Battle at the Mazar

I had predicted that the uniforms, beards and politicians would desecrate the memory of Jinnah on Independence day, but Karachites led the way:

‘Some unruly youth indulged in eve-teasing and when girls raised a hue and cry, some sane people intervened to restrain the trouble-makers. However, the altercation between the two sides took the shape of free-for-all when people around joined in the quarrel, some on the youths’ side and some others on the others’. A fist-fighting ensued which later turned into a battle of bricks. During the battle, several doors of the Mazar, about 60 Bolard lights (along the walkways), more than 20 pole-mounted lights, 40 marble dust bins, 58 flower boxes at lower podium, over 700 running feet of decorative marble lattice, 40 garden benches, and many other things were damaged. The total loss has been estimated at Rs10 million.’

Words fail me.

18 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    We are the “AH’s” nation of all. I really didn’t know that my fear HERE will come true so soon.

    I love this country i hate this nation. We are bunch of morons.

  2. ALI (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 3:14 pm

    Its not the case with us, the Pakistani’s only. The whole Muslim Ummah is ruled by bunch of moron except few like Iran & Malaysia etc. The Arabs rulers are the moraines of all. The Saudia especially. The Arabs have the power of OIL but they are “beygairat” enough to be silent. Israel had every right to defend itself. And that’s what gairutmund nations do. They value every man of their land be it a common man or soldier. You can argue on the ways of their defending but then again this is real world. Wake up Muslims.

    Yes these morons ruined the day and its sanctity. Hell with their love for our beloved country. Hell with the teachings the parents gave them.

  3. Adnan (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

    MB what is AH?

  4. verysmart (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    hang the bloody bastards

  5. Zain (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

    Iran rocks!

  6. MB (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    AH ?. Come on Adnan. You know it dont you.

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

    huh? wha?! *eyes wide with shock*!!!!

    i agree with VS: hang the bastards!!!!

  8. Adnan (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

    No I dont know.I repeat “What is AH”?

  9. SWA (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

    so what made those Karachiites act so violently? Maybe its the harsh culture of the slums and poverty that turned them violent, and the illiteracy and lack of common sense that made them not be respectful enough to our Quaid.

    Yup, only two solutions come to mind:
    1) shoot any trouble maker with rubber bullets ON THE SPOT to make sure others are discouraged from the culture of violence,
    2) keep developing the crappy areas of Karachi and increasing the places to get good education for the poor so they come out of their vicious cycle.

  10. Gibran (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

    I know what you mean MB… I love Pakistan…. but then I see things like this happen and I have no idea how to reconcile my love for the country and my hate for the way Pakistani’s act sometimes.

    At the Quaid’s mazar on top of it all…

  11. Saddened (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    Bravo. Bravo, my friends.

    I am shocked too. AT what happened at the Mazar, but also at what is happening here at MBK.
    So, your way of ‘protesting’ against the violence and uncouth behavior of those guyz is to call for (a) hanging and (b) shooting ON THE SPOT (with rubber bullets). Yes, exactly, that’s teh way to deal with violence. More violence. Wonderful.
    As for uncivil behavior, we are calling them what, “AHs’ (since Adnan asked, it means ‘ass holes’), ‘Bastards’, ‘morons’ what else.

    Maybe we are just one tiny step removed from them. Their violence is physical, ours is verbal. Eventually the verbal boils over to become teh physical.

    Maybe we need to develop a different language of protest. One that does not involve burning things and killing people and hanging $#%@, etc.
    Go back and read the comments on various posts here and you will be shocked – I was – at how many times our preferred solution for anything we do not like to is ‘kill’ someone, ‘shoot’ someone, or ‘burn’ something.

    Maybe, there IS something rotten here.

  12. SWA (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

    @ Saddened, you may feel this is a harsh punishment but vandalism, burning or destroying public property is not a small crime. Any body found destroying public peace and destroying public property should be punished severly and no other way.
    If somebody feels they have a need to protest, there are a million and one ways to do so in a civil manner but we need to put our foot down on violence. No violence in the cities should be tolerated by the police at all and they should be heavy handed about this in riot-like situations.

    Yes, rubber bullets for trouble makers, I stand by that 100%

  13. Adnan (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 11:04 pm

    Saddened:Well written post.I say that we are not different those mobs.We have facility of Internet therefore we dont go out.

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 2:24 am

    100mm rain recored in few hours!!!!

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 2:28 am

    Opps wrong thread!mod do remove the post

  16. MB (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 10:28 am

    Wow everyone is teaching tolerance. All I will say is: Wake up, it’s a REAL world. If that be the case, then we need to start sending criminals charged with murder to Maulvi’s instead of Jail so they can teach them tolerance & all the sweet (to ears) things.

    Brothers, teachings are done before such an incident occur. Once it occurred, catch the culprit and punish that’s the way of a civilized society. And now that it has occurred, punish them. Simple

  17. sooban (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 11:57 pm


  18. suhail (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

    education and civic studies are the key…hope things will not take forever to improve…however we are heading towards a better time…i remember this kind of things used to happen a lot more frequent before.
    is it my fantacy? or anyone else also thinks that that the society has improved since, say 10 to 15 years ago?

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