We warned you ‘jan-nisaars’

The countless bill boards put up by the PPP for the reception of Benazir are being taken down across the city. One of the few boards that now remains is on the left hand side of the main road that leads to the start of the new KPT flyover (when heading towards Korangi Industrial Area). Watching the board again today made a different reading in the backdrop of the unfortunate bombing. The Urdu text on the board said:

Benazir Tairay Jan-nisar
18 aktoobar ko hain tayaar

Can we say that the powers that be forewarned the unfortunate ‘jan-nisaars’ of the things to come?

20 Comments so far

  1. Allama (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    While I agree that BB and PPP should have exercised greater caution and avoided such an extended and prolonged procession exposing all participants to great risks, we must all condemn and stop the fanatics behind suicide bombings. To establish a civil society, we have to remove the fear of free speech and public gatherings. Regardless of our political philosophy or our opinions of various politicians, we should stop tolerating those who engage in inflammatory rhetoric exhorting people to extreme violence in the name of Islam

  2. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 12:38 am

    Warning or no Warning, nobody has the right of taking 150 innocent lives for any cause or any screwed up ideology. For me it was a pleasant change watching people dancing and having fun unlike the boring gatherrings of all the other political parties. How cruelly they were silenced.

    Whether it was a suicide bombing or as the conspiracy theorist would say a self inflicted wound, peoples aspirations will not be dictated by a few screwed up individuals. Indeed who died in this incident were Jaan Nisaars, including the police jawans and the jiyalaas. Those who are responsible for carrying out and even condoning this act with their silence are the real threat to this country and society as a whole.

  3. SIlver (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 1:49 am

    Just a request, there was a picture of inside the “luxury truck” of BB with plasma and all in dawn, can some one send me that i cant find it on the net

  4. ALAM (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 1:56 am
  5. Straight Talker (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 2:37 am

    Even the Italian Sonia Gandhi is more patriotic to India where she lives and heads the country’s ruling party.

    Did BB leave her children behind and came along all alone to screw Pakistan?

    Sorry but Pakistan deserves a woman leader like Benazir.

    Wake up Pakistan!

  6. (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 4:26 am

    Benazir Bhutto plotted that bomb it self for popularity in poor public because she was loosing popularity but that kind of incident created public favors for her and now she made a big vote bank in Pakistan, local government MQM also fully supported Benazir for this fitna but poor public still they are blind they don’t understand this fitna.

  7. Reality_Check (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 7:50 am

    And those who claim to understand this fitna are themselves the biggest fitnaa ever, but there days are numbered. All hate mongers ultimately engulfs them selves.

    TALKER Whatever be the Benazir’s motives, She has demonstrated that She is no chicken, the Mullahs and the Jamaatees have a fight on their hands. Qazi has already declared himself hurt. BTW those who criticise PPP, MQM, Nawaz, PML(Q) and tactfully avoid naming Qazi / Jamaat / PTI, can they explain where Jamat stands on this, they call Karachi their city, why are they so quite? Haven’t they been touched by the misery of poor people? Kya dou bool tasalee key bhee nahein keh sakte?

  8. A (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 11:17 am

    Pakistani community is really into Allah azab because this community were send troops few years ago from Pakistan to Mecca to kill more than 100 peoples in Masjid-e-Haram those peoples claimed some prophecy but Allah already said this Masjid is for peace who come inside the Masjid he will be in Allah protection and he is in peace.

  9. Karachite (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    And it begins, again. I hope the 90’s don’t come back. But the same politicians are returning.

    How do we rate the 90’s era for Karachi? I mean they(BB, Nawaz, MMA-its various factions etc…) were the leaders then. Each party just has some different cards they play.

    Just leave Karachi out of the politics. No more killings please. And continue the construction and fixing of Karachi.

  10. BoZz (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    @ A – suggest you stand up as we cannot hear you properly. What BS are you talking of. By that standard I guess you were for the occupants of Lal Masjid too.

    Sheesh, and I thought we had got rid of them all.

  11. Visitor (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

    Well everyone still seems to be hoocked with the idea of a suicide bomber…i was watching Dr.Shahid Masood’s “Mere Mutabiq” last night. On the show retired General Hameed Gul coinned a new theory…he said the blast was not due to a suicide bomb but due to a jumping land mine. He further stated there r 5 more unidentified heads lying in edhi, would that mean there were 5 suicide bomber?…Dawn says there were 2 suicide bombers whereas the report given to Musharraf say one….

    Also BB was out and about the second day visiting her supporters concentrated areas. howcome now, the “whoever tried to kill her” is not making n attempt when there is comparatively lesser security and minimal chances of civillan casualties…

    I think the facts are quite established by now, I’m surpised why are we still argiung about the probability of whether BB is responsible for the blasts or not…

  12. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    VISITOR you have quoted Hameed Gul, the ex-ISI chief and the man behind much of the chaos that prevails in our society today, whose dreams of a central asian pan-islamic alliance from Pakistan to Kazikhstan have evaporated in thin air. A “Jumping Land Mine” thats a new one! He is obviously trying to confuse the issue and his conduit is Shahid Masood, who always provides him the platform to dis-inform. Its now well established that it was a suicide bombing and the guy was physically stopped by the PSF guards.

    As for BB moving around without being attacked, those are un-announced visits, its not like that the suicide jackets are hanging in a closet and the attacker can grab a jacket on the go and off to his mission.

    If you still want to stress that BB is responsible, the only option left to prove this theory is that one of the jiyalaas volunteered – they are not that crazy. However, as far as responsibility for openning herself and her suppporters to attack lies with the BB / PPP hirarchy. That said, can we let the terrorists dictate how we live and move around?

  13. Balma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

    This Hamid Gul guy is a character, to say the least.

    I saw him at an event few years ago, and after he was done with his bhaashans on why Pakistan should support tehreek-e-aazaadis from Kashmir to Koh-e-Qaaf (Caucasia), I asked him about Chinese Turkestan (sinkyang). He responded by saying that Chinese are friends, and Pakistan should not do any thing to upset them. Now guess what happened? In typical Balma style, I asked him if he then agrees with me, that PAkistan should only support those Muslim tehreek-e-azaadis which are not against friends of Pakistan, he got pretty upset and started talking ool-fool.

    Finally, someone stepped in to stop this conversation.

    So there goes his philosophy, not inspired really by helping Muslims but more like trying to screw others. Fine, this is all politics, but Hamid gul, if you are reading this, don’t act like a champion of Islamic cause.

    On top of his double standards, I have read somewhere the guys has minted lot of money from real estate related corruption…yeah, but what is new here. Every one in the Who is Who of Pakistan is a [] badmash.

  14. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    BALMA thank you for further insight into Hameed Gul’s psyche based on personal experience.
    I also had a chance to see / hear him in West ridge Rawalpindi, the abode of the generals, however, was not able to question him just had to nod to his sermons, out of respect to my hosts. You are right, he is one crazy rich nut and gets due mention in the book Military Inc, for his role in promoting his daughters transport business in Islamabad.

  15. ALAM (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    Not just Hamid Gul, but his daughter also minted millions

  16. Balma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    Military in Pakistan is corrupt to begin with. It practices institutionalized corruption. One does not have to be personally corrupt. The army as a group has done the job for him by stealing from general public and providing farm land grants, housing land for flipping etc. Anyone who has spent 10 / 15 years in the Pak army and is not millionire in US dollars is probably not worth his salt. And on top of that, we have the corruption of the type you two gentleman are referring too.

    And Pakistan kee budqismati, politicians we got are like Budnazir.

    I can’t help but recall how Shah’s return was orchasterated by the cee eye aye in 1950s. I am afraid that Mullahs in Pakistan too will take advantage of the chaos created by Bushie, Mushee, and Budnazeer and take over Pakistan.

  17. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 1:13 am

    BALMA The danger is not from the Mullahs, these zealots are not Molvi’s, they are far more sinister and committed to their cause. They came very close to almost getting complete power during the end days of Nawaz Sharif, their infilteration into the sensitive institutions was phenomenal, when suddenly NS blundered and brought Mush to power. This sudden change, did a lot of damage to their plans, they would have done a complete linkup before 9/11. Since then, its been a U-turn by Mush and the underlying tension and stress is all to obvious. Furthermore, Bush by his mis-adventures in Iraq / Afghanistan has managed to consistently provide fuel for their screwed up cause pushing his ally Mush in the corner.

    Nadaan dost se dana dushman behter hey. How true.

  18. Neena (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:08 am

    50 Jan-Nisaars died while protecting their leader Benazir Bhutto. 40 of them were from Lyari. Hope their death prompts PPP leadership to do something for the uplift of Liyari and other surrounding slums.

  19. Reality_Check (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 9:09 am

    NEENA that has been taken care of by the city govt. For the first time layari dwellers will have running water in their taps.

    The city govt has also setup help desk for burial and shifting of bodies of the victims of October 18, plus providing financial assistance. No news agency will report this;


  20. shahnaz (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 2:38 pm

    Is RAW and CIA double crossing Pakistan? Are they responsible for the bombings to derail the proces of democracy in Pakistan. On the one hand they are pretending to build good neighbourly relations with us, and on the other hand they are building long term relations with USA in the war against terror. I am boycotting Indian and USA products! Please read this news item in DAWN of today!


    Shawwal 19, 1428

    India more important than Pakistan, says US official

    By Anwar Iqbal

    WASHINGTON, Oct 31: A senior US official has categorically said that in a long-term perspective India is a more important ally for Washington than Pakistan.

    On Wednesday The Washington Post quoted senior US officials as saying that Pakistan’s failure to crush militants has frayed America’s relations with the country.

    “India simply must, as a long-term consideration, matter more for us than Pakistan,” James Clad, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia, told a group of journalists in a conference call from the Pentagon.

    “The US-India strategic potential is very, very profound,” Mr Clad said. “It’s been slow in coming — I think it will be slow in coming in the future — but it is steady. The trend lines are unmistakable,” he said.

    Mr Clad said even Pakistan’s leading role in the US-led war against terrorism does not affect India’s strategic significance as a long-term US ally.

    Referring to the growth of the Indian economy in the past one decade, he said: “India, I think, is seen as a potentially power with global reach.”

    Mr Clad noted that Indo-US defence ties have continued to grow along with commercial and economic ties between the two countries.

    India is on a major course to ramp up its military infrastructure, Mr Clad noted, with a multi-billion budget at they ready to purchase, among other equipment, 126 multi-role combat aircraft.

    “It is the largest external-announced defence procurement budget in the world,” Mr Clad said. “And people are obviously interested in this.”

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