Ijtamai Giraftarian

or Combined Arrests, was the outcome of a rally of the Karachi Union of Journalists outside press club yesterday afteroon. A number of journalists were ‘laathi charged’ and arrested after the protest for freedom of the press turned ugly. During the event, our very own Urooj Zia was also present where she was subsequently arrested and taken to jail for a couple of hours. Post arrest, she reports having a ‘rocking time of partying and raising hell’ till her release (details later). We are very proud of having her aboard as an author and a blogger, and support her initiative to be on the front lines. at least she’s there for what she believes in.

As usual, i have both sides of the story told to me and not wanting to believe either (as i believe the truth always hides in a third plane) i’ll present both.

Side 1: The Journalists present
They were protesting, chanting slogans and in general being a peaceful bunch and raising hell, when the police just went beserk on them and started beating up everyone present. Then they arrested around 10 prominent figures after which all other journalists present gave themselves up for arrests in a show of unity.

Side 2: Other sources
The journalists were protesting with placards and slogans and were told to remain in their cordoned off area. Some elements among them (who were subsequently the first to be arrested) decided that this was just too peaceful and not newsworthy and decided to up the stakes. First by jeering and bullying the security personnel, then by trying to break the barriers in which they were contained in, and third, when all else failed, deciding to turn the protest into a march. When they were not allowed to do that, the rouge element proceeded to start stoning the security officials after which all hell broke loose and lathi charge started, following by the arrest of the initial trouble makers. That is when others in the group gave themselves up for arrest as a show of unity.

Note: both sides of the story were given to me by members of the press, who were present at the front line at the time. Which ever side you choose to believe, is up to you.

66 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

    This is not going to happen in your life time.

    It did happen with Gen.yahya and Zia. Why can’t with Musharraf? :-)

    Taking history lesson is good practice :)

  2. qasim (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

    just wait buddy time will come now we Pakistanis are very much aware abt the ugly face of napak army …every part of pakistan is full of napak army atrocities and yeah still karachi ppl dnt forget abt 90’s operation by army dogs…InshAllah when rule of law prevail in pakistan army walas dont have any place to hide.

  3. MKS (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 4:15 pm

    OK. Keep waiting then..

  4. MKS (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 4:18 pm


    I am sure your ___ has been kicked badly by some army man. Kiya kisi Army Wale ne le tu nahee lee apki

  5. MKS (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 4:19 pm


    I am sure your ___ has been kicked badly by some army man. Kiya kisi Army Wale ne le tu nahee lee apki

  6. Kads (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

    It is the use of the language, the words, the way they are spoken and the gist of the coversation that gives them away. They talk funny. ie use of “yeah yeah”, and “no no” and “only” at the end of each sentence while shaking head left to right. Hahhahahaha. Its hilarious to watch them. They look like real idiots saying yes while shaking head :)

    Face to face, all pakistanis can tell an indian in 1 second flat. Online, it is easy too. You just have to see the way they talk and type. But we digress, lets move back to bashing Mush the dictator.

  7. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    @ Kads
    That was funny…but you know Indians mostly behave well in America except that Kerala language that makes me laugh everytime I hear it.
    But they all are my friends (good people)

    In regards to Musharaf bashing, you know he is being pushed by the big powers to take care of(fight)terrorism. On the other side you guys push him. What do you expect him to do?
    You know the alternative (selfish politicians)

    Why dont you give him the benefit of the doubt?
    May be he knows (classified secret information)
    something you dont.

  8. Reality_check (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 4:11 am

    If as a journalist you raised the slogans like;

    Free Media
    Restrictions not accepted
    We will fight for our rights

    and so on…..Then it was ok.

    But when you say “Go Musharraf Go!” you enter the realm of politics and are no longer un-biased. It simply proves what the government is saying.

  9. Saima Nasir (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 4:59 am

    Michael Scheuer yesterday said on the CNN that America doesn’t want democacy in Pkaistan, it is against the US interst to have a democratically elected leader in that countrry. USA wants a stable ‘Pakistan’ and Musharaf is good for this Job.

    CONGRATULATIONS! To all un-biased, non- plitical Pakistanis. Now, very soon Pakistan will join the ranks of ‘respected’ countries like Turkey (unlike ‘Iran’). yesterday’s reporting of CNN covering the GENERAL’s Politics was the first step in that direction. They were really respectful of his actions and policies.

    Michael F. Scheuer is a former CIA employee. In his 22-year career, he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (aka “Alec Station”), from 1996 to 1999, the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center. He then worked again as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.
    Scheuer resigned in 2004. He is currently a news analyst for CBS News and a terrorism analyst for the Jamestown Foundation’s online publication Global Terrorism Analysis.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  10. kads (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 6:11 am


    The issue isnt whether musharraf is better then nawaz and benazir and altaf. Anyone would be better then those 3. Even a donkey. But the issue is that musharraf must understand he is not above the law.
    No one, not even musharraf must be allowed to get away with trying to make fools of the people. And thats what he is trying to do by using excuses like terrorism to put judges he likes and banning the tv channels. Musharraf or not, this is not acceptable. So the protest continues.

  11. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 3:23 pm


    what an imagination., you are painting picture of 1971 Cyelhut, Chittagong & Dhaka which was infested with indian army in disguise of Mukti Bahini.,

  12. MKS (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

    KMB moderator.

    Kick out Qasim from this blog, I am sick of his gutter language and mentality.

    Qasim you go to hell

  13. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    I vote NO to kick Qasim Out, Keep Qasim Around :) for a while … !

    KADS,, Chill

    – Qasim – I wish you stay healthy happy and prosperous beyond 2010,

    am sure you will be AGAIN among those who turn theirs butts from Civilians and BEG Khakis to come for rescue.

    then there will be another ayub, yahya, zia, musharraf, checcha, meema, kana, tulla, paiynra

    UNLESS WE CHOOSE WHAT WE WANT WE CANE NEVER BE Happy with ourselves to rule & govern Ourselves.

    The basic FQIN problem is with US commoners, not with anybody else.

  14. Concerned (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    Whats happening to this blog, the posting by Teeth Maestro today is clearly just a poster. No comments allowed on it.

    Is that a system glitch or are people using this forum to advertise their personal rallies.

    this is BS.

  15. Balma (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    This is dandaan-saaz’s way of protesting govt’s ban on the media. What an ahmeq. It is bit similar to Mullahs complaining about too many channels promoting foreign culture in Pakistan, now complaining about the ban on media.

  16. bangee (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

    As long as musharraf has US’ backing, he is F***ing immortal…and tht will continue till the next elections in US in 2008…hopefully a democrat will be elected…and there will be no more of the war on terror hocus pocus…and the new goverment will be the way it was in clinton’s era…not giving a f**** about Pakistan….
    hoping for some normalization

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