Strike Call?

The Lal Masjid issue is nearly at an end after over 16 hours of aggressive fighting. The 8 day long standoff between security officials and entered a critical stage resulting in an offensive move into the besieged mosque and Madressa at 4 am in the night.

The issue and its impacts were very well covered at the Islamabad Metroblogs over the last week. Kudos to the team there.

Today, I saw traffic was lighter than normal at many locations with many people fearing local rioting etc, however so far there have been no indications of that.

After the confirmation of the death of the Niab-Khateeb of Lal Masjid, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, the MMA has called or a 3-day mourning period over the action and the operation. The residents of Karachi know well that when a political party calls for mourning, its actually a strike.

Security has been beefed up in Karachi as well, and lets hope that there is no violence here. There will, however, be some protests after Friday prayers.

Be safe

66 Comments so far

  1. Imtiaz (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 12:30 am

    MMA is again try to use the issues of Lal Masjid and use the dead Pakistanis for their own good, shame on these politicians. What happen at Lal masjid leaves us a very important question that who these militants gather so much of the arms and what is the source of their training and financial resources. Salute ot Pkaistan Army and the Officers and Jawans who laid their life for the sake of Pakistan. May Allah give Mushraf long live to deal with these kind of extermist and corrupt politicians of MMA.

  2. Imtiaz (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 12:31 am

    MMA is again try to use the issues of Lal Masjid and use the dead Pakistanis for their own good, shame on these politicians. What happen at Lal masjid leaves us a very important question that who these militants gather so much of the arms and what is the source of their training and financial resources. Salute ot Pkaistan Army and the Officers and Jawans who laid their life for the sake of Pakistan. May Allah give Mushraf long life to deal with these kind of extermist and corrupt politicians of MMA.

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 2:38 am

    this is 2nd massacre commited by the Dictator in almost 2 months, first it was 12th May’s massacre in Karachi in which almost 50 people were murdered by Musharraf’s team mates from MQM, while after almost 2 months now(today was 12th july) another massacre staged by the dictator in which conflicting death toll figure are emerging… DG ISPR saying 75 civilian and 11 Military deaths(total = 86) , DC Islamabad 102 Civilian and 11 Military deaths, while independent media saying that almost 285+ people died in this standoff..

  4. Imtiaz (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    Doctor with all my respect to you, For massacre of Karachi, Chief Justice, PPP and MMA are equally resposbile. Using a administrative issue in a political way can only be either done by MMA or PPP. Ok lets for argument purposes, MQM had agenda to do all what happend, then our chief justice is so dump headed and full of ego that he can not by him self call out the meeting in karachi. Govt. of sid offered him safe passage through helicoptor but he refused (or been ask to refuse by PPP lawyer) there is huge conflict of interest in using a lawyer who is an ex-plitician and with inetrest going to PPP. But who is going to explain this to our dump headed cheif. All I am saying to avoid the conflict he should cancell the address to sind bar but instead he chose to stand out and participated in the killings whcih was equally done by PPP & MMA using their PFS & Jamat student wing (I borned and live in karachi and know them very well. On the other front, I agree with Kami that the other Ghazi also achived his objective of parting with Shatan and equally responsible for the killings as he and his companion were using arm again inocent people and army equally. And also escaping under burqa!!! is this what Islam teaches us? is this the teaching of our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him) teaches us? attitude of MMA mulana’s are of a Hippocrates or munafiqen and soon ALLAH will decide for them, time is coming for them.

    May ALLAH give strenght to Mushraf to stand againt these evils.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    Imtiaz and others , the problem with you guys is that you are brain washed and you are in a state of complete illusion and total denial of ground realities.

    Lal masjid incident is a western conspiracy so that muslims should stop sending their kids to madrassas.

    I dont think lal masjid people were extremists, if they were extremists why didnt they kill any single foreigner- not even 1. It is not difficult to kidnap few and assassinate them. Again how many madrasa people in Pakistan in entire history have killed any westerner- “NONE”. On the other hand the state is initiating an action against madrasas to please their bosses in USA etc. How many molvis were martyred so far- tons of molvis in this so called islamic country are loosing their precious lifes on daily basis.

    Why Musharraf SOB was so impatient to kill many innocent people who infact took REFUGE in a holy place. Musharraf wanted a LIFELINE from his un-holy bosses so that he can continue to serve their evil purposes- to disintegrate the civil society.

    You shouldnt use a word extremists, these people are “resistance fighters” who are trying to save foundation of Islam in Pakistan. Westernisation is a poison pill that every Pakistani including you is taking every day without thinking that one day it will just kill you and your generations.

    Musharraf from very first day wanted to raid the mosque, he is an American agent and serving their interests to wipe out word islam from our society.
    I mean the way his foces bombarded the whole mosque, its just brutal and painful to see 1000s of innocent people loosing lifes on orders of just one person- Musharraf.

    He should be tried in court of law for extra judicial killings and sentenced to death so that finally some justice can be served.

    Wake up or you die in complete ignorance.

  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 14th, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    @Imtiaz its ironic that you continue to justify MQM’s and Musharraf’s involvement in 12th may massacre , CJ visited many other cities all around pakistan and addressed the bars and all the political parties minus MQM welcomed him and not a single person died, but here in karachi only addition was MQM and here almost 50 person died.. and media showed everything.. so blamming 12th may’s massacre on others simply isn’t logical.. nobody is going to believe illogical explanations..

  7. Imran (unregistered) on July 14th, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    @Mansoor and others who are supporting his views:

    Musharraf did what needed to be done for the Sake of Islam and Pakistan. lal masjid incident was not a western conspiracy rather it was Jahil views of these Mullahs. Taking law in your hand, kidnapping people from thier houses, snatching arms from your own country’s forces, Illigal occupation of land, kidnapping foriegners and forcing them to wear Burka,,,,What kind of Islam they were practicing???Give me a single example from the life of our prophet where he did or preach anything like this???Do you think that is how he preached Islam?? What about Sabar and husnai ikhlaq which was the main weapons of our Propher (PBUH)???Musharaf tried his best to avoid this but lal masjid people asked for it. He even brought IMAM-e Kaba but they did not listen to him. What do you want??TAlibaan in pakistan so they can beat our sisters and mothers with sticks if they are not wearing Burka?? so they can close all schools for girls and take the driving licenses from them???or force everybody to have a beard???

    All these stupid mullahs claim to hate West and western things and burn KFC,Mac, pizza hut and ask us to boycott Coke, but they all use western technologies, what an irony??? The Danm lal masjid imam and all of mullahs like him using Cell phones, Internet, Computers, Cars do they think all these things are invented and made in Muslim countries and by Muslims??? Why the hell they use them if they hate everything from West…
    Go check the houses of all these so called Mullahs from JI and JUI and others, they all living luxury lives when people on the street sleeping with empty stomach..DO they ever think about the preaching of out be loved prophet about sharing food with the neighbour and making sure they dont go to bed hungry????How many kids on the streets of Karachi sleep hungry, but all these mullahs move around in thier SUVs protesting against west dont have time to come out thier AC cars to feed them….?????
    Come on guys this is not the time to argue with each other, its the time to work togather against these so called Mullahs..
    Mushraff is not against Islam, nobody who calls himself Muslim can’t be against Islam, but we are against those who are using Islam to fill thier pockets…enough said

  8. Imtiaz (unregistered) on July 14th, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    Imran I agree with you 100%

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    one of the commentator on DR Shahid’s prog commented that she is a mqm supporter and was shocked to see her party’s quaid Altaf bai congratulating military
    over the successful army operation they conducted.. she says that she lost her relative in army operation conducted by Naseer Ullah Baber and extra judicial killing done by him, and how could MQM’s chief support such a army action..

  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 12:16 am

    my reply to the poor lady would be that Altaf bai just sheds corcodile’s tears and even when operation was being conducted in dera bugti baluchistan, he half heartedly opposed it and said that his party will part from govt and resign from cabinet, but as expected nothing happened it was just a tactic to blackmail govt and get a better package.. on the other hand Banazir Bhutto says that operation in karachi was her biggest achievement in restoring law and order in the city where bhatakhori ,assassination,kidnapping and other street crimes were quite common and murderer ruled the streets… and if she comes to power i expect that first thing she’ll do will be avenging 12th may’s massacre … real culprit grand terrorist Altaf bai and his thugs are sitting safely in london and innocent karachiites will suffer…

  11. Concerned (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 9:27 am

    As usual Doctor is continuing his Anti MQM propoganda. Dude I dont think you lived through the operation, it was a sad part of MQMs history and to riddicule AB over tht is stupid, get your facts straight before you speak ( or type).

    As for BB you have to be really naive to believe she can do tht, she will form a govt with MQM for sure and there will be no such avenging, already most ppl have forgotten it. NS, IK and MMA are only discussing it for their own political gaains, do u think they actually give a shit abt khi.

  12. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    @Concerned BB forming a govt with MQM .. even after 12th may massacre… one hilarious comment you’ve made there..!

  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    just pray that Mush would be around to save MQM’s neck like he did after 12th may’s massacre..

  14. Mansoor (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

    Imran and Imtiaz, looks like you guys just been returned from USA, completely brain washed. You are blind-folded.

    First of all its difficult to make you guys understand the whole situation, you viewing facts from a distorted angle and your judgment is totally biased.

    Musharraf S-o-B took law in his own hands when he removed the Chief Justice who was proving hindrance to prolong his un-authorised rule. Our unfortunate country is the prime example where killing innocent people is very common who voice their opposition. Dont forget he clinched onto power abusing our constitution.

    Where on earth you can have an Army dictator who happens to be a President too. Musharraf is running the country of 17 million people illegaly .

    America is simply using Musharraf’s very weak position to demand more and more of him so that before they kick him out they can fulfill their plans to disintegrate Pakistan completely. Musharraf is fast becoming another Hamid Karzai locked in his own Presidental Palace and cant move an inch without a bullet of bomb proof hard gear. Can he beat his own death , this remains to be seen.

    He drinks whiskey openly in social parties, he and his wife play with their pet dogs etc etc just to prove to their “Masters” that they are liberal muslims.

    I salute Abdul Rasheed Ghazi and his family for taking stand against the mighty of our coward Army personnel who out of fear of their own lifes used heavy ammunition to turn the whole mosque to a pile of rubble.

    Shame on those who are taking side of our criminal minded Army. Army lost Bangladesh as we all know, and now they are putting the whole country onto the deadly stake. USA wants to dis-integrate Pakistan and they are playing with a fool like Musharraf.

    We all demand that Musharraf should be tried in an open court for killing thousands of innocent people including women and children, and he should be sentenced to death, because he has got blood on his hands.

  15. Concerned (unregistered) on July 18th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm


    Sorry bro dont agree with you. What happened was good. The ideology of Mr Ghazi was good but the method was flawed. He openly broke the law and then said he did nothing wrong. He challenged the govt on many occasions which was really stupid.

    They killed rangers on the first day only because they were setting up a post nearby. uptill tht point there had been no open hostility towards lal masjid. but killing two rangers and then openly attaching them in fornt of tv cameras is a bit much.

    And later it turned into a hostage situation. If you look at all hostage situations around the world, they should never be negotiated with, because it gives a bad impression which can lead to deteriration of society in general by the way of anarchy.

    So bottom line it had to be done and I support our boy fully on this.

  16. Balma (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 7:30 pm

    * The ideology of Mr Ghazi was good but the method was flawed.

    ******* I beg to differ. His ideology was as bad as his kartoots. First of all, people like should ahve ralized that not everyone agrees with his ideology. Not everyone agreed with his ideology that music is bad.
    Secondly, no one can justify his ghundagardi in the city.

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