Riots at Shanakht

It was the first day and almost a dozen PPP supporters wrecked up Shanakht Festival ’09, The Identity Project organized by The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). They were reportedly protesting against an artwork relating to their beloved leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, which, to them, was inappropriate.

It was also reported by some local media groups about gun fires but people present there including a friend deny this.

In my view, it is not only about PPP but as a nation, we almost lack the respect towards art. Events are important but then there should also be public awareness campaigns, not only by artists but government too.

Images courtesy: FurSid

What actually happened has also been reported in
News: The News
Blog: RAW Life and Teeth Maestro

30 Comments so far

  1. Shanakht Cancelled! | Karachi Metblogs (pingback) on April 9th, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    […] the riots, ADP and T2F informs that Shanakht Festival has been cancelled. The official announcement in press […]

  2. fasee on April 9th, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

    Ironicaly, there couldn’t have been a better ending orchestrated then this reality.

    As we truly showed to ouerselves and to the world, if somebody is watching, that what over SHANAKHT really is.

  3. daman on April 9th, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

    What was objectionable? Papers don’t give any details.

  4. MB (kar_munib) on April 9th, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

    I know the pic that was objectionable but dont know if TM wants me to put it here :)

    so sad that our political parties have become MILITANT wings and nothing more. . .

    Sab ko takleef hai unke "piyaray" qaaideen ko koi uff tak na kahey.

    Seen the pic, yeah it just crosses the line but ye kia GHUNDA GARDI hai

  5. بستنی (wasiq) on April 9th, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

    @Daman sab/madame/whaterver……please take MB(munib sab)’s word for it….yeah it just crosses the line but ye and leave my KMB alone…
    I also condemn the CAP for playing with our sentiments for their own political agenda…..if they had remained on track….which if I have correctly understood was to introduce the young generation to the ideology of Pakistan….and the process of its creation and the founders…..
    Do these picture that you see and the ones destroyed…in any way relevent to the theme and topic of the festival…..?

  6. [Karachi] Shanakht: ON or GONE | Tea Break (pingback) on April 9th, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

    […] the riots, ADP and T2F informs that Shanakht Festival has been cancelled and the official announcement in […]

  7. fasee on April 10th, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    @ wasiq & MB

    i guess it will take a long time before this qom is eligible to take a dose of any kind of abstract art or any thign that is not conventional.

    sir hum anda paratha khanay wali qom hain…hum ko french crepe’ na samjh ata hai na hazam hota hai.

    ( by teh way its just an example i didnt said shanakht festvel was a crepe…not even a disco bakery ki double roti of sorts)

  8. faylasuf on April 10th, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

    Amryeat ke goud mein..

    i d like to hav a luk at the actual pic

  9. بستنی (wasiq) on April 10th, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

    @fasee sab….Humara partha….ab bhi french crepe aur mexican taco’s sey behter hai….keun kay iss ko kha kay banda teen char gantey sakoun sey rehta hai….french crepe toh aaisa hai jaisey butter paper kha rahey houn…aur taco’s jaisey tissue paper….

  10. fasee on April 11th, 2009 @ 10:38 am

    @ wasiq.

    sir aap na pori dunya ka cusine likh diya, tu hamray parodsi mulka ka madrasi idli dosa kiyoon bhool gai.

    i tried it a few times, it seems costly first but i guess its worth the price and effort….but huge for its size…best ones are at Pandarosa as per my nakis itala

  11. بستنی (wasiq) on April 11th, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

    @fasee sab….is main kuch toh pardosi ka fault hai aur kuch Mrs Tariq ka….unn kay zear ay serparasti jo cooking shows aur channels atey hain unn main dunia jahan ki dishes hoti hain….nahein hoti toh pardosi ki nahein hoti….kay kijeeay…..abh yeah pandarosa kahan hai kaisey pata challey….?

  12. All Photoshops Are Created Equal (pingback) on April 12th, 2009 @ 1:19 am

    […] because they were offended by one of the images displayed here. You can read a rundown of the event here and a sobering editorial at Dawn for […]

  13. yahudi4 on April 12th, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    the images displayed are very bad and shameless….the event organisers should be banned for life.

  14. MB (kar_munib) on April 12th, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

    sab ko ban kerdo . . .170 million ko , WELL DONE

  15. balma on April 13th, 2009 @ 5:29 am

    Subs say pehlay beytahaashah bacho’n kee paidaaish band karo!
    Why are we 170 million in the first place?
    Why all of men in Pakistan are called Muhammad. Why is everyone in NWFP given the last name Khan automatically?
    Why Muhammad is the most common name in Pakistani jails?
    Why most of the rapists in Pakistan are Muhammads?

    Why are Pakistanis so stupid?

  16. بستنی (wasiq) on April 13th, 2009 @ 7:34 am

    the funny thing is that I saw the pre-festival media campaign on some of the most reputed channels…like dawn,ary….and the even funnier thing is that…these so called citizen archive of pakistan (CAP) people were telling how they went into the homes of people the decendents of people who worked for the freedom movement….and collected data,picture,documents from them about the pakistan movement….now after watching these images…I wonder how those people are feeling about the CAP…and fasee sab who was willing to volunteer…day and night….I feel that some of the KMB team…was practically helping them…there have been too many post about this event….so KMB please accept my apologies that it turn out to be a scam…..fasee sab kuch sadqa shadqa karo jee…unn logaan ney aap ki picture musharraf kay saath laga kar likhna tha…..Pakistani too gay…!Bachna aay hasseno.

  17. fasee on April 13th, 2009 @ 11:51 am

    @ wasiq.

    sir jee aap na fasee sab ko ab tak pehchana hiu nai….if i wud have been there, i wud have tried to put some sense into them, if i wud have failed…you might have seen fasee burning the posters himselve along with those galeez loogs…:D:D…as fasee joins the ugly mob if i cant handle them……..coz he is no mood to go to 72 hoors and leave the partial hoor he has right now… 72 can wait a little more for this…there not gogin anywhere i tel ya ;)

  18. fasee on April 13th, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    @ balma.

    sir aapke liye ik buhat achi case study thi, i wish i can find it again or so…….it proved that as 85 % of the jails surveyd, the inmates preffered wheat over rice, so there must be somethign inside the wheat that was makign people insane and crimanly motivated……

    for the record…i hate the less creativity but who am i to argue..the west with all there KD style free thinking still have quater of the public named john or johhny etc

    in my opinion there shud be a limit on use of muhamad’s names and allah’s names, as they are sacfred..and not every tanga wala named furqan, jaleel, hakim, jabbar…yaar DUKH hota hai

  19. All Photoshops Are Created Equal | Mystery Blog (pingback) on April 13th, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

    […] because they were offended by one of the images displayed here. You can read a rundown of the event here and a sobering editorial at Dawn for […]

  20. بستنی (wasiq) on April 13th, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

    @fasee sab….sir you won’t believe the names that I see in the organizers of that event….apart from the CAP…I am very very disappointed…recently I have begin to trust their judgment over mine….I don’t think that your presence or mine could have made any difference…..

    PS:if you did this for a thesis….all the best!

  21. balma on April 13th, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

    ACtually, Fasee, Akbar (emperor) had banned names like Mustafa (he probably was not that strong to ban Muhammad, or because he himself was named Muhammad) and names like Khan unless someone was titled.

  22. fasee on April 14th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

    @ balma.

    sir, knowing a bit about akbar, i am sure his banning wud have other motives than just religious spirit.

    infact why limit to akbar….whom ever i have read just exploited islam….and westren historians cloud there descions as islamic and tarnish islam.

    while in my opinion we have to slice away empire related descions from religious motivated descions.

    but bigger culprits are our own leaders , historians and people who think they were holy wariors filled with religious spirit, and did everythign for the glory of islam……

    i pity those who think alamgir apni rozi roti ke liye quran likha kertay thay…….jahil qom

  23. بستنی (wasiq) on April 15th, 2009 @ 12:26 am

    @fasee sab…sir yeah apna alamgir welfare trust….unn ka hee hai na….abhi tak sara intejam kar kay chaltey hain….

  24. fasee on April 16th, 2009 @ 12:10 am

    Ye tu pata nai…me langar lotnay sirf edhi walon ke yahan jata hoon

  25. بستنی (wasiq) on April 16th, 2009 @ 6:01 am

    @fasee sab… is so unbelievable….because edhi sab is a memon.
    @balma jee…..has there ever been a memon ruler in the subcontinent….like the mughals,lodhi’s or the british

  26. fasee on April 16th, 2009 @ 10:34 am

    @ waisq.

    sir lotnay wala only concerned with…is deeg me super kernel hai ya irri-6…..least botherd if it is form a kathiyawari memon or a magsi baloch

    as for memon rulers…they alwasy sold the throne to the hiest bidder as soon as they got the throne…..and went to park with rukaiya and 12 kids to eat samoosas

  27. بستنی (wasiq) on April 17th, 2009 @ 12:21 am

    @fasee sab…..Oh thankGod you don’t come to the selani’s qourma party…or you would sey…..wasiq sari achchi achachi botian toh tum ney nikal lein….hum kya sirf pathar jaisy nan chabaney aaay thay…?

    rukaiya ko mera salaam kehna….mein aaj kal park jaa nahein raha houn….samosa bhi ghar pey hee khata houn….waisey daylight saving ki waja sey kafi log early free hogaay thay aaj….next week sey parks main kafi rounak ho gi…..

    Kaleya na jana sadey nal nal chalonee…..
    bura hai zamana sadey nal nal chalonee…….

  28. fasee on April 17th, 2009 @ 9:39 am

    @ wasiq.

    sir havent you heard, deeg banaay walay sa deeg churanay wala bara hota hai…..i am sure you must have seen one of my tribe in some shadi……we huff we puff we blow away the opposition, push away old. ladies and children, and come out succeccfull with two plates full of botis and biryani, not to forget the 3 7-up bottles on the side….we seldom talk to others coz it waste the oppurtunity to gulp some more gratious food….

  29. بستنی (wasiq) on April 18th, 2009 @ 12:31 am

    @fasee sab……ya I have seen your kind….I usually stay at a little distance from your kind….trying to save my suit from your bull run and the greasy stains…..I usually find the best table and the dishes….and stand with an empty plate and a fork till your second bull run and the waiters third refill….usually the waiters in shadi are ignoring everybody…but they seldom misses to notice…and tell their head…
    aik mashkok banda othey khalota ay…mein teen wari dish full kitey ay…o khali plate nal khalota….tusi daso…
    the head comes and asks…sir is everything alright….have you come for tomorrow’s dinner….

  30. fasee on April 18th, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    @ wasiq…

    you identified accuratly sir……by teh waiter was telling his boss after an ordeal with one of my creed.

    " main majboor si, ooo badmaash sun "

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