Things in control as protesters dispersed on SF

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/06/junemb/top02%5B1%5D-thumb.jpgUpdate 1: DAWN

Shara-e-Faisal, near FTC comes back to normality after the local residents started protesting & blocking the road by settings road on fire against KESC & non availability of electricity. Small area from FTC to Regent Plaza became the battle ground between police & angry protesters. I heard police even had to resort to shelling. But as I move from SF to home things are coming back to normal. The event started in the evening I heard.

The local residents were protesting against KESC & non availability of electricity since 2:00pm afternoon. The nearby area is Akhtar Colony I guess.

24 Comments so far

  1. BitterTruth (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 2:11 am

    US threatened us of stone age life..thanks to Mush we did it ourselves. Mush still want control, whats the next stage he can take us?


  2. Anon. (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 2:25 am

    While the problem is very real and painful, we can help by reducing our electricity usage for a change. Do not leave rights on, get laptops instead of desktops – I think these protests are a good display of frustration as long as they are not fatal; and as long as they catch media attention. I would say though, the public voice needs to have a central point of focus and a unique representative from each district


  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 2:35 am

    govt is already facing crisis on political front.. and this energy crisis is the last thing they’d have wished for.. they should think of buying some electricity from some foreign country..(until these jerks come up with plan to setup electricity generation units..)


  4. Naeem Yakoob (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 3:36 am

    Well, what can the Govt do? People have to play their part! And play it constructively!! There is already a separate post on how people save electricity by switching off unwanted items, using white energy saver lights, etc etc.

    Tougher laws should be brought against people who steal electricity (kunda system) and the law has to be religiously followed. Maybe a straight 3 year jail term for anyone caught stealing electricity. I was actually thinking of a life imprisonment or maybe a death sentence but I guess that was a bit too much! Get those fat a**es who steal electricity straight into jail. And make sure full media coverage is given. No courts and no bribes to be used for their release! This law should strictly prevail.

    Again I think the people also need to understand. Turning out into large numbers, protesting, destroying property would not help. Not giving electricity is not something done deliberately.

    And yes, one more thing. In London we are celebrating a Lights Out London tomorrow at 9pm for one hour. Multinationals, corporates, residents and a large number of organisations have signed up whereby lights and appliances across the capital will be turned off! Termed as world’s biggest climate change experience is expected to save enough electricity to run 3000 televisions for a year.

    People can collectively make a big difference!


  5. Naeem Yakoob (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 3:38 am

    Well, what can the Govt do? People have to play their part! And play it constructively!! There is already a separate post on how people save electricity by switching off unwanted items, using white energy saver lights, etc etc.

    Tougher laws should be brought against people who steal electricity (kunda system) and the law has to be religiously followed. Maybe a straight 3 year jail term for anyone caught stealing electricity. I was actually thinking of a life imprisonment or maybe a death sentence but I guess that was a bit too much! Get those fat a**es who steal electricity straight into jail. And make sure full media coverage is given. No courts and no bribes to be used for their release! This law should strictly prevail.

    Again I think the people also need to understand. Turning out into large numbers, protesting, destroying property would not help. Not giving electricity is not something done deliberately.

    And yes, one more thing. In London we are celebrating a Lights Out London tomorrow at 9pm for one hour. Multinationals, corporates, residents and a large number of organisations have signed up whereby lights and appliances across the capital will be turned off! Termed as world’s biggest climate change experience is expected to save enough electricity to run 3000 televisions for a year.

    People can collectively make a big difference!


  6. BitterTruth (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 4:12 am

    @Naeem
    Well, what can the Govt do?
    do you know that in last 10 years not a single Mega Watt has been added to the capacity? and no we can’t wait Kalabagh issue to be resolved, the authroties in power (= Army) should have looked into other sources. Still a few days back Sindh government blamed WAPDA not buying power from Thar Coal Plant due to a mere 0.3 cent difference (4.7 cents pu demanded) but agree to buy 11 cpu from Wind Plants.

    In europe most of things are operated through electricity (including railways). Almost all household appliances are electrical. In Pakistan we need electricity only to light up and run fans..if govt. still ask to sacrifice and cut usage its really shameful!


  7. bluemax (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 4:23 am

    If its shameful to ask the shopkeepers, marriage halls, billboard owners, etc., etc. to cut usage (from their insane number of light fixtures) so be it. Shame is a rare commodity here.


  8. Amir Shah (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 10:32 am

    Yesterday I was also stuck @ Akthar Colony Singal due to traffic jam, my office situated at DHA Phase VII so when I was going home @ 10:00 P.M. my taxi was jammed at Akthar Colony then I advised to my taxi driver turn taxi to FTC because Akthar Colony Signal and Hino Chowk was the ground of battle. KFC and banks also burned at Akthar Colony Signal. Akthar Colony Signal was also damaged and beautification of chowrangi was also hurt.


  9. Yours Truly (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 11:30 am

    Ohhh… so why dont go and ask Imran Khan to donate some money to the KESC so that it can make some arrangements to generate more power, Imran Khan has a lot of money and a proof is that his decison of filling a case against Altaf Hussain in London, since many of us think that Imran is a big well wisher of this country he will never put down your request,he can donate that money for case to the KESC or why not ask Mullas of Lal Masjid or Qazi or Fazllo to give some zakat to KESC since many of us think that these people are well wishers of Pakistan.This will also help them secure some vites from Karachi, since decades these jerks have never been able to secure more than few hundreds votes from Karachi… its good time for them to proof that they are well wishers of Karachi…. remember “actions speak louder than words” , yes and remember dont ask that party for aid which many of us think is responsible for the 12 may incident as u have said yourself are not well wishers of this country… ok…. so go and ask these jerks Imran,mullahs,qazi and fazloo to give some charity to KESC.


  10. MB (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    A Reminder

    Comments irrelevant to any post are considered SPAM as per KMB policy.

    Thanks


  11. Ahmed Wali (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    @Yours Truly
    may be u r right , since mullahs have on various occasions proved there love towards this country, here r two instances from many:

    1) At the time of partation Mududi the founder of Jamat-e-Islami is on record syaing that Quaid-e-Azam is “Kafer-e-Azam” and Pakistan as “Palidistan”.

    2) Fazlu-ur-Rehman father is on record saying in the assembly that “Thanks God we did’nt participate in the struggle for Pakistan”.

    3) At the time of Partition mullahs openly supported Congress against the Muslim League and Quaid.

    4) Last but not the least if a person involved in Ball Tempring and match fixing is well wisher of Pakistan than Imran Khan is the biggest well wisher of Pakistan.


  12. Yours Truly (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    @MB
    u right that irrelevant posts are spam, but the authors of KMB should also realize this issue , few days back an author posted his encounter with a “Sector Incharge”, now this was his personal experince and what does this has to do with Karachi but every one was happy with that post,KMB is actually hijacked by few “BURGERS”.


  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 12:06 pm


    to give some zakat to KESC since many of us think that these people are well wishers of Pakistan.

    there is a criteria of giving zakat.Also, there is a difference between Sadqa and zakat.

    Instead of asking others, why don’t you ask people to cut the usage of electricity? why don’t you burn yourelf infront of Parliment or CM house to register your protest to stop using extra electricity in those buildings. Don’t ask others, do yourself first and let others to follow you. Doing bullshit on Internet forums is hell easy task.


  14. A fully informed idiot (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    Example of sadqa and zakat…..pay or kil just so that the biggest terrorist can live in London comfortably at the expense of poor Karachites.


  15. A fully informed idiot (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    Example of sadqa and zakat…..pay or kill just so that the biggest terrorist can live in London comfortably at the expense of poor Karachites.


  16. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

    ‘save electricity’. I really pity your 3rd world mentality. Rather than putting the blame where it should rest, you are telling poor people, who already dont consume extra electricity because of it being so expensive, to ‘save electricity’. Why should a business owner switch off lights when more lights help him in attracting customer? Why should I not be provided electric power if I am ready to pay for it?

    Why should I save electricity when there are multiple electricity connections for Governor and Chief Minister, or when there’s no or little loadshedding in Islamabad? Shudnt the Generals, MNA’s, Ministers be made to save at least some electricity through loadshedding? Or, better still, why shud their electricity connection not be permanently cut off as a punishment for their failure to foresee the crisis?

    And for those who are suggesting some ridiculous measures like Imran Khan or others “donating” to KESC, please dont air these views publicly, I mean in educated company, otherwise people may take you as baffoons or clowns. However, you may hold such discussions only among shitheads like yourselves.


  17. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

    I was heading towards home late night 12:30 and I saw that glasses of KFC at Khy-Itihad were shattered all over the place, the whole Korangi road had stones and glass pieces. I headed towards KFC instead of going to Korangi Express way and saw a HUGEEEE traffic jam that went all the way to the FTC overhead bridge from Kala Pull. I was lucky enough to take a left turn after Kala Pull and was able to get back to where I was coming from or I would have also gotten stuck in traffic for hours.

    DIE KESC DIEEE!! Whooppss… wait… it’s already dieing isn’t it?


  18. Pkhan (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 7:27 pm

    @ Na Daan Siddiqui

    Watch your wording act like a man if you are a man ? on internet forum please. Where all this Burn In front of CM house etc. Thats what I said just comming in on Blog does not make you Litterate, you have acted like a very illitrate person. Hope you write in a civilized manner.


  19. Naeem Yakoob (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

    @ Axiomatic

    ‘Why should I not be provided electric power if I am ready to pay for it?’

    There are things that money cannot buy.

    However, I do agree that everyone should be treated equally and Generals, mna’s and everyone infact should get a taste of this loadshedding.


  20. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

    guess the terminology “MKC”

    public ke MKC, rulers & previliged ones can have their CAKE.

    KFC, Metropolitinbank & other outlets on Ittehad, are FQD UP by the MOB.


  21. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    guess the terminology “MKC”

    public ke MKC, rulers & previliged ones can have their CAKE.

    KFC, Metropolitinbank & other outlets on Ittehad, are FQD UP by the MOB.


  22. Pkhan (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    @ Axiomatic
    Generals/Primeminsters/Chief Ministers and Governors have earned that status which you have not earned yet….. So do as the boss say,,,conserve ,conserve not only electricity but every thing where you can conserve this is in the national intrest…who fail to follow up to get more power is a different debate. When population increases by 10/15% annually its hard to keep up and the masses needs to be blamed for stealing the power.
    KESC is in good hands , you will start seeing the improvement soon starting with REMotely Sensing meters and lot of people will get the surprise..so being a good citizen please conserve…..


  23. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 1:35 am

    Pkhan, a supporter of MQM sounds too lame to give me lesson of ethics.


  24. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    @pkhan

    In this country, we punish a person for stealing a loaf of bread, and crown the person who steals bread from millions of mouths. Thats mostly how rulers “earn” their status here, by stealing big time.

    In every civilized society of the world, the civil rights and facilities are equal for all citizens irrespective of their “status”. Even their ministers use the same public transport system, live in same houses and have as much electricity as everyone else.

    Here, not even rulers, but their ordinary servants are also given perquisites beyond imagination. I have read in Dawn that until very recently, there was no load shedding in Islamabad. Now it has started for 15 minutes daily.

    “do as the boss say”. I wonder if you are a follower of the philosophy “if you cant beat them, join them”?



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