A dark day

Political obituaries of the Musharraf regime have been written many times in the past, but each time it has proved premature. Yet, today, as I spent the day in the news room of a TV channel, I couldn’t help but feel that something had changed – things cannot go on this way. Karachi bled today and the world looked on. Credit to the news organisations and the field reporters who risked life and limb to bring the mayhem and bloodshed into people’s living rooms.

When the final body is buried and the last debris are cleared off the streets, the political ramifications will become clearer. But whatever happens, today Karachi lost.

35 Comments so far

  1. ash (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

    i am sorry CJ. I dont see how Mush created the violence that is the backdrop of pakistani politics . the local parties are playing their age old game of %hit poker.

  2. Saad (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    Time’s up for Gen. Musharraf and his cronies. Did people not witness the end of the last three of his predecessors? His won’t be any different.

    It’s about time he starts with Allah Allah, otherwise Jahanum wasil hoga. Rest God knows best!

  3. frozen flame (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    Cy couldn’t agree with you more, today Karachi lost. I just want to praise the journalist community on providing the true picture while putting their lives in danger.

  4. Imran Quadri (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

    I can’t believe what happened to my city today.. i was watching the websites and the web casts.. being abroad (in France), makes it specially hard to hear and listen to things like that.. i don’t give a damn about the so called CJ.. if he was that much of a person, why the hell he didnt took a helicopter ride instead of insisting that he will take the road trip.. the Government also failed to keep control of the situation.. I was just watching Aljazeera International and the so called Esteemed Imran Khan was reporting (instead of being a neutral reporter.. he was continuing bashing the government).. i dont have any love for the government but what the hell.. you are on International Television and yet still we are behaving like animals.. After seeing the clips of people firing while holding MQM flags.. i wana kill each and every one of them.. It’s our damn city.. people are sitting in there homes fearful for their lives and yet the politicians and so called government officials keep on their petty arguments.. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.. may God help us all and our beloved city and country…

  5. Imran (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

    U are right Cy :(

    And did you also notice a “mob mentality” transferred onto the pages on Karachi Metroblog from the streets of Karachi!!!

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

    i dont believe karachi lost.. i think today karachi actually won today.. it showed the world what the belief of the masses can do.

  7. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    CY, I, unlike others, often tend to agree with you. But buddy, today, I may turn towards the opposite direction.

    “But whatever happens, today Karachi lost”…I absolutely and utterly disagree with you on this one.

    Much, much badder things have happened than today, during the early nineties, but this city has never, never accepted defeat.

  8. Cy (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    Mansoor: belief? masses? won?

  9. Imran (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

    “It’s about time he starts with Allah Allah, otherwise Jahanum wasil hoga. Rest God knows best!”, you said.

    If my memory serves me well, just 3 hours ago you said “fuck the mother of altaf husain….. i say again screw his mother.”

    What a HYPOCRITE you are SAAD. Deen aur duniya dono saath saath, huh? Excellent!

  10. frozen flame (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    @mansoor ..belief of the masses?? are you talking about the 3% of the activist taking up arms to dictate their will?

  11. Cy (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    Arsalaan: A city of 18 odd million people cannot just roll over and die overnight – Karachi will always exist. Defeat is far more complex than the mass deaths of everyone in this city. Karachi today was a city which turned back the clock on civilisation.

  12. Saad (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

    That was a different Saad, you can ask the author of this post to confirm the difference in IP/Email. I don’t need to hide behind aliases, people here and at several other blogs know me with my name.

  13. Imran Quadri (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

    Perhaps Cy is right in the sense.. the never ever.. have we seen this kinda stuff out in the open.. perhaps its due to media reporting the events straight to the TVs uncensored and live that could explain the shock that we all are experiencing… Yet i still believe that while karachi may not have surrendered.. it certainly took a beating today.. :(

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    I think Mansoor attended the Altaf Bhai rally where people claimed victory over CJ ;)

  15. Imran (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    To the SAAD who is not SAAD of

    In that case my sincere apologies. I got really upset bcz i find it intolerable when us guys treat ladies like personal jageer/izzat .. only to use abuse language in real life, for the womenfolk of (others). Which is clearly hypocritical.

    Anyways, my apologies to you again, as you clarified you are not the hypocritical Saad.

  16. redsnapper (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:41 am

    Cy, sadly yes.

    MQM said they will show who will win today. Musharraf yesterday said he could not be defeated.

    Today, they both won.

    And Mansoor, if you’re reading this … I was out there half the day. Saw things with my own eyes. Can’t really subscribe to your idea.

    What MQM does not realize is that they’ve shot themselves in the foot. They don’t care about opposition, great. They shouldn’t. But I think their vote bank, whatever is left, will tell them. One way or the other.

    Hope tomorrow is better than today. I have doubts though.

  17. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:42 am

    Media – Role :)

    Many of us must have heard “caught in middle of fire”

    AAJ TV Studios are located in Business Recorder House at the corner of Business Recorder road which starts from Guru Mandir Round about and ends at Lasbella intersection signal.

    Area on right and left is occupied by Pakhton transporters and blended within them are the balochs of native goths which are triangularly spreaded between Business Recorder road & Jahangir road. Gurumandir round about being TOP of the triangle, base is between Lasbella intersection and Tin Hatti intersection both are approaches for the bridges crossing liyari river. The great divide of Karachi.

    This triangular area is known problematic and troublesome area due to poltical and ethinic devolution, since 1956 even when it was non-developed.

    In that triangle Pathans from ANP & Balochs of PPP are the largest community which does not tolerate any BULL SH IT be it religious (sunni tehrik, mma, jamat islami, jui, etc etc or political mqm, pml (abcdefghiklmnopqrstuvwxyz) .

    What happened on business recorder road which AAJ TV believe is attack on them is little twist of facts. AAJ came under fire due to “caught in middle of fire” clashes between the ANP and MQM

    AAJ camera was confined within the building, where as GEO and ARY had their footage parallel when Poor Talat hussain was panicked.

    Talat Hussain being a Foreigner to Karachi must have never seen such scenarios is quiet right in his opinion formed., and expressed on his very own channel.

    The mob footage which AAJ covered any sensible Karachite can figure out from the “hulya” what creed & cast the mobesters are from.

    Only at 9.30 AAJ TV correspondent Asad Kaleem put that right. “AAJ TV was in middle of battle ground for over 6 hours between the 2 groups involved in clashes for the passage of rally which was to goto Tibet Centre, and as he stated in his own words that it was some urchins who got an opportunity and ransacked the unguarded transport vehicles of AAJ crew.

    ARY Footage can be viewed on TV and many of us can simply figure out it was not AAJ TV being victim or target, but their place is at the junction of crossfire.

    No matter what and who did that,

    I hate it, i condemn it, It has left a bad dent on economy of Karachi and brought a bad name to Karachi.

    Said enough, Whatever and whoever started it, is not a Karachi well-wisher. Their known unknown agenda is halfway complete, city is in chaos people are scared, confined, divided and if the strikes and clashes continue we may be looking at Karachi of 1992 – 1995

    Allah Save Karachi

  18. Sufi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:03 am

    It was a very sad day today. The saddest thing is to see the Native Karachi-Walas coming out and destroying their own city, that is truly outrageous.
    Just like anyone else in power, CJ isn’t a saint. Lawyers commit the heinous of crimes everyday. For me, removal of CJ doesn’t mean as much as some high official of Faisalabad abusing an underage girl as a whore and knocking her out at his wish, just because they had no men in their family. That’s what injustice is. Our country has all kinds of extremists, and Karachi is the melting pot. So many deaths occurred today.

    When government fails to protect the rights of its citizens, its time to abolish it. Isn’t that one of the basic lessons in political sciences?

  19. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:05 am

    Today, they both won.

    No RS, they both lost. That was fear in their hearts that they used Entire machinary to stop ONE MAN. The man who is a suspended Chief but appers more stronger because he stood against dictatorship. Don’t you find it strange and weird?:-)

  20. Kashif (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:26 am

    @Adnan: That man is going to be P of P

  21. Lies (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:37 am

    Karachi lost. Musharraf’s time is up.

  22. IUnknown (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:42 am

    Sufi, these MQM dogs arent native karachiites
    These are those “ghundaays” who have gathered from mirpooskhaas, hyderabad and interior sindh, to made this battle happen.

    Never call them karachiites again.

    @Mansoor, are u in MQM?

  23. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:44 am

    i just pray that if the CJP gets a chance to be the president of Pakistan he does not turn out to be like other politicians:)

    they all make a good start and then lose their way when drenched in Power:))

    Power makes most people act in wierd ways!

  24. Saad Durrani (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:55 am

    Karachi didn’t lose. We lost as a whole nation. Today, everyone is wrong.

    I am wrong as I am not vocal enough to protest.

    CJ was wrong as he left without doing anything.

    All political parties were wrong as they messed up the CJ’s head.

    The government is wrong because they knew what was going to happen.

    The media is wrong who made the judicial crisis worse by publicizing it too much.

    We all are wrong.

  25. aisha (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:13 am

    “If you really feel sorry over what has happened in Karachi, then stop these protests”
    Pervez Musharraf
    Pakistani president

    this from the bbc… really??

  26. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:20 am

    IUnknown, No mansoor belongs to Army :-)

  27. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:25 am

    if the above statement fron MUSH is true then it becomes so obvious that he ordered the MQM to create such a horrible seen that the govt can tell people to stop the protests otherwise there would be mayhem!

    it is becoming so obvious that allthsi was self-inflicted. how can these guys get away with murder in broad daylight!

    i just hope someone takes out this GodFather of Godfathers!

  28. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:28 am

    “5/12”- Is the dark day in the history of Karachi.

  29. ash (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:46 am

    cmon adnan 5/12 was the dark day in karachi? yeah maybe if you were born yesterday. This shyte is very old, and very sad but not unprecedented.

  30. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 4:31 am

    I agree with you here Ash. It’s very old and I can;t forget longest dark days of 90s when (Pakistan)’s fascist Army on roads were killing Karachiites and MQM workers and torturing them in the leadership of Naseerullah Babar. I can rephrase, 5/12, another Dark day in the history of Karachi.

  31. JK (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 5:18 am

    i hope mush proves to be the last yahya khan of our country

  32. darthvader (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    @sufi : well said .
    this CJ stuff is being bastardized by anyone and everyone with their own hidden agendas. But watching peopl destroying each other’s lives and property in ,supposedly, the cause of justice and the so-fucking-called democracy is just unbearable , it’s almost unbelieveable.
    fucking sad.


  33. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 2:39 am


    is your above post relevent to this topic???

    validity of quran & hadith is not being discussed/challenged here.

    we are discussing a political evet in karachi!

  34. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 4:07 am

    @ Health messages:

    I posted earlier asking someone to please translate your post.

    Clearly that dint make it.

    As for your latest comments, im sure there are a few MMA folks who would disagree with you :).

    I request 2 things of you.

    a) do not ‘highlight’ your posts with ^^^ & !!!.
    Its irritating to the eyes.

    b) If you want to quote religion, please do so by giving proper references. Everyone here can read the Book & understand the Tafseer.

    Do not take this as an offense, but understand that religion is a very personal & sensitive topic.

    Views might differ even amongst siblings.

  35. redsnapper (unregistered) on May 28th, 2007 @ 6:26 am

    @Adnan: Doubt if you’ll read this as I returned to this page after several days.

    “They both won” was meant to be an irony, not the literal meaning.

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