Escaping Chaos: a personal account

I write this as I got home after staying at my in-laws for 2 nights following the BB killing. My wife made a very sensible decision in directing us there as news arrived, as it was the nearest option from work.

We decided to head home after thinking from all aspects & getting as much updates around the city as possible. My fellow metbloggers were a great help in reporting live about their areas.

As we left boat basin, we saw 3 cars burnt by the roadside. There were hardly any cars on the road and street light were out most of the way. I drove with headlights off as much as I could, switching them on only to glimpse ahead. I drove at average speed of 120 km/hr.

Getting onto Shara-e-Faisal, we saw some cars & bikes, probably trying to get home like us. We drove in formation, close to each other as long as possible, but at very high speeds. There were no burnt cars or broken glass anywhere.

I had my camera ready but found nothing to take picture of.

I got off at Karsaz & took the road behind National Stadium to land at Bait-ul-mukarram mosque, and on University Road. There were military & rangers here & there.

We got home safely within 15 minutes, however, the city seemed terrifying, almost to the extent that anybody on the road might have caused the commuters to panic!

It all looked like a set of the movie ‘Resident Evil’, only real.

Please stay indoors & be safe!

34 Comments so far

  1. xia (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    These PP gangsters should be punished for what they did to our city. There is no excuse for such behavior, no matter who is involved with it. Why aren’t you bloggers condemning what these BB supporters are doing to our city?

    In any case, I hope everyone stay safe inshaAllah.

    Assalaamualaekum


  2. BoZz (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 10:02 am

    The thing is XIA who can balme the monkeys. As so aptly put by Cowsjee, we are nothing but a bunch of sub-continental monkeys, at best.

    If it was not the death of BB, the people of this unfortunate nation would find some other excuse for throwing stones.


  3. M SaeedUr Rahman (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    As an overseas expat living in USA we are very saddened to see the lost of lives of so many innocent people.I t is time for our whole nation to ask Allah for repentence and ask our poor people for forgiveness.As a nation we do not provide justice for people that are under us.We do have so much firhouniat any time people make it little big they forget where they come from.
    Please go and feed the hungry before something worse happens to all of you.Take better care of your servants and other helps.You all should ponder why things keep going south for Pakistan.
    My humble opinion is we are not taking care of huqooq ul ibaad.VERY IMPORTANT INSURANCE TO GET RID OF PROBLEMS.


  4. M SaeedUr Rahman (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 10:06 am

    As an overseas expat living in USA we are very saddened to see the lost of lives of so many innocent people.I t is time for our whole nation to ask Allah for repentence and ask our poor people for forgiveness.As a nation we do not provide justice for people that are under us.We do have so much firhouniat any time people make it little big they forget where they come from.
    Please go and feed the hungry before something worse happens to all of you.Take better care of your servants and other helps.You all should ponder why things keep going south for Pakistan.
    My humble opinion is we are not taking care of huqooq ul ibaad.VERY IMPORTANT INSURANCE TO GET RID OF PROBLEMS.


  5. BoZz (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    This is another theory – read and make your own conclusions.

    Assassination is Laid to Team of Precision Snipers

    By ELI LAKE

    WASHINGTON DC, USA, 28 December 2007 (The New York Sun): American and Pakistani military leaders are seeking to account for what may be renegade commando units from the Pakistani military’s special forces in the wake of the assassination of Pakistan’s Opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto.

    The attack yesterday at Rawalpindi bore the hallmarks of a sophisticated military operation. At first, Bhutto’s rally was hit by a suicide bomb that turned out to be a decoy. According to press reports and a situation report of the incident relayed to The New York Sun by an American intelligence officer, Bhutto’s armored limousine was shot by multiple snipers whose armor-piercing bullets penetrated the vehicle, hitting the former premier five times in the head, chest and neck. Two of the snipers then detonated themselves shortly after the shooting, according to the situation report, while being pursued by local police.

    A separate attack was thwarted at the local hospital where Bhutto possibly would have been revived had she survived the initial shooting. Also attacked yesterday was a rival politician, [PML-N Chief Muhammad] Nawaz Sharif, another former Prime Minister who took power after Bhutto lost power in 1996.

    A working theory, according to this American source, is that [PML-Q and MQM] groups had effectively suborned at least one unit of Pakistan’s Special Services Group [SSG], the country’s equivalent of Britain’s elite SAS commandos. This official, however, stressed this was just a theory at this point. Other theories include that the assassins were trained by [SSG] or were from other military services, or the possibility that the assassins were retired Pakistani [Army] special forces.

    “They just killed the most protected politician in the whole country,”
    this source said. “We really don’t know a lot at this point, but the first thing that is happening is we are asking the Pakistani military to account for every black team with special operations capabilities.”

    Bhutto survived a suicide bombing attack in October [2007] and then went public with a list of former and current security and military officials she said had been plotting to kill her. At the time, she asked for the FBI [U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation] to investigate the attacks.

    The prospect that Bhutto’s attackers were [Pakistan Army] trained special forces operatives raises profound questions for America’s policy of giving financial aid to Pakistan’s military. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, America has provided the Musharraf regime with more than $10 billion.

    A close associate of Bhutto for more than two decades, Hussein Haqqani, yesterday said he believed Pakistan’s security services were complicit in the assassination of his friend. “I don’t think they were complicit, as in, they did it, I mean this as they allowed this to happen. Of course that includes the possibility of actual complicity.
    I think her security needs and concerns were not addressed,” he told the Sun. Mr. Haqqani said he thought it was a possibility that [PML-Q and MQM] had penetrated the security services.

    Violent protests reportedly were spreading throughout Pakistan yesterday. A Pakistan expert at the Rand Corporation, Seth Jones, said he would need to study the technical details of the assassination to determine if it was an inside job. “If there is anywhere to fault the national security establishment, it would be not protecting her well enough,” he said.

    “Al-Qaeda” group has not yet issued an official statement claiming credit on its two largest Web forums.

    A White House spokesman, Scott Stanzel, said: “Whoever perpetrated this attack is an enemy of democracy and has used a tactic which [PML- Q or MQM] is very familiar with, and that is bombing and the taking of innocent lives to try to disrupt a democratic process.” President Bush yesterday condemned what he called a “cowardly attack.”

    A senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Daniel Markey, who just returned from Pakistan, told reporters on a conference call yesterday that there were plenty of people around Mr. Musharraf “who were angry with Benazir Bhutto.”

    The assassination is particularly troubling for American policy. For the last year, the [U.S.] State Department in particular has tried to broker a power sharing agreement between Mr. Musharraf and Bhutto, reasoning that Mr. Musharraf alone lacked the legitimacy to wage a full military war against “Al-Qaeda.”

    Source: The New York Sun, New York, USA


  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 11:15 am

    Blaming Alqaeda sounds good for ears but not reality. It has become fashion and easiest way to getrid of any investigation by blaming Alqeda. All papers reported that the place where bhutto murdered was washed out within 2 hours of the incident. Why were they in hurry? seems something is being hidden by dictator’s regime. PPP also rejected Cheema’s lame conclusion that is “Lever Theory”.


  7. OMG (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 11:20 am

    What a bunch of crap. Shame on you Bozz for even entertaining such BS.


  8. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 11:31 am

    Mr Zardari should have had asked for autopsy procedure. I bet she died from a bullet wound came from a sharp shooter.


  9. IUnknown (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    the video shows a person shooting with m-9 pistol from behind the her car. It cud be sniping as well.

    But now its confirmed that chaudary bros are involved but not alqaida.


  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    Baitulah Mehsud’s spokesman have denied killin BB.. while drama king brigadier Cheema and bunch of other military clowns during press conference narrated a translation of Phone call .. even the mediamen present their were not interested in his drama and stood up and started leaving while he insisted that they should listen to the audio version in Pushto ..


  11. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    Nonsense ! baseless

    there were 4 more people [ ameen faheem, sherry rehman, naheed khan rehman malik ] in the cruiser why only head injury to single ? if it was volley of snipers.


  12. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    senior doctors at rawalpindi hospital can’t be so dumb.. all along they were saying that she died of bullet wounds and all of a sudden yesterday afternoon they changed(or were forced to change) their stance..


  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    few political commentator are even saying that it could be an attempt to deny the shaheed tag for bb as banezir shaheed would be more popular just like Liaqut Ali khan Shaheed.. and if all this has been orchestrated by her political opponents they definitely they won’t like the idea of dead bb getting more popular the alive one..


  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 1:19 pm


    audio version in Pushto

    Not interested? maybe they dislike Rahim Shah?
    BTW, not all PATHANS speak Pashtu. Someone should tell govt officials about that.

    my take on beneficiaries of Bhutto’s death.

    Clickety


  15. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    Laiqut Bagh was perfect stage for killing a popular leader.. atleast bb’s security team should have thought about that.. Laiqut ali khan shot dead, his killer also instantly shot dead.. in bb’s case also bb dead and her killer(s) also dead so nobody would ever be able to find out the real truth..


  16. IUnknown (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    @jamal: BB was standing and only visible person. REst of them weere sitting inside bullet proof car.

    I hope it clears ur confusion.
    Also, it make my beleif stronger in sniping that there was not a burst fired instead single shots.

    Still, there cud be any thing else as these politicians are so insane, bayreham, jaahil and bayghairat


  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    just heard that lighthouse and Shershah markets have been set on fire. Also TOTAL’s patrol pump at Gizri also has been burnt.

    why the heck Karachi is suffering more than any other city after Benazir’s death? why not I am hearing same news from Pindi and Islamabad? or its just everyone from all cities have come Karachi to register “protest” on her death?


  18. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/2c3qhy

    Getty Images photographer John Moore

    “Moore immediately turned on his camera’s high-speed shutter and began shooting without focusing. His camera captured the fireball from the explosion, debris in the air, and people panicking.”

    “When it was all over, Moore had about 1,200 shots from the entire day..”

    Moore said no one from the government has contacted him about whether his images might be useful in an investigation. “The investigations here on these types of attacks in Pakistan are hardly the forensic type of investigations you’d expect in the West. It’s by no means thorough,” he says.


  19. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    so many mobile phone cameras were pointed towards bb at the time she was waving towards the crowd.. govt if serious can easily gather bits n peices and solve the puzzle i.e. if its serious at all and is not hiding some thing sinster…


  20. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

    She was waving at the crowd from the sunroof of landcruiser. She was wearing a bullet proof vest, but her neck and her head were exposed, vulnerble to any injury.
    How much security can you provide to someone that brave but yet so fragile.


  21. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 2:40 pm
  22. Memorial Power (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

    I dont know why the people of karachi are so emotional. We understand the valuable loss of the country. By doing all this protest , we are losing our own facilities. What is the use of burning an ATM Machine???? or a bank? all these things are for us. For our benifits.
    It was written in her fate to go like this. May Allah rest her in Peace.

    Memorial Power ( somwhere in the middle of Islamabad)


  23. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 8:37 pm


    I dont know why the people of karachi are so emotional

    Most of them are actually those who have no roots in Karachi and migrated from other part of country so technically native karachiites are not 100% responsible for all such mob activities.

    Just got an SMS:

    Emergency Helpline Number against any terrorist act in your area:


    920583
    9203007
    4389505


  24. IUnknown (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    @adnan: are u sure kay woh terrorists ko he pakraingay , caller ko nahi? :)


  25. Ganghadin (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 9:28 pm

    ‘I drove at average speed of 120 km/hr’ thats terrible, especially with no headlights; you could have killed someone innocent at that speed!

    On the other hand what is happening after BB assassination is dreadful and speaks volumes about the current situation on Pakistan. These so called PPP activists ought to pay from their party fund to compensate the cars they have torched, trains and buses they have attacked, and the banks they have robbed.
    this kind of trouble didnt occur in Lebanon when Rafiq Hariri was assassinated!


  26. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

    @Ganghadin if one slows down then they’d be overwhelmed by stone pelters .. think about personal safety is more important then thinking about running down those darn stone pelters


  27. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

    @Ganghadin what would you do if you’re trapped.. stone pelter 100 feet ahead of you and stone pelters
    100 feet at the rear of your car.. charging like crazy bulls and you’re sitting in your car


  28. ZIA (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    @Adnan Siddiqi, i doubt one day you will be claiming mqm was/is formed by non karachiites


  29. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    ZIA – you are very right :) time will prove it –

    as they later created MQM HAQIQI [ Created by the Chohdries ]


  30. ganghadin (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 1:30 am

    Doctor if u read my post… i said a ‘innocent’ person could die with someone driving at 120 km/hr. Although the stone pelters may be present.

    Still believe its rather reckless to boast about driving at this speed with no headlights.


  31. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 1:49 am

    ganghadin u would have done the same thing had you been in his place…


  32. ganghadin (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 4:42 am

    Common sense would prevail and i would turn on the headlights when driving.
    The cones in the retina cannot percieve imagery in the dark hence light in the dark allows one to see.


  33. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 5:25 am

    turning on the headlights and attracting the wrath of stone pelters …


  34. Mufakkir (unregistered) on December 30th, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    It’s good people here are learning too drive fast. People drive too slow in Pakistan. Even then they don’t have control over their vehicles and end up smashing this and scratching that.

    Since your average speed was 120 km/h, and least would be 0, we can safely assume top was 240 km/h. Seriously man, what sort of car you got? Stage 3 modifications. You must be filthy rich, as the average ZR rubber is available for around 48k rupees. Rs 200k for a set of tyres! Oh no!

    Anyway I’d like to appoint you my driver. All other people in Karachi are so stupid slow.



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