More than the feeling of disgust and shame at the destruction that is taking place in our city, I hate this feeling of being stranded – of not having the freedom to step foot outside my home, of hurriedly rushing home after reports come in of the city being burned – what will all this achieve I ask? Is it worth it?

We all know the answer.

38 Comments so far

  1. Trivo (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    it is indeed sad that city Karachi is under bad times.
    Let’s hope and pray for better tomorrow. We must hold our hands together to fights against any mischievious activities in our country and specially city.

  2. yo yo (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

    It must be worth something to those who r doing it…Naive question to ask.

    And what is shameful about this situation…Karachiittes do not do these things for fun.

  3. Jay the big J (Jamash) (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    It’s not fun alright, the freedom to express the grieve or anger is a good thing but harassing and making public feel unsecured is a crime, They make us the people suffer, They say they are protesting against the system, but they don’t do much harm to the government or the system but to the public them selves..

    On the streets out there, there are many who earn their living on daily bases They suffer, the vegetable and fruit sellers who, unable to sell their very perishable merchandise, they suffer .. And driver who tries to save his car from being burnt and get a bullet which end’s his life he suffers. They are making everyone suffer for their grieve, everyone who had nothing to do with the heartless murder of the victims of the bomb blast, and who are genuinely sad on that such a catastrophe.

    How stupid and sad .

  4. kiss_for_tears (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 8:59 pm

    unfortunaly u know, these things are facts for giving impression to others ..”islam=bunch of terrorist”…as muslim ,this is so sad thing…..

  5. hush (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 9:04 pm

    pal! they want us to believe that all this has something to do with religion…whereas its merely the bloody politics!
    lets shoot all the leaders!

  6. tee (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

    @ HUSH
    lolz…..and that would portary ur ‘peaceful’ image? see? even we want to take out our anger by killing!
    i am NOT justifying killing….its just how things are!

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 10:19 pm

    i dont know why,but i do feel that all politicians and fudals should be gased as they killed hudreds of chickens in CharSaddah by gassing them.imagine Pakistan without corrupt politicians and mullahs,this palce would not be less lovely than heaven.

  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

    @zainab:Wikipedia is your friend.

    waise you may ask Zain too he has a crush on wahabis and know them better than anyone on earth.

  9. temporal (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

    can someone write about this and submit to DC?

    also two observations:

    1: almost as a knee-jerk reaction reports have been blaming raw (as if we don’t kill each other!)

    2: in the past there have been many attempts to create a sunni-shia rift in pakistan but they have always failed in karachi– will they succeed in creating a schism this time?

  10. Ahmed (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 11:26 pm

    can someone please post an update whats going on in the city I read that the army has been called is it because the situation is out of control or just a precautionary measure?

  11. mala (unregistered) on April 13th, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

    i really feel 4 u guys… huma your description of the city really touched me… not knowing what to do in these situations is the worst…

    Adnan… good solution!

  12. redsnapper (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 12:23 am


    The city is tense but calm. Fear of the unknown is what has gripped everyone.

    I took a drive down MA Jinnah road (where later the funerals were peacefully held) and other areas. Its very quiet obviously. Many sections of roads were blocked by police but when I sneaked through them, there was nothing but boys playing cricket on the main roads (Shahrae Quaideen, Burns road etc.).

    The army was visible outside the Quaid’s mazaar but nowhere else. I guess they are on a standby. Better if stays that way and, better still, they’re taken off.

    The area near Arambagh on Bunder road (MA Jinnah road) where the funeral prayers were to be held were cordoned off from all directions and i could see volunteers preparing for the event. Lots of police, rangers but no army.

    I personally feel that calling the army is an over reaction. Or perhaps the govt has done so to dispel the impression of utter apathy they have been accused of. A sad way to do it but a possibility nevertheless.

  13. yo yo (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 12:28 am

    @TEE…I am sick and tired of hearing this term peaceful image…I damn care about the image for others…I just want my people to live happily and safely.

  14. kunwal (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 12:45 am

    we have only one life to live.. but is this the way to live..?? where is our peace ??im completely fad up..!!
    they need vitamin and that is known as B1 ( be one)

  15. Syed Jafri (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 12:47 am

    Why burning cars and looting shops become the way of expressing anger in Karachi? I was shaking my head in anger/grief/disbelief; whatever you name the feeling, over the lost of innocent lives on occasion like Eid-e-Mailad-un-Nabi (PBUH) . Then I read about how this great city is on fire as its aftermath.

    One of my memories when I was living in Karachi was of gunfire a day before any strike. Local boys do small level disturbance by throwing rocks on cars and shops, some cars/buses do get torched out in “sensitive” areas and that’s about it. Different political parties pushed this agenda so they could create fear to make their strike look like a complete shut down.

    But these days, it seems like it is getting out of control. For anything, a strike (which itself is nonsense), some violence, accidents or any other asinine reason our people start burning vehicles and set shops on fire to show their “anger”.

    What’s up with this???

    Any of our leaders raising voice over the lose of business and public transportation in strikes?

    Recently in my new adopted city New York, transportation workers strike. City took them to court and court order transportation union to pay $1million a day and threaten to put its leader in jail. Strike is finished in 3 days and they won’t even think of this in recent future, as they are bank corrupt by their own actions. Can any of the wise-ass in media/Judiciary/government suggest any legal reform like that in our system, so that the suffered people get compensated?

  16. redsnapper (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 12:58 am

    TOTALLY agree YoYo !!

  17. redsnapper (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 1:37 am

    @Syed Jafri:

    Its not different than when you were here. Same method is applied even today.

    The sad part of this status quo is that the level of justice provided has not improved by an iota.

    Which brings us to your point about the law. The law might already exist (if you ask an expert). But where is the relevance of any law when there is no justice ?

  18. Mariam (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 2:02 am

    I don’t know what to say, I’m just so upset. I haven’t even got it in me to be angry anymore. Two suicide bombers kill themselves and at least 57 people, at a celebration to mark the Beloved Prophets (saw) Birthday in Karachi. The same Prophet’s for whom thousands of Muslims went on to the stress to protest when a Danish newspaper printed an insulting cartoon.
    Continue Reading

  19. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 2:16 am

    And when you consider that statistically speaking those responsible for the incident are most likely to be Muslims themselves (historically, all attacks on religious events in Pakistan have been carried out by Muslims) – followers of a Prophet who blessed the city where he was pelted by stones – during a function celebrating his birthday, no less, it makes it all the more pathetic.

  20. wasiq (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 3:18 am

    Yes it is really very bad here, nobody can watch four movies back to back especially the latest 2006 release Hindi, every muscle in my body hurts and stiff and iam also short on Bags of potato chips(imported)…………

  21. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 3:41 am


    what are u talking about??????????????????????

  22. striker (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 4:23 am

    “Juuta” and “Duun-Daa” is the only solution for this bull shit in karachi

  23. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

    @temporal:no there is no shia-sunni reaction yet in city,the army has been called for safety measures only,nothing else as they think that lots of people would come out on road.Shia/suni issue was hot back in late 80s and early 90s,not anymore.

    and i read ppl here preaching each other here.Look neither huma went out on road and burnt the car of her neighbour,nor Dr awab or Umar orme,you are on roads ,burning tyres and shops.Most of us are not insane,majority of Karachiites are not insane at all so we dont need lectures or golden tips.Those who need it,they dont come online.I think there is a need of awareness among ppl in Pakistan,specially in Karachi,we have been splitted in infinite sects that one sect dont listen to other,if Huma goes to educate some of such religious activist member and tell him that what he does is wrong,i am sure they will label her as “Kafir” because she would be wearing jeans and shirt.Jeans and shirt is not bad unless body is not covered properly,according to rules.Anyways,so we need to do someting to free those youngsters from those conservative people who think they know Islam better than anyone.

  24. Kashif (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 11:52 pm

    Karachi is very unfortunate to be a base for insane power struggle, whether it be between religious extremists or political, power-hungry, mafia-funded street fighters. After the current incident of Nishtar Park, people have strenly criticized the role of local government, and very rightly so, as the government failed to provide security and disaster management support to the affected. While hundreds of thousands mourn their beloved, government and opposition parties are busy in their sick and patethic blame-game.

  25. temporal (unregistered) on April 14th, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

    thank you adnan:)

    btw am not lecturing…just asking

    how about a write up for DC guys?

  26. Sheikh Chilli (unregistered) on April 15th, 2006 @ 4:06 am

    We handed our city over to the mob and we wonder why things aren’t improving… ::rolleyes::

  27. Mariam (unregistered) on April 15th, 2006 @ 6:31 am

    There is a bomb blast in New Delhi Mosque and to me this one is related to Pakistan one. I can’t put a finger on one person or nation, as we (Muslims) has almost bombed each and every community. If you play with fire you ought to get burn is sounds so true for hese events. We have to shun those who are behind this. It’s not a secret anymore that most Muslims are living in poverty and somehow religion become an excuse for the powerful to control the unfortunate one.

  28. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 15th, 2006 @ 9:36 am

    @miriam:correction please,it is related to *muslims* only.

    Lets come up with a postive side,I think blasts in delhi and karachi has proved again that muslims are part of Ummah rather different nations.Thankyou terrorist bhai.

  29. Mariam (unregistered) on April 15th, 2006 @ 10:03 am


    I love all human beings whether Muslim or Non Muslims. All lives are equal in the eyes of God.

    BTW, If we were the part of Ulema then how come Pakistani Army killed so many Bengalis in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Weren’t they were Muslims enough? So don’t twist it. Terroist is terroist this time happen to be the one who usually kills others.

  30. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 15th, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

    miriam you didn’t get my point.There was blast in Pakistan,and there was blast in delhi masjid,target were muslims,not Pakistanis or Indians.Point is when terrorists understand that muslims are actually Ummah not nations then why cant we get it?Enemy is Same its just we cant recognize him

  31. Mariam (unregistered) on April 16th, 2006 @ 9:30 am


    This is a dangerous path and if you want all of us to behave as a group, then sorry we have to suffer more. According to your theory
    these guys are also one of us and we should be responsible for

    So no more Muslim brotherhood, but I am with the peaceful and articulate human beings, belonging to any racial group or faith and who acts rationally not emotionally.

    We as a Muslim go on a strike when someone offends our prophet but looks other side when a Muslim kills innocent people. How about for a change go on a strike for seseless killing.

  32. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 16th, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

    This is a dangerous path and if you want all of us to behave as a group, then sorry we have to suffer more. According to your theory
    these guys are also one of us and we should be responsible for
    their actions.

    @Mariam:the concept of Ummah is not mine,its Islamic.And again you took me wrong,why are you grouping terrorists with muslims?do you believe those who did such sick act were muslims?

    I would be intresting to know why would you oppose concept of Ummah?ever thought why zions are more powerful than us even they are less in number?
    p.s:this blog is not for our personal debat so if you want ,you can bug me off the site,otherwise you re free whatever you think and you could preach that:)

  33. Mariam (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    Adnan, I don’t like the bickering either, but you are always looking for an excuse to discuss your brand of religion. This is a site about life in Karachi so try to stay focus. There are numerous forums on the internet where you can vent about religion. Yes another place is your personal blog too. Thanks for the invitation. As soon as I see anything worth commenting there your I will.

  34. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    No need to get pissed and offensive,its just i am not following yours or *Musharaf* brand of Islam,I am at wrong side??,maybe you are one of those who whine that why Islam ordered to give half of property to women than man and consider it against women’s rights?:>(I have seen on geo that so called NGO old babes were complaining about it)
    FYI,that was you who came up with something irrelevent.

    As soon as I see anything worth commenting there your I will

    *jealousy* ?:D
    for me anything related to finearts is worthless as I am not capable to grasp it *grin*

  35. Mariam (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 6:41 am

    Adnan, Is this you who responded me by this?
    @mariam: bibi tum mujhe maaf karo,for you i am a *mullah* who makes life hell of ppl coz they watch TV,you believe in some
    *modern* islam which I dont know what it is.I would refrain to get engaged with you since none of us capable to understand
    each other. I would prefer to stick on this line of Surah Kafiroon.”Lakum Den’kum walyadin”(you follow your religion,i follow mine).

    copied from


    So you have different views for different sites.

  36. Mariam (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 6:58 am

    Sorry Huma about these arguments between Adnan and I. I am sure above is the last in line. I hope he’ll find a right place to vent as I see a sprit there. In any case no matter what he’ll say next I am not going to respond.

    You guys n gals are doing a great job. In this bleak world you all are a ray of hope in my Karachi. Keep it up. :-)

  37. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 9:39 am

    @maryam:yes that was for you from my side and nope i dont have different thoughts for different places,its just you ain’t capable to undersstand and pls quit filling somoen else’s website for your personsal views,none of us doing justice to spam huma’s inbox.It’s rather greatfullness of huma that she has been toleratingyou and me and as i said,i would referain to get engaged with you cos i am tired and sick of so called liberals like you.

  38. Mujeeb (unregistered) on April 19th, 2006 @ 2:20 am

    @ Adnan

    I would prefer to stick on this line of Surah Kafiroon.\”Lakum Den\’kum walyadin\”(you follow your religion,i follow mine).

    Since when?

    I see you have this habit of squabbling and if you can’t spell commentator name right (you’ve misspelled Mariam’s name twice) then how can you understand what one is saying. I hope its not that she is a female.


    Thanks for giving us the link. That post is very thought provoking.

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