people like Doctor I woulld like say for people like Doctor is that :

    100 Lalu prasd yadhav marte hai tho ek ghada paida hota hai , 100 ghade marte hai tho 1 kuta paida hota hai , 100 kute marte hai tho 1 suaar paida hota hai aur 100 suaar marte hai tho 1 tere jaise chutiya paida haota hai ..samja ka Doctore ya aur samjawoo?



  22. Ali (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    @ Doctor, IKNOWU i have a question for you.

    Just answer me who is the biggest beneficiary from the deaths of Liaquat Ali Khan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir ?

    Now only Karachi and sindh are burning what happening in punjab is not even 10 % of what happened in karachi.

    So the finger points towards only one direction and when we said that you but blame of ethnicity on us.

    kindly answer my question.

  23. 55 (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 2:41 am

    Something to give us hope: please watch the following interview, which is an excellent analysis by Aijaz Ahmad. His main point is that ‘The democracy movement did not start with Bhutto and will not end with her death’:

  24. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 2:48 am

    @Ali if 90% of Karachi and sindh is burning then its not punjab’s fault.. why blame punjab or any one else, we’re our self responsible for this mess.. political parties involved in spreading ethnic hatred should be dealt with sternly be it from any province..

  25. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 3:41 am

    700+ cars were burnt in karachi alone.. you’d blame punjab for that?

  26. wasiq (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 4:51 pm


    i sorry balma if you have any problem with the use of *d* combined with *r* to make the sound of ray with a toay *rd* it is read with more stress on the r and not on the d just like we say daal with the toay is read ddal the bombay style would be dhal and in your case lardki(larki or laRki) would be ladhki and in a sentence
    balma khidhki sey ladhki to dekhta hai aur hum khirdki sey lardki ko…..

    ii,hum toh *dalda* khatey hain bhaiyaa….aap kya daaldaa khatey ho….?

  27. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

    @D0C & MB –

    what will never come to media or may never be reported locally is that – WHOLE of SINDH is against punjab now –

    wailing – leaders of SINDH are murdered by punjab, it is an alarming sign

    now the loser NS is in nodero for condolence, not very long ago he was the one who raised the slogan JAG PUNJABI JAG – –

    right from rahim yar khan to rato dero & Nowshero feroz hate for punjab is visible., let us pray and elevate ourselves from regionalism, from ethinicty, from cast,

    – we who can read & write shall work together to come out of turmoil and try to hold the affairs away from dark, which is right now spreading fast

  28. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 5:50 pm

    Karachi affairs – it is PPI, Pathan & Sindhi youth, with opportunist locals taking the advantage.

    Rangers engagged a mob of pathan youth at banaras chowk 11.35 this morning had gunbattle and when G3s started coughing up in spray peace prevailed.

    Banaras Chowk, is entry of Orangi Town which is 100% urdu speaking east pakistan migrants. whats is catch of PPP or SINDHIs out there – it is ANP & PPI.

  29. wasiq (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 2:14 am

    if i had a starbuck in the town what would they have done with it tonight…..thankGod i don’t…!btw if you guys really wants to know how bad it is here …the russian girls are not taking my call….and their chat room is also closed check for yourself….

    what can i do to make you love me
    what can i do to make you mine

  30. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    Wasiq u seems high !

  31. wasiq (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:25 am

    for three days her majesty’s bread did not reach jamshed town,the price of eggs went above the dollar per dozen and the colorful lights of the revolving resturant are off….this is how we were for three days…win or lose you decide.

    @jamal shamsi must be the local sweet bread i’ve been eating…

  32. sameer (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

    Happy new year everyone. May the next year bring blessings to you all down in Pakistan. May this be the year you all learn to live together in peace and harmony. And stop destroying your own land. Inshallah.

  33. sameer (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

    Happy new year everyone. May the next year bring blessings to you all down in Pakistan. May this be the year you all learn to live together in peace and harmony. And stop destroying your own land. Inshallah.

  34. sameer (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

    Happy new year everyone. May the next year bring blessings to you all down in Pakistan. May this be the year you all learn to live together in peace and harmony. And stop destroying your own land. Inshallah.

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