A Strike Happy Nation

A three day strike has been called throughout Karachi to mourn the loss of Allama Hassan Tarabi (Breaking News ! – KMB) who was killed yesterday by a suicide bomber at his residence. We all naturally condole the tragic loss of any life be it a Shia or Sunni, or any other human on this earth. Its sad to see Karachi have to go through these tense days yet again.

On the other hand it seems the people of Karachi are not actually mourning the loss of a great scholar but actually celebrating the three days of strike that was announced in protest of this heinous act by a terrorist. Its sad but the strike serves no other purpose other than offer a few days of holidays from work especially for a hard working (pun intended) nation to sit home to relax those tired muscles. To be honest Karachiites now look forward to such days off.

I am just angry yet again at seeing our lazy easy-going nation take another three days off to relax. Pakistanis are considered as a slow and easy going nation who prefer not to work and choose to live an easy life. For the critics here – Yes I am at work that’s why I am really pissed :)

20 Comments so far

  1. sid (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

    i dont completely agree that all karachiites look fwd to strikes. ppl who have jobs and would still get paid even if they sit home and relax on a strike are the ones who may belong to that category, but ppl who have their own businesses are worried abt the losses that they’d have to suffer.

    it is still sad that the politcal powers that be can think of no other way of registering protest except burnin tyres and busses and makin the ordinary man suffer. something needs to be done soon.


  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

    SID – you have a valid point, there must be a better way to register a protest than take the nation/city off-line for three days.


  3. Farhan (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    Who says people in Karachi Karachi likes to sit on their lazy ass , everyone came in my office except a few , our bank has its front shutter down but is letting people in through back door and offering all the normal day services , i don’t know about shops etc but they may open at their normal timings or a little late . P.S i am also working tomorrow with my team to prepare for the upcoming big meeting and Monday is the most important working day in our office so what strike its the political and whatever leader’s problem hope they will follow the Quaid-e-Azam someday and follow Kam , Kam or Kam which will make our nation great .


  4. Afreen (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

    Hey! I’m sitting in office, working today. I guess we can always find ‘ways’ to come to office if we are bent on it, and of course if we have some major deadlines to meet.


  5. Jamash (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    Ooh don’t tell me it’s a three day strike, Three days of chaos, burning and shattering the city and not a single day to morn, GOD Bless Us All.

    Yeah many people I know are at home and enjoying the day off but not all My cousin who is an anesthetist is moving around the city in his car.

    While the strike will provide a lame excuse for some, and a genuine reason for others ( People in the effected areas ) to stay home, it sure will effect the poor people the most. Those who make the biggest portion of our population and those who earn a living on daily basis. With public property ablaze and people who are in terror and confined in there houses, I wonder who the strike is against ? If it is against the Government it is not hurting them as much as it is hurting the public it’s self .. Ooh God we are fools.. All of us who are on the streets pelting stones and protesting for in the worst possible manner..

    I think there should be a Protest against this protest.


  6. Tee (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 1:43 pm

    erm….is it 3 day strike? isnt it a ‘sog’? i guess it makes no major diff anyway but still a ‘sog’ means not a complete shutterdown thing. wesey just to be on the record, m NOT favoring either one!


  7. Kashif (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    It’s not that we all love to skip a day at work. Also, I believe that one shouldn’t endanger one’s life by going out in tense situations. Not everybody has personal transport, you know.

    By the way, there is no peaceful way to register protest, in Pakistan. Do you sending letters to the MPs/PM/President would help? certainly not, as most of our esteemed members of parliment are unable to read english/urdu.

    A digression, but please check this cowasjee’s article of july 9th. It clearly depicts the state of our nation and it’s rulers.

    http://www.dawn.com/weekly/cowas/cowas.htm


  8. eluxzion (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    i’m at work, since 9 in the morning. although i’ve heard there is a tense situations near numaish, m a jinnah road, and gulshan and jauhar; sharae faisal is rather calm.

    firstly, such terrorists have nothing else to do except to have other people also fall into their foolish plots of misery.

    all terrorists are fools, they think by their violence and ignorance the rest of mankind will come to a halt and start behaving like the animals they are… but it won’t happen…. let them learn a lesson that we are not to give up. and it is through hard working and determined people like us all that we are going to soon make this country the greatest of all… just like the wishes of our Quaid-e-Azam, and we as a nation will go beyond just words and promises to make this better.

    there is a great future ahead of us, an unchartered territory which we should all join hands and conquer. Lets hope for the best … and be optimistic…


  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    @awab:dont disappoint me.I am supposed to attend valima of my office friend.I was supposed to go tariq road with another friend.I was also supposed to see the travel agent who is near to my office.KESC also has started *official* loadsheding.:(


  10. yo yo (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    Teeth..I think it is better to have a strike after such an event. With people safe at home. You dont know if some crazy nuts decide to shows their anger on others cars/property and lives.


  11. Kashif (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 5:51 pm

    Already a dozen vehicles and a fast food outlet (KFC?) torched.


  12. Darthvader (unregistered) on July 15th, 2006 @ 8:17 pm

    too damn sad that our country is run by religious mafia . and than the Jahils want to torch fast food outlets and cars . same bloddy fekin trip ..over and over again .sadder part is that this will never change .
    oh well.


  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 1:09 am

    Why dont I hear tht some politician died in a sucide attack?How should I interpret it???


  14. Mariam (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 3:36 am

    And we wonder why are we lag behind in everything???


  15. Asif (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    To add to the first comment by Sid, the vast majority of people are actually daily wage earners. Many of them are so poor that if they dont work one day, they won’t have enought to eat or feed their children. They are forced to go borrow money from relatives, friends or even some wadera. It is sad. These strikes serve no purpose, not even to the ones calling them.


  16. not so pissed person (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 11:59 pm

    And what are you doing at work???? writing your blog and surfing net :)))) By the way it is Sunday night over here and I am writing this from my personal laptop from home


  17. Hasan (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    havta take ma sis off for shopping tomm to saddar


  18. Hasan (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 12:56 am

    and i do no job
    strikes restricts my movements outdoors.and
    my brothers stay home:(


  19. wasiq (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 4:47 am

    as a matter of fact we did not have any post-budget strikes as expected..we were about to be disqualified as a Strike Happy Nation.
    One must not forget before passing out comments as lazy and easy going that we are the most underpaid work force in the world and our means of transport is the worst also,besides work we also have to deal with the domestic and social issues as well on our own…..
    by the way,expecting a series of strikes after budget in june I had stored so much junk food (cans,chips,M&M’s,peanuts,marshmallow’s,etc..)that my teeth hurts….!


  20. mansoor (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

    chutti? what chutti? I’ve been going to office all last three days! (cept sunday)…



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