Very disturbing – Victimizing the mentally challenged!

“And out came the wolves” writes Qasim A. Moini of Dawn, with a news item which literally shakes you to your very core. What depths have we sunk to as a nation becomes clear when acts of mindless barbarism are committed in the name of ‘mourning’.

“There are 1,500 people who reside in the Edhi Village, 300 of whom are children, mostly orphans, while 1,200 or so are mentally challenged individuals. The attackers torched 16 of our ambulances destined for the interior of Sindh and then proceeded to smash the equipment. They did not even spare the children and mental patients and beat them mercilessly. They did not demand anything, nor did they identify themselves. They just resorted to wanton violence,” Rizwan Edhi told Dawn when contacted.

In past incidents, hospitals, ambulances and humanitarian workers were spared. This time, it was all out carnage. A number of Edhi ambulances torched, hospitals gutted and now the mentally disabled and orphans beaten up at a place well out of the normal ‘trouble areas’ of the city, infact out of the city itself, located off the Super Highway.

Disgusting, despicable, and very very disturbing.

Source: Dawn News

32 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

    its just tragic .. this time too their ambulances were damaged n torched


  2. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

    “In past incidents, hospitals, ambulances and humanitarian workers were spared.”

    on 12th may too countless ambulances were torched/damaged and an on duty edhi ambulance driver was also shot dead while shifting the injured to hospital


  3. mantissa (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

    agreeably disturbing that we live shoulder to shoulder with such miscreants who given the opportunity come out of the woodwork and their rampages ensue. certainly a problem rotten right at the core.


  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    these rioters clearly seems to be suffering seem to be suffering from mental disorders themselves


  5. AK (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

    Until Pakistanis grow some balls instead of hiding in their homes, this sh*t will happen. And BTW, it gets worse not better. I personally would buy guns to keep my family and property safe.

    Expat Paki in US


  6. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

    Jahalat? frustrations? revenge or personal vendetta’s?

    Not for a second do I belive that this is a show of “grief” over the assasinated former-pm.

    What we have been seeing here – over the past decade really – is the fruit for which our society has worked so hard.

    Not giving the children any education. Meddeling in everyone’s affairs & passing no oppertunity of slander.
    Starting violence on the smallest of things (eg: the ‘uncle’ who beat up the kid in Ramadan for over-taking him).

    Forget respect for others, we do not even respect ourselves.

    If Pakistan excels in anything it is ‘harampai’.

    Shortcuts/Jugaars & trampeling over others is how we’ve been brought up – Just look around you if you disagree.

    This is not an attempt to insult a particular sect/cast. Its just a comment on society, so before you start telling me how wrong I am, take a momemt to analyze yourselves.

    I wish you a better 2008 for on a whole, 07 is a year I would much rather forget.


  7. RE (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    Let’s get angry and destroy our own cities over a shady politician. Good thinking.The entire Bhutto clan was as corrupt as they come-She was charged with illegally amassing properties and bank accounts worldwide while she was in power. She was also convicted of money laundering In Switzerland and ordered to pay 11 million USD back to the Pakistani Government. She has been thrown out of government office twice for both corruption and incompetence. She and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari , also known as ” Mr. 10% was facing eight counts including extortion and receiving 10’s of millions in illegal kick backs. Her self imposed exile ended only after Musharraf pardoned her of the charges. The couple also was having to contend with additional money laundering proceedings in Switzerland and Spain, and a civil case in London involving an expensive Surrey mansion procured through extorted kickbacks


  8. ali026 (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    I agree fully with Red_Munk. This violence is no showing of grief; if people showed grief they’d sit back in their homes and pray. In truth, it’s just an excuse for some depraved individuals to create chaos. Yesterday, Dawn reported that Rangers had been ordered to shoot miscreants on sight as a “last resort”–and guess what, things are way better today (probably as the news spread). I think shooting on sight should’ve been our first resort, it seems like the only way out so far. As far as attacking the Edhi Village is concerned, I think that some of us have sunk to the depths of depravity, and deadly force MIGHT be the only way out.


  9. zee (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

    Thanks PPP :)


  10. SirJee (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

    Something doesn’t smell right!!

    1- So much mourning in West (hyping up).
    2- Whenever the name of Pakistan is mentioned -Nuclear Powered- comes along too. Looks like praparing the minds to start another Iraq like war.


  11. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    @AK/watani/Rajiv Parikh/Ali K/VOICE OF PAKISTAN/Barrister Ali K.Chishti /Ali /Jameel/xia/reality/Raza/softjoint/zee and all the
    other multiple nicks and clones that you’ve been using,

    first you tried to incite ethnic and racial hatred.. now you want everyone to be armed(like pakistan isn’t already a heavily weaponized society.. seems like your memory is too short,you’re forgeting MQM’s staged 12may?)


  12. FN (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

    I wonder if PK would overtake Iran in the race to be bombed first by Uncle SAM. This kind of behaviour is completely insane. So much for enlightened moderation Mr. President. I wonder why do the LAEs hide during such incidents and let these @#$@* do their acts!


  13. SirJee (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

    Doc!,

    Relax. I blamed MQM when they committed crimes on May 12 and now we should also blame the PPP hooligans for burning thousands of cars in Karachi and burning and killing people in Karachi and rest of the country.

    Why do you turn blind eye to the misdeeds of Jialas.


  14. RE (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

    @ Sir Jee
    If the current situation in Pakistan is a source of concern for the rest of the world in the sense that it is increasing the already existing instability of the country, chances are it is less so for the 165 million in the country. For Pakistanis the current martial law translates into the instability of the past decade coming to a head. The martial law imposed by Musharaff is nothing new to a country used to living under military dictatorship; what is new is Pakistan’s current status as the most volatile ‘sitting bomb’ on the face of the earth.
    According to Newsweek Oct. 29, 2007 cover story, ‘Where the Jihad Lives Now’, ‘Today no country on earth is arguably more dangerous than Pakistan. It has everything bad guys could ask for: political instability, a trusted network of radical Islamists, an abundance of angry young anti-Western recruits, secluded training areas, access to state-of-the-art electronic technology, regular air service to the West and security services that don’t always do what they are supposed to do’. If this wasn’t enough just add a devious, confirmed nuclear program to the explosive concoction and the world has a global concern on its hands that deposes Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran in its ratings for potential disaster.

    Martial Law is ‘been there’, ‘done that’ for Pakistanis. For more than half of Pakistan’s history, the country has been ruled by military dictators with Musharaff the fourth ruler to seize power from a civilian-led government. The excuse for every Martial law has always invariably been that corrupt politicians were endangering the security of the country. At this particular juncture in Pakistan’s history however the security of the nation was already in peril before Musharaff’s martial law with the stamp of the ‘sitting bomb’ on it by the West. Pakistanis aren’t so foolish as to deny that the real threat is that this label of extremism is what is going to sink it, whether it is under the martial law or under any other democratically elected government of Musharaff or Benazir or anyone else. At this point there is no obvious solution to the extremist issue that has developed like a formidable disease over the years from the ‘inherited’ catastrophic Afghani genes that sunk the neighbor Afghanistan. So at this point, who cares about a Martial law when war, civil or external, is imminent? It might seem a very pessimistic view but unless even the pessimistic sides of the picture are acknowledged, they cannot be fixed. One might ask why now with this particular martial law would Pakistanis be suddenly concerned with the issue of national security, particularly from external elements? The answer is not too complicated. The US had given Musharaff, and Pakistan in retrospect, much leeway due to his full cooperation in the ‘war against terror’. Much as the majority of Pakistani resented the interference of the West in the internal policies of the country they were forced to, even if resentfully, acknowledge that keeping the US happy helps to keep the charade of security running. With Musharaff suddenly changing gears by imposing Martial law, the US and its allies are suddenly not so thrilled anymore. It would be hard to imagine how under the development of these severely dissatisfying circumstances, the US would be still be willing to let this charade continue. Musharaff had taken on the dutiful job of searching out Bin Laden and had reassured the West that the task would be handled satisfactorily. With Musharaff running in reverse gear now, who is going to take over the role of the dutiful pet? Much as the truth hurts, the US just might decide to complete the job itself that Musharaff got sidetracked with in his ambitions to continue his rule by imposing martial law. The martial law is not the ultimate calamity here; it just might be that proverbial last nail in the coffin or the straw that broke the camels’ back.

    Then the question why these concerns now if the county is as used to martial law and political instability as evident from it history? Pakistan is a weak nation still struggling to get properly on its feet even 60 years after independence from India, insomuch as being declared a ‘failed state’. It is at the top of the second annual, ‘Failed State Index’ list compiled by The Fund for Peace and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The definition of a failed or failing state according to the index is ‘one in which the government does not have effective control of its territory, is not perceived as legitimate by a significant portion of its population, does not provide domestic security or basic public services to its citizens and lacks a monopoly on the use of force. The status of Pakistan being a failed state poses more an issue for the people within the borders as that is the one prime weakness that opens all doors for outside elements to strike to free themselves of any fears that they face from Pakistan, whether it is India forever adamant to resolve the Kashmir issue or whether it is the US and its allies trying to seek out Bin laden and to douse the storm of extremism in the area. The current upheaval in the ‘constitution-less’ country makes it an easy target for a wide range of external elements to gain ground. The current state of rebellion, chaos and disorder in the country is the result of already present internal elements such as the militant Islamist groups originally recruited, trained and armed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI). These groups are now considered Islamabad’s deadliest enemy nearly succeeding twice in assassinating Musharaff who used to among their strongest supporters. Pakistanis are used to these internal ‘anarchists’. It is the external ones they dread and this current state of political upheaval leaves the country ‘free for all’.

    Critics claim that any hope for Pakistan out of its present situation is a swift return to an elected government and the return of the army to its barracks by taking into account the history of bitterness of the people repressed and betrayed by the unaccountability of the former military dictators. Though for these critics the only solution out of the present quagmire is to embrace democracy and a politics governed by the priority of meeting the long denied needs to the people, it needs to be realized that it may be too late for all these fairy tales.

    Pakistan is no longer an isolated island in the middle of nowhere the problems of which can be fixed by clear cut solutions such as offered by ‘democracy’, ‘elected government’ and ‘ousting dictators’. Pakistan is a sitting bomb with its pin half out, ready to explode in the face of Washington. Pakistan is an issue to which half the world is demanding urgent solutions as it is jeopardizing their own safety and placing their security in peril. Needless to say, the current Martial law is the least of Pakistan’s worries at this point

    About The Author: Irum Sarfaraz is a free lance writer from California.


  15. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

    @SirJee/AK/watani/Rajiv Parikh/Ali K/VOICE OF PAKISTAN/Barrister Ali K.Chishti /Ali /Jameel/xia/reality/Raza/softjoint/zee and all the
    other multiple nicks and clones that you’ve been using

    12th may was intentionally staged and orchestrated by MQM whereas can we say the same thing about this crisis?


  16. SirJee (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

    We Pakistanis should clean our hearts. We see the mistakes of others and turn a blind eye to mistakes of our loved ones.

    Doc,
    I like your posts but would complain again. Clean your heart. How can you hate MQM and love PPP. To me they are both corrupt and whatever my feelings are for BB are the same for ALTAF Hussain.


  17. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    what makes you feel that i love ppp…


  18. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

    but lets accept it that great tragedy has struck and
    we lost the leader of one of the largest political party .. miscreants who went amok and destroyed our cities should be condemned and criticized no matter which party they belong to..if ppp’s workers went berserk then they should be dealt with according to law for sure..


  19. SirJee (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    DOCTOR,

    Don’t count me in the list of MQM tards. I don’t support facism and nor do I support affiliations based on ethnicity. How can I condemn someone for ethnicity and at the same time adopt it.

    Although I don’t feel sad about the death of BB, I would certainly pretend and condole if that would make you feel better. I have more respect for you than BB.

    Doctor, don’t feel sad and don’t feel let down.

    If you feel sad, I pray to Allah that Allah give you a happiness that is far better than the grief that has settled in you and If you feel that you missed a great leader, I pray that Allah replace it with a better leader that is far better than the one you grieve for…. Ameen.


  20. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    Alas!

    The Edhi Village is destroyed on Super Highway ! it falls in the jurisdiction Nooriabad on SuperHighway and the domain of Malik Matku Khan of Hazara (PPI head of Nooriabad section) – He collects the Monthly from Industries, steal raytee Bajree from area and sale to trucks, Transporters, farmers for safe passage of goods, he & his touts share the money with area DSP, TMO, TPO & MAGISTERATE, EDHI denied any Bhatta since the village become operational, local adminitration stood-by EDHI but Malik Matku last threat EDHI before EID-UL-AZHA for sharing the hide collection or face the music enough is enough – EDHI sorted to Lashari tribe (sindhi baloch wadera) and they twisted arm of Matku, but Matku got a chance now – Finally ANP & PPI kicked the Father of Welfare because he is Honorable Respectable Citizen of Karachi,

    Sigh !


  21. Pkhan (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 12:08 am

    @ Irum Sarfaraz
    Lets keep the record clear that Islamic Militia against Soviet Union was trained by USA in Pakistan not only by Pakistani ISI.USA was 150% supporting all those Efforts through money and man power etc.Pakistan nuclear installation and NUKE are in very SAFE custody and their PIN are NOT half OUT. We under stand our problem in Pakistan about ethnicity but you sitting in west should not be Copying from American media and painting the picture for your own personal intrest and giving the FALSE ammunition to the west.People like you are trying to destabilize Pakistan by writting FALSE stories.So if you want to write get your facts and then write POSITIVE things about Pakistan. Other wise go and VIST EAST LOS ANGELES,CA.


  22. Pkhan (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 12:08 am

    @ Irum Sarfaraz
    Lets keep the record clear that Islamic Militia against Soviet Union was trained by USA in Pakistan not only by Pakistani ISI.USA was 150% supporting all those Efforts through money and man power etc.Pakistan nuclear installation and NUKE are in very SAFE custody and their PIN are NOT half OUT. We under stand our problem in Pakistan about ethnicity but you sitting in west should not be Copying from American media and painting the picture for your own personal intrest and giving the FALSE ammunition to the west.People like you are trying to destabilize Pakistan by writting FALSE stories.So if you want to write get your facts and then write POSITIVE things about Pakistan. Other wise go and VIST EAST LOS ANGELES,CA.


  23. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 1:38 am

    Me & PKhan agreeing. Wow! It really is a New-Year! :P.

    Just by quoting Newsweek you defeat your own argument.

    The publication is a pathetic excuse in the name of journalism. A propoganda tool that ‘masalafies’ every khabar & does nothing but spews hate.

    Alot of Americans have been ‘worried’ about Pakistani Nukes. What matters is the think tanks and policy makers.

    Its satisfying to read/hear that they are pretty confident in their trust of Pak Army’s C&C. (Go to NPR. They’ve had a bunch of them over the past months and I belive a senior analyst from the Brookings institue was on Fridays show re-assuring Americans).

    Do not forget that the us/un never even would have ‘allowed’ us such (nuclear) capabilities.

    What we as Pakistani’s should be worried about is our society and the lack of morality. NOT the nukes situation.

    If people can not even get their basic civic rights and security, what difference does it make either ways??

    @ Doctor. First off, Is that the “real” doctor?? Second, Get a life. Dont spend so much time on forums, its not good for you.

    You can make your points and back them up with facts. Defend your beliefs, but if you continue to stoop to their levels…it really blurs the line b/w your beliefs and theirs. Hope you “get it”.

    —-

    @ Jamal: As true as your writings are, backing them up with some facts now&then would be a nice change :).

    Good to see all the ‘khun kharaba’ has not dampened our spirits.

    There was continous fireing for non-stop 35 mins. My little nieces & nephews ended up crying out of fear. My cousin who’s here on vacations was equally scared and confused.

    Let alone innocent kids, how does one explain to a 16 yr old that this is “Normal” in Karachi??

    2 weeks in Khi & I dont think she’ll ever even think of coming back. :(


  24. JayJay (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 8:06 am

    Pak suffers loss of Rs 300bn after Benazir’s killing

    ISLAMABAD: A cabinet meeting was told on Monday that the country had suffered a total loss of Rs 300 billion of which banks suffered an estimated loss of Rs 100 billion, Online reported.

    The meeting was told that the country had suffered colossal losses in rioting that erupted after the killing of Benazir Bhutto with a damage of about Rs 12.38 billion to the railways alone, according to staff report.

    “Manufacturing, revenue, exports have all suffered badly,” the cabinet was told.

    The railway system was hard hit with 22 locomotives and 140 coaches completely burnt and the railway telecommunications and signalling systems damaged, it was told.

    The meeting was told that the supply of fuel and food to all parts of the country had been hit by the trouble. staff report/online

    Daily Times 1/1/08


  25. IUnknown (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 9:22 am

    @jamal: so wat if edhi home is destroyed. if they raze to ground, teh masajid. they can do any thing.


  26. xia (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 9:25 am

    I think we need an “operation” like we had in 80’s on sohrab goth. Too many thugs are getting together at that spot again. Similarly, we need to do something about Banaras. In logon nain karachi ko anay baap kee jagir samjh liya hai. Who ever suggested to take up arms, I am with you. These low life, bottom feeding thugs do not deserve to live among ordinary human beings. I am horrified by this post. It is simple. shoot them on site. put a curfew, cut down power and water, until their neighbors turn these people in. That is the only way we will ever get rid of these ghundas.


  27. Pkhan (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 10:50 am

    ME – WHO ARE YOU DOTTY.


  28. (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 11:33 am

    All violences creadted and planted by MQM with top head india include Musharuf who alread sold out this country.


  29. PKhan pathan (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 5:56 pm

    I think we need an “operation” like we had in 80’s on sohrab goth. Too many thugs are getting together at that spot again. Similarly, we need to do something about Banaras. In logon nain karachi ko anay baap kee jagir samjh liya hai. Who ever suggested to take up arms, I am with you. These low life, bottom feeding thugs do not deserve to live among ordinary human beings. I am horrified by this post. It is simple. shoot them on site. put a curfew, cut down power and water, until their neighbors turn these people in. That is the only way we will ever get rid of these ghundas.

    Posted by: xia at January 1, 2008 09:25 AM

    bilkul sahi baat sub itne harami hain k Jamal Shamsi ki Post pa kisi ne kaan ni dhara(The Edhi Village is destroyed )isliye k ye in k baapon(ANP,PPI)nay kia ha abi koi kanjar pathan ya gaddah kutta marjata to ye sub bhokte


  30. PKhan pathan (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

    I think we need an “operation” like we had in 80’s on sohrab goth. Too many thugs are getting together at that spot again. Similarly, we need to do something about Banaras. In logon nain karachi ko anay baap kee jagir samjh liya hai. Who ever suggested to take up arms, I am with you. These low life, bottom feeding thugs do not deserve to live among ordinary human beings. I am horrified by this post. It is simple. shoot them on site. put a curfew, cut down power and water, until their neighbors turn these people in. That is the only way we will ever get rid of these ghundas.

    Posted by: xia at January 1, 2008 09:25 AM

    bilkul sahi baat sub itne harami hain k Jamal Shamsi ki Post pa kisi ne kaan ni dhara(The Edhi Village is destroyed )isliye k ye in k baapon(ANP,PPI)nay kia ha abi koi kanjar pathan ya gaddah kutta marjata to ye sub bhokte k MQM ne kia ha


  31. AK (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 11:41 pm

    D0ctor,

    I don’t know who you think I am(and frankly I don’t care), answer my post if you have to or get the hell out of the forum.

    Expat Paki in US


  32. Pkhan (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 8:15 am

    @ Pkhan Pathan:::: MIND YOUR Language Please, Apni Zaat Jantae HO?



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