Archive for July, 2008

A case against Altaf Hussain

Pir of London, owner of Karachi, citizen of Great Britain, butcher of Muslim brothers and sisters, agent of RAW, Altaf bhai to his followers, is a single person who now makes his home in posh locality of London. His wife has since left him and therefore, he resides alone along with his British guards (and maybe sniffer dogs). His call can jam Karachi and his voice is loved by most who call themselves Muhajirs, people who migrated from India during partition of 1947. Well, he is wanted badly here back in Karachi which he rules via internet.

He is wanted in multiple murder and rape cases which took place around and after 1995. He is wanted by mothers whose sons he ordered dead; he is wanted by husbands whose sisters were raped and thrown away in ditches; he is wanted by sons of the soil whose fathers he threw in bags.


Karachi’s western border off limits to Punjabis?

It has come to my notice recently that Punjabi drivers are being asked to get off their vehicles. In short, they are being warned that if they go into Baluchistan they themselves will be responsible for the consequences.

That’s bad news for Pakistan.

For one, lot of Punjabis have been shot dead in Khuzdar city center. Some were recently killed in and around Quetta, including a Punjabi professor. Lot of Punjabi students studying at Baluchistan university have already left, according to my friend’s first cousin.


The Solution?

KESC, burn it! Break it! Kill them! OH MY GOD! 86 Rs/lit Petrol! Bus Fares to 15 Rupees till 1 stop! How the hell did they snatch a person’s cell phone, burn him alive! Kill them, shoot them, throw stones at them, blow it all up. Government sucks! New Government sucks, Oh the past Govt messed this this and this up! He’s bad, he’s worse, he’s stupid, what’s that, why is that………….


It is valid to say that people of Karachi have lost and are continuously loosing their sanity over the depressing problems in their home town – and for this, it is not them to blame.

Keeping all the problems in mind and giving each, another viewpoint, I would say that apart from the prices of food, fuel and utilities etc, we have yet another problem. The problem we are having are the PEOPLE themselves. Everyone and everything has problems, but finding a solution to a problem requires something of a mind, heart and wisdom. Let this post not be taken against the people of Karachi, but I’m just not satisfied by the way people (we) are handling their (our) problems!

What is a problem? A problem is an outcome of acts in the past creating an unfavorable vision of the future or partially blocking it.

So, the question is NOT “who did wrong in the past”, the question is… WHO sees the FUTURE! Its people who see the future, if the people are not in a normal state of mind, heart and wisdom, they are unable to identify the future. If you are unable to identify the future, how would you be able to walk on a path that actually leads to a better future.

I always give this example, lets say “Mr. X” had an accident and X is lying on the road. X is thinking damn! What just happened, Oh It hurts so bad, it wasn’t my fault… The next second X get squished by a truck that says “Baloach Taiyyara”, and tomorrow headlines reads “noa-jawan halak, truck driver farar”.

If you don’t get up, don’t drag yourself to the corner, or don’t get yourself to the hospital you are actually ignoring the worst that is yet to come. You will have a life time to think about what ‘just’ happened, so its better to stand up and get yourself fixed so that you can have a life to live and deal with the memories later.

This is a typical scenario of our situation, we have just been hit by a car and we are lying on the road, thinking about what “just” happened. We are just crying about and thinking over and over about the things that are going wrong. My friends worry about the drunk truck driver with his Baloch Taiyara coming right at you.

To maintain mental stability is of the utmost importance in the time of crisis!

I’m not sure how many of you would actually consider the people as a problem to the problems of people. Lets hear it from you in comments and based on our comments I will be proposing actual solution of each and every problem.

Prisoner 650, Dr. Afia Siddiqui missing since 2003

afia_siddiqui.jpgA few days back the Asian Human Rights Commission issued an urgent press release about a Karachiite who has been missing since 2003. Dr. Afia Siddiqui left her mother’s house in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi along with her three children, in a Metro-cab on March 30, 2003 to catch a flight for Rawalpindi, but never reached the airport. The press reports claimed that Dr. Afia had been picked-up by Pakistani intelligence agencies while on her way to the airport and initial reports suggested that she was handed over to the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). At the time of her arrest she was 30 years and the mother of three sons the oldest of which was four and the youngest only one month.

A few days later an American news channel, NBC, reported that Afia had been arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of facilitating money transfers for terror networks of Osama Bin Laden. The mother of the victim, Mrs. Ismat (who has since passed away) termed the NBC report absurd. She went on to say that Dr. Afia is a neurological scientist and has been living with her husband, Amjad, in the USA for several years.

Should we burn down KESC?

I have a radical idea for Karachi and its citizens. For one, I think KESC is all crap now after Musharraf and company (specially his darling PM, Shaukat) sold this fine organization to a private company for peanuts. No external or internal audit reports have ever been shared with citizens who pay their blood to keep this outfit afloat. Yet it dismisses us all like we are beggars. So, ladies and gentlemen of Karachi, should be burn down KESC? I am sure we should. It is of no use; it fleeces honest men and provides electricity free of cost to VVIPs, VIPs, brothers and sisters of PM; it also does not help when it fails to dis-connect illegal connections; and since last two nights I and my family and millions of others have not slept well. Karachi is in crises and we need someone else to bring us electricity.

By the way, which should be the first KESC office to go down?

Karachi – Rain Pics

The first one is just before the rain started.


Its Pouring

After quite a few days of heat and with the usual cloudy weather the skies have finally let loose with the much awaited rain. Its practically pouring outside, half of me wants to celebrate the relief that we will get from this hot weather but at the same time I have sympathy for the misery Karachiites will face during this torrential downpour

Low lying and poor neighbourhoods will be the most affected areas with the greatest impact on the rush hour traffic that is on its way home. With all this afoot let’s not forget the entire dug up DHA locality which was franctically preparing its storm water drains, it and all DHA residents will surely take a beating

Stay safe and it would best be advised to stay indoors and let the rains subside

DHA rain water drains

DHA is working round the clock to complete what appears to be a fairly ambitious (and rather ambiguous) program of making a network of drains that will carry rain water from defence into the sea. Well, good enough.

But, the drains appear to be square in shape and therefore, will allow maximum of silt to collect. That will cause lot of space to be filled up pretty fast. And that’s bad news for the people of defence, Karachi.

Secondly, some of the drains appear to be above road level. Well, how will water go down the drain when they are up and above the roads from which they are supposed to carry water?

Thirdly, it is not very clear how DHA plans to cope with the situation when rains finally decide to pour down during this week. Drains are at best incomplete though DHA management looks happy go lucky.

DHA has avoided such technical questions on the ground that they are working very hard and that people must stop talking and help them instead.

God help us all!

CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry to arrive in Karachi today

Its been over a year since the last time CJP iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry came to Karachi, but today afternoon he is yet again scheduled to land in Karachi and proceed to the Sindh High Court Bar Association to address the lawyers gathering there and later inaugurate a building as well.

Preparations have been underway for the reception and many organizations have teamed up to receive him at the airport. I am told that the local government has given the nod of approval and is expected to be supportive of this event, so lets hope that all goes well.

Finally It Looks Like It Will Rain.

It has just started to drizzle, and yahoo predicts a good rainy day for tomorrow, so Karachiiets brace your self for the first rain of the season.

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