jaahil awam – at its jaahilest

“the collective intelligence of a group is inversely proportional to the number of people in it”

– anonymous.

what is it that manages to make normal human beings, as sane as the readers of this post, go absolutely totally insane when they’re a part of a mob? dawn reports today of how the mobs in yesterday’s funeral rampaged and ransacked all the way with the funeral cortege. since its not possible that they did this because they were mad (all men are normal until proven criminally insane) then we have to assume that the mob had inside knowledge about the identity of the assasins and the violence was simply due recourse.

now i’m no criminologist. i don’t have any inside information either so if you’re from one of the investigating law enforcing agencies don’t call me up for questioning – but i can assume, no i can declare that the public transport union was not behind the assasination of the allama. i am also pretty sure it wasn’t the gas station association (though there have been rumours of their involvement behind the targeted killings of dumper truck drivers their logic being, “why give diesel a bad name?” – but thats a different story). which leads us to only one logical conclusion – one that makes more and more sense the more you think about it.

pizza hut.

yes the same pizza hut where you regularly have your lunches and dinners and hang out with friends and family. the same place where you can get the only decent veggie lover’s pizza in town. the place which makes cream of chicken soup something to write home about. and lets not forget the salads.

pizza hut.

the same provacateurs that have been waging a propoganda war since they started off in karachi in the early nineties. the pizza hut which was singlehandedly responsible for the kargil disaster, the october earthquake and the failure of the urban transport scheme. you thought it was all about good food didn’t you? how naive we all can be. but this mob knew better. pizza hut has been behind almost all of the religio-political assasinations in the east (not to mention the west) since the reign of napoleon bonaparte. functioning as an official ministry of the french dictatorship une chateau de pizza evolved over the centuries as an independent entity reponsible to no one but the head of the us homeland security department. their current agenda is simple. diminish all support for anti american causes by spreading obesity among muslims.

and before you come up with all the lame comments about this being a load of unproved crap, lets examine the facts shall we?

numero uno – the mob attacked and burnt up pizza hut not the neighbouring usmania and the sajji places. don’t they serve good food too? so why spare them?

numero hmmm… two – the mob was not your standard “subject to mob mentality” mob. i mean you don’t really believe it was just a few hormonal violence loving types hiding behind the anonymity of a crowd, do you? what are you, some sort of conspiracy theory freak?

and lastly and most justifiably – the calorie count. two slices of pizza hut’s hand tossed amount to 440 calories and 9 grams of fat. they deserve to be burned up for that alone.

so the next time you see a mob go mad and start to rampage and burn, bow down to its superior understanding and wisdom of current affairs and join in. viva la revolutione!

20 Comments so far

  1. SWA (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    one thing thats critically lacking in most of us, SELF RESTRAINT.
    Karachi needs extensive de-slum-ization and education.
    Not to mention, de-jahil-mullah-ization

  2. Kashif-x (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

    I totally agree karachi has to undergo “de-jahil-mullah-ization”

    (i am not sure about “de-slum-ization”, dont forget all the maids, masis and people working in all the factories live in these slums / bastis, and are yes, human beings).

    Yes we DO need education for all, and we DONT need mullas here, they can setup thier own place in the neighbouring country Afghanistan and preach whatever they want.

  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    What I have heard that Pizza Hut was open and serving food behind a flimsy shamianah. Firstly I think it was stupidity to serve food when the entire area was a declared a shutter down strike, why irritate the mob.

    All said it still is no excuse to burn down shops especially in the state of mourning.

  4. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 7:28 pm

    This has all happened in the past so many times and it just doesnt stop..
    at times its just being illutrate, ocassionally its just one person’s little initiative and everyone else follows..
    there are so many factors involved in this..
    it can even be act of terrorism, who knows

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

    It is very ignorant thinking to blame “awam” and Mullah themselves.You guys didnt bother to watch the live coverage of funeral,did you? It was quiete discplied.

    You guys actually doing what mobs have planned that is to blame mullahs and to blame awam.Did you read that all mobs were covered faces?Why didnt police shot them.Why police dont have zero tolerane policy for such elements? These elements only appear at the time of such incidents and the only purpose of these events to send a wrong message about Karachi to outerworld.

    @SWA:dont curse mullah only.There are pretty ignorant and jahil people in defence and clifton areas as well.

  6. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 8:39 pm

    I have to agree with Adnan to some extent. For sure what is happening in Karachi now is not sectarian violence @ all, rather outside forces are trying to create violence; this could be any one, including Afghanistan, India or may be some other country!

    I was reading news on Jang web site that many Afghan terrorists entered Pakistan for creating trouble and bomb different places! Is that right?

    Adnan’s point is valid. Why were the mob had their faces covered? Those must have been the elements who want to reignite the sectarian violence in the city.

    On a side note, please spread the word about PakCast (http://www.pakcast.com/) around you, post it on your blogs, forward it to as many people as possible; its a weekly dialogue b/w Pakistan and the West that tries to answer questions that Westerners have about Pakistan!

  7. Darthvader (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 9:09 pm

    Mullahs are to be blamed because they are a major source (right behind feudal lords) of jihalat and destruction : they perpetuate this in their Madarsas and their surmons and their speeches everyday. whether it is Shia-Sunni , East-West or Islam VS whatever , they prey on common man’s jihalat and use religion , fear and hatred to brain wash them into committing these barbarian acts. what do you think drives a man or a woman to blow themselves up into pieces if not the promise of eternal bliss and slavation after death.( i would’nt dare use the word Shahadat for these atrocities).
    and if all mullahs are not to be blamed than why dont they come forward and condemn these atrocities and teach a more moderate and tolerant lifestyle .why dont they teach people in friday khutbas to be tolerant and respectful towards differing opinions. the answer is because they dont want to ; because organised religion(Mafia) is probably the most profitable racket ever in the history of mankind.

    what i find even more ignorant and asinine are these lame attempts to absolve mullahs and blame some “mobs”.
    they are the same .


  8. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 9:40 pm


    You are right; Mullahs are definitely one of the factors behind religious intolerance.

    My previous comment was limited to the current incident of bomb attack on allama and torching the Pizza Hut though. I am 100% sure that the bomb attack on allama (May Allah rest his soul in peace) and violence in city is done by the outside forces; though, they might have hired some local people to get the job done.

    The only solution that I can think of right now is to start from your own home and make sure that people don’t listen to the fanatics; do note that not all of the Mullahs are like that!

    On the other note, if you don’t agree with what a Mullah is preaching in Friday khutba, then please go and talk to him! Will you? Ask him the rationale behind what he preached; ask him to give you the references of the books and verses that would support his arguments, etc.

    One of the ideas that I had in my mind but could not materialize is to start exposing such people to the public; for sure you can’t just go to the Mosque and say things against him, but you could use the power of the Internet to expose them.

    Create a blog or web site, go and listen to the khutbas, and if you think that you have found something which is not right and preaches intolerance, then come back home, do your home work and research as to why you think he is wrong and preaching something which is against the nature of Islam, post what you heard during the khuba, also post your comments and importantly the references from the Holy Quran and other books to support your argument and most importantly do let the people know that “XYZ imam from ABC mosque was preaching that”!

    Some of the people might laugh @ this suggestion and might just say that people don’t use the Internet that much in Pakistan. I would say that the things are changing and the number of internet users is growing big times! It’s worth it even if all of your efforts made only one person stops listening to that fanatic.

  9. xia (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm


    @Mansoor, you have hit the nail right on the spot. It is me and you, me before you who has to take the responsibility of preaching the tolerance and exposing the disgusting elements who use Islam for their personal gains. I couldn’t agree more.

    We cannot blame every religious scholar for what some of the few are doing. Labeling every scholar as Mullah and start spreading poison about them is what these external elements want us to do. I am certain that India’s RAW, Afghan’s KHAD, Israel’s Mosad and many other kgb and cia elements are involved in stirring up stuff among us Muslims. There is no doubt about this. It is in their gain. See they got us involved in Allama’s death and no one is saying anything about what is happening to our brothers in the Middle East.

    @Adnan, I agree with you 110%. Why don’t we have 0 tolerance policy? Why are people, who are responsible to protect citizens and citizen’s interest, quiet or helpless? Why is our police so lame? Why are our lawmakers so corrupt? Why do not we punish people for what they do?

    It is sad and pathetic to watch Karachi burn like this.

    On the other note, why is our govt. quiet about the ridiculous Indian accusations? What are we waiting for? We should send a strong word to Indian govt. that it is their responsibility to protect their citizens. Just like it was our responsibility to protect the Allama and the other scholars who died in Nishter Park.

    JazakAllah Khair

  10. Ahmed (unregistered) on July 16th, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

    Again I would re-iterate that we need stern laws people who are behind all this vandalism have certainly no symphaty with the religious/political personality lost. I saw videos when lahore went through a session of violence in protest of muhammad cartoon mobsters were laughing and giggling as this is some form of entertainment for them. I am sure it must have been the same scene in karachi. As one commenter said when there is VIP movement they have special arrangment then why not for the funeral dont they know how volatile karachi is. The govt is responsible they should have made made proper arrangments. What more can we do is that if we have pictures of the people who caused all this burning we can post them on our blogs, we put their mugshots post their pictures on various websites send these pictures to newspapers. We make our own Karachis Most Wanted List. I may be a bit overreacting but I think we can use the power of the internet, this is the age of the internet. If anyones got any pictures of people involved they should post them try to crop the mugshot from the image i dont know use some image filtering program but please post them share these pics so that others can use them too. We need to voice our concerns and we can use the internet. What do you guys think?

  11. Hasan (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 12:03 am

    okay time to nail it down.
    So who is creating a blog?I would be giving the very first postsand am ready to do the research work.
    Wait,is it just some seasonal shift or are we really big time dedicated?

  12. SWA (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 1:19 am

    The govt needs to adopt a zero-tolerance anti violence policy. All mobsters should be shot in the knees!

  13. xia (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 1:24 am


    Only one problem with all this. Anyone can photoshop an image and then use it for their personal agenda. Moreover, what good would it do? Do you think the corrupt police and our lawmakers would give a flying flick about those pictures?
    We need better lawmakers. To have better lawmakers we have to straighten ourselves.

    Just my thoughts.


  14. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 4:49 am

    All of the ideas are great guys! I am willing to spare some time and also money for the cause, but first we need to come up with exactly what needs to be done, what should be posted on the site, etc etc.

    Also please spread the word around you about PakCast: http://www.pakcast.com

  15. yo yo (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 5:20 am

    Have to agree with zero tolerence policy guys..No point in blaming Mullahs….WHO EVER is disturbing peace should be dealt with immediately.

  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 9:39 am

    they prey on common man’s jihalat and use religion , fear ..

    Darthvader no offense but I am sure that you wouldn’t have got chance to sit in company of mullah but i find same jihalat in your thinking.

    Mobs==Mullah is one of the ignorant and filthiest and offcourse the lamest perception.

    Did you ever get chance to sit with any molvi in life? Or for your molvis==MMA leaders,if you mean MMA leaders than i agree with you 100% but If you are blaming whole mullah community then its very fictitious.

    What I find that only religious leaders are being kkilled nor politicians and I am sure these are same people who abuse molvis all the time.

    Offcourse people like Darth will keep closing eyes about filthy elements found in our non-Mullah society.I am tired of dealing such ignorants.Bad people are everywhere so in Molvis community,but its damn unfair that you dont blame other communities similarly like you blame molvis.

    ANd last but not least mobs are not molvis.Check your facts again rather coming up with your baseless theories.

  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 9:44 am

    Why don’t we have 0 tolerance policy? Why are people, who are responsible to protect citizens and citizen’s interest

    Xia bhai because those mobs are state sponsered people and they are on payroll of Govt Of Pakistan.

    Everyone knows govt’s attitude towards Ulemas.The Sind CM arbab already condemn Milad and other stuff(I am not gonna give my point of view that whether i believe in such thnigs or not coz I am not relevent here) and CM didnt reach on time after Nishter Park blast.

    I dont follow those secterian groups like sunni therik or shia therik etc because yes they did bring secterian difference between communities but they are not only culprits in our society.

    Our society was more damaged by fudals and beurocrats than anyone else.

  18. Mansoor 'Manny' Siddiqui (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

    Please stop spreading hate sites like this one! You do what you believe in and let others do what they believe in; its that simple.

    Just so you all know, according to the Jamia Binoria (http://www.binoria.org/indexm.asp), marriage b/w a Sunni and Shia is legal and allowed! Had Shias been considered what this site is teaching, the marriage would not have been allowed!

    My request to the authors, for the sake of Sunni-Shia harmony, could you please delete the site link along with my message from this post? Thanks.

  19. darthvader (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 1:38 am

    Adnan -i am glad you found jihalat in my thinking . its true . i am a Jahil , maybe more of a jahil than you can ever imagine . just a piece of adivce though – take some writing classes so you can articulate your point of view clearly – if you must write- it would save reader’s time trying to decipher this garbage you just spewed.
    Secondly – your response is based upon a assumption that you are making in the first line you wrote and … and i will leave it at that.
    Lastly your comment ” people like Darth will keep closing eyes ……” Yes , people like me will always pick on Molvis for the simple reason – its one thing to lie, cheat,kill, rape and plunder (all crimes, mind you ) its completely different to do all of these things in the name of religion- thats why.
    Molvis have damaged the image of islam and muslims more than anyone else could. I do not expect you to understand these things since your thinking is a product of that narrow-minded ,tunnel-visioned hate-mongring that prevails in the Mdarsas of our country.
    i just feel sad for the next poor soul who the likes of you will convince to strap some explosives from his/her chest in the false hopes of finding martyrdom- Good luck to you .


  20. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    Zero tolerance = license to kill !!

    Why is there only one james bond =)

    well if you give the police license to kill, who decides who will stay alive ??

    we all know for a fact that they are all corrupt, so just imagine they could kill you saying you had a gun in your hand or you looked like a terrorist..

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