once again.. karachi is in the midst of another strike! when will it stop!! this time, it was the MMA calling a transport strike, I thibk its to protest the passing of the hudood bill ammendments.

this time.. its been relatively successful. my office was closed today for the first time in months. I observed many outlets with shutters down. Schools however were open, which is a rare sighht during such days, with schoolvans operating as normal.

I went out in search of lunch today and found the places still open operating with skeleton crews.

Reports of violence are also coming in from near sohrab goth and adjoining areas. I hope we fare well this time.

20 Comments so far

  1. amir (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 2:12 pm

    no its not from MMA…….. and it has nothing to do with Hadood Ordinance…………please read newspapers……..

  2. amir (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    No! it is not called by MMA and it has nothing to do with infamous Hadood Ordinance. please update yourself and read newspapers………

  3. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 2:44 pm

    Hey Mansoor, I hope you don’t get on the receiving end by posting news without confirmation ;)
    Anyways, in my office it was work as usual. Just came back from Juma prayers and saw a lot of office ppl there. Parking around our office is as usual full.

  4. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

    We’ve 90+% attendance, and the strike was from Pakhtoon loya jarga for “pakhtoono ka ma’ashi istehsaal”

  5. Sajid (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

    Better post something after reading the days newspaper, interestingly 70% of MA jinnah Road and markets are open, attendance in my office 100%


  6. king_of _sharah_faisal (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 3:49 pm

    actually here are the real reason for the strike:

    “…They said everybody would get disturbed if Pakhtoons were disturbed and demanded that action against rickshaws and old vehicles should be stopped and Nadra must change its policy in regard to issuance of Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)…”

    as the report indicates, the strike is being organised because the transporters association has a problem with govt’s action against polluters and the denial of pakistani id cards to afghani pushtoon. the cause is being wrapped in an ethnic jhunda because thats the fashion of the day. sindhi waderas dont want dams because more water means more land under cultivation and therefore more competition. so waderas play the sindh explotation card. similarly few baluchi sardars dont want development because development will change sudeyoun purana socio-economic structure which enables balochi sardars to enjoy unchecked power over balochis. so balochi sardar playe the balochi exploitation card.

    karachi based pushtoons who control the transport sector have learnt from sindhi and balochi sardars. these pushtoon realise that their cause will get instant traction when raised under the banner of ethnic exploitation by the government. now the likes of ponam, ngos and columnist will jump in the fray and crticise the government for following an anti-poor agenda designed to suck the blood out of miskeen pakistanis.

    biggest losers in all this: the average law-abiding citizen reliant on public transport and the poor citizens who will suffer ill health because of pollution. rich people like myself will shrug our shoulders and move on because we dont rely on public transport and in the case of ill health we can go to the best doctors at home or abroad.

    at the end of the day we get the society we deserve.

  7. Farhan (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    Attendance at my place is low , Shahara-e-Faisal is not as it used to be , why when every one has problems they have to target Karachi , my dear Pakhtoons please close down NWFP , why us , Qazi has “postponed” the strike now it will be on next Friday aaj karlete to kia jata aab next friday bhi kharab hoga bhai Lahore ko band karo or where ever your base is Karachi ne kia bigara hai tumhra , people like us have no problems we earn a good salary , its the poor daily wages labor who gets effected the most , what these jerks are trying to tell , Maashi Isthlal jerkhead sare mazdoor ka kam band karwa kar aaj kia maashi taraqi aaye gi

  8. Mariam (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 4:05 pm


    Good points. If they want to call a strike why not have it on weekend? Looks like everyone is here to torture Karachiites.

  9. RAZA (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

    was dere not a post by same author on this forum about using this forum as a credible newz resource?

  10. Haseeb A (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    My university was empty!!
    No buses plied the roads…
    No buses, KFC etc burntt (till i heard) (obviously, this is MQM) hence strike was mostly peaceful. I hope they do bring out petro prices down… ya phir constant hartaal rahay

  11. SWA (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

    What the hell! Arnt pukhtoons overstepping their bounds here?? If Pakistani govt isnt giving NIC’s to Afghani Pukhtoons, its because they are fecking AFGHANIS not Pakistanis! This kind of stuff should not be tolerated. I think the government should toughen their stance now on this issue.

    Also, rickshaw owners torture citizens daily by tampering with their silencers and the like. There are cheap alternatives to rickshaws now available and I wholeheartedly support the ban on rickshaws. The CDGK should make sure that it doesnt back track on its drive to remove these noisy vehicles from the streets of Karachi.

  12. Kashif (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 8:30 pm

    Although I totally am against the strikes but it seems that this is the only way here to register protest. The transporters and good-carriers may have mafia and all but still the administration is unjust towards them. Taking bribes on highways, entry/exit points and inside the city is common thing. They do not get compensated for burnt vehicles during strikes. Their vehicles are hijacked for rallies/protests etc. When you think of it livelihood of thousands is linked with this industry and they have a right to live in this society like anyone else.

    I have seen on the tv today how police was beating up the boys who got captured protesting. It was totally inhumane.

  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 11:44 pm

    they’ve killed 4 protesters

  14. mansoor (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

    amir, khurram, sajid, : my humblest apologies! that was the ‘word on the street’ and i made an error of not consulting with a newspaper b4 making this post.

    king_of_sharah_faisal: thankyou for the link.

    raza: when i read the first comment, i knew something like urs would not be far off. In my defence, even newspapers print retractions :)

    doctor: holy shit!! “they” who??

  15. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 12:03 am


  16. d0ct0r (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 12:07 am

    btw without public transport on the roads it was so peaceful… comparatively less air pollution less traffic and literally no traffic jams

  17. mansoor (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 12:39 am

    Doctor: damn! thats totally unacceptable!!!!!

    on a other note, if we dont have public transport, a lot of people cant get to their workplaces/universities either.. which does mean a lot of wasted opportunities as a city and as a country.

  18. wasiq (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 8:13 am

    the strike was a huge success….i was able to watch* the stepford wives* and *clueless* after the juma….God bless whoever calls the strikes.

  19. Concerned (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

    I am tired of these pakhtoons. If the rangers killed some protestors then good. Non Pakistanis acting like that should be shot. who the hell made them the king of the transport industry anyways.

    The people of karachi dont have the guts to do this, but everytime a bus driver causes even a small accident in Punjab he is properly beaten up. Karachi should learn something from this.

  20. ash (unregistered) on December 20th, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

    Dear concerned
    Karachi has enough violence,there are some punjabi traditions we dont need to be part of. Also not all pakhtoons are non pakistani’s and lastly immigrants are the wave of the future for every city so every city needs to learn to integrate them.
    The stike and the subsequent deaths suck but that is how political protest works around here.

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