It’s Karachi, as usual.

i think the rest of Pakistan is suprised and disappointed at Karachi’s mellow, boring and peaceful strike.
I mean if people could get all emotional and fired up in Lahore, then Karachi was a sure shot.
If sleepy ol’ Isloo could see a few rounds of firing, then Karachi definitely had high hopes riding on it, as people across the country held their collective breath for the mayhem that would be this impetuous city.

But two days of strikes pass by, with shutters hesitantly down, main areas closed reluctantly and a partial hush about town, people go out and eat and shop in restuarants and malls protected by shamianas. They drive in streets blocked by containers and sit in the cool night, determinedly relaxed, air to have their chai and cigarettes and sheeshas even if surrounded by police-wallas. After all it’s only a strike and nothing can stop a city like Karachi. Especially on a saturday night.

7 Comments so far

  1. Ramla A. (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 1:49 am

    Alhamdolillah! Though our friend Inspirex had a nasty personal experience, things in Karachi generally look under control. I wonder if that has to do with the current city government:
    The mellowing of religio-political power with a political-political govn in place!

  2. subsepehlepakistan (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 3:02 am

    Thank You AllahMian!

    Good to hear its life as usual in the Mega-Metropolis!

  3. sarah (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 4:12 am


  4. Inspirex (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 7:45 am

    All this shows one thing…..Karachi rock, and the “rockability” increases day by day!

  5. Poo poo Head (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    Ramla, this has all to do with politics. Common wealth leads was visting Pakistan and they let to do all messup in Lhr/Isb so that Busharraf could remain Army chief and president as well. They were done with that so they did not let this happen in Karachi as Karachi is an economic sector and they don’t wanna play with it now. I was reading on BBC that there ware more para legal forces in Lahore when Shabaz Sharif visited Lahore earlier last year than on strike day. Certainly they did not want to stop that. Bushharaf is a street smart person and he uses political parties for his game.I just could not understand when they could control Karachi/Quetta , why not Lahore and Islamabad. Just think over it !!!!

  6. Kashif Aziz (unregistered) on February 20th, 2006 @ 10:11 am

    It’s amazing to note that during the recent marathon, lahore was secured as anything and anti-marathon activities were restricted to minium. Similar observations were made at the time of arrival of Zardari, Shahbaz Sharif etc. Why on earth, then, punjab govt. let the rioters get loose during this protest? I think it was only to disrepute the islamic parties and extend mush’s stay in the hot seat.

  7. Hasan (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 9:10 am

    I dont like this at all. I’m a Karachiite and I’m tired to this MMA strike thing. I don’t support MQM a bit, but I always prefer it over Mullah’s who burn down our property during protests (I WAS SHOCKED TO READ THAT AN 8 YEAR OLD BOY DIED DURING PROTESTS). All responsible people should be put behind bars.

    MMA by far is the worst party ever and quite frankly, we should follow in the footsteps of Turkey and ban religion from politics. That is our only way.

    I treat everyone as equal and my city and country are important to me that anything else. If somebody is trying to destroy offices to foreign companies who are trying to settle down there and provide employment to our people, I think of them as Enemy-Of-Nation.


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