Hold on…

Update: Effectively, everything is closed for now. We have a Shell Select store next to our house and that was the last store/shop within the Cantt area to finally close down. The Select Store (normally open 24 hours) was flooded with people from all across the area probably. The shops are closing mainly because of fear of retaliation, which is already taking hold in many areas of Lahore.

Stay at home…

Or just stay wherever you are. The situation may get worse outside with people burning anything they come up with. Most of the shopping areas (Fortress + MM ALAM confirmed) are closing down fast due to fear of violent protests. Please, for the sake of your loved ones, stay at home or wherever you are safe and pray.
Also, try avoiding going to work/school come tomorrow to see if the situation has calmed down.

Pray and God bless us all…

Update: Habib Bank at Bank Square Market in Model Town is the latest victim of mob mentality and violent reaction to Benazir’s murder.

hat-tip to LMB Cao’n Hassan Mubaarik for the request to post this advisory.

12 Comments so far

  1. azface (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

    thanks for posting this update. Please continue to keep pakistanis abroad such as me updated onhow the tragedy is unfolding. Whilst I’ve never been an outright supporter of BB, this latest act of violence sums up the deeply serious political, social and religious crises we are faced with. I ask all my countrymen to remain calm and measured in this testing time.


  2. Stacy H. (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

    I just wanted to send my sincerest condolences to Bhutto supporters. This is a tragic loss! My prayers are with you all and I pray Inshallah, Pakistan will rise from this a stronger and democratic country!

    Allah Hafiz!


  3. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 27th, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

    I heard there was firing around Campus bridge too. In Icchra, they burned shops.

    Yeah, please everyone, stay at home and make sure that not only your loved ones but everyone u can think of is in a safe place.


  4. Ben TEmchine (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:18 am

    Hi Moekh et al.

    I am a producer of a live call-in program in San Francisco. Could you please send a private message to me about possibly coming on our show next wednesday to update us on the situation in Pakistan?

    Ben Temchine
    Senior Producer
    Your Call
    ben (at) yourcallradio.org

    Thank you and good luck in these dangerous times.


  5. |eemz (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:44 am

    My friend’s family was due to leave today for Kuwait but all the flights were canceled and they are now stuck at the airport till 6 am and it’s unconfirmed yet. They gonna have to spend the night at the airport, with three two kids and a new born, shame!


  6. Rob (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 12:49 am

    Momekh,

    I and the people I work with are grieving with you and the people of your country. This was a blow against the concept of civilization, not just Pakistan.

    I pray that you and your loved ones will be safe, and that your entire country will recover quickly.

    Thank you for your efforts to keep us informed. I discovered your blog through Metroblogging Pittsburgh and hope to read about happier times in the future.


  7. azface (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 2:49 am

    hi everyone
    I’m an overseas Pakistani resident on the UK. I’m due to travel to Pakistan on Saturday and find the uncertainty rather unnerving.
    like many pakistanis, I have become quite thick skinned in terms of dealing with difficulty. However, I fear that the cummulative effect of political, economic, and religious turmoil will overflow on a mass scale-in effect dragging us all into chaos.
    Having been broyght up in pakistan yet lived and worked in the west for the last 10 years I have a unique perspective on the mindset of educated ‘moderates’ and the plight of millions of poor pakistanis who continue to be victims of a system which only favours the rich ruling class.
    on my return this weekend I plan to write an account of the reality on the ground (in my home town, Lahore) also stir some ‘constructive’ debate on what it means to be a Pakistani in this globalised age.
    I’m keen to connect with anyone who has some passionate (no doubt informed) views on the current statevof affairs and what thevfuture might hold.


  8. Zaheer (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 10:03 am

    Hi Azface,

    I will keenly look forward to your account, as I find myself in a position similar to yours – living for the last seven years in the US. I am deeply sympathetic to the Pakistani cause, and would like to connect with anyone promoting constructive debate.


  9. Aaiz (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 11:41 am

    Hello AZFACE, I totally understand where u are coming from. I think there should be a an approachable forum of like-minded people. In this time or turmoil and chaos, this country needs people like you who understand the situation and are willing to do something about it. Its a very demoralizing time for young Pakistanis like me. People like you give us a glimmer of hope.
    How can I get in touch with you?


  10. karachiwala (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    here is the situation as i saw it in karachi

    http://tazakino.com


  11. azface (unregistered) on December 29th, 2007 @ 5:34 am

    All
    Thanks a lot for your support – i’m pleased to know there are other disgruntled Pakistanis like me out there. Despite the initial uncertainty about my travel plans from London to Lahore, I have decided to push ahead with my plan and will reach Sunday.
    For reasons of personal safety, I wish to remain annonymous for now and will reach out to express my views as I collect info from many of you in Lahore.
    Stay tuned to this particular thread as I plan to publish a link to my blog here.
    Stay safe!
    Az


  12. Zaheer (unregistered) on January 12th, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

    Hey Azface,

    are you back yet?



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