Yet another

I was really hoping that the day would pass peacefully, as religous events in Karachi have a history of ending with a bitter taste. By Maghrib I was quite content as no news is good news, but during the Maghrib prayers I heard a loud bang, and my heark sank. I was still hoping it to be an explosion in an electrical transformer somewhere around, which only results in power outage for few hours, but something inside my heart was telling me that something was wrong. I turned on the TV as soon as I reached home from my local mosque and there it was, all over the television. A bomb blast not less than 10 miles away from my home, and I heard it 10 miles away. First it was only few people injured, then 3 people reported dead, then 10 people, then 20 and now so far over 50 deaths have been confirmed. Then we heard the news of the mob and riots and thus starts a chain reaction which no one knows how it will end and how much more destruction it will bring. One can only pray.

Please share with us your personal experiences, if any, of the event, or just share your thoughts.

11 Comments so far

  1. badfriend909 (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 6:29 am

    Yes, it is very sad to hear such horrific news especially on a day like this; I don’t have words to describe my pity for people who are behind such incident like this. What good will it do to disrupt a religious holiday in a country like Pakistan where everyone is Muslim! Here in States, Muslims look for ways to celebrate our holy days so that the generations here can be aware of the religious rituals. But hearing what happened in Karachi disgusted me, why! Why would you punish the people who are praying and praising the prophet Muhammad? I am a university student here in states and we are celebrating this day by showing the documentary movie “Legacy of Mohammad” to create public awareness about such holiday and people who living in Karachi, who have this privilege granted are abusing it by ruining the essence of this day! It’s a dilemma, here we are striving to be heard and there where religion is not a quest, people aren’t humble to each other. What is wrong with you, the residents of a Muslim country? Why can’t you respect your own religion? It is hard for us to gain respect as it is and what would such kind of incident be regarded in the eyes of non Muslims? Tune into CNN and you will hear them mocking us for all the deaths caused by bomb blasts in a Muslim country where no one hates you because of your religion and color! Is that what we were taught by our prophet Mohammad? No! then why can’t be respectful and humble to each other, why??

  2. Faisal (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 6:31 am

    absolutely horrific!

    May God have mercy on us all

  3. Wahidi (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 6:59 am

    To Allah we belong, Unto him is our return.

    May Allah guide us all to the straight way. What we need today is a leader. A man who could guide us. I am more depressed about our reaction. What exactly are we trying to by burning these petrol pumps and vehicles? Do we not understand that that bus or that taxi or that petrol pump is a property of a human. A Muslim. But yet we react to it by destroying the livelihood…the main source of income…of the Muslim Victims.

    Musharraf will do nothing. He is more concerned about his own life. If you look at it Musharraf has no link with the people of Pakistan. None zilch! If he had cared then that 23 yr girl would not have died on her way to the hospital. If he had cared we would not have had a bomb blast tonight. If he had cared Karachi would’ve been a city of peace.

    We all have the “jazba”. emotions. zeal. whatever u may call it. It exists within each one of us…and it increases as each day passes. What we dont have is a leader to guide those emotions. A man who could show us where to utilize this strength we have in our hearts. A man who can teach us how to use our brains.

    May Allah guide us all to the Straight Way. May Allah help us make Karachi, a city of Peace! Insha Allah!

  4. sooban (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 8:42 am

    @ badfriend909
    no one is sure about who did it. but i suppose we can say with certainity it wasnt a Muslim who believed in Allah and Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H)

    on a different note.
    i want to build a crisis management center for Karachi. i dont knw hw, but i want to build one.

  5. Adnan (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 9:16 am


    The incident is horrible in nature and your desire to have a Crisis Mngt Unit for Karachi is a commendable one. One way to start this is to participate in the efforts already undertaken by agencies like EDHI Foundation.

    Contribution and weekly time given to such agencies can help a lot towards the aim i.e. to manage crisis times. I for one can provide the lead that now a days digital techniques like GIS etc are widely used to contain the damage and provide the immediate relief.

    Through these blogs, I request all Karachi dwellers to strenthen the hands of agencies working for this city.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    @umar:how were you ableto hear blast?you live near nishtar park or what?

  7. jammie (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 9:54 am

    the sad thing is that people think the aftermath is an true gauge of how good a muslim you can be. that if we stay quiet in the face of such blatant mischief we are weak, what they don’t realize is that to stay quiet now is going to save a lot more lives and give us a lot more respect as opposed to reacting like janglees (like the perpetratots wants us too)

  8. umar (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 9:54 am

    Adnan: That’s the point I wanted to make. I live quite far from ground zero yet I was able to hear the blast. This shows how powerful the blast was.

  9. Asif (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 12:25 pm

    Condolences over the tragedy. At the same time I notice everyone sharing their religious views in some sort of a prep talk. I was born maybe 7 miles away from that spot where the bomb detonated, but now I reside in the US. I have come across very influential ppl right here in the US who have deep roots in the Pak Govt. Having said that, I ask why is it not possible that maybe the Govt itself carried out this operation. Please, be rational. I want no Mozart/Mosad, CIA, MI6, KBG flying stories. I see folks saying that it cant be a Muslim. Why is it so shockingly impossible? Frankly, I think this was stupidest act carried out by some illiterate Muslim SINCE MORNING!

    If you really want to fix the problem, dont look too hard. We should look into the logics of our minds. Religion provides a framework of morality. It doesnt explain how dinosaurs died. For that, God has given us logic based on reasoning.

    And what you call the “White Elephant”,its called ‘home’ by 7 million Muslims. And 1 more thing, I have more rights in the “White Elephant’s” Land than any Muslim person in an Islamic Republic.

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 12th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    this morning i read in “qaumi akhbar” that damages were done in Liaqat hospital and jinnah as well??Sh8t..i am sure these are not ppl from Sunni tehrik because,why would they do this since their own ppl are being treated here?who are they??

  11. Alam (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    I am trying to know how many ST’s dead leaders get buried in Panjab or Peshawer, than in Karachi

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