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We need more Blood !?

A couple of weeks back when i was leaving for Islamabad the threat Karachi faced was from the cyclone PHET, and yes the very little rains we had managed to take 10 lives, but PHET was kind enough to leave us untouched, the cyclone knew we were too miserable even without the extreme weather adding to our trauma. Soon after PHET passed our city was taken down with a spree of target killings of course we expected PHET to do the dirty job but when it failed, we obviously needed people dead anyways, so we took the task in our own hands. today’s newspaper says the death toll in target killings for the past 24 hours has risen to 5.

Even natural disasters are showing their pity on us; the people of Karachi, but we ?  Not – Just – Yet, we need more blood.

Here Does The Electricity Go !

It was just this morning that i saw a TV channel running a footage showing the lights of Karachi Stadium all turned on in broad day light. much to my surprise they were still on around 6 PM having no extra benefit against the bright sunshine but indeed adding much to the power shortage the city and the whole country is suffering from.

MQM – Supporting dictatorship to serve democracy ?

Following statement has been given by MQM in today’s paper on this issue. No further explanation was given on nature of “majbuuri

Original Post:
Amid all the politically irrelevant noises media wasted everyone’s time in, there are few developments which many have ignored and hardly any channel seem to be interested in discussing it. This is about the elimination of the rule to conduct elections inside a party, which is a serious blow to the already fractured democracy we have.
Pakistan is currently under political occupation of the 2% feudal tribe and all major political parties have literally become the personal property of few individuals namely PML and PPP leading the race with ANP and JUI behind. But what was shocking was MQM’s vote to support this amendment which is quite contrast to what MQM has been preaching since 3 decades. For a long time now MQM seemed to be the only hope (at least on paper) against the feudal family affair in other political parties but has MQM joined the feudal voices lately or was it eyewash that worked for 3 decades before it also started enjoying the fruits of power corridors?
MQM claiming to be middle class, anti feudal party seems to have taken a U-TURN when it really matter the most and is a very disappointing outcome for the ordinary people as now the one man rule in parties has been officially validated. How a party which has no tradition of democracy inside its own ranks can claim to bring democracy to the nation, MQM’s support to elimination of the elections inside party has raised some serious questions on its stance on the 2%.

One of the most shocking example of this dictatorship rule inside parties is shown yesterday when Mr. Zardari gave party ticket to Mr. Jamshed Dasti (and here) who was recently forced to resign after his grand humiliation in Supreme Court when his degree proved to be fake. If there had been democracy inside party this nonsense wouldn’t have happen at first place. MQM by supporting elimination of elections inside party has indirectly validated “Dynastic Despotism”, like someone said on TV.

Tuition Advertising that Fails

what exactly does “Highly Qualified Experience” means ?

you will find another similarly  odd advertisement i previously came across here where the teacher seems to be saying that if you want to score maximum in math you will have to study the Mathematics of all the grades from IX to XII and also that of O and A levels ..

what’s more sad is that even after reading this we still trust these people to actually educate our children.

MQM and Aafia Siddiqui – Principle Stand or Political Marketing

Disclaimer : This post is not in support/disapproval of Aafia Siddiqui nor it discuss her case. It is purely written in the context of the famous missing person issue. Many of the missing/disappearances occurred in Karachi. Very few people know that missing person issue was one of the main reasons of tussle b/w Cheif Justice’s and establishment/Musharraf , along with Wardi/Steel Mill issue. [read here here]

Visiting Aafia’s family was a good thing to do by MQM but this one was not an ordinary visit. MQM’s support for Musharraf needs no explanation therefore when we read the below news item we have to see it in a larger picture and so, here, we failed to find an important aspect i.e. MQM did not offer apology for its full support to the former president’s policies (at least policies w.r.t WoT). This then forces us to think if this was more a “Political Marketing” campaign than any REAL admission of guilt. Since, of late, the whole nation seems to be behind Aafia Siddiqui, was this visit aimed at cashing public sympathies PLUS to counter JI-JUI effect who are trying to hijack it completely?. There are dozen’s of missing cases from KHI (and many hundred from Pakistan) , why this case only?

I found it important to inform the reader about the magnanimity of this issue by pasting few lines from Musharraf’s book. A tip for those who are interested in reading Mr. Musharraf’s book : Read it in ENGLISH. After realizing, his commando emotions went slightly over limit in English version he has removed some parts in URDU version. Below is a scanned portion that has been, i have read, removed in Urdu version. Read it and decide for yourself if MQM should not make a public apology for fully supporting MUSH foreign policy blindly for 9 years. Will a public apology not be more objective and help better its image on NATIONAL LEVEL issues but also clean at least one stain from its past.

And the news item :

Tariq Road – Once at the fore, but not anymore?

What is the ultimate Karachi shopping experience? Some say Park Towers…. No. The Forum?  Not really. Those places are too small to be worthy of being named the “Ultimate”. Once upon a time however, it used to be the Saddar area. Most especially, the Elphinstone Street (current Zaib-un-Nissa street) where you would find most upmarket and good shopping outlets in Karachi. But that was also the days of yore. For our current day and the recent past, the reigning position has consistently been occupied by the Tariq Road. This has most definitely been a go-to place for all sorts of families and all sorts of people to buy all sorts of things apparel related. For easily about two decades Tariq road has occupied the top spot on the Karachi shopping scene. And very rightly so. It is a bazaar-cum-market-cum-mall where you can find the best deals, the best bargains, the most variety and the most seasoned material. Could you say its Karachi’s Oxford Street or İstiklal Avenue? ummmm……

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Eating ‘out’ karachi

Few days ago, I went to an outlet of Nandos in Karachi to try their new offering Espeteda Rustica. I guess it is the best of what they have to offer. I had to eat it so I ordered it though I found it little out of budget. I then tried to calculate how much the whole big meal would have cost the restaurant, obviously much less.

The catch is that the best and most frequent entertainment for Karachites is eating out. Those who can afford to indulge themselves to high-end restaurant pay heaps of moolah without thinking that money can be utilized on better things or maybe for a cause like Karachite blogger Fariha mentioned sometime back. We need to bring in the awareness of civic responsibility, and not as a trend but as a habit. For that we also need better avenues of entertainment where we can have intellectual dinners.

With rate of physical and mental obesity getting at rise, one should start thinking Gluttony as a REAL sin. I have started it to acknowledge this finally or say trying to.

ps: Mom-ka-kahana-is-the-best!

CCTV Footage of MA Jinnah road Violence – Help Police Catch terrorist

I would like readers to share other video links in comments. Thank you Technology. Spread this CCTV footage and help LEA to catch terrorists. In the end all i want to ask is Who won in all this ? Hussaniat or Yazeediat ?

[youtube]www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwYQ7ymxuNQ[/youtube]

[video: www.pracmqm.com]

In Headlines for a Bad Reason

Is sad to note that Karachi is in headlines, again for a bad reason. When i first saw these karola police i asked my friend what he thinks about it. His reply was practical and blunt, he said gadhay ko karola mei bithane se wo afsar nai bun jata. I inquired if he thinks our police is a donkey-group. He said, no one is bothering to ponder upon the root of the problem, much emphasis is on cosmetics. The primary focus should have been personality building of these policemen, who are nothing more then “legal terrorists” for a shareef-un-nafs on the street. Since slavery is part of our genes for 6 decades now, we have decided to blindly follow the west in aspects which are more of a show than substance in our case.jang-khiWhere is the training part? where is the elimination of  prevalent feudal “thana culture”, where is the need to bring ordinary policeman at par with best salary packages ( i personally think that our police should be given double the benefits as to what our Army is enjoying since our police is at war for last 62 years and our Army has just left its barracks after 3 decades ). There isn’t a slightest of hint of any improvement in police at root level. And this is not just about police, its about the whole security apparatus. The fact the all successive corrupt gov has cleared themselves of any responsibility w.r.t the life and property of ordinary citizens, the onus was shamelessly shifted to private security guards and though they are doing a good job but , we can come across something like this as well. Someone mentioned on twitter yesterday that there are around 80k private security guards in Karachi. That is almost 3 times the police which basically means our gov’s have left us at the helm of luck for our safety.

Clean the mess before Exit – Street Thoughts

khi_mb2Karachi police has done well till now to tackle the terrorist threat, though there is a huge potential of any incident anytime. This pic below i took an hour back reminds us of the situation we are facing. Apparently nothing extra-ordinary happening in it but i’ll tell you. These 4 jawanz on 2 bikes were constantly being a pain in my *** since neither they were leaving the fast lane nor allowing me to pass. What more, they were even not allowing anyone to come close. On two occasions the guy sitting back at right used hath ka ishara asking me to stop (sort of) to stay back on 2 turns. While seeing these vehicles was routine in KHI this never happened before, except for VIPz obviously. For a moment i felt myself being a terrorist. From their perspective i guess they were doing the right thing because we already know how the terrorists were attacking the officers these days. Recently we had 2 brigadiers being attacked, one got killed. And i think we should support them and bear inconvenience for a while.

But this is not the point i wanted to make here. My point was does the officer sitting in this vehicle understands how their decisions in one era create a huge impact for the future generations? Does he understand that this “TERRORIST” is their product from GHQ laboratories of 80z/90z. That he (and his org) is equally responsible for all the mess along with weak political setups. We cant allow them to simply incite religious emotions at one time for Jihad and then take a U-turn after 2 decades. The question , we , as citizens be asking these fellows is, now that they are feeling the heat, will they not repeat history and have they understood well the old quote : As you sow so shall you reap. We cant allow our ARMY to manufacture one WHOLE NEW GENERATION of JIHADIST and push the EXIT button on a call from Washington. As that creates million jobless Jehadist who cant be integrated into rest of the society.

We strongly need to tell them that please clean your own mess first before you EXIT.

Who can guarantee that our karta-dhartaz are not planning PROJECT-JIHAD v.2 once we are done with this “inteha-pasandi” mess. Are we learning from history or just passing a difficult phase?

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