Who do you think is Responsible for the Riots in Karachi today?

There are many theories floating around the city, the finger pointing is endless, so lets take a poll to see the general consensus at least of the readers on this blog. As a sidenote we would welcome any eye witness accounts of the events of today, as it seems the media is unable to identify the ‘Na-maloom Afraad‘ who ransacked our city yet again.


22 Comments so far

  1. madman on April 10th, 2008 @ 12:37 am


  2. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on April 10th, 2008 @ 1:35 am


    yes, MQM’s loyal lawyers :-)

  3. Teeth Maestro (kar_teeth) on April 10th, 2008 @ 1:55 am

    The funny part is the offical version that keeps on being narrated on all media channels is that the Lawyers had a fight with some NaMaloom Afraad – which led to the NaMaloom Afraad on a rampage through out the city. Burning cars, tires and of all things killing people …

    I think we all know who the NaMaloom Afraad are – it is probably the safest word to use in Karachi if you fear for your existence.

  4. calyps on April 10th, 2008 @ 2:09 am

    PPP and all the political parties …

    we need new leaders ..

  5. wahidain on April 10th, 2008 @ 3:06 am

    Helllooo Geniuses…
    as if the riots werent enough….Mr.Maestro though he’d introduce some hatred arnd here……
    you yourself mention that "finger pointing is endless"…..and yet u have thrown in this poll……
    No 2 people will ever agree on the same thing……then why create this division among people……
    rather the question should’ve targeted solutions to this nuisance that we face in this city every 3 months…….
    targeting individuals or groups with equal support will never ever bring us closer to the solutions!!……the root causes must be discussed…….
    Through such polls we are simply stuck with the "effects"…….violence in pakistan dus not have a recent history…….its much older…..leading back to the creation of this country……..from Liaquat ali khan’s assassination…..to BB’s assassination and today…….there are major events in the history of this country wich have led to our present situation……
    as people……we are cowards and a self-complexed society……wich makes it to easy for any1 to fool arnd with our lives!

  6. nitewolf on April 10th, 2008 @ 3:32 am

    ofcourse, it is the lawyers to be blamed.

  7. wildanjel on April 10th, 2008 @ 3:51 am

    I would agree with nitewolf. Another post by Teeth Maestro to blame MQM in a way. We dont want politics here in KMB. This is NOT a news or a political website. There are several news site that represent the views of people. We dont need it here. To be honest, there is a noticeable difference between KMB a year ago and now. I use to read KMB several times a day but now, I hardly open it even once in a day. And believe me, this is not my own comments, this is also said by several friends of mine.

    Teeth Maestro, I am not being offensive to you, but there are several other events to look on too, rather the posting a biased report.

  8. d0ct0r (d0ctor) on April 10th, 2008 @ 4:10 am

    yea teeth please stop exposing MQM and its terrorist activities in front of every one, you’re hurting their feelings,so what if MQM killed ‘just’ 12 people,you should post some jokes for @wildanjel/nitewolf to keep him entertained rather then exposing Terrorist activities

  9. wildanjel on April 10th, 2008 @ 6:11 am

    Who was on the other side of that pic Doctor?

  10. khanabadosh on April 10th, 2008 @ 6:16 am

    I like this idea of solving things by polls. It is the civilized way of doing things. We should settle all our disputes this way. Should speed things up considerably. The courts would be able to clear their backlogs. Tons of money can be saved as well. No need to press for UN inquiries into political mayhems and murders. Costs too much. Let us just do a poll. Elections should also be replaced by polls. There should be polls to solve all the major national crises like food prices, electricity shortage, building of dams, NFC award, etcetera, etcetera.

    This poll thing has endless potential and it is quick and cheap. What more can we ask. Let us go for it. What say you all?

  11. bozz on April 10th, 2008 @ 9:59 am

    I apologize for this long article but I really wanted to share it with you all. Written by Zehra Zaidi.

    Breaking the Cycle

    It seems that recycling storylines and repeat performances are not
    solely the prerogative of cinema and theatre. In Pakistan, the plot of
    politics is often repeated and rehashed until the performance has
    become a fine tuned and much rehearsed drama on the ongoing tussle
    between democracy and the military. Dictators replace democrats,
    democrats negotiate and bargain with each other and the army, and the
    masses stand by much like the citizens of fair Verona caught in the
    crossfire of the fighting between the Montagues and the Capulets. And
    although the actors change on a seasonal basis, the transition is now
    almost seamless and perfect. Costume changes require minimal refitting
    as the Ayubs make way for the Zias and Musharrafs, and the MMA of
    today steps into the shoes of the Islamic Democratic Alliance of
    yesterday. And repeated though it might be, the performance is by no
    means dull as bloody assassinations, behind the scenes plotting and
    scheming, horse-trading, and even exploding helicopters all add to the
    political experience in Pakistan.

    One feature of this repertoire of action is the role played by the
    much maligned MQM. Only treading onto the stage in 1984, the MQM under
    its Quaid-e-Tehreek Altaf Hussain has undergone qualitative
    transformations since its debut. Initially enjoying significant
    support from the Muhajirs that it represented, the party focused on
    targeting the local Pushtun and Sindhi population it saw as its
    opposition. Later, it came under direct attack from the army for its
    militancy and terrorism in the province, resulting in the formation of
    the equally notorious Haqiqi splinter group. Today, the fortunes of
    the MQM have changed and the party now plays the part of the
    establishment’s mini mafia in Sindh, promising electoral and political
    support to Musharraf and his cronies. But despite these functional
    transformations, the defining characteristic of the MQM has remained
    constant over the years: widespread political violence and terrorism.

    Forced public strikes, extortion, political intimidation, drug
    trafficking for raising party funds, vigilantism and public repression
    to promote party influence have all emerged as tactics of the MQM’s
    political arsenal. In 1986, over 124 people were killed in just one
    night of street violence in response to the news of Altaf Hussain’s
    arrest by the authorities, ironically for instigating violence. In a
    crackdown on militants in 1992, the Sindhi government found several
    torture sites that had allegedly been used by the MQM to torture and
    even kill dissident members and rival activists. Inter-factional and
    ethnically charged gun battles involving the MQM became commonplace on
    the streets of Karachi and in 1995 alone an estimated 1,800 people
    died as a result of the growing violence in the city. Amnesty
    International, the Human Rights Watch, and even the UNHCR have
    internationally condemned the rights abuses perpetrated by the MQM.
    The party also openly attacked critical elements in the press,
    frequently targeting journalists and even vendors of newspapers
    carrying criticisms the party. Most famously, in 1990 Altaf Hussain
    issued public threats to the editor of Newsline magazine for printing
    an article accusing the MQM of torture and political killings. There
    is blood on the hands of the MQM, and its there for all to see.

    The ongoing violence and mob like behaviour of the MQM has paralysed
    the life of Pakistan’s largest city on innumerable occasions and their
    new role as the gangsters of the establishment in Sindh continues to
    overshadow and suppress free thought and action in Karachi. Whether it
    is May 12th 2007 or 9th April 2008, the goons of MQM are called in to
    stamp out any efforts to oppose the state; like loyal attack dogs
    providing a violent distraction and warning to the people of the city.
    Today’s events point to yet another occasion where the MQM has, with
    carte blanche impunity, attacked, burnt, looted and killed on the
    streets of Karachi. People have been shot and murdered, and lawyers
    burnt alive till their remains have been rendered unrecognizable.

    But the cycle cannot continue endlessly and the violence must end. The
    lawyer’s movement, with all its imperfections, appears to have
    disturbed the oppressive power structures of the country and promises
    better things to come in our political future. Benazir’s assassination
    and the subsequent strengthening of the PPP and democratic
    institutions in the country have also challenged the authority of the
    MQM on a local level. The recent elections in Sindh have been a rude
    reminder to the MQM of its waning electoral support. It has had to
    rely on widespread rigging, political harassment, and armed coercion
    to maintain its hold on the province. Despite all its ammunition and
    weaponry, it is not immune to the popular discontent and condemnation
    of its constituents.

    We must not allow the manipulations of the establishment and the
    violence of the MQM to distract us from our demand for true democracy,
    or weaken our support for the lawyers struggle. We must condemn all
    efforts to discredit and break the lawyer’s movement, and use every
    opportunity to expose the ugly face of the MQM and the dictator who
    hides behind it. We must demonstrate, lobby, protest and appeal to our
    democratic leaders to not let the MQM get away with its actions of
    today as it did on the 12th of May. But most of all, we must continue
    our demand for a free press, a free judiciary, and the end of a
    dictator who has been responsible for the worst human rights record in
    all of Pakistan’s history.

    The show must go on, but isn’t it time we stopped being spectators and
    took charge of directing it?

  12. MB (kar_munib) on April 10th, 2008 @ 11:01 am

    " Namaloom Afrad" in karachi is the code word for MQM

    Also, i disagree with MQM & MUSH being seperate

    I guess they are the two faces of same coin. The master plans it in capital and his dogs execute it in Karachi

  13. nitewolf on April 10th, 2008 @ 11:03 am

    I never said, MQM can’t be resposible for the violence. I am just saying that there is no proof that it is all alone MQM. Those pictures proofs nothing that it is mqm. Yeah, i saw that mqm flag too.. but PPP gundas can carry mqm flag to put the blame game. Just like Asif Zardari said that all the people in Sindh Assembly having Benazir pic on their shirts were not PPP guys.

    I just want this blog to be balanced thats it. Everytime i read anything it is either Musharraf or MQM. Why can’t Asif Zardari kill anyone??? Yes, tell me why??? You know, some people in Pakistan thinks he killed his own wife. Which can be true. Now he Mr.100%. Before he was just Mr.10%.

    By the way, d0ctor are you Teeth-Mastard brother? There too many doctors here… In authors there should some others people from another profession. As doctors are famous all over the world as blood suckers. They save a patient for handsome money otherwise they will let the patient die. So doctors are not less than any MQM gunda.

    :) ;)

  14. umairmirza on April 10th, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

    media has problems with everybody but when comes MQm .. its all na maloom. cuz they dont want their transmission to be blocked or their press ppl beaten

  15. alam on April 10th, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

    altaf bhai ko kia ho gia hai? after divorce he got violent !?

  16. umairmirza on April 10th, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    and yes TM.. we are proud of U.. atleast here there is no NAMALOOM STUFF.. its how it is here in KMB!!! FACE it OTHERS !

  17. calyps on April 10th, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

    USA is responsible…

  18. The World Aroud Me « [The WeCite Blog] (pingback) on April 10th, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

    […] democracy……………we need another Martial Law!” Do we now! *more chuckles*. A recent poll on the metblog seems to suggest that the majority thinks MQM is to blame (currently 57%) while […]

  19. seskey on April 10th, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—This is a puzzle that only Pakistani liberals can solve: The Nawaz-Zardari Murree declaration is good because it brings politically divided Pakistanis together. The Altaf-Zardari Nine Zero meeting, however, is bad. Never mind that it, too, unites Pakistanis and heals a longstanding rift. Compare this to a divisive issue like the return of the deposed judges, which is also a distraction from the future and a call to stay stuck in the past. It remains a good cause in the Pakistani liberal lexicon.

    Welcome to the fickle politics of Pakistani liberals. At any given time, less than thirty liberal political ‘experts’ are found rotating on fifty or so Pakistani television networks regaling us with their twisted logic. Last week, all of them suddenly re-discovered our late prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The PPP has every right – and a moral obligation – to make a show out of the 29th death anniversary of its founder. But the way our fickle liberals gushed out emotions in unison, almost on every television screen, begged a question: Where were they earlier? Does this mark the onset of the ‘herd mindset’ in Pakistani media?

    Raising an ethical question in Pakistani politics is a contradiction in terms. But last week I dared offer one: If you have campaigned hard to boycott the election of a parliament, is it ethical for you to join this parliament after it has been elected despite all your efforts? I was referring to Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan’s decision to try to get inside our new parliament through the backdoor, a by-election, if PPP grants him a ticket. Suddenly, I was inundated with lectures on how it’s legal and there is nothing wrong with it. But if you are a fair-minded person, you can still smell a rat in there. It is far more convincing – and ethical – to stick to your principles and stay out of this assembly. President Musharraf, after all, is still around. Mr. Ahsan wanted everyone to boycott a parliament elected under this president. Why jump the ship of the lawyers’ movement now?

    And what does Mr. Ahsan do when he does not get a good response from his party? He goes to Quetta with his client, the former chief justice, and sends indirect warnings to his own party’s new federal government that he is a dangerous man if ignored. How come you didn’t hear most of the thirty or so liberal political analysts on our television screens put the story this way? It’s because hard blows are reserved for the likes of Arbab Ghulam Rahim. One more sign that in Pakistani politics, revenge trumps civility, any time.

    I fail to see how the lawyers who, in sixty years since Independence, failed to change the silly British black-coat ‘uniform’ for law practitioners can bring any major change in Pakistan. It is taboo to say this but the law most of them swear by is overwhelmingly British, and old. Has any lawyer dared think in terms of creating a law book more suited to Pakistani peculiarities? The latest fad among some of the protesting lawyers is to compare themselves to the Quaid-e-Azam, our great lawyer-founder of Pakistan. What they forget is that our Quaid rebelled against every tenet of the British law at the time, a law he was trained to respect, and charted out a new path. Change you black coats, and your state of the mind, before you can embark on changing our homeland.

    Pakistani liberals fume when you talk about how Pakistan needs to evolve its own version of democracy and that we are not suited to the British democracy no matter how admirable it is. If not checked in our hands, British democracy has the potential of exploding in our faces. The deliberate mistreatment given to Sindh’s former chief minister, Arbab Ghulam Rahim, shows that revenge remains an integral part of our politics. Our political discussions are devoid of any tolerance for opposing opinions and respect for those who hold them. You might excuse our tribal and feudal politicians for this culture but a disturbing fact is that this culture has slipped into Pakistan’s middle classes, the supposed engine of future political change in our homeland.

    While we are busy in these sideshows, real games are being played out elsewhere. Some of our liberals sprang out to defend a foreign terrorist, Sarabjit Singh, convicted of killing innocent Pakistanis. But none of them paused when an Indian supreme court judge took notice over the weekend of the fact that his country has jailed scores of Pakistanis without trial, some for more than ten years. The only reason New Delhi is beginning to take this issue seriously is because of our firm stand on the death sentence for the Indian terrorist, convicted after a fair due process.

    Another area where we need to show some toughness is Afghanistan. Make no mistake, our American friends are making all the necessary preparations to invade our western regions. Washington has brought unprecedented pressure on the Europeans to beef up NATO contingents in areas close to our border.

    We need to make our American friends understand that Washington cannot win in Afghanistan if Islamabad does not win too. The post-9/11 deal has to be a win-win for both of us. And it is not. Stating this specific reciprocity is far better than a blanket opposition to America’s war on terror. Let’s create consensus on this issue. This is a far more urgent matter than the nonissue of the deposed judges.

  20. barristerakc on April 10th, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

    So much for this anti-mohajir venom and nonsensical rubbish being exhausted by the Pisser-e-Zameen bigots of metroblog !!!!

    It looks more of a Lahore, Islamabad Blog then of Karachi…the moderators does not represent the local sentiments!!!!

  21. dushanbe on April 10th, 2008 @ 5:49 pm

    Altaf Hussain’s is actually a Hindu who use to beat his wife, and a proud british citizen


  22. kiranchiite on April 11th, 2008 @ 12:29 am

    All of the above! :)

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