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.

So the news of Punjabi drivers being off loaded from their vehicles at Hub chowky can’t be that wrong. But I am surprised that local media has failed to pick these pickings up.

For one, I find a great similarity b/w these events and the events which pre-dated East Pakistan’s autonomy in December, 1971. Then too such events were being reported but not at large scale, just as now. Then too, Bengalis were shouting in unison about west Pakistanis and were asking them to leave for their own good. As most of the hatred was directed at Pak Army and civil servants (in both cases Punjabis ruled the cake) indirectly East Pakistanis were clearly asking them to leave or face the music. Some left while others faced the music.

The reports appear to me very casual but horrifying. I am not sure how to inform newspapers about such happenings at our city’s western border, but I know for sure that these incidents are a writing on the wall; they are remarkably precise in telling us about our country’s future. They are images of a time which to me appears rather very dangerous and disturbing.

Would like to know from various people who’ve travelled from Karachi by road to Baluchistan (via Hub) if they’ve ever come across such non-sense.

p.s. It must be noted that in mainland Baluchistan baring Quetta, except for Baluch, Bruhi, Sindhi and Pathan, all ethnic groups are regarded as Punjabis. That is until you prove yourself not.

28 Comments so far

  1. mastqalandar on July 30th, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

    ameer hamza,

    Don’t say Panjabi professor, call him Pakistani Professor, because his death was not only a sad incident for his families but for every Pakistani whether in Panjab, Sindh or Baluchistan or any where in the world.

    The only thing that bonds Pakistan together is Islam. But because we fear of being termed as Fundamentalists we don’t like to preach Islam and hence we try every other thing that can keep us bonded. Every thing would fail if we don’t stick to the basics that bond Pakistanis together.

    Feudal lords in Baluchistan and Sindh are very happy because of this hate. They don’t want to work to wipe off this hate, because they would loose the black-mailing card. They black mail Federal Govt and get paid $$$$ and at the same time do not work for their own people to remove their sufferings. This hate is a bread-butter earner for them.

    Things will continue this way unless all of us realize that Islam is the only bonding force that can keep us together. But if someone would try to use Islam without sincerity, it would fail too.

    Sincerity implies that one practices himself too. Not just to remind others.

    What happens amongst us is that we like to practice Islam only when it serves our purpose, but when comes a time that we may suffer a minor loss we tend to follow our own desires.

  2. karachiwala on July 30th, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

    Poor Punjabies
    hated all over Pakistan due to anti People policies of Feudals of Punjab

  3. sceptic on July 30th, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

    One more reason for the Punjabis to jettison the disfunctioning but whinging provinces behind to determine a new course of action for the hardworking people of the Punjab. One more reason to look east and re-make the Indus as the boundary for the subcontinent. Akhand Punjab, anyone?

  4. ucilite on July 30th, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

    @Karachiwala…..you are worthless. EVERYONE please IGNORE him/her

    @Sceptic…there can be NO PUNJAB without other three provinces. WE DIE and LIVE TOGETHER!!!

  5. obiwankenobe on July 30th, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

    Give Baluchistan to Iran, NWFP to Afghanistan, make Sindh as free state and call Punjab as Pakistan. I just wish that I could see that in next 5-10 years. No use of dragging current situation. The other solution is to give provinces more independence. Punjab has to stop its evil way seriously.

  6. ameerhamza on July 31st, 2008 @ 12:43 am

    Lot of Punjabis are hard working. That is for sure. So are Pathans (Pushuns), Siraikis (living in Sukkur, Rahim Yar Khan upto Multan Sharif). Other ethnic groups may not be as hard working as these nations but nevertheless they are Pakistanis and deserve attention, care and funds. Baluchistan has every right to hate people who have betrayed them time and again. But hatred won’t lead us anywhere. It is time that we give provinces more autonomy and allow ourselves some love and respect for each other.

  7. obiwankenobe on July 31st, 2008 @ 6:34 am

    Ameer Hamza, what is your definition of hard working ? You did not include Karachiites in your hard working list. How come we can contribute 65% of taxes if we are not hard working. Get a life. You know I work hardly 20-22 hours in a week but may be I contributing more value to society than those who work 70 hours in a week. Karachi has also every right to hate Punjab because we don’t get our deserved credit and now you say we are not hard working either.

  8. mastqalandar on July 31st, 2008 @ 9:16 am

    Hardworking can not be attributed to single ethnic groups and at the same time all the Panjabis can not be hated because they make a bigger portion of the population of Pakistan.

    Karachi gives 65% of revenue because of the seaport. Yes Muhajirs have been the entrepreneurs and at the same time peope of Panjab (Chiniot Sheikh specially) have also put industries in Karachi and if you look at the labor force, Muhajirs are not the only ethnic group who make the labor force. Panjabi, Pathan, Sindhi, siraiki all contribute to the industry of Karachi, Sind and thus Pakistan.

    We love life in western countries and don’t get tired to praise their love of diversity but when it comes to our own brothers we choose to be very narrow minded.

    We like to pretend high intellect and high taste but when it comes down to our own brothers we don’t mind to be racists.

    As far as Baluchistan is considered, have you guys seen their *leaders*? These guys are thugs and bandits. All they want is their rule, so that their generations could rule as they please and enslave the rest of the poor Baluchis. They don’t have any thing to offer to the poor people.

  9. HITMAN (hitman) on July 31st, 2008 @ 10:01 am

    This is really ironic. Everytime something happens, Punjab & Punjabis r 2 be blamed.
    I fail to understand the hue n cry from rural Sindh & Baluchistan that punjabis r taking there lands etc. oh bhai y the hell do u people sell ur land to "outsiders" then? No one took their land on gun point.

    Moreover, the trend which I have noticed among Punjabi Farmer & Sindhi Farmer is : When the crops get sold, a sindhi farmer/ zameendar spend the income lavishly, most of them come to karachi, rock n roll, & when their pockets r empty, they go back with nothing. In order to grow the next crop, they need money so they sell some part of their land to??? in most cases punjabis :).

    Where as whenever a punjabi farmer/ zameendar gets his income , his 1st choice after the necessities is to get some more land so that he can grow more.

    That is the major difference b/w these ethnic groups which I have noticed, ofcourse not every 1 is like that but this does happen.

    Its now time that the govt. take some +ve actions for he rpeople specially baluchistan. No doubt they have been denied a lot. "Soobaai Khudmukhtari" any one?

  10. IUnknown (iunknown) on July 31st, 2008 @ 10:19 am

    our media is like prostitutes. i hate it.

    Damn beggar musharraf and gilani

  11. seskey on July 31st, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    establishment is CSS people,

    who have the highest quota in civil services, punjab.

    now decipher every statment of (s)elected leaders in the govt since 1988 and work out who is responsible for destablising the integrity and sovergnity of pakistan.

    establishment was scared of east pakistan to have the highest quota after 1971 elections declined to accept and GOT RID of threat,

    i agree with OBI the only solution the divided the existing pakistan geographically and be at peace, establishment must be considering idea of ‘punjab canal’ from port qasim to rahim yar khan to have access to warm water so ‘pakistan’ is not dependent,

    down with establishment down PUNJAB.

  12. ucilite on July 31st, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

    is this an indian blog or what? i just fail to understand that how for some of the readers solution to everything seems to be TO DIVIDE PAKISTAN. YOU GUYS ARE SICK!!!

    I thought that the whole purpose of Pakistan was that ALL MUSLIMS can live together in ONE land. We don’t need India, US, or any other external force to destabilize our country. Apparently, we have enough people amongst ourselves that seemed determine to BREAK their own country. LAGAY RAHO!!!!

  13. odin on July 31st, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

    >>who have the highest quota in civil services, >>punjab.

    Punjab has the highest quota because Pujnab makes up almost 60% of Pakistan population-is it that difficult to figure out?

    Pakistanis are collectively responsible for the current unstable political condition of Pakistan, one should not blame only one particular ethnic group for all the mayhem in Pakistan.

    Dividing Pakistan is not a viable solution. Divide India we are not getting our due share, divide Pakistan others are exploiting us, and one day you people would demand to divide Karachi between Mohajirs and non-Mohajirs.

  14. odin on July 31st, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

    >>Yes Muhajirs have been the entrepreneurs

    Yaar mohajirs are basically clerk taype people. Getting education and a job is their only priority. Most of the entrepreneurs are actually Gujrati and Memon type people who are not Mohajirs by any stretch of definition.

  15. odin on July 31st, 2008 @ 8:04 pm

    I mean they are immigrants but not "mohajirs", I hope you get my point. :)

  16. odin on July 31st, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

    @mastqalandar, Karachi gives 65% of revenue because of the seapor.

    You’re right, but it would also not be wrong to mention here that Pujnab contributes almost 60% to Pakistan’s total GDP.

  17. odin on July 31st, 2008 @ 8:11 pm

    @mastqalandar, As far as Baluchistan is considered, have you guys seen their *leaders*? These guys are thugs and bandits.

    Don’t forget these same "bandits" have always been the darling of Pakistani establishment.

  18. ameerhamza on July 31st, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

    Please do not consider breaking Pakistan into pieces. I have read lot of Indian authors, have met some of them while abroad; I have also chatted with them for long. But never have I heard them talking about breaking India (or, as Hindus like to call it, Hindustan). They have killed and raped thousands of Muslims and Sikhs. They have burnt lot of Christian churches and they’ve had problems with Dalits and other lower caste Hindus. But their people and their media never tries to bring the break up of country on their talk shows or forums.

    We have our problems. And it appears to me that most of the issues are directly linked to Punjabis and / or establishment. We can try and solve them amicably.

  19. zeeshan on July 31st, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

    obiwankenobe totally agree with you. Punjab is evil, pure evil.

    I don’t blame Baluchies for what they doing with Punjabies. Punjab has done nothing but to loot Balochistan, Sindh and NWFP.

  20. zeeshan on July 31st, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

    odin: They wouldn’t have been bandits and thugs had the government given them something. Ever since Pakistan was created, we have been consuming Balchositan’s natural resources. It’s a pitty that the province that provides gas to all other provinces has not been provided this basic utility!

  21. odin on July 31st, 2008 @ 9:34 pm


    A normal Baloch, Sindhi and Pathan doesn’t differentiate between a Punjabi and Mohajir, and they have their valid reasons. Mohajirs worked together with Punjabis to secure their interests, although in the meantime they have lost their absolute power to Punjabis that they had enjoyed in the early years.
    If you are a Mohajir go to interior Sindh and then tell me how much respect they have for Mohajirs.

    Mastqalandar called only their leaders bandits, not every Baloch.

  22. seskey on July 31st, 2008 @ 11:47 pm


    in india you will find indians

    in Pakistan you will not find pakistani anywhere, thats ironic and tragic at the sametime.

  23. obiwankenobe on August 1st, 2008 @ 4:28 am

    Memons or Punjabies or any one living in Karachi are also Muhajirs ideology because they are part of "developed" thinking. You know when you live in Karachi, you develop a style of thinking that is very different from Punjab. That is the reason that why no one sleeps hungry in Karachi and why every one wants to come to Karachi.

    Regarding seaport in Karachi, that is our resource and we are maximizing it to earn money for us not for Punjab’s motor ways. If you don’t want to use our port then better use Kolkata. I am sure Baluchistan would never let Punjab use their Gwadar port either.

  24. Tazeen (tazeen) on August 1st, 2008 @ 9:58 am

    well, i would definitely not blame baluchis for this. The gas was discovered in sui in 1952, it reached Pindi in 1956 and it took thirty years for it to get to Quetta. Who can blame Baluchis for feeling the way they do.

    I have recently traveled to Quetta by road and no on asked me if I am punjabi or Pakhtoon. All we did was paid toll taxes and bought food on the way. They want business and if they get it, they are cool with it. They would not want to kill harmless people.

  25. d0ct0r on August 1st, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

    MQM’s absconding grand terrorist Altaf bai ka punjabi bhaiyon or behno ko Salam


  26. cyrenity on August 1st, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

    @tazeen, i am sorry to say, but i am not blaming all of balochi’s for this, ask any of your friend who is employeed in any factory/mill in HUB, they will tell you either they want business from you or want to thug you!. i understand those bad boys are not in majority but they are powerful in their area. no body can stop them, hey can demand as much money as they want, and you have to obey them, cuz you are running your business in those thugs area.

  27. tzaidi on August 3rd, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

    @ Odin, your figures are incorrect, Karachi does provide 65% of total revenue (in taxation) to Govt. of Pakistan. Which is manily earned on import/export levies on sea ports, tax on almost 20Million people residing in Karachi, tax on industries and banks etc. But saying that 60% GDP comes from Punjab, is wrong. I will appreciate if you could provide figures from an authrnticated source on this blog.

    Punjab does produce a large amount of agricultural products and is definetly not doing enough, otherwise we would have not seen the shortage of Wheat flour and sugar or rice for that matter.

    Karach is a ‘Ghareeb-Parwar’ city and is host to many communities having different ethinic back ground and am proud of that – that I belong to such a cosmopolitan city.

    And by the way, its not fair that you compare Karachi (a city) with whole Punjab (a provence).

  28. cunnilingus (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

    There is only one enemy of Pakistan and that is unfortunately inside Pakistan. It is called Punjab. Punjabi makes police, army, doctors, teachers and Quetta business whereas Balochi only is a rehri wala. Rich Punjabis increasingly buying land on Gwadar. Balochistan is a piece of pie for the Punjabi that he can’t let it go.

    Why Punjabis feel the pain of Baluchis or of anybody else? Not because they love Baluchis, Pashtuns but the Punjabis reign all Pakistan on basis of sole qualification of population. If there is mayhem in Baluchistan or Karachi, the Punjabis feel their life being squeezed because they work in NWFP, Baluchistan and Sind and send money to Punjab. All three provinces is a gold mine for Punjabis to make ends meet. They don’t want their source of income dwindle.

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