Sitting on a ticking time bomb!

In the last few days, there had been reports of Pakhtuns being targetted in various parts of the city. Needless to say ethnic violence had to follow as seen last night. MQM cites Talibanisation as reason enough to evict Pakhtuns from Karachi. However, a sudden realization of the threat the Pakhtun community poses is suspicious.

Karachi is the trade hub of the country, and as any economist will tell you, when an urban centre is developed without enough attention to rural or even semi urban areas, rural-urban migration is only natural. Karachi thus attracts a number of migrants from not only the N.W.F.P, but all over the country. This migrant population then assimilates into the workforce and over the years has become an integral economic force in the city.

The Pakhtuns too have become an indispensable part of Karachi. Not only do they control most of the public transportation system, but a majority of cobblers, tea hotel owners, construction labourers happen to be Pakhtuns.


No matter what political reasons are given for any conflict, the underlying reason is always economic. Talibanisation, thus, is only an excuse. The faultline for the current conflict are all Pakhtun majority areas specially the adjoining areas to the Pahar Ganj. The land has appreciated in value, but remains the stronghold of Pakhtuns, a thorn in the side of the land mafia that controls the rest of the city- or that is what the unbiased residents of North Nazimabad, Block A, C and Q claim who find themselves in the middle of the bloodshed. They claim that violence erupted in the area last night when the Pakhtun flag on the hill was replaced by a ‘Muhajir’ flag.

The residents of the area fear that over the next few days, the violence will escalate, unless the power struggle between the two ethnic parties is resolved.

36 Comments so far

  1. odin on November 30th, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

    So the flag of the "new Sindhis" has been hoisted.

    Thank you sid bhai for your unbiased reporting and thank you again for exposing the real dirty game that is being played by MQM and the Land Mafia of Kiraanchi.

  2. d0ct0r on November 30th, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

    Areas infested with MQM’s unit and Sector goons have recently witnessed a massive surge in illegal enchroament of public parks and playgrounds . DOZENS of parks and large chunks of lands have been encroached and plots have been demarcated and handed over to MQM goons. Interesting thing is that encroachment of green areas are rampant in areas infested with MQM’s unit offices( in more than 40 parks in North Nazimabad Town alone, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s sector and unit offices have been constructed ). These MQM goons won’t be able to pull off these types of activities in areas like Defence Clifton etc which are safe from infestation of MQM’s unit and Sector offices.

  3. see_it_as_it_is (knownow) on November 30th, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

    This is not as simple. First of all there are a few assumptions in most analyses on this issue. We can sift through them if we separate all facts and statement, and see which part is true and which is not.

    There is such a thing as a Taliban mindset, and the entire year of 2007, and now 2008 are testimony to this. On this very blog Tazeen has reported being chased by a taxi driver. The manner in which that incident was carried out could not have been a drama. There are people – and they are not only Pashtuns – who have assumed religious or other doctrinal authority and would not balk at attacking others. This is a fact, and we must see it as it is, irrespective of the source or reason of this phenomenon. Let’s at least train ourselves to see an incident as it is.

    When trouble erupted in Islamabad last year, many people assumed it was a "drama." Think rationally, which govn in its sane mind chooses to have such bloodshed? However, yes, it can be true that the govn used Lal Masjid to detract from the legislative issue. This is possible, but Lal Masjid was not a spontaneous drama. (Some believed Ghazi was just pretending for Musharraf’s sake.)

    When Marriott went up in flames this year, people still moved on to theories such as, "This was for insurance."

    Now there is a reason why the entire WORLD is blaming Pakistan and it is because we simply refuse to see the truth! Explanations over explanations over theories over rumors over speculations and fear-mongering – that’s all we are doing! No balanced analysis, no human view that rises above race, color, class, affiliations.

    The truth is that Pakistan is gripped by a deadly ignorance. It’s IGNORANCE, nothing else. It is prevalent in all sub-communities and people of all faiths, color, status, rank – each Pakistani.

    Some communities, such as people from the far-flung areas, suffer more from this ignorance. Pashtuns, due to their restrictive social circumstances may indeed be suffering in a greater degree from a malady that is common to us all. Let’s accept these facts!

    I think MQM has correctly identified that a threat that has overtaken Islamabad and Lahore and Peshawar is now pervading Karachi. This is the "stimulus." It is a FACT, verified by foreign journalists.

    Where MQM can be faulted is the "response." In the spirit of human fairness, rationality, and balance, let’s address the illness where it is. Let’s not tear up the whole of the ailing body if it’s only the heart that needs surgery.

    We the citizens shall continue to face violence if we reject facts. No matter how strange it seems, the best strategy is to WORK WITH these parties, not draw intellectual conclusions and fall back on our sofas waiting for our houses to be stormed.

    MQM should understand the wholeness of our co-existence, and consider long-term rehabilitation solutions for Pakhtuns, some of whom are displaces for economic and others for security reasons from their abodes. Pakhtuns or Pashtuns (Is there a diff? Please correct me.) must do the same, however let’s face the fact that they have issues of illiteracy and of a regressive social system, which, sadly, some of them want to impose from China to USA.

    It is the responsibility of the citizens to not let ourselves flow with anyone else’s tide. Do know that to completely reject the danger of Talibanization (which, as Sceptic noted, is a "mindset") would be to arrive in a state of unpreparedness if this mindset gets violent.

    Let’s be fair, be vigilant, and proactively educate communities on the fundamentals of co-existence.

  4. MB (kar_munib) on November 30th, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

    I fully agree to sid on the taliban excuse…
    As i have stated quite frequently, MQM’s main power comes from politics of fear, either by fear from their side or exploiting fear of other sides.

    They dont even know that ANP is a left-wing secular party who is anti-taliban, who are, lets say, moderates if not secular.


    As for the ANP bros. For GOD sake, have some sense and sensible leadership at top, just like the original ANP, *edited*

    (All above comments are with due apology to my personal pathan and urdu speaking friends, who know my political views very well)

  5. see_it_as_it_is (knownow) on November 30th, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

    All humanity is ONE ENTITY. The solutions only lie in this space where we correct our fundamentals. Whosoever shouts for another blood may seems to be a hero, but in essence they are cowards.

    Let us, as citizens, show the way to our political and social leaders. They are from amongst us, and the worst of a people only take over when the best of the people shirk their responsibilities and assume the far more comfortable jobs of analyzing, criticizing, or to be more glamorous, protesting. This is not a fancy declaration, this is a mathematical fact!

    That the net result of this behavior is below ZERO is evident in the year 2008. See where we stand, and what kind of looters and liars have become our leaders. If we the citizens continue with our destructive behavior, we shall end up worse, and rightfully so. Whosoever thinks otherwise needs to watch the non-musical programs on the TV.

    Let us get over our wailing victims’ mindset, and proactively lead the way. Let us create new ways based on oneness, not hatred or judgment. Flawed and aggressive as they may be, the people who engage in politics are there because the best minds of Pakistan only chose to make salaried income and eat, sleep and be merry. The citizens have showed little leadership, and if at all we have, it is of a destructive self-righteous variety.

    However, we can make the best of what we have done so far. Let us thank ourselves for having taken down the old systems of Pakistani and NOW – for the sake of the lives, liberty and property of our own families – START BUILDING.

    Let us focus our attention to that critical task, of BUILDING.

    My choice is this. No matter how glorious or righteous it seems to follow anyone who is banking on a victim’s history or shows the very signs of feudalistic thinking, I SHALL NOT FOLLOW THEM.

  6. d0ct0r on November 30th, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

    Altaf is wrong if he thinks that he would be able to flush out Pathan mochis, tandoor walas, lpg shop owners,truck,taxi,minibus,rickshaw drivers and Balochi tea shop owners belonging to Quetta,Pasheen,Chaman from Karachi altogether.

    Altaf is basically creating a quagmire for innocent muhajirs living here in Karachi. While he and Saleem Shahzad will be safely enjoying the show from their hideout back in London.

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on November 30th, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

    Sidrat, how are things in your block? Last night it was not good at all. My friend’s family lives at De Silva town are very much worried since they are surrounded by Pathans.

  8. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on November 30th, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

    It is really sad. We as a nation and religion is turning into ethnocentrism which then is decreasing our tolerance for diversity. The whole De Silva to Shipowner’s belt is really unsafe because of all this and it used to be so peaceful before. God help!

  9. d0ct0r on November 30th, 2008 @ 6:08 pm

    The mayhem started yesterday from De Silva opposite Ashgar Ali Shah stadium , a LPG filling shop was ransacked, another lpg shop’s pathan owner was constantly being threatened to pack up and when he didn’t paid heed, last week he was shot dead .

    World’s 2nd best fraudster hiding in London wants to embroil the Karachi and Karachiites in this quagmire . He and his british sidekicks are working hard to make the lives of common Karachiite miserable .

  10. MB (kar_munib) on November 30th, 2008 @ 6:12 pm

    The last time anyone was doing his work properly was these mochiz, tundur walas,rickshaw walaz and that class…. they are less corrupt, less 2 numberi, less law abiding (since they hardly known anything about LAW but thats makes them innocent since the educated know the law and break it), less selfish ETC.

    What the Educated have given this city? Corruption? Plundering? Class-difference? Poverty? Ugliness? Polution ETC.

    at least they dont take bhattaz…

    No taliban etc. is coming to KHI. This is nonsense and exploitation on ethnic grounds to keep the support. It always pays to spread hate you know. . .

    Have you guys seen, all the powerful are those who spread hate. Look at your community, religious, ethnic leadership only those spreading inciting people are at top….

    And someone tell me one thing. Altaf bhai says indirectly that outsiders (pointing indirectly to pathans) are trouble creators.

    If i remember correctly, only parsi’s in this city own this city. Mohajir’s and Pathans are both outsiders. Why not both pack their bags. So this his statement shows his level of ignorance. But thats not his fault. If million of people make a very ordinary man as their hero, no doubt he would be flying in skies….

    Back in 50’s and 60’s and to some extent 70’s urdu speaking used to produce men of class and standard and now they make arif dhobi, aslam falana and javed lungra etc. Big names in different areas were coming from this community.

    But now Mustafa Kamal seem to be the only sensible head to some extent, thanks to the insiniat he learned abroad verna us ka bi ALLAH hafiz tha

    ANP on the other hand is full tun in POWER, forgetting the original ANP ideology. Vahan pe bi sarey hee KK wale or 2 numberi agai hain. Shahi Syed duur se hee kisi bus addey ka ghunda lagta hai.. what to say about rest.

    My city at the helm of ***** , ahhhhh , so sad

  11. Shamsi (shamsi) on November 30th, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

    search this blog for my comments on posts about PATTA hair style, it is happening now.

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on November 30th, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

    Firing near Peshawri Icecream Hyderi. I have been hearing rumors thaat the owner has been killed.

  13. d0ct0r on December 1st, 2008 @ 12:01 am

    @Adnan yea one shot dead and one injured in Hyderi North Nazimabad just saw it on Ajj tv. Beside that 2 bodies of sunni tehreek workers found this morning from Nazimabad and 2 more shot dead in organgi. Death toll rises to 26 and 100 injured.

  14. cotbeen on December 1st, 2008 @ 1:49 am

    //In the last few days, there had been reports of Pakhtuns being targetted in various parts of the city. //

    i don’t know how people become author on metblogs LOL
    Just watch some television or visit the locality you reside.
    On SuperHigh way what happened is discussed in some other thread and the illegally resident Afghans are involved in it.

  15. karachi4eva on December 1st, 2008 @ 5:30 am

    but still you said it yourself!! karachi attract migrants from all over the country right? so how come MQM or mohajirs dont have a problem with anyone else but "pakhana-tuns"?

    *edited- unsubstantiated and offensive remarks*

  16. zeeshan on December 1st, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

    They became authors thanks to connections and luck. The authors of KMB mainly have strong backgrounds and connections with different political parties ESPECIALLY Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf. I know that nobody gives to Imran khan but they do have a political agenda don’t they? The best way to gain popularity in Pakistan is to blame MQM. Pretty much what India does with Pakistan. If any party wants to gain voters, they start blaming crap on Pakistan because spreading hate against Pakistan is very easy in India. Similary, spreading hate against Urdu speaking community and MQM that actually represents them is very easy all around Pakistan.

    Imran Khan got beaten up by the memebers of Jamat-e-Islami which is an ally of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf and he still follows them everywhere. He doesn’t even have his own crowd to address to so he goes onwith every other party and then tries to address voters of other parties. KMB’s main authors have strong family backgrounds and relationships with PTI. Father of Teeth Mistress is top boss of PTI in Sindh. If they need votes, they have got to make their kids work for it by defaming other people and parties. If you want to become an authors, start kissing a%% and support Imran Khan is and you’ll also get your way in.

    All the previous top authors of KMB are gone. Brand new authors are the ones who kiss ass and know NOTHING but to blame MQM for every little thing.

  17. d0ct0r on December 1st, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

    MQM Altaf’s unit and sector terror cells have resorted to targeted killings. Today almost 14 people were gunned down and total death toll since all this mayhem started reaches to around 41 and countless others injured. More then 100 arrests have been made since Saturday. Today i have seen most of those arrested and i personally feel security agencies are on right path so far. Written orders for ‘shoot to kill’ have been issued and law enforcement agencies on the ground have been notified. Although so far no miscreant has been shot dead after the issuance of this directive.

    In all this mayhem MQM is busy wiping out sunni tehreek and other parties political workers. Besides that more pathan business owners have been shot dead and their businesses ransacked. Peshawri Icecream that Adnan mentioned had been working for last so many decades without any controversy but it seems that its pathan owner became victim of Altaf’s latest terror campaign to gun down pakhtun business owners . Altaf’s North Nazimabad Block G unit/sector terror cell is among the most notorious ones in karachi and it had been really active lately in this campaign against Pathan/Balochi shop owners.

  18. d0ct0r on December 1st, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

    Senior Police officials and investigating agencies have compiled a list of terrorists involved in ethnic violence and terrorism. Majority of them belong to MQM’s unit/sector terror cells . Police officials plan to take action against these terrorist who are trying to stir ethnic violence under the pretext of talibanization .

    After issuance of Shoot-to-kill orders by Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, as was predicted in this story 14 SHOs of Karachi have been changed to deal with the terrorists.

    As i earlier pointed out the shakeup continues in Karachi Police. DIG west(the affected area) Aleem Jafri has been replaced with DIG Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti.

  19. khaled90 on December 1st, 2008 @ 10:52 pm

    @ Doctor
    Every one knows about Ummat, Mouth Piece of Jamat e Islami so your shouts about MQM goes in veins.

    So to KMB

    Kindly note what areas in karachi are center of violence.
    Only Pathan dominated areas are effected and urdu speaking areas adjacent to pathan localities.

    On Saturday all the trouble starts when urdu speaking people passing through Banaras came under fire 3 people died and more then 70 injured and the trouble escalates to other areas BUT still the Major Urdu speaking areas remains peaceful.

    the clowns here on KMB speacially ppl like doc MB and others failed to prove anything against MQM but doing the same what Indian media is doing after Mumbai attacks, with out proof putting everything on MQM just in Mohajir Dushmani.

    These clowns are quite pathetic that they are failed to say anything against the killings of urdu speaks in karachi including looting torture and rapes of mohajirs girls.

    But the way Mohajirs reacts, the way mohajirs with empty hands counters pathans and afghans its remarkable and the unity shows by Mohajirs also reminds the unity mohajirs showed in 1986.

  20. khaled90 on December 1st, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

    @ MB
    Every one even interiror minister and shahi saeed accept that talibans in karachi, but says No TALIBANIZATION.

    Who are talibans?
    People in Madaris, Lashkar e Jhangvi, SSP Jehadis and they all have strong base in karachi everyone knows.

    and what about more then 400,000 afghanis??

    In MQM dushmani you people are digging your own graves by not accepting the fact which you knows about very well.

    Keep doing that as the time when these talibans comes out in karachi there will be no rangers police will be there to save you.

  21. d0ct0r on December 1st, 2008 @ 11:57 pm

    ..Besides the DIG, 2 more SHOs have been suspended because in the fresh incidents a tandoor wala, Quetta tea Hotel owner and a peanut seller were gunned down in their areas and North Nazimabad’s TPO have been transferred to Landhi . Dr Zulfiqar Mirza is finally flexing his muscles .

  22. kaami on December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:14 am

    So now DOCTOR is a fan of Zulfiqar Mirza!! Hahha….Rest assured his muscles are all spent, the PPP is in a disarray, with tremendous pressure from both inside and outside. Their administration is useless.

    What I see is, this nation going to the dogs, after Mumbai the millitary is also flip flopping, Now that soldier begheading crack pot Fazlullah is a patriot, there is no government, Morgan Stanley has closed shop, capital has taken flight, people are quoting papers like Ummat, ethnic strife is again to be seen, General Hameed Gul is again active. In fact every one is doing whatever they want, government is just a side show. Even the out side powers don’t know to whom to talk too so they are not even attempting a dialogue.

    Forget MQM, forget Pathans, forget Talibans, this my friends is a prelude to anarchy. People are being made to believe that we have part ways with the US, what a joke, when our very survival is now dependent on IMF, who they are kidding with?

    The fact is this nation has failed miserably in deciding what it wants to be and how it wants to get there. So many useless movements, destabilization, massacres, killings and self destruction for what? Where do we want to be in the next five years? What are our goals? Does any body has the answere?

  23. HITMAN (hitman) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 11:28 am

    Chowkidars of my street have been threatened with dire consequences if they didnt leave. The two quetta hotels , one of which is almost right underneath MQM Unit 173 of North Nazimabad have been closed. It existed there since 1978 according to the old residents there. The two pathan fruit walas of the same area are gone. I was unable to find the moongphali wala when there used to be quite a few of them.

    Can MQM supporters tell me WTF threat these common dudes were to the city in general & MQM in particular? I see that as a pathetic attemtp to inciter violence & nothing else. Two Patthan Chowkidars of Rado appartment in Gulistan-e-Johar have been shot to death. Chowkidar of Arif Pride in Gulistan-e-Johar was shot last night & is in critical condition. Why these unarmed, non political, poor people is the target of MQM? Why dont u terrorist do a favor to the city & storm Sohrab Goth where criminals of Patthan & Afghan original are actually present & active? Why these people? I can safely bet that both ANP & MQM are on funds from RAW & just making their rozee halal by inciting such violence.

  24. HITMAN (hitman) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 11:30 am

    Every one knows about Ummat, Mouth Piece of Jamat e Islami so your shouts about MQM goes in veins.
    HAHAHA Couple of days ago u ur self posted a news from Ummat. Now its a jamati mouth piece? So if it shows the picture which u like its fair journalism, Showing the other side is jamati & agency stuff. U guys r so pathetic.

  25. IUnknown (iunknown) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

    A very good after a long time at kmb. Thanks Sid

    what i think is that this drama has been purposely started after mumbai blast to more destabilize pakistan so that we remain unable to answer them.

  26. khaled90 on December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

    @ Hitman
    Yes Ummat is mouth piece of Jama e Islami and sponsored by ISI.
    Ummat editor Rafiq Afghan is a close associate of Hameed Gul, Married daughter of Salahuddin late editor of tekbeer killed in karachi and in 1999 daughter of Salahuddin in statement said here father was killed by Rafiq Afghan and her life is also in danger and from that day she disappeared.

    Purpose of posting that news from the ummat is to tell the people that the picture is soo grim that papers like ummat with all the grudge against MQM and Mohajirs were forced to published that news.

    and in return i also post news from daily times as well.

  27. HITMAN (hitman) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

    well here is a report from ummat to u:

    Even if it is sponsored by ISI it doesn’t mean that it tells lie or post only 1 sided picture. The thing is anything that goes against MQM or exposes their deeds is basically jamati. U guys r too extremist to take a blame. Face the truth. ANP & MQM both r anti Pakistan elements & bent upon creating havoc in the city. Altaf & Asfandyaar bot r playing romeo & juliet on media & their goons r targeting innocent people, chowkidars, tea stallers etc .

  28. HITMAN (hitman) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

    Did any 1 happen to watch the Darama by AH last night? The * was pleading like hell by shedding crocodile’s tears. I could hardly heard a sentence or two , rest was all mumbling. Pathetic & more pathetic r his blind followers who prefer "manzil naheen rehnuma".

  29. khaled90 on December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

    @ Hotman

    Ummat always posts one sided picture as it is related with Jehadis and Jamat e Islami.

    Now a days the jehadis,jamatis related to Al badr(Jamat e Islami Jehadi wing) are fighting with Pak Atmy killing thousand of soldiers and killing thousands in suicide attacks so they are quite anti pakistan .

  30. khaled90 on December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

    @ KMB
    with ref to my earlier post
    Operation has been initiated and started on Super Highway Afghan Basti by Rangers but i also suspect the jehadis in agencies and jamat e islami gave the tip to jehadis and afghan terrorists there so the operation might end fruitless.

  31. HITMAN (hitman) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

    I support such operation if it is focused on the criminals. I really want to see Sohrab gotth , Al -Asif from drug dealers & encroachers. btw, send some rangers to 90 & other sector offices too ;)

  32. khaled90 on December 2nd, 2008 @ 6:08 pm


    You forgot the reply my questions dear Hitman.

    I ask you simple questions.

    Who are responsible for pre MQM mohajir bloodshed in karachi and hyderabad?

    Ranger and Army did everything infact did operation against MQM for 10 long years got no thing MQM still a Power in Karachi.

    Time now to do operation against Jehadis and Jamatis in karachi.

  33. zeeshan on December 2nd, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

    Jamaties are history now. They are involved in the current crisis yes but their political shop in Karachi has been permanently closed by MQM. That’s why they are very furious regarding MQM. Karachi was a gold mine for Jamaties and now, no one cares about them anymore. They used to win elections in every major town before MQM but no one gives a flying **** to what Jamaties and papers like Ummat (Jamati Nama) has to say.

    Sohrab Goth’s operation has ended. Around 20 people captured but nothing significant. We need a LAL MASJID type of operation there to get rid of the afghan criminals permanently.

  34. d0ct0r on December 2nd, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

    HITMAN (hitman) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:45 pm
    btw, send some rangers to 90 & other sector offices too ;)

    Ever since this mayhem started,MQM’s unit and sector terror cells have been closed down and locked up,these terrorist must be busy shooting and burning people and their property/transport. This news report too confirms that Altaf and his terrorists are anticipating some kind of action. And several MQM Altaf’s terrorists( masoom bachay ) have been arrested as well since then and Altaf have been informed.

  35. khaled90 on December 3rd, 2008 @ 1:28 am

    @ Doctor

    Ohh as your lies continuous to grow more and more even when you were caught red handed lieing about Khaled Bin Waleed Father you went into hiding and now come back again.

    I have the answer of all your hues and cries.

    Watch this .

    and after watching this wait for your turn as sooner or later you and your family will eventually face the same fate.

  36. karachi4eva on December 3rd, 2008 @ 3:17 am

    WOW!! they edited my comment when I only asked the author how come he never mentioned anything about mohajirs getting killed and women/girls getting raped on streets by taliban!!!

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