Come ahead! And do something

We all are aware about the recent bomb blast in Karachi at MA Jinnah road and then we witnessed the worst … 9/11 for Karachi… burning markets … yes! Complete markets. These were not small shops… the wholesale markets responsible for different kind of supplies for whole Pakistan, from medicine to decoration items. The smallest shop in this market must containing items worth of millions rupees.

I myself, being victim of such incident, can understand the feelings of these poor people. The most of the shops in those markets are owned by Memon and Bohri communities. Both communities are famous to run business on low profit but turnovers. And one can get more turnovers by having good stock and so investment in business. The both communities also having the ideology to retain low cash in hand instead stock items. I am telling you all this because to give an idea about the damage caused by such incidents.

Believe me; fire didn’t leave anything behind for them… as I received this from a friend:

Jala daali zaalimo ne meri dukan,
is se to acha tha jala dete mujh samait mera makaan.

Ab kahan se kama k khilaounga apne gharane ko,
Jb ghar main hi nahi ho ga raashan-o-samaan.

Mera qasoor kya tha ae zalim jalane wale,
Na main hamla awar tha na wo mera mehman.

Meri zindagi bhar ki kamaai aik pal main jal gai,
Aur tum kehte ho sabar kr ,na ho halkaan?

Can we do anything for them? We, thousands of people, can do anything for them? I need 1000 people who can contribute just Rs.500/- are you one of them?

Come ahead! And do something….

Dec 30, 2009 @9:22pm Update: City Govt opened an account for rehabilitation of victim.

35 Comments so far

  1. alisubhani on December 30th, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

    I second you Qasim on this….

    How can I contact you????

    It’s high time for all of us to think that this unfortunate incident could have happened with us as well. We need to understand that these are innocent people and were not involved in any kind of violence or politics. Yesterday I went to the sight n I saw people crying before their burning shops. Most of the shopkeeper in these markets are (were) importers and they bought these goods on cash and nothing was on credit so all loss pertain to the common man.

    After this tragic incident lots of families have come in the breadline. People were saying that “We are the people who used to give Zakat and now we are the one who need it the most”. We all are well aware of the performance of our so called democratic government. Victims of 27 Dec 2007 are still waiting for compensation and they are almost hopeless. Same for Insurance Companies who refused to accept claims of 27 Dec 2009 with an excuse that it was a war like situation which was “UNEXPECTED”. So we can predict what is going to happen with these people.

    We spend a lot of money on New Year eve in Fireworks, Parties etc. so this time in lieu of wasting your money on these so called healthy entertainment kindly spend it for the betterment of people who have suffered in this incident.

  2. بستنی (wasiq) on December 30th, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

    everybody in karachi or from karachi or those interested in karachi are aware of the fact that these buildings are in the way of the MASS Transit corridor…the real owners will receive millions of rupees in price of property and the compensations….plus this…and all of it will be spend on the weddings and extravagant parties…vicious cycle…keep me out of it for God’s sake..please!

  3. Akhtar (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

    who is benefector of your collection ?

    GOVT shall APPOINT EDHI as Compensator, the ONLY HUMAN in Pakistan who is NEUTRAL & SELFLESS

    REST of US (including me) are Biased and Never Neutral

  4. fasee (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

    i was standing there for so long time today afternoon…

    ik matam ki si fiza thi…

    jo huwa buhat bura huwa…kitnay khandaon ka economic katal huwa..aur katil khula ghoom rahay hain …aru apnai mazlomiyat ko roo rahay hain…..afsoos….if ther had been shoot to kill orders for these bastards…phir dekhtay kiya hota….

    but on second thought….yeh jo shopkeepers govt say fund maang rahay hain…..what was the tax ratio of these…kabhi incometax bhi diya hai in lgon na..ya qoum ka paisa chori kertya rhaay..aaj jaab musibat aye tu humaray pas manganay chalay ayee….we have to look into it aswell…

    i heard very few of them had any kinda insurance….so loss is very bad….abhi tak fire birigades jati hi ja rahi hain…

    ya ilahi..qimaat ki aaj kaisi hu gi jiss me in dukano ko jalanay walay dalay jain gay

  5. d0ct0r on December 30th, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

    Majority of those affected were tax payers. Besides the shop owners,with each shop several workers/labour/transport suzuki/mazda truck drivers were associated,then there were daily wage earners who used to tow and push goods on hand and push carts. They are all rendered jobless now. shopkeepers can’t retain and pay them.

    Govt won’t be able to do anything for them. Many of those affected by 27 dec 2007 or MQM’s burning of Tahir plaza in which many man women were burnt alive after locking them up,or all those Pathan owned businesses that were burnt by them were never compensated.

  6. d0ct0r on December 30th, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

    Many complexities have arisen too. Most of these shops in old buildings built since pre partition days on an average were worth around 10 million each and the complex part is that most of the shopkeepers don’t have ownership of their shops. Owners are mostly different people and they have sub leased(pugri system) these shops and buildings. So when buildings and shops are demolished by fire the shopkeepers simply don’t have papers for these shops and buildings and the owners who own these plots/building might not be interested in rebuilding it for them again.

  7. d0ct0r on December 30th, 2009 @ 3:19 pm

    There is no religious significance of M A jinnah road in quran or hadees. Like fasee suggested earlier all these processions and jaloos by shias,beralwis and even political parties shouldn’t be held on M A jinnah road. instead they should be held outside the city in an open field. They could stay there for as long as they please and no one would be inconvenienced and no roads would be blocked. Security arrangement would be alot easier to manage compared to M A jinnah road, which is congested place and anything could go wrong at anytime and there alway remain weak points despite cordoning off the entire area as it happened in this case.

  8. d0ct0r on December 30th, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    I don’t really expect any good from govt,but least it could do is give them interest free soft loans and give them a tax relief for maybe 2 years. They might have no collateral left to pledge against the loans but their tax returns and proof of actual business could be used to give them loan to verify that they’re genuine business people who were trading in this area.

  9. alisubhani on December 30th, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    @ wasiq

    Yes you are right…. A notice was given to these shopkeepers before 3 months n they were told to leave this place and move their business at Super Highway but do u think it was the right way to eliminate these ppl from here?

    As far as real owners are concern most of these properties were running on Pagri System so who will go for legal claims?

    @ fasee

    Yes I was also there. Did u notice that only one sided of markets were burnt whereas markets located on the other side were remain untouched. It seems everything was pre planned.

    I knw most of the shopkeepers don’t show their real income in tax returns so this should be happened with every shopkeeper in Karachi why only these people are the victims?

    I think we should not waste our time on blame games and try to contribute as much as we can. If we don’t wana contribute then one should enjoy his own life instead of preventing others who wana come forward and help these ppl.

  10. d0ct0r on December 30th, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

    City Govt deleted the backup of surveillance system last time when MQM’s men were busy burning and torching public transport and pathan owned businesses around the city. This time at least they should do karachiites a favour and share the clips if they’ve any of those involved in this arson and violent activities.

  11. fasee (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

    before asking my question, i already knew the answer…being in this profession, i know how everyone pays or hides taxes.

    and as you said…we shud not go into intty gritties…

    hahaha…its a perfect answer from a nation who gives a shit baout inceom taxes….jiss qoum kay saray KEY persons income atx detay hi ka yehi mind set hota hai…

    in west, its the biggest crime not to pay taxes….us chor say bara koi chor nai…..

    per hum gharib ko dekh ker us ka apnay sub crime bhool jatay hain.

    my question is…..after paying all my due taxes..why shud i pay more out of my those who all there life stole taxes….and i was burdned more by govt due to these tax thives..

    pls anyone explain to me

  12. alisubhani on December 30th, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

    Its call System dear…. In west if someone does not pay his tax he will be accountable for this becoz govt system and institute are efficient. Same goes for Pakistani Qoum if our systems were strong enough nobody wud ever dare to hide its income.

    If ppl in west were given same opportunities as we have then believe me they wud also do the same. When you knw you can easily get away from any penalty by paying some buck then you wud nt be even bother to pay proper taxes.

  13. d0ct0r on December 30th, 2009 @ 4:58 pm

    Its true some businesses might be evading taxes with the help of professionals like you who are good with number game but nevertheless these thousands of shopkeeper still were collectively paying billions of rupees in taxes,import duties,property,wealth taxes,sales taxes etc. All that revenue loss of billions to govt is separate from the billions lost by these businessmen in the form of damage to their properties,shops and their stocks and goods which were all burnt to ashes. Like Mqpasta said in his post,in these times of high inflation and high competition, many traders were working on low margins and were focused mostly on attaining high turnovers.

    Many suppliers,importers and industrialist who were supplying to these shopkeepers would also be affected.

    Govt has announced 1 billion rupees. Obviously the magnitude of this problem is so large that 1 billion is peanuts as compared to the losses incurred and only god knows whose pocket this 1 billion will go into,because those affected won’t be getting a dime.

  14. Sajid (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    Fasee the taxes you pay is spent on the 50 car fleet of president, prime minister and all those people whom we talk about daily and their lavish trips abroad. At least better to pay those who need it…

    pasta: the amount you are talking about may never heal the wound of a single shop keeper ….

    wasiq: wishful thinking, time to wake up!

    I can now feel we are in a very deep shit. Look at what happened. Shops looted, people killed and we are debating about who paid their taxes? I’ll burn the whole row of homes where fasee and wasiq live and then ask them how it feels when someone talks about their taxes rather then the loss they suffered?

    its an agony, complete nervous breakdown where our feelings are buried deep inside….and then we come here and keep talking nonsense crap which is never the topic anyway

  15. fasee (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 5:11 pm

    totally agreed on the system thing…..west pays bcoz they HAVE to pay..

    but sir, ik aur cheez hoti hai zameer, that undertsand no systems….sir under ki awaz sunta hai….

    do you ever stop on a red signal at 2:00 at night…??

    no..boz there is no police or do you stop bcoz you know it is wrong to cross a red signal…

    thats the diffrence between a civilised society or a herd which is FORCED into submission….need i say more…

    as i said, being from the profession, i know most of them were thieves….i use the term bcoz every income tax conceler is athieve in my point of view…

    if a thive loses money…well thast bout it….it doesnt chnage anything if ther eis a diffrnce in magnitutde and not q few but 1000 were lost.

    govt is paying it is fine..i feel soorry for them myself…..

    my question was…why the hell should I pay them…..when all my life i paid FULL tax honestly…although i cud have cheated as being an expefrt in it…..

    and i pay to cover losses for those who cheated all there life….be it income tax…fake invoices, cash memos, reduced import duties, fake declarations etc etc…

    govt is paying is poetic justice…only a thife shud be able to compesate a thiefe…..i wud call it a brotherhood help

  16. fasee (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

    @ sajid.

    sir its your type of mentaltiy that always side with the motor cycyle wala who had hit a car while speeding on a one way.

    us waqat aap ye bhol jao gay ke bike wala wongw side sa aya..bus yeh bolo gay hai hai ameer ne gareeb ko takker mar di..zalim insaan….chup karooo, system ki bakwas nai karoo ke right side ya worng side kiya hoti hai..bus yeh dekho ke tum nay us ke tang tor di zalim insaan…gareeb mar jai ga..etc etc.

    just hold ur brfeth and think…its the same mentaltiy that has brouight us into this shit….

    sali poori qoum hi tax chor ahi tu tax payer ki baat kon suany ga.

    i being ahonest tax payer is hardly 1 % of the whol epopulation..jis ki kamai say sala sara pakistan aish kerta hai….

    so i know i have to shut up and open my poecket so youu guys can steal mroe from me..eithe rin name of income tax or in name of charity…per me apna munh bund rakhoon..mujhay yeh pochnay ka koi haq nai ke tax kiyoon nahe diya tum baki 99% logon nay..

    verna as u mera ghar jala do gay….

  17. Sajid (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

    Fasee: I won’t start blame game like the typical motorcycle wala thinking as per your suggestion because i think more broadly and focus on the issue rather then personal bashing in which Pakistanis are expert ( you doing the same ).

    The point is those shop keepers were nor driving on the wrong side nor doing anything wrong ( tax paying is between them and government and you and I are not to decide who is right or wrong ). All of a sudden people destroyed their lifelong belongings and smashed their properties, the way Sajid smashed Fasee’s house and now fasee is so angry instead of realizing what Sajid was trying to convey he followed his Pakistani instincts and took his Kalashnikov on Sajid…

    Thats all my friend, i won’t indulge further. Keechar may zyada nahee utar sakta…

  18. Sajid (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

    kisi ajnabi ki mayyut per yai nahee poochtay usnay kitnay gunah kiyay hein ( its between that person and God ), sirf fateha perhtay hein ya phir wo bhee nahee kersaktay to chup rehtay hein.

  19. fasee (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    @ sajid,

    sir your defence has flaws.

    the case is not between govt its taxes and tajir hazraat….as soon as they came up to ask for funds ( that govt has to pay from its kitty , that she took from us taxpayers )

    we are bound to ask…besides when they ask for public funds we are bound to ask…do they contribute when we need it…??

    let me explain in simplier terms… stock exchnage , whenever there was talk to putting a tax on fabolous incomes earned by stock brokers….they all went up in hum tax nai dein gay..

    but when stocks market crashed…all were standing at gates of govt to help with billions to cover there losses.

    that doesnt show our national character than what does….??

    sirf haqook yaad rehtay hain …faraz kisi ko yaad nahee rehta

  20. Karachi_Boy (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    I am still wondering why Chief justice not taken suo mo to action for such a big planned terrible incident.

  21. fasee (unregistered) on December 30th, 2009 @ 8:32 pm

    coz he might knwo it wud end up same as the 12 may inquiry

  22. Sajid (unregistered) on December 31st, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

    Fasee you are right to the point but tell me how many times govt. has paid them, 27dec2007? may12 carnage? and the list goes on. Government just make claims that support will be given but never do so.

    I think these people are on their own

  23. Usman Waheed (unregistered) on December 31st, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

    Everyone knows that how many were tax payers.

    I dont say that everyone is bad, but most of them the shopkeepers are now taking advantage of this.

    Like if they have 3 lac price item within the shop. Now they have the point to claim 1 million.

    this is how it become 30 arab, else.. if you count, it. its not that much.

    Anyway, if all are white collar,as claimed, they should get it from tax return.

    Dood kaa doodh pani pani kaa pani hoo jayee gaaa… Jitna tax pay kertay thay utnaa lay loo…

    And if you dont pay the tax, then again its a crime.

    Why it should be give from our hands.. Why we pay 500, 1000 rupees, dont you know that when they were earning million did they give 10 rs to you.

    And one thing.. can you compensate the cost of a live? Is it possible? You cannot compensate it.. in any manner… So what is the qasoor of the person who lost life..

    Is live is more costier than the item inside the shop?

    I am sunni, but i lost my beloved friend a shia , and i know he was the only source of income of his whole family.

    Is anyone ready to share… on his… no… you people are all for money.. and that will take you one day

  24. بستنی (wasiq) on December 31st, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

    Why it should be give from our hands.. Why we pay 500, 1000 rupees, dont you know that when they were earning million did they give 10 rs to you.

    @usman waheed….dear friend…your analysis of the situation is very true except for the 10rs shit they did not give you out of their millions of dollars of income….because I believe that they are business men and not your grandfathers…if they don’t sell to you and take your millions you might be out of luck….! although what I hate about them is the fact that recently they started over charging….I bought a favorite american brand of chewing gum from the panwala on tariq road which used to be worth RS 10/- till last year for RS 20/-
    and please don’t let me remind you of the expired date chocolates they were selling endangering the lives of children and girls of jamshedtown…

  25. Kashif Awan (unregistered) on December 31st, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

    Dear Qasim.

    You said extreme damage. Yes absolutely, it was a extreme damage, they lost cash, property, and then credit record.

    But inshallah, they have the chance to build it again.

    But my dear friend, i see no comments from you, for those who lost lives. Can lives be returned.

    I personally know 1 family, who lost a father and 2 son, they lost their world.

    Tell me,,,,, can it be recoverable.

    Dont think it as a sunni or shia, which is our main problem. Please try to think it as a human being.

    There are two big bags of hands, legs, and body parts due to the blast..

    Dont you think that they are costly too?

    Please at least, for the sake of humanity, respect being human.

  26. Shaukat (unregistered) on December 31st, 2009 @ 7:54 pm

    Under the present prevailing situation in Pakistan,all processions should be stopped with immediate effect.Those responsible for controlling the law and order,should be taken to task.This was the duty and responsibility of the Sindh home minister,dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza,he was nowhere to be seen and he has not given any statement about the destruction and rampage after the blast.He along with the senior police officials of Sindh should resign from their post for their inability to control the post blast happenings.

  27. hbrehman (unregistered) on January 1st, 2010 @ 2:29 am

    I 100% agree with shaukat!

    excpet for one thing. you cant ban processions or public gatherings. they will bomb malls.itwaar bazaars. newhere they can find many people.
    its the inefficiences of our disgraceful security and intelligence agencies that has kept failing us again and again… why hasnt ne1 singled out the man responsible for the security of this event and disgraced him in media? y hasnt he bin forced to resign. why havent his superiors sacked him?
    whoever is responsible for this…. if cud have bin prevented.

    a shopkeeper was saying on the news that where he saw a rangers mobile . he asked them to stop the people from burning his shop. the rangers drove away!

    these are the real people responsible here!

  28. Shaukat (unregistered) on January 1st, 2010 @ 3:39 am

    I used to work in that area for 5 years from 1975 to 1980,I used to sell Sharp calculators and copiers.I feel very sorry for the lives lost and the aftermath rampage.I understand,it is really difficult to control a
    sucide bomber,but someone should be responsible for the aftermath.
    I pay homage to the law enforcing personnel,who lost their lives protecting others.
    IN my opinion,the affected traders should take suitable legal action against the Sindh home minister and the top police officials,for their
    inefficiency,crimnal negligence and blame game.It is crystal clear from the footage that the crimnals were doing their job at ease,while the law enforecment agency remained a silent spectator.

  29. Khalid Rehman (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2010 @ 11:30 am

    Excellent observation published at London Post & an excellent video proof by Samaa TV.

    You cannot ignore these facts easily.

  30. Shaukat (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2010 @ 6:22 am

    Khalid Rehman

    Just ask Shahid Qureshi,who has given him the award.his comments and observations are misleading.I am not a supporter of MQM and I have given by comments earlier on this,Most are trying to beat the bushes,instead of discussing real point.

    The cctv footage clearly shows the loot and arson going on,while the law
    enforcing agency did not,they remained a silent spectator.The state interior minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza(PAKISTAN NA KHAPAY FAME)along with the top police officials should be questioned for this carnage.

    The question is very simple,why the police did not act,who stopped them
    from doing their job.

  31. بستنی (wasiq) on January 3rd, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    it is my personal observation and I cannot corroborate this …Karachi police had panicked two day before….[.]

  32. Asad (unregistered) on January 5th, 2010 @ 1:25 pm
  33. بستنی (wasiq) on October 26th, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    after making millions ….now they are after the shershah market…..good going….

    shehr kay dukan daroun ….BaBa je sub dekh raha hai….

  34. Dr ChadDa (unregistered) on October 26th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    @ wasiq

    your love for the dead still going strong..

  35. بستنی (wasiq) on October 27th, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    Paul the predictor is also dead…and I’m lov’in it !

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