Karachi’s Violent History

The International Herald Tribune chronicles the violent history of Karachi from 1987. Quite disturbing, once you look at all of them in one go.

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16 Comments so far

  1. Tim (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

    Just a half Page of History? Beruit of East!! and all they have is a half a page on history of violence in Karachi? and you Mansoor had the paupacity to actually quote and Publish it!! What a waste!

  2. mansoor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 4:07 pm

    tim: thankfully we haven’t had THAT many blasts here… and thats what the report focused on. im sure they’ve missed out quite a few though.

  3. Visitor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    They seemed to have missed out on some off and on ones, the ones i can recall on my finger tips. For instance a major blast that occurred in 2004 in an imam bargah on MA Jinnah road, then several from 2004-06 with in the PIDC area targeting British Council, KFC, PACC and the list just goes on…So there you go, no more complains abt “Just a Half Page of History”

    Come to think of it, in the last 4-5years bomb blasts have become a norm in Karachi. Be it small scale or large scale a blast is a blast none-the-less…

    However, a full or half page of voilent history is not the concern but the recent development of Karachi evolving as a voilent and prone to Islamic militancy city, is certainly very distressing…

    But then we have poeple who manage to stay optimistic in the current state of affairs and say “its a half-page voilent history report neway” not a full page….certainly a concession!

  4. Visitor (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 6:13 pm


    Exactly from where did you conclude that report focused on the fact that we havent had as many blasts? All it says is “A look at Karachi’s Voilent History”…that too just the fact that it is published by a Europe based, International newspaper; says it all abt wat the report focused on…


  5. Neena (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

    The article shows that Karachi had its share of blasts and Oct 18 one was the continuity to that violence.

  6. IMRAN (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    Karachi became voilent after the inception of MQM. Karachi’s non-stop voilence started in 1985 and that is also the year when MQM was founded.

    Bottomline- Say NO to MQM if you want to live in peace or keep suffering.

  7. ADNAN (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 9:36 pm

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  8. Reality_Chk (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 11:24 pm

    IMRAN if you take note, all these blasts were instigated by religous extremists, if MQM was not there you would have been swamped by these folks and all the consulates and hotels would have packed and gone.

    To name a few to refresh your memory, choose your pick: Al-Qaeda, Jaish-e-Mohammed, , Sipah-e-Sahaba, Sipah-e-Mohammed, TNFG Millitants etc. etc. There was a time they were holding armed rallies on the roads of this city and openly threatening and killing their rivals and executing high profile professionals. You have the list, go find your soul mate.

    Also there was no MQM in 1985, why did a traffic accident triggered the worst violence in the city?

  9. ALAM (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    Actually the first murder in KHI Univ was also committed by JI thugs

    MQM came and took most of the thuggery from violent Sindhi and Pashtu and IJT parties.

    Mohajirs supported it because MQM was their militant force guarding their interests.

    No one know Altaf bhai would become that psycho that he would drag Army men in KHI streets and then expect no reprisals, but MQM did serve its purpose for most of the time. If not, then after May 12 incident, there might have been more Qasba colony massacres that would have paled 40 murders by MQM on May 12

  10. IMRAN (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 6:18 am

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    “Also there was no MQM in 1985, “..

    Perform some true reality check and then get back to me.

    also, i agree that extremist is one of the biggest threat but don’t use the buzz words like Al-Qaeda, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Sipah-e-Mohammed, TNFG Millitants.. these are all media BS and only exist in the news. hope you are not one of those fools who talk as if Osama is the CEO of some org. and they recenlty bought Sipah-e-Sahaba for $25 per share.

    Get real as your nick says. if you dont do so, i will stop reading your comments.


    “Actually the first murder in KHI Univ was also committed by JI thugs”..

    MQM does not commit murder they prefer “massacre”… MQM caused more damage than any other party in the history of KHI.

  11. wasiq (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 6:25 am

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  12. ADNAN (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

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  13. Concerned (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 5:32 pm


    And I guess the atrocities against Mohajirs and massacre of Mohajirs didnt harm Khi at all. That was MQMs fault as well, wasnt it?

    Good theory bro. You should trade nicks with Verysmart. suits you better.

  14. IMRAN (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 10:34 pm

    @concerned bhai:
    mqm killded mahajirs more than any other political party.. remeber the brutal riots of muttahida Vs haqiqi? who were killed and who was the culprit? the answer is mahajir and mahajir. in case you are a minor (under 21) at that time, and dont remeber those days, think about 5/12? who let the terrorist out that day to kill innconet citizens and cause unrest in the city? the entire world knows that it was MQM who betrayed mahajirs yet again and turned their city into hell..

    your dear leader, a Chicago taxi driver tunred politician and the current British citizen, ALTAF dada considers the partition of the 1947 as the biggest blunder in the history of mankind. the former cabby does not even realize that how many genius minds of brilliant people who were loyal to muslims and mahajirs were behind the creation of Pakistan who worked days and nights for this great cause. and what about the scaririces that our anscestors made? was that a mistake?

    are you nuts, Mr Hussain? you are a very ordinary under worldworld mafia kinda guy with near “zero” IQ level and a person of no intellect. how dare you challenge the creation of my homeland and my identity Pakistan??


  15. ALAM (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm


    Altaf bhai is psycho in personal matters, but when it comes to his views on creation of Pakistan, he is 200% right and very courageous to say so.

    Pakistan is a failed state, in ideological and practical grounds. And all the reasons trace back to its creation ideology: two nations theory, which is quite absurd if u ask me.

  16. wasiq (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 5:24 am

    i admire your inteligence….:p

    (gustapo jee ki hal hai…this is not a personal attack i am really praising the moderator….most chinese believe that if you have spent four seasons in a place you know the place well enough to fall in love with it…i have spent more than seven seasons here at KMB…and i will not surrender or desert it without a fight….i can face the grand jury and also the US federal martials for every single comment posted by me…can you? anyone?)

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