May 12, A forgotten National hero & the Real “Bitter Truth”

This whole month seem to be dedicated to print & electronic media. This story was not only very important to share but a duty, if nothing else is possible from our side. May be those at helm of affairs may have some mercy.

This article is the real bitter truth. It’s a slap to our politicians, our so called NGO’s, our self imposed religious clerics & the “educated” lawyers. It’s a slap to all of us & whole nation.

If there was one hero on May 12 it was Faiz-ur-Rehman, the Edhi ambulance driver. Read the story of a man who died on the streets of Karachi sacrificing his life for its people’s sake. A man who served around 2000 dead/injured people in Karachi & we showed such a callous attitude?. Parties are busy accusing other. They wasted two weeks & millions of rupees on their press conferences & propaganda. Did they ever, for a second, think about this Hero of nation?

After reading this story the argument about if we are in progress or regress seems meaningless. The reality is as naked as the event.

Will Altaf Hussain/lawyers/Opposition/CM & governor bother to honour this great son & hero of nation

50 Comments so far

  1. AH (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

    This is truly, even more so than the protesters who got shot, a tragic story. My heart goes out to his family and friends, and anger to those who pulled the triggers.


  2. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 8:27 pm

    I salute this unsung hero from the bottom of my heart for the sacrifice that he made.


  3. Mujtuba Haider (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

    Shame shame Qazi Hussain,shame shame Fazlur Rehman,shame shame Benazir,shame shame Nawaz Sharif,shame shame Musharaf,shame shame Chaudries of Gujrat,shame shame Shaukat Aziz,shame shame Imran Khan,shame shame Altaf and last but not the least “SHAME SHAME… PAKISTAN”


  4. Tamed~. (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    Great article, the inference is;

    The whole nation is a big ‘ Taawaif ‘ & our ‘dalals’ the politicians, are our heros.
    And not the people like Fazl-ur-Rehman.


  5. original-faisal (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

    This is for those of us who have a bit of a problem reading urdu; is there any way to
    read this in English or have someone just
    convey the jist of the article.

    It’s a bit embarassing to admit but one
    negative consequence of having studied at
    the Karachi American School was never quite
    being able to read Urdu fluently.

    Anyways,would love to know what the article says
    about this selfless and innocent good
    samaritan who became a pawn in the game
    played by the politicians.


  6. CitizenofKhi (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

    Forget about the whole story we dont have the time to translate but I can give you the central idea.

    Pakistan kay siyasat dano nay Pak. ka bera garak kar kay rakha huwa hai, aik aam say insaan ki koi izzat nahi hai, na uski jaan ki koi keemat hai, jis ko daikho apni siyasat chamkanay main laga huwa hai.


  7. BitterTruth (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    @Original-Faisal
    The article is in praise of Edhi Ambulance driver who was killed in 12th May incidents while trying to pick a wounded person. The brutal killers didn’t forgive him for this grave mistake and shot him dead.
    Edhi foundation has been a target of such incidents in the past by a political party (guess who?).

    better start learning Urdu to become original :).


  8. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

    Also a wake up call for those who think Karachi belongs to only those who speak Urdu and were born and bred in this city. Fazl-ur-Rehman was originally form Naushehra and was on duty (taking people to the hospital in his ambulance) when the govt. sponsored terrorists were busy playing ‘khoon ki holi’ in Karachi.

    @original-faisal:
    although its a shame that they don’t put much emphasis on URDU in these stupid grammar schools, but have you personally made an effort and learn how to read Urdu and Quran especially since Arabic is pretty much like Urdu?


  9. ABC (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

    @original-faisal, save yourself from being a “lost identity” and learn urdu.


  10. Neena (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

    Edhi foundation has been a target of such incidents in the past by a political party

    When I read the above-mentioned article, my first thought was why there are so many attacks on Edhi Ambulance and still noone apprehended by the law. Now I know Why? Is it due to the cash funding/Animal Khaal collection or something we don’t know?

    Original-Faisal

    Above commentators beautifully summed up for you and read more here here.


  11. Tamed~. (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 10:03 pm

    Dear Everyone,

    Stay focused on the orginal post & not on original-faisal.

    As it is more thought provoking than him.


  12. Neena (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm

    Original Faisal

    Aside from few good columnist all Urdu media is crap so you’re not missing much. But in poetry and prose collection; Urdu got real treasure due to Farsi influence.

    All The URDU Lovers,

    No need to get sentimental as this language* fight has already cost us half of our Pakistan.

    * I’m not implying that it was only Language issue but it was one of the major grievance which esclated the conflict. Bengla is a very ancient and rich language too. Just for curious minds I myself an Urdu Speaker.


  13. Pkhan (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    jis mulk main insaaniat hi khatam ho jae toe AIK aur Edhi driver kae Qatal sae kiya hojae ga.
    ALLAH USKI MUGFARAT KARAE AUR USKAE QATIL KO IBRAT NAAK SAZAA DAE,,,DO NOT EXPECT EVERY THING FROM THE GOVT/politician or so called leaders.They own these DEAD because of their Etnicity, I am sure most of the DEAD WERE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS,,,DO NOT EXPECT EVERY THING FROM THE GOVT/politician or so called leaders.They own these DEAD because of their Etnicity, I am sure most of the DEAD WERE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS


  14. Pkhan (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

    @ NEENA
    DID SOME ONE ASK U WHICH LANGUAGE YOU SPEAK?WHO CARES WEATHER YOU ARE URDU SPEAKER OR NOT> ITS ABOUT SOME INNOCENT GOT KILLED.


  15. Neena (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 10:35 pm

    MB,

    Looks like Fazl-ur-Rehman was killed during a crossfire or it seems from the reports, maybe that’s why noone is condoning his death as they aren’t sure whose bullet killed him.

    Pkhan,

    I know truth hurts but please Don’t shout!!


  16. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

    he was killed in the crossfire? wth are you talking bout? Fazl-ur-Rehman was killed because the terrorist were let out, left unchecked, and were given free hand by Musharraf and Altaf on 12/5/2007……


  17. Pkhan (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

    @ NEENA : What Truth you are talking abou you Being URDU SPEAKER?


  18. Jaywalker (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

    So, does anyone have any contact information of the grieved family members? Can we do something for his family?


  19. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    @Neena

    sweete, read what the one survivor had to say about this??

    he and onother wounded were been talken by the driver & his brother to the hospital and the MQM gundas stopped them and told the driver to throw the wounded out to die on the road. the driver refused and then the gundas shot all of them!

    it’s just incredible how naive u r??


  20. Neena (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

    Who were the wounded? Are they affiliated with some party?

    It’s a known fact everyone used weapons on that fateless day but ofcourse blame goes to MQM since they planned it this way.

    Media and Nice KMB authors already highlighting this issue I guess in no time Anti MQM will try to profit from this guy’s death.

    Fazl-ur-Rehman Lived as a Hero and Died as a Hero. I salute him.


  21. Sadia (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    I am posting this BBC’s article that is published today (May 24, 2007). This article is for those who blindly support C.J. and his corrupt layers; and especially for you — Mr. MB (your article always criticizes government and your full support to C.J. and his political parties):

    S Asian judicial faults exposed:

    Corruption within South Asian courts prevents people getting fair treatment, while slowing economic growth, a top anti-corruption watchdog says.

    A report by Transparency International (TI) indicates that the problem is rife within the region’s judiciaries.

    In India, it says, court corruption is increasing, as is political interference in the courts.

    The report says that judicial corruption hits the poor hardest, as they end up having to pay for justice.

    ‘Pliable’ judges

    The report gives the example in India of the acquittal in 2006 of nine people – including a prominent politician’s son – allegedly involved in the murder of a young model, Jessica Lal.

    The politician’s son, Manu Sharma, is now serving a life sentence in prison for murdering Ms Lal, after the Delhi High Court in December overturned a previous acquittal by a lower court.

    The report says everyone loses when justice is corrupted

    The TI report calls for judges to be independent from governments and parliaments.

    In Sri Lanka, the report says, judges who are perceived as problematic by the powerful have been reassigned from sensitive positions or had control of controversial cases transferred to more “pliable” judges.

    The report points out that it can be equally problematic if judges are permitted to shelter behind outdated immunity or contempt laws – which, it says, happens in Pakistan and Nepal. It says that financial corruption is also a problem – in India more than one person in three who has come into recent contact with the judicial system said they had paid a bribe.

    In Pakistan, the report says, bribery is rampant in the judiciary, which it said was ranked third among the country’s most corrupt institutions.

    In India and Bangladesh, the report says, lengthy adjournments force people to pay bribes to speed up their trials.

    The report concludes that everyone loses when justice is corrupted, in particular the poor who are forced to pay bribes they cannot afford.

    It says that when the judiciary is independent, a country’s economic growth is significantly faster.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6688527.stm


  22. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    NEENA;

    you mean if the wounded belonged to any party then u mean it was OK to shoot them?????//

    even Isrealis don’t do this.

    whats so difficultto stomach is the fact that an educated lady like u , after seeing all the carnage on prime time TV, is try to be a spokes person of a fascist party!!

    @SADIA:

    None can deny the corruption in the judicial system!!

    did u know that the present CJP in the last 2 years almost halved the pending cases, some pending for decades??

    don’t u thinkit was a good / better start??

    or r u awaiting the Massihah/Mehdi??

    we can talk on this for years but what is ned is to support this positive change and have an independent judiciary who are not subject to the whims of the politicians.

    may be if that system works for a while and the judges know that the govt cannot hurttheir interests, thing would get better.

    the same is true for the political system. the assemblies should complete their tenure and let the people vote out the corrupt!!


  23. James (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 12:34 am

    Dear Sadia;
    Thank you, for posting this wonderful article about Pakistan’s Judiciary system. I see on BBC that how few people in Pakistan support chief justice and his political puppets.


  24. Adnan (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 12:43 am

    Sadia I am wondering how this article affect “MB”, who always support anti-government lobby and corrupt Judiciary system.


  25. Neena (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 12:52 am

    Petarian_88,

    Call me anything but please … I don’t support regional politics nor I’m a fan of Mullhas.

    No it’s not OK to kill anyone due to their beliefs but I was trying to find all the facts. OR maybe I’m really naive to think How can someone kill a nice guy like Fazal? I’ve seen almost everything in Zia era and later but this …. it’s hard to digest.

    Saadia,

    You don’t need to Copy and Paste whole article, link would’ve served the purpose.

    Leaders are usually come within the system. Only time will tell about CJP. My instinct says in Pakistan only Punjab has a power to bring a change, as all others will always be exploited/crushed by the system.


  26. Neena (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 12:55 am

    Petarian_88,

    Call me anything but please … I don’t support regional politics nor I’m a fan of Mullhas.

    No it’s not OK to kill anyone due to their beliefs but I was trying to find all the facts. OR maybe I’m really naive to think How can someone kill a nice guy like Fazal? I’ve seen almost everything in Zia era and later but this …. it’s hard to digest.

    Sadia,

    You don’t need to Copy and Paste whole article, link would’ve served the purpose.

    We need elected persons in every department to lower the rate of corruption.

    Leaders are usually come within the system. Only time will tell about CJP. My instinct says in Pakistan only Punjab has a power to bring a change, as all others will always be exploited/crushed by the system.


  27. DR shaab (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 12:55 am

    I salute you Fazal ur rehman. U may rise up in heaven inshAllah


  28. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    by the way have you people heard about how any corrupt judges have been arrested inthe last few year in the USA!!!!!!!

    i guess even in the USA judges are not well paid.

    at least their Supreme court judges are appointed for life, so that any political party can not influence them.

    i think our supreme cout judges should also be appointed for life!!


  29. Neena (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    Sadia,

    Speaking of Judiciary, they’re not only corrupt but stupid too.


  30. Neena (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 1:12 am

    appointed for life

    You mean just like our Army Generals ;).


  31. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 1:15 am

    @neena & sadia;

    you must be pals now@neena & sadia;

    you must be pals now


  32. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 1:25 am

    @Neena;

    don’t u know that the supreme court justices are appointed for life.

    there is one american judge who can’t even walk because of old age! i hope he is not dead by now!

    iam not kidding!

    judges also need security for their job, as well as life & property/ financial security as well. right now the govt controls all these!

    imagine what will happen if a judge is not secure??
    exactly what is happening in a country like pakistan:))


  33. original-faisal (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 1:52 am

    Just wanted to thank those who made the effort
    to explain the jist of the article. I had read
    a bit about this noble man who died while helping others and just thought that the article may have a bit more detailed information about his background, family and so on.

    My intent was not to stir up a controversy about ethnicities, language and the like. I admit that it’s unfortnate that I cannot read Urdu fluently but, having said that, let me add that, besides English, I can speak Urdu and Sindhi fluently.

    Once again, thanks to those who kindly explained the basic jist of the article.


  34. wasiq (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 2:33 am

    what about the strike today….is there going to be a strike today or not….has all the parties groups and factions called off the strike for today…..somebody please confirm…..thanks!


  35. Shahab Riazi (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 3:15 am

    Does anyone have any information on this guy’s family? I heard that Edhi announced 200,000 Rupees for the family of the deceased, however, even they don’t know anyone in his family except someone who lives in Peshawar. I doubt if they have any addresses or phone numbers though. My question is how would they get this money to the family and if so what is the process of contributing if somebody was interested in doing so from afar. Can one of the bloggers who live in Karachi help the rest of us. Perhaps a call to Edhi Center would help.
    Thanks


  36. Neena (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 6:24 am

    Original-Faisal,

    Thanks to ZAB, I learned Arabic and Sindhi (Arabic Script) in school and use to speak quite fluently. Over the years it gotten rusty. But I can still watch and understand Sindhi dramas. It was a great initiative to bring all ethnicities together.


  37. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 9:26 am

    I think you should should change the name. KarachiPoliticsAndCrappyNews.blogspot.com suits more!


  38. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 9:28 am

    Yikes, I mean KarachiPoliticsCrappyNews.metblogs.com :D


  39. MB (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 10:23 am

    We love your HATE Zeeshan.

    Appreciate the effort & time you spend to come here, read a bit & comment.
    lol


  40. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 11:55 am

    Salute Edhi and the poor brave and sincere man who died.
    Today what we need is not bold, guts like Mushharaf, BB, Nawaz or Altaf, what we need is a heart like Faiz, we need teh spoirit of Eidhi cause we all knaow “yahan sab gol mal hay!”
    Bloody politics.
    Long live Pakistan


  41. MB (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    SHAHAB RIAZI

    Here is the contact info for Edhi Foundation:-
    http://www.edhifoundation.com/contact.asp

    For Karachi it has following contact. Call them & ask them for relevant numbers

    Karachi (Ambulance Control)
    021 204800
    021 205656


  42. Hameed Khan (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    May Allah bless Faiz-ur-Rehman’s sould and Faiz-ur-Rehman may rest in peace.

    This is just really pathetic and stop blaming only politicians, its all of us who contributed to his death. Because we think that only arguing and blaming (that is what all politicians are doing) is the solution to avoid such things, and we all are wrong.

    The only thing that can solve this in the future is education. Because these b***** politicians have exploited few illiterate people to do the job for them and the good thing is that all those illiterate people ever don’t know their nationality but they know their party that is what have been taught to them. They have been brain washed.

    So, it is not government, it is not any other political party because they are minority and they cannot do much with out we the people of pakistan being agreed to them. And the only way to deny to those minorities and become a one fine majority is say no to every MF politician. And that is what they deserve.

    So, think again and spread the message of love no the hatred. If someone is wrong or with another party let them be, but tell them the difference between right and wrong, not just start blaming their party in this way they only start hating you and this is the reason hatred is increasing so much in pakistan.

    For Zeeshan: KMB is doing what is happening in Karachi, do you think they should tell you about parks, roads and sewerage lines instead of what is actually happening.


  43. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    Sometimes I don’t understand JC. In one of his column, he was praising MQM’s discpline at ORG level.


  44. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    “We love your HATE Zeeshan.

    Appreciate the effort & time you spend to come here, read a bit & comment.
    lol”

    Heh.

    Thnx for the Ambulance Control #’s. Living in Khi, this should probably be one of the speedails.

    But Q: 6 digit #’s? (Or is this the main Eidhi “Control Room”, near Tower?)


  45. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    MB dude/dudette/whatever. HATE is a too bold of a word that you concluded yourself now isn’t it? What are you 16?


  46. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

    Since the post is sequel of CJ issue, I came across a very lovely piece of Info about IMportance of Justice in Islam and courts in era of Caliphs.

    tinyurl.com/2ewodd [courtesy Jang].

    Those psuedo intellectuals who are fed by West and curse Shariah and praise West’ judiciary system should read this event. THIS IS the real Shariah which you guys don’t even know at all. You guys know the shariyah which you learnt from your Madassahs[CNN, BBC and FOX]and them you guys keep talking about your teaching on several forums to demonstrate your wisdom and knowledge which is baseless. Can Musharraf, the liberal gaint and secularist go thru this process? We don’t need to look towards Britain and give example of Tony Blair when our own caliphs went thru similar process.


  47. Ali Kabir (unregistered) on May 26th, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

    @ Adnan Siddiqi

    Not every damn thing has to revolve around religion and ‘west bashing’…let it go man and come up with an original thought, its all smelling a little stale now!

    Its sad to see a topic about a murdered social worker being commented on by crap all around!


  48. MB (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 9:53 am

    oops
    Unaiza jee
    Bloody Politics !!! thats not politic’s mistake, is it ?


  49. waqar ayub (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

    shame rather curse of God and all the true lovers of this country to mr.altaf hussain who look like a pig.how a pig can give justice to people whos parents whereabout are not known even to himself.


  50. waqar ayub (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    shame rather curse of God and all the true lovers of this country to mr.altaf hussain who look like a pig.how a pig can give justice to people coz pig is born by so many fathers.did u ever heard his voice ,isn`t it match with a pig and look at his face ah!



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