Karachi again.
After last weeks *peaceful* supports, was it too much to hope that this week would go by wihtout us inflicting damage on ourselves? There was an ama going around last week about how our enemies don’t need to worry about attacking us- they just need to do something somewhere else, and we will start destroying ourselves.
Why? Why? Why?

I understand the politics behind it- yes I do. I understand the liberals and radicals and their opposing points of views. What I don’t understand is why THEY don’t understand that all we really want is to to live a normal life. To not be fearful of each day passing by and to not be immune to such things either. I know this is a familiar rant and rave- but bear with me. And then also please answer…why has blogger been blocked or is it a maintenance glitch? Just adds to the frustration of the whole worldwide debate on freedom of speech.

The picture has not much to do with the article, except it echoes the lonely melancholic tone that so many areas of Karachi had tonight.

9 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 1:12 am

    I completely agree with jammie but i guess the answer to this BIG WHY should be replied either by those who attacked (which is impractical) or those political (i feel shamed when i use this word for parties in PK….they look to be “gunda gardi groups” to me more then as political parties, anyhow) and those so called thaikeydar’s of religion…..
    All i can say (out of frustration ) to these parties to just go to hell and let us live in peace….

    Thanks GOD… we dont have the real terroris in opposition…. They are ruling right now so their gunda’s are quite…

    I wonder if karachi will ever be PARIS… as dreamed ( or say forced to dream ) by many leaders….

  2. Alam (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 1:44 am


    This is quite middle-class thinking….”I want to live a normal life. I am not interested in who is in the govt, and who is writing or tearing apart laws”

    So here u r, being kicked around…..and now u wonder why.

    Paris is Paris, for a reason. They fought wars to get right of self-governance, and gained that social consciousness which u lack.

    OK, don’t go to Paris. Look at how Indians made sure that they remian in power, and heck they even never shed a blood. But the very idea of an army takeover is so alien over there.

  3. Khawer (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 3:30 am

    Have you notice that the people who create all the chaos in Karachi are so organized and yet all those who wish and want Karachi to prosper are so unorganized. I think it’s time to take Karachi back from those who are using Karachi as their spring-board to commit all kinds of terrorist acts. Why is it that when citizen of Karachi are angry about Electricity, Water, Traffic, High prices, etc they are all out on the streets protesting but when something like this transpires nobody displays their displeasure by coming out on the streets. Come on people show them that you have had enough of the Extremist views and Backward attitudes. Show them that you are a civilized society where you resolve your differences by using legal means not by blowing up cars. Show them that the citizens of Karachi have had enough of them. Condemn this and any similar act regardless of where it happens. Unless and until we unit in a civilized and peaceful manner against these violent acts and those who instigate them we have no chance of ever seeing Karachi prosper as other big cities of the world. On a personal note I hate the fact that every single article I read about Karachi on the internet ends up giving background of Karachi as a “Karachi — a hotbed of Islamic militancy” or hotbed of Islamic extremist”

  4. SWA (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 4:36 am

    I object to the first commenter’s statement that terrorists are quiet because they are ruling now. I dont understand who he wants to poke the statement at. Musharraf??

    Anyways, yes, I think the people who are more liberal minded in the society need to start getting their voices heard and let it be known that radicalism to disrupt their living isnt going to work. The world also needs to know that Karachi is not just about these acts of violence that end up making headlines because of the actions of a few, but theres MUCH MUCH more to our beloved city!

    As far as the blogger banning goes, it might be a temporary act to maintain security during Bush’s visit to Pakistan… blogs are an excellent source of organizational activity for all kinds of people. Including terrorists.

  5. jammie (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    whats wrong with middle class thinking? or is that still a bad word for us people who dont value anything because we want it ALL??
    maybe its time to realize that someONE has to be a leader and it takes just as much good faith and manners to be a good follower too. its about a system and no one wants to follow a system tbecause they think they are too above and beyond it.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

    Karachi is soft target for any bad thing,due to this blast,foriegn camera crew has quit and now we cant watch twenty20 matches anymore,heck why dont we have our own camera men team??

  7. Zainub (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    We do have our own camer men, Adnan. Express reports that PTV decided against broadcasting the event, they did not say so why. May be they were just to lazy to fix up the cameras on a day’s notice, or couldn’t be bothered less by a tournament of this kind. Could be anything really.

  8. anon (unregistered) on March 4th, 2006 @ 2:57 am

    Bad news:
    It seems everything has gone reverse in pakistan. A dictator in uniform gives us the media freedom and a learned properly elected Chief Justice takes it away. Now we are really doomed.

    “Thanks GOD… we dont have the real terroris in opposition…”

    The “real terrorists” are not the ones we politically oppose but the ones who do these dastardly things like exploding bombs and killing innocent civilians. Its time to get our definitions right.

  9. turab (unregistered) on March 5th, 2006 @ 11:20 am

    ^^^^ WORD!! anon

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