5/12

In the recent past, specially after 9/11, it has become a routine to disambiguate specific dates with numbers. I feel yesterday, 12th May 2007 was such a date on which Karachi underwent a life-changing incident, hence I choose to memorialize it as 5/12.

It was not only political rivalry or sectarian rivalry, let loose on our city, but was more like a state sponsored massacre in Karachi. We were all witness to the massive build-up of forces throughout the city even the late night barricading of key intersections which aimed at blocking all specific routes to the airport, ironically the rest of the city was left untouched. The forces maintained a strong deterring presence until precisely just before the start of the opposition rallies. It was then these jawans were ordered away from the strategic points leaving key vantage points at the merciless hands of ‘favorable’ snipers.

The snipers were then merciless on the approaching rallies using them as target practice, there was some return fire from below but how much can one do with raining bullets and you have to scramble for cover. I honestly believe the ordering of police and rangers out of these areas was a deliberate effort by Musharraf and MQM to use this bloodshed to damage the credibility of the CJP. They calculated ‘a few lost lives, so what, but at least we can pin it on Iftikhar’ and true to the words, that is exactly what they did, Altaf Hussain used it in his speech at 4:30pm and Musharraf later at night while addressing a state-sponsored gathering in Islamabad. He rambled about his sacrifices for this nation, but every few minutes drummed out loud the death toll shoving it accusingly into the face of the Chief Justice of Pakistan. All our blog posts and comments here today accusing one party or another for the tragedy go wasted as quite simply Karachi was used and the dead were simply pawns in the game of wits. Many have accused the CJP for allegedly politicizing the judicial crisis but I blame Musharraf for using Karachi as a chopping block for his grapple for power.

Coming back to the topic, I have felt that this blog has been instrumental in this crisis yet again providing a platform for the voice of the common man, we as blog authors used this to convey our thoughts by allowing us the freedom to publish lengthy articles drumming our own bias in one form or another, hundreds of readers read these and have debated each topic but sadly some valid argument do definitely get lost in the mixture never to emerge. I as an open minded individual would like to hear all sides of this tragedy and hopefully come to a better understanding of this disaster. The only place suitable for such a dialog is only possible by compiling an article on Wikipedia. The mass editing capability will ensure that a neutral article ‘may’ come into existence hence for this purpose I have started a Wikipedia article titled 5-12, memorializing this tragic day in Karachi.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5-12

Potential editors are requested to carefully edit the article so as to present the truth as it played out in their mind, be accepting of other arguments and slowly we might come out with a mutually acceptable version of the disaster. Rampaging through the article by peppering it with party specific viewpoints will only discredit the party and may potentially result in a lock down of the page. So please edit with care. Credit for the title 5/12 and wikipedia article goes to Adnan Siddiqui & also in part to PPH

37 Comments so far

  1. softjoint (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 6:43 am

    Teeth Maestro, aren’t you the guy who also goes by the name of “Doctor”? You oppose EVERY development project in Karachi and today is an Eid day for you.

    People like you should be thrown out of the city.


  2. very udaas (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 7:58 am

    The situation is not good out there. It is the day of joy for anti-Pakistan and anti-Islam forces. I fear we might lose Pakistan and become slaves again. For God sake, please stop fighting at all levels.

    May Allah give us wisdom and show us the right path. Aameen!


  3. original-faisal (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 8:03 am

    @SOFTJOINT

    Dozens of innocent human beings have been
    butchered. For once, can’t people of your
    ilk have a modicum of decorum and decency?


  4. yo yo (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 8:11 am

    TEETH…YOU are a one eyed MONSTER…stupid cant you see.


  5. Aijaz Siddiqui (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 9:01 am

    It seemd all plan, as comments of Peer Sahib Pagara in Riasat of May 11, 2007, “If 1200 people are masacared, Marshal Law will definitely be in”


  6. AH (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    Yo Yo, what’s your point?


  7. Neena (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 10:41 am
  8. Faraz (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 11:29 am

    This is a very irresponsible post. TM can you back up any of what you said? Political one-sided posts like this will kill this blog.


  9. pkhan (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    Supreme Court Needs to take Suo Moto action for the Movement of this Evil LookingCheater Judge.What this Dakuu looking guy is trying to achieve by going places and giving speeches. Was he sleeping when he had his old post of judge?Why he was not showing all thses activities? He is the same Judge who took Oath Under PCO?Is he fighting for his life or Democracy.Find out the connection between him and Crook Munir Malik? Who this person is? He is the Son of a dead looter and plunderer of the stock Market? These People have no intrest of this country.Firing on Munir Malik House was done by his OWN GONDA’s as he said he was watching TV three in the morning? or was he waiting for the action?


  10. Kamran (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    @softjoint: What development are you talking about???

    @Faraz: Did you read the entire post carefully?

    Thanks TM and Adnan for doing this. I have to thank all of the bloggers at KMB as well as our private media for showing the true picture of what was happening in Karachi.

    I am in no position to judge who was doing what since I have never lived in the city but a lot of my close colleagues and friends are from Karachi and every single one of them are of the same opinion as expressed by the majority in this blog as to who was/is ultimately responsible for this atrocity.

    In another post another author said “only 20 people died” The death toll now atadn at 36. And what a retarded way of thinking.

    As Lenin once said “One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic”

    Don’t anyone dare treat it as a statistic and remember each one as a tragedy. And remember who is responsible and make them pay in a civilized manner.

    Trashing each other like this is not the solution, it is the problem.


  11. AH (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    PKhan, your argument amounts to nothing when you start off by calling someone an “Evil LookingCheater Judge.” Your other points are inane. You really don’t think anyone will believe them, do you?


  12. YMEE (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    @PKHAN:
    We dont know if CJP is innocent or not, but we do know for sure that it was govt’s job to maintain law and order in the city. Had Musharraf and Altaf acted wisely, the situation would have been much different and these killings could have been avoided. They both are equally responsible for these murders.


  13. Saad (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    [quote]Was he sleeping when he had his old post of judge?[unquote]

    He was busy taking suo-moto action on over 6000 cases of human rights abuses, undertaking cases like the Steel mills case, Mano Bheel case, New Muree project, IMAX Lahore Case against Gov. of Punjab, preventing public parks being converted into exclusive (mini)golf clubs, enforcing building regulations, instituting inquiries into cases of forced disappearances, providing relief to rape victims, banning forced marriages and retarded customs like Wani and in clearing a backlog of over 23,000 cases pending in the supreme court of Pakistan. And he did all that in just 2 years of him becoming the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

    If ‘goonda-looking’ people do such things for their country, then I think we are in dire need of more ‘goonda-looking’ people/officials.


  14. softjoint (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

    Iftikhar Chaudhry looks like a PPP ghunda, actually more like a hired assassin or a hangman at the gallows. Who made him the CJ anyways? Shame on Musharraf.


  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm


    Credit for the title 5/12 and wikipedia article goes to Adnan Siddiqu

    Correction Doctor: The idea of Wiki I got from AsadAsif who suggested in one of the post. I only suggested you Title of the Entry while we were chatting on Gtalk. Kindly give the credit to the person who deserves. Thanks


  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

    I am wondering what happened to my friend Yoyo?


  17. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    LOL!

    Calling Iftikhar PPP ghunda or chamcha, I am just wondering where would this pro MQM idiots would hide when Mush would make a DEAL with Benazir?? wil they start licking PPP’s toe then? hehe poor chaps


  18. softjoint (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    Dream on. Your master, Zardari and is never coming back.


  19. pkhan (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

    @ AH & Ymee
    Whether you believe it or not that is the truth call any one at those places and ask about that if his Abba was a stock exchange higher up and what he looted and during whose Govt.Who said Cheater Judge is innocent? he is a CROOK.these 36 people who got Killed the blood goes on the Crook and his supporters.


  20. JK (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    pkhan are you on drugs?


  21. Distraught (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    Why has the 5-12 article on Wikipedia been plagiarised heavily (if not completely) from the article on Karachi Riots at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karachi_Riots ? The former was started first, and instead of adding or editing, was it really necessary to just copy and paste someone else’s work into a new article?


  22. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

    PK Khan my friend, you have been trolling for long time. Just take a break!

    One like it but one Chief[Iftikhar] seems to earned more point than other Chief[Musharraf].

    It’s just hard to believe and amazing that how a “MAN IN BLACK” drove crazy the most powerful president of Pakistan who holds 3 posts, got puzzled so much that he ordered his chamcha to arrange two rallies in two cities and went so far that he kidnaped CJ at Airport. THere is Something in CJ which has driven Mush crazy enough!


  23. Distraught (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    Actually, I take that back. This 5-12 article has been completely copied, and ineptly so, including footnotes without actual links to the references cited. Shameful.


  24. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    DiSTRAUGHT:

    Its not heavily palgarized. Yes only a section was copied.

    The beauty of Wiki is ANYONE could edit the article. Those who think the article is baised[which I think is not] then they can add their points in the article. See the entry of Jesus[AS], it contains point of views by all abrahamic faith. Pro MQM/MUSH can also add their point of view in same article.


  25. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    “Pro MQM/MUSH can also add their point of view in same article”

    Dont bet against it. Just read the mqm stub @ wiki. Great comic value :).


  26. Atif (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

    After what happened yesterday in Karachi, who in the right mind will support the MQM or Prez. Musharraf


  27. Jalal (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    Yar, Teeth Maestro, I am sorry, but you can not make Wikipedia entries that are so seriously biased as 5-12. Since only ONE PARTY did not use weapons you cannot blame ONLY them for this.

    It is an encyclopaedia and not KMB. You cant just go out there are starting screaming unverified information as you can on your own blog.


  28. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 6:27 pm

    Jalal and others opposed to the wikipedia article – my intention is not to create a separate entity biased or unbiased version but I wanted someway to harness this power of so many readers to come with one mutually acceptable version. I know there are many good points of view which need to come forward in a blog style format the comments get lost so this wiki entry is just a different way to compile everything –

    No One needs to edit it – Yes I created a starting block copied (with credit) from another source article which is presently in a lock down status so I thought a different page can give a starting block for aspiring writers. It was an innocent idea with no ulterior motives at all ;)


  29. AH (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    PK: So even if we assume that the CJP is a crook, does that mean he cannot come to Karachi? Is that why Altaf Hussain (who by the way has gained a lot of weight living the good life in the U.K.) doesn’t come to Karachi?

    The question is about freedom: if someone who has not been convicted of anything is not allowed to come to a city, and blamed for killings by those who represent the killers, that’s wrong. Its as simple as that.


  30. Waqas (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

    “O my Lord! make this city one of peace and security: (Ch:14, V:35)


  31. irfan (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

    haq parast rulez


  32. Omar (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 11:32 am

    I’m not political @ all but i think we should come to one consensus.

    Bring the person i.e. Altaf Hussain and ask him to face the khi ppl himself rather than sitting outside and giving orders of corner meetings, what more can the MQM guys do.

    Just bcoz of his a-holic destructive politics, youngsters are getting killed. Alhamdolillah they’re exposed now.


  33. Omar (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    Bring cheif Altaf back from London and ask him to face khi ppl if he loves them this much.


  34. FARAZ (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 8:38 pm

    Say whatever u wanna say, but
    HAQ PARAST RULEZ


  35. NEDIAN ALI (FE) (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 2:47 am

    dear pakistanis:
    on 12th may im not going to put my words .but my question 2 all the opposition parties is that,
    “WHERE WERE THEY WHEN 1600 PEOPLES WERE KILLED IN THE 1992 OPERATIONS AGAINST MUHAJIRS(MQM)”
    (on record there was not a single ralley held by any party 4 the routhless killing of human beings)
    if fighting for rights is terrorism then i think mqm is the biggest one.
    “NOW ALL THE OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE HELPING OUT THEMSELVES FOR THE UPCOMING ELECTION AFTER THE DEATH OF 40 PEOPLES”
    thanks


  36. NEDIAN ALI (FE) (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 2:47 am

    dear pakistanis:
    on 12th may im not going to put my words .but my question 2 all the opposition parties is that,
    “WHERE WERE THEY WHEN 1600 PEOPLES WERE KILLED IN THE 1992 OPERATIONS AGAINST MUHAJIRS(MQM)”
    (on record there was not a single ralley held by any party 4 the routhless killing of human beings)
    if fighting for rights is terrorism then i think mqm is the biggest one.
    “NOW ALL THE OPPOSITION PARTIES ARE HELPING OUT THEMSELVES FOR THE UPCOMING ELECTION AFTER THE DEATH OF 40 PEOPLES”
    thanks


  37. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 20th, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

    @NEDIAN ALI MQM was a terrorist organisations, and it’ll stay that way.. your lame justification simply won’t change the public perception.. MQM killed nearly 42 people that day and Altaf the grand terrorist of them all sitting in london is solely responsible for all the killings..



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