bracing for another period of uncertainity!

Following the disastrous close of 2007, the city is again at high risk due to approaching Muharram.

Speaking to Daily Times, Sindh Home Secretary Brigadier (retd) Ghulam Mohammad Mohtaram said that under the current circumstances, any terrorist activity could happen any time.

And clerics, especially the shia clerics are to be at the most risk! With over 45,000 majlises and 20,000 processions which will occur in the first 10 days of muharram, lets hope part of their prayers would be their safety as well.

23 Comments so far

  1. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

    45,000 Majalises and 20,000 processions
    Instead of going and hear something they have already heard. Do something productive.
    I volunteer and pack lunches for homeless on saturday mornings.


  2. DOCTOR (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

    I cure mental paitents free of charge on weekdays .

    Cheapster welcome !!!


  3. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

    Doctor suppose to save life but you are killing me LOL!
    You are not the real Doctor.
    Real Doctor uses zero “0” instead of “o”

    Btw my good friend Ms. Khan retd. from faisalabad, Pakistan pushes wheelchair in a hospital five days a week as a volunteer.


  4. ali (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

    how about planting trees in the mohalla? we really need them you know, especially to put off the effects of all those vehicle and tyre burning thingies that happened


  5. ALAM (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

    As I said this again and again on this “esteemed” forum:

    1. Restrict Shias and Sunnis to do these religous activities inside an enclosure. No road blocks, not grounds, no other place. No live telecast, not tv recording. Civilized ppl don’t do this kind of things, under the skies. It is embarassing to educated ppl like us. I see adult men crying like babies, and my blood boils.

    2. Guys and girls, buy guns for ur protection. MQM and govt won’t save u (as is see in in this post-BB violenec. I want to kick Altaf bhai’s ass for not protecting the city…why does he take bhatta if he can’t ptotect? Munna Bhai in India does protect his ppl, no?)


  6. Balma (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

    Alam Ara,
    Men are allowed to cry. I cry, zaar-o-qataar, dhaaRai’n maar maar kar on Pakistan’s condition and when I watch the last scene in Umra-o-Jan where she is rejected by her brother, Rekha version….. I hate Ashvairya Rai….can’t speak proper Urdu-Hindi….sheen-qaaf kharaab hae.

    Also, the chief of police in Karachi should be kicked out from service and pt in jail for 10-20 eyars for negligence. From now on, KArachi police should be under Karachi’s mayor. right now, propably Karachi mayor was hiding during hangaamaas…because he has no authority over security measurements.


  7. IUnknown (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

    they always scare us in moharram so that ppl stay in their homes and shias do their rona peetna etc etc on the roads very very easily.

    Dawgs!


  8. ALAM (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    @BALMA

    I consider weeping men as sissies. OK, I am going to relent in case when men cry alone over Rekha or their Allah mian not fulfilling his eid/christmas wishes


  9. Aamir (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 12:07 am

    sectarian violence occurs every year in Pakistan, if it happens again it will not be anything shocking.


  10. Reality_check (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 3:31 am

    Sectarian violence is the thing of the past, when some Shia / Sunni Mohalla’s used to fight pitched battles and afterwards back to normal. What we see now is procession bombings, by terrorists; its not like communities have drawn swords against each other.

    But what can you do prevent it? especially when one community considers it a matter of pride to show their numbers in herds, while there are predators out there who will willingly blow themselves up and take quite a few with them. Since the parties concerned are in a hurry to go to paradise, so who are we to object.


  11. Reality_check (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 3:40 am

    ALAM if they have followed your advice then the fires would still be burning, neither Khalsa was able to protect sikhs after Indira Gandhi assasination nor did Dawood Ibrahim able to protect Muslims after the bombings.

    The best option now is to forgive but not forget and continue building for the future, there is a right time for everything, if MQM had taken any action then the whole lot including the media would have been after them, even now all the atrocities committed post BB havebeen conveniently acreditted to “Shar Pasand Anasir”. MQM would not have been that lucky.


  12. Pkhan (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 4:02 am

    BRACING FOR ANOTHER PERIOD OF UNCERTAINITY::::WAKe up guys and girls be vigilant, do not drop your attention towards suspicious people follow them or even confront them(If you have Courage). what happen on 27th dec?Guy was so bold enough to take out the GUN hold it up right towards her and no one confronted him?Where were all those Janisar? Why this camera man Did NOT shout?Instead of Shooting the picture? Are we all become SISSY.Bataeen tou bari bari kartae haen?


  13. ALAM (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 6:50 am

    @RC

    >>ALAM if they have followed your advice then the fires would still be burning

    yeah, but then a stern message should have been sent.

    Its just ridiculous that mobs start attacking defenceless people, their properties, schools, colleges, ransack everything, and police/MQM sit at home, and at the same time “pacifists” like u encourage ppl to sit like duck, ready to be raped and plundered.

    If someone is going to attack me at home and he knows I have KK, he would atlkeast think twice before coming over.


  14. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 7:46 am

    @ Alam
    As your blood boils every two minutes whether its watching men crying or on something else, I would not be comfortable in issuing you a gun :)


  15. ALAM (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 9:01 am

    @ShahidnUSA

    haha….my man, this is Karachi, nobody asks for a license for anything, except marriage perhaps


  16. llama (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

    with thousands of people on the streets, there will most definitely be a bomb/suicide/whatever attack. everyone knows, no one cares. life is cheap in this country.


  17. Savera (unregistered) on January 6th, 2008 @ 9:27 am

    Its just appaling to read a few comments made by utterly immature people.
    1. Commemorating Moharram is not just done by the shia community but a large part of Pakistani’s, irrelevant of what sect they belong to.
    2. Crying or Rona Peetna is a natural and a personal reaction to grief. I wonder how many people saw the videos that poured in after the assasination of BB with people crying and beating them selves in grief. And even the Prophet, PBUH, has shed his tears at a number of occassions.


  18. ALAM (unregistered) on January 6th, 2008 @ 10:34 am

    @SAVER

    u sissies can cry all u want, but just dont block roads. Its extrememly invovenient. Its a requirement of basic ettiquest. Civilized ppl don’t cry on open streets and block other ppl.

    Now, ppl can cry and block roads foro religous or non-religous reasons. Both should be condemned


  19. balma (unregistered) on January 6th, 2008 @ 10:49 am

    Alam Ara,
    On those fateful days, I did make a few phone calls few times to typical bhayyaa localities of Karachi and was told by the women answering phone that MQM’s launDaas are indeed hanging on main roads to stop looters from entering mohallas. When I said that in kambakhat maaro’n kay paas kyaa bandookhai’n bhee hai’n, I was told by them, haa’n bhayaa haa’n.

    Jokes aside, yes I did make those calls and yes I was told that MQM launDaas are out with g u n s protecting mohallaas. Obviously, they could not go out on main Drigh Road with those guns.

    Basic solution to such problems…as I said almost twnty years ago on Internet, fire all police in Karachi. This will cut down crime rate in Karachi. Twenty years later, I will add – hire police from local population. Why bring police from Kohat, when we have local ghundaas?
    Remember, ghundaa bhee apnay mohallay may shareef ho jaataa hae….. and that is the bottom line.


  20. ALAM (unregistered) on January 6th, 2008 @ 11:51 am

    I think few MQM londaas might be doing this on their own. But as I hear from credible sources, Altaf bhai and team did ask MQM foot soldiers to stay off, and let ppl loot what they want.

    MQM has a lot of arms and arsenals, and ppl who know how to use them. They could have prevented this widespread loot and plunder by these lucha lafangas. But they didn’t. I suspect the mardood-in-chief Musharraf ordered Altaf bhai to lay off.

    But defence is everyone’s responsibility. Buy a weapon and kartoos, and keep them handy in these times. Altaf bhai is sissy. Years of marriage with that moti and then this divorce has made him na-mard


  21. wasiq (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 1:22 am

    thankyou kids for trying to rekindle the flame again….i think the faith or ones belief cannot change the facts of life or the harsh realities…it only differentiates between the dead and and the living…..
    iam not aware of whats going on in other parts of the city i can only update about the jamshed town here the game of tugs is no longer fun…since they are not giving up on the annual standred issue and my habitual consent for the rampant illegal constructions here…has burst the ancient utensil for storing water….the Binoris moved out from here years ago to the out-skirts hoping that i will seek refuge some day and the Makro has opened there in case i change my mind…..God save the King…or whatever!

    The lord believes in equal opportunities and the banks are changing our lifes rapidly through leasing cars and free access loans…so it seems that iam the only one left who is biased

    kuch iss ada sey aaj woh pehlu nashein rahey
    jab tak hammarey pas rahey hum nahein rahey…


  22. ALAM (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 5:37 am

    wasiq mian,

    this is good shair. who is the poet?


  23. wasiq (unregistered) on January 10th, 2008 @ 5:32 am

    @Alam

    alam sab nana ka hai i think kuch yaqeen sey nahein keh sakta i was watching the britney spears old video in the saamney wali khirdki when suddenly a school van passed by playing it on full volume…dont we all love those fellows…



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