Why media is mum on Karachi Killings ?

This time i am writing about a more important issue , one that is very disturbing. Disturbing because it is exposing us as a callous society only busy in their material objectives, unable to think as a group. But my point is not society, mine is even more a serious one. Our media which doesnt let go any opportunity to report president’s fever/cough is mum and silent over Karachi killings. The reporting is more of a formality then any effort to inform the readers/viewers about what is really going on. While daily ummat is the only source doing some job, our TV channels and newspapers, which are also based in Karachi mainly, are happy churning out the “usual stuff”.

karachi_killingsOur media which has done a good job in acting like a surgeon to debate each and every legal/political point is less bothered about these target killings. May be they do not want to take the wrath of the players involved or may be this is not an “attractive package” at the moment. In any case, this is a very very disturbing trend. At one hand it follows the murder of a girl and a Colonel in Punjab like a National Security issue but on other hand it is absolutely mum on the many dozen killings in mini-Pakistan.

84 Comments so far

  1. kabirdas on February 4th, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

    @ Master Yoda

    Oh my God (if there is one)! What have I done???? Am I on their hit list now???? Oh God save me from your followers!!!

  2. Master Yoda (unregistered) on February 4th, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    @ KD.

    “god ( if there is one ) ”

    sir, if there is anyone else ,beside master yoda, whose well versed in teh secret art of flyign red cpae in front of a bearded petrol dollar fed bull(crap)

    it must be you….i heard jamatiyez have created a fidayeen cell, who have sweared on the picture of qazi hussain…they wud never eat halwa agin till they can put a beard on your face and rooh-eafza in your hands, and molana mududi in your head….( or did i mixed up the combination )….:D:D

  3. d0ct0r on February 4th, 2010 @ 10:16 pm


    Yoda is talking about Hit lists(death threats) and bullet filled envelopes that MQM’s unit goons regularly fax and mail from MQM’s terrorist headquarter Nine Zero (90) Azizabad. (Absconding Pir Altaf bai’s ex residence)


  4. Kaami (unregistered) on February 4th, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

    Exciting prospects for you, “Godliness, beard and roohafza all bundled in one. Cant ask for a better Salvation Package”

    KD! The hope lies not with the Karachi middle class (because of their limited ability to affect change at the national level). Any good that is achieved in Karachi, instead of being replicated is rolled back because it may not be desirous for one vested group or other.

    The hope lies with emerging middle class of Punjab. No surprises that every other political and religious entity is trying to woe them on their side.

    If they find the right gear, only they will have the power to affect permanent change for the better or worst.

  5. kabirdas on February 4th, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

    I prefer a quick death over a slow one. I will rather die with a bullet than Moudoodi in my head.

  6. balma on February 4th, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

    To be honest, I don’t think Jamatis (and, this time I mean Jamat-e-Islami) are the halvah-maanDah type moulvis. They are mostly lower middle class kind-of-educated people, but could be from any class. they are not the halvah eating types.
    Therefore, fussy, you need to provide someone else other than Maududi to KD for holding in his hand!

  7. balma on February 4th, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

    KD, how about maududi in your hand? ;-)

  8. d0ct0r on February 4th, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    Hit lists and bullet filled envelopes is apparently one of the reason why media is mum against killings in Karachi(topic of this blog post).

    More people gunned down. Same pattern emerging. Murdered pathan tea stall owner’s brother nominates MQM’s unit terrorists in the FIR.

  9. kabirdas on February 4th, 2010 @ 11:54 pm

    @ Kaami
    “The hope lies not with the Karachi middle class (because of their limited ability to affect change at the national level)”

    Can you please elaborate a little more on what you mean by ‘their limited ability’ and the cause of it.

    “The hope lies with emerging middle class of Punjab.”

    Concur but still the ‘Urdu Speakers’ will be the torch bearers for them.

  10. kabirdas on February 5th, 2010 @ 12:05 am

    @ Balma
    “KD, how about maududi in your hand?

    Ah! I will love it if I am holding him in my hands by his neck.

  11. kabirdas on February 5th, 2010 @ 12:17 am

    @ D0ct0r

    Sir, you may be right. However, threats apart I am curious to know exactly how many media men have actually been killed in Karachi say during present or previous crisies before this?

  12. d0ct0r on February 5th, 2010 @ 1:04 am


    Getting killed by MQMized unit terrorists seems to be mostly written in the fate of poor souls involved in petty jobs like Tandoor walas(Bread Maker),labourer,road digger,Mochis(Cobbler), Soup/Dry fruit/Corn/peanut seller on Pushcarts,Quetta tea hotel owners,Brick,sand,gravel,cement sellers, public transport owners,drivers,chowkidars(watchman) etc.

    As for the media. Just simple threats or bullet filled envelopes or sending down a unit terrorist to their office work wonders.

    MQM Thugs punished ARY and GEO News

    Altaf’s unit terrorists kidnap and torture women and journalist after beating them up in front of Police .


  13. d0ct0r on February 5th, 2010 @ 1:08 am

    MQM’s city Nazim Mustafa Kamal of “Karachi walay ullu kay pathay hain” fame other day didn’t spared media and anchors either right after that channel aired a programme discussing City Governments response and shortcommings after Ashura Blast.

    Naturally nobody in the media wants to get tagged as “enemies” of Mujahir as MQM did in that faxed threat traced back to their Headquarter in Azizabad Karachi.


    Ask a tough question and MQMized Nazim will bite you..


  14. Kaami (unregistered) on February 5th, 2010 @ 1:27 am

    @KD To answere your question, since the 50’s / 60’s the feudals were faced first by the Bengali dilemma. How to deal with a pre-dominantly socialist majority. When they dealt with them the next task was to keep the amazing progress being made in Karachi, isolated to that city. Plus, to keep the new emerging rich entrepreneurs (the seths) in check and to keep the political independence and awareness of the Karachi middle class isolated from the rest of the country?

    I must say they pretty much succeeded in every task with the help of Mullah and Millitary alliance. They not only managed to stop the wheel of progress but also reverse it. Their task was made easy by the glaring economic disparity, that emerged between Karachi and the rest of the country. It was very easy to manipulate that to their advantage. All they needed was to point fingers towards a certain ethnic group and fuel the fire. Short sighted attitude of certain mohajir leaders / intellectuals didn’t help either.

    Change can only be triggered from Karachi, if whats happening in that city is taken as a model to be replicated. But when leaders like Nawaz Sharif make their priority to move head offices from one city to another, which speaks volumes of the mindset driving the agenda.

    Karachiite from any ethnicity can only create a working model but they lack the political power to implement it in the rest of the country or even sustain it themselves. As they say you can bring a govt down from Karachi but you can’t create one. For that Punjab is needed.

  15. Kaami (unregistered) on February 5th, 2010 @ 1:42 am


    Thank you for your input, this helps to prove my point.

    MQMized or non MQMmized, threatening or non threatening Nazim, here is a model of local government system which effectively works or can be taken as an example of how local bodies should function. But instead of improving upon it and learn from the experience and replicate it, today we hear appointed Administrators will take over local bodies in Punjab.

    They (including PPP) can’t wait to abolish it altogether but for the political clout and muscle of MQM.

  16. Master Yoda (unregistered) on February 5th, 2010 @ 2:39 am

    @ KD . Balma

    apologies for not settign teh combination right.

    how bout

    topi or saffa on your head,
    beard and a certin empty expression on the face
    danda or jamaati jhanda in hand
    rooh-e-afzaa stays unchanged.
    ( balma jee : agreed they r not halwa khoorz) or is it…?? how kum liaqat from JI was on top of list of people in ICU who didnt even spared an expired halwa…and devoured plaets n plates of it…??

  17. kabirdas on February 5th, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    @ DOctOr

    Thanks for info about MQM high handedness. I will remember it for future ref to draw my own conclusions.

  18. kabirdas on February 5th, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

    @ Master Yoda
    ” topi or saffa on your head,”

    What no tasbih in the other hand and a lota close by???

    Beside or in addition to all this:

    Agar kaabay ka rukh bhee janab-e-mahkhana ho jaay
    Tau sajda mara bhee laghzash-e-mastana ho jaay

  19. بستنی (wasiq) on February 6th, 2010 @ 12:05 am

    @KD sarkar…arz kiya hai…

    Yeh kaisa nasha hai jo behka raha hai,
    Tumhara hon main tu phir sanbhalo mujhey,


  20. Master Yoda (unregistered) on February 6th, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    @ KD

    ” tasbee n lota”

    sir jee, with teh set of asorted accessories that i put on display….all yoru organs were to be fully employed / utilised except one hand…..ab i can fix a tasbeeh on that.

    only thign left wud bea lota….i can still hang it on one organ on body left free…but that wud be pretty sacraligious, or not humanly posible ot hold it in that position 24 /7….so will have to see an alternative arrangment..

    wasiq help sir

  21. kabirdas on February 6th, 2010 @ 12:47 am

    @ Wasiq

    KD ‘purana papi’ hay. Achchay bachay aisi batain nahin kartay. Waisay bhee yeh waqt ho gaya hay aap kay so janay ka. Ab aap aaram say so jaain.

  22. kabirdas on February 6th, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    @ Master Yoda

    “so will have to see an alternative arrangment..”

    Hope you are not thnking of proposing use of viagra instead of halva. No way I will let go of halva for viagra.

  23. Master Yoda (unregistered) on February 6th, 2010 @ 1:11 am

    @ KD

    sir if u had looked closer…my name, master yoda, represents a peacful warrior…and oxymoron in its very essence….or a person wanting best of both of the worlds.

    why wud u have to leave the halwa for viagra…..having spent much time with maulvis….i know of gajjar ka halwa, kaju ka halwa, pista ka halwa, badam ka halwa….then why on earth we cant have a viagra ka halwa….haveing both of the worlds.

    but…i must point out….sir, you , wasiq and balma all were thikning or wrong lines….the organ i wanted to hang the lota on, was around the neck with a wire, like some poeple in hajj hang on.

    looks like yoda is not the only one with a naughty mind eeh

  24. بستنی (wasiq) on February 6th, 2010 @ 5:07 am

    @KD sarkar….sir you are absolutely right about achchay bachchay…I tried to sleep but there is a death silence here in jamshed town…all litmus test failed …usually when I pray the wittar of Isha somebody somewhere near or far makes the sound ..very rarely it happens that I get to pray in a pin-drop silence….

    Silent night, holy night!
    Shepherds quake at the sight
    Glories stream from heaven afar
    Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

  25. Master Yoda (unregistered) on February 6th, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    @ wasiq.

    “somebody somewhere near or far makes the sound”

    you know…this surprised me….two totally difrent people, up at night for two obviously very diffrent reasons…had a similar bad luck of anyone droping by or any khatphat when upto something…but nothing when there is no prgamrae whatsoever.

    yoda has a long history of somebody waking, knocking, or any phoen call or sky breaking loose, whenever i was up at night to watch some steamy educational progmraes on cabel TV….and when it was a boring dead night..no body or nothing bothered…..maybe fate laughed at me in a fit of hysteria…..muhahahahaha…ab dekh…ab dekh…kisay dekhay ga

  26. kabirdas on February 6th, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    @ Waisq and Master Yoda

    I reckon you two guys are hallucinating. You seem to be under some kind of pressure. Perhaps pressure of living in Karachi. Take it easy and don’t visit KMB for few days. You will feel better. If not come and visit Islamabad for few days. Either you will get better or die of boredom.

  27. Master Yoda (unregistered) on February 6th, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

    @ kd.

    instead i wud visit do talwar and blow a few thousands as a stress buster.

    as for hallucinations….naaw, its all hersey, if i wud have been hallucinating i wud have been seeing three of you instead of the routine two KDs

  28. بستنی (wasiq) on February 6th, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

    @KD sarkar…sir with all due respect…you cannot imagine how I wanted it to be true….about 5min from my last comment the cable net was shut down…and I was thinking exactly as you have advised….until I saw this…


    this is the number plate of the ill fated bus involved in the first blast yesterday near the nursery flyover….now Iam not sure where to go first…

    Since you have chosen to be our shrink let me tell you that hullucinations caused without the help of any drug or substance is a continuous process…if I had been hallucinating about the “mash & bangers” as I love to call them I couldn’t have claimed an induced break in their regular activity….on a night like the last one…tonight there was a one minute delibrate gap between the end of my prayer and the nearest banging of the door….and other sounds…I am sure everything will return to normal tomorrow in case you want to corroborate my story….the mash and bangers can’t quit no matter where I am…jamshedtown,margala top or jacobs pits….thanks for the invite anyways…I cannot die of boredom anywhere in the world…as the dead poet said

    mehfil ay janna ho kay maqtal ho kay mai khanna ho
    Jis jaga Jaein Bana leytey Hain Hum Apni Jaga..


  29. Jami (unregistered) on February 7th, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

    Target Killings in Karachi is just because of increase terrorism of Talibans + ANP in Karachi, they are targeting Mohajirs from Mountains and in reaction pukhtoons killed in other parts of Karachi.

    Kamran Shahid went to karachi, People telling him the truth, people showing Masjids from which firing starts, also see the Taliban fighter on mosques rooftops, watch the illegal Taliban checkposts in Karachi on Mountains.

    it’s easy to blame MQM sitting outside karachi or for political gains but the reality is different.



  30. Jami (unregistered) on February 7th, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

    People are very sympathetic about poor pukhtoons,
    but what about Mohajirs killings from the hands of those poor Pukhtoon in Karachi in the form of Talibans and ANP .Banaras and Katti Pahari is famous for killings and lootings of Mohajirs just because of their ethnicity, even women are not pardoned, repeated incidents of their torture, Kidnappings and even sexual harassment reported but no sympathetic voice for them just because they are Urdu Speaks and people still talking about Innocent Pukhtoons ?
    What about Innocent Mohajirs ?
    Just because they vote for MQM they need to be killed ??

  31. kabirdas on February 7th, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

    @ Jami et al
    It may be relevent to present situation in Karach to quote last two lines in Sansikrat with their translation of TS Eliot’s most famous poem THE WASTE LAND.

    Shannith shannith shannith


    Give. Sympathise. Control
    Peace peace peace

  32. بستنی (wasiq) on February 7th, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

    @jami saab….sir can you see the smiling faces of the locals …as if they are watching a monkey dance….?

    @KD sarkar…..indeed the london bridge is falling down….being taken over by the the GOOGLE WAVE…!

  33. Master Yoda (unregistered) on February 8th, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

    on whome this imported bridge is falling upon

  34. بستنی (wasiq) on February 9th, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    abhi half life nikalney baith rahey hain agar deduction sahi hua toh …

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