Karachi under siege

Dead bodies, blocked roads, burnt vehicles, bullet marks on buildings, gun-shots; This was what we all witnessed happening in Karachi throughout the day, real and live on TV.

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Source: BBC News

With the arrival of CJP in Karachi, rival political parties turned the city streets into a raging battle front. Bloody massacre of innocent people and un-interrupted firing resulted in scores of people badly injured, helpless, un-rescued lying in burning buses.

The same CJP rallied in Lahore too. Throughout his 25 hours rally journey from Islamabad to Lahore, not a single person was hurt and only a few unpleasant minor clashes with the police were recorded. Then, what happened in Karachi?

We saw; we saw with heavy hearts, Edhi ambulances being attacked by thugs, frightened street children escaping the battle ground, Media under attack and people shot and wounded, lying helpless on the streets praying someone may brave these constant rounds of AK-17s and come for their help.


While, I wish I never see in my city what I have seen happening in Karachi today on TV, I must say this to the people of Karachi, ‘We, Lahoris, are with you; we share your grief, and we pray for your safety and well being.”

And, I stand up in honor and salute that Edhi driver who lost his life while saving two. May God bless souls of the deceased. Amen!

Read more on: Karachi Metblog

6 Comments so far

  1. binary-zero (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

    ah i had my opinion about MQM from very beginging – they are still very dangerous to Sindh and more to Pakistan. And Musharaf is playing a very bad game with all or us .. May God destroy all the illwishers of PK.

  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:29 am

    Ameen to the prayers … My head is spinning round since this afternoon – where are we heading … who’s killing whom here … it’s horrendous!

  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    Ameen to the prayers … My head is spinning round since this afternoon – where are we heading … who’s killing whom here … it’s horrendous!

  4. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:15 am


    Culprits should be punished. I am with you Karachi.

  5. Abdullah (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 2:17 am

    Please read the article from following link on MQM from following link


  6. Farooq (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    This is very unfortunate incident in the recent history of Karachi. Through media’s live coverage, it was exposed and seen live, how brilliantly MQM carried out their “commando operations”. These are the things we had always heard about but for the first time, due to courtesy of our brave media, the whole Pakistan witnessed it and saw the skills and the expertise of MQM army in performing their “job” so “brilliantly”.

    MQM activists, in the absence of law-enforcement agencies, took control of higher elevations such as fly-overs, bridges and building and ambushed opposition’s rally at their will.

    One point to be noted, which is completely ignored by media and opposition, is that it was not a unilateral affair. The participants of opposition’s rally were also well armed. They also fired back but being at the disadvantageous position, got more casualties than MQM. So, in my opinion they are as dirty as MQM. No one can claim that these all were innocent people and were throwing flowers in response to MQM’s bullets.

    Aaj television, I guess its CEO Talat Hussain got the best use of Media in promoting his channel. His office unfortunately came under cross-fire between MQM activists and the opposition’s stronghold called “Patel Para”. This is the area where ANP’s activists, drugs and arms dealers, smugglers, dacoits and all sort of criminals hide freely. Almost all the strayed bullets that struck in Aaj TV were fired from patel para from the higher elevations.

    MQM war planners were very well aware of the potential hazard of this locality. Infect, patel para was enemy’s “strategic location, a command and control post and of course a possible launching pad of a raid against the rally of MQM”. So it was important to neutralize this potential hazard well in advance. This place was two or three kilometers away from the Mazar-e-Quaid, the place where all the rallies of MQM had to gather and listen to their quaid’s (“bhai”) speech.

    So MQM’s “commandos” did a “preemptive” raid on the stronghold of “enemies” to keep them at bay before opposition’s “commandos” could harm their (MQM’s) rally. And Aaj TV covered this whole episode brilliantly well. The media man cover such war reporting right on the battle ground risking their lives during the heat of the battle. But what kind of media man Mr. Talat Hussain is who was lying on the floor and crying for help on cell phone. Doing this he was getting himself and his channel the most historic self-media coverage. Bravo to Talat Hussain. The winner was Aaj TV in particular and our media in general and losers were MQM. No body knows about how equally and heavily armed patel para criminals firing bullets at MQM army and some of the straying bullets were penetrating Aaj TV as well.

    Our chief justice is also equally criminal. He knew that what blood bath could occur if he comes to Karachi, but he had his own agenda so he did not care about innocent people of this city. This man is now being played in the hands of political parties and has lost his respect and honor which he commanded during the initial days of this crisis.

    He should have resigned instead of making this fuss which has now started taking bloody turn.

    I am from Karachi, and I salute people of Punjab for maintaining composure in all this CJ crises and maintaining law and order situation. The political leadership of Karachi should learn the lesson from Punjab.

    And last but not the lest, it is our army (intelligence) that firstly created MQM and than tried to suppress them, failing which shook hand again in return for guarantee of peace in Karachi. They handed over the government of Sind province to them. MQM is now serving their cause in return to their (army’s) generosity.

    The bottom line is: MQM, army, chief justice and opposition (PPP, PML-N, Jamat-e-Islami, ANP) all of them are criminals. There is no one to take care of poor and innocent people of this country. No body cares about loss of life and property of the common people in Karachi. What will become of this city, God knows better.

    God bless all the common Pakistanis.

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