My cities :(
My cities…..for the last three days, precisely, are being defined by deserted streets with governing silence filled of fear, death and destruction, what else???
Benazir has been killed, grave, I heard the news, something died right inside there (don’t they know how precious a life is????????), then I saw that on TV, I was about to leave for market when my cell got a burst of SMSs and then calls, ….stay home, don’t go out, its not safe out there. At the first place, it was not easy to absorb the shock and then these instructions, but more important was to ensure the safety of the loved ones who were outside home (with “a busy network”). The very moments, whole nation was mourning on the sad demise of Ms. Bhutto vehemently, I really did not feel the urge to have my dinner (reminded me of the earthquake days). Pain (is there any bigger word to express pain?), sadness, and a definitive sense of bereavement was everywhere. I saw it on the faces of anchor persons on TV, the leaders, and even nonpolitical persons… also inside my home.
But, what the heck?… why we had to feel so unsafe with the news that reaction to her brutal assassination has spread anarchy across the country (khatra hay, don’t go outside), I mean this was too much, destroying/burning government and private properties and vehicles???? FOR WHAT???? (even Edhi vans were burned down in Karachi). WHERE IS Peaceful Protest thingy??? ….(did you guys observed that most of the leading protesters were youngsters/teenagers breaking the cars??).
The second day, though Qari sahib made his way to our home to teach kids (unexpectedly, motorbikes were on the go), my brother was still in the factory area, he was forced by us to spend the night there. A few grocery stores were opened in the morning in Lahore, say three or four maybe. Petrol pumps did become active by evening, that you can see in the pictures, which was the biggest concern for people.
Anyhow, tomorrow is a working day (?)….. (lets see whats gonna happen) as everyone is hoping for a peaceful and calm situation in the whole country (we are losing billions on daily basis due to closed businesses), everyone is concerned and praying for the stabilization and that this chaos withers away ASAP. All I know is that I want my cities back, I want no one to be unsafe ….. I want peace for everyone, lets pray and hope for the best.