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.

14 Comments so far

  1. Jus (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 7:29 am


    Can u tell me how’s the situation there right now? Anymore burnings?

    You know, i was supposed to be there 15th – 25th Dec but cancelled a week before the departure and now thinking of going End of Jan. However, with recent events, im really not sure if my parents would allow me to go all ALONE!

    But my husband is there, n i wanna be with him. Already yesterday he has gone to perform in a concert till 2 in the morning!!! I told him tt i tot a concert wld b a great “target” area is there’s a massive gathering.

    I just pray these situations will calm soon. *wailing*


  2. JayJay (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 8:07 am

    Jus – Salamat datang tetapi hati hati. Lahore tidak terlalu jelek. Sekarang itu damai untuk berkunjung:)

  3. SELF (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 8:11 am

    If anyone should burn anything it should be deenee madrassay. Good for nothing and teaching the ideology that produces suicide bombers.

  4. Ahmed (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    What people are doing after her death is not to show grief. There are criminals who are making use of the circumstances and creating problems and just harming the country…This is surely because of the lack of administration from govt’s side. They couldn’t handle the situation… Read abt it at:

  5. Nothing (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    Fear is what they have successfully inflicted on us.
    Next time some important one dies, make sure you have enough gas and grocery to last a week.

  6. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on December 31st, 2007 @ 2:10 pm

    @Jus: I will be going out today and let you know whats going on in markets. News is, things are perfect now.

  7. KAMI (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 2:04 am

    This is indeed a sorry picture, but before drawing any conclusions , let me remind you that India endured two assassinations of sitting Prime Ministers followed by worst ethnic riots and anarchy in which thousands lost their lives, accompanied by loot, plunder and burning. But india manged to come out of that dark period in their history.

    We can do that too, just need to set our priorities right, we need to ensure that elections happen as soon as possible, this will show the world that we too can sustain such shocks. Right now all political parties, particularly those that matter in Sindh including PPP and MQM have acted sensibly, otherwise, the situation could have been much worst. What is important now is that we hold elections and swear in a new government ASAP, that will send a strong message to the terrorists as well as the rest of the world. Furthermore, all political forces should start talking with each other and no political entity should be marginalized. We should all work to avoid chaos and confrontation.

  8. Nothing (unregistered) on January 1st, 2008 @ 2:32 pm

    @KAMI, I dream of a day when we would stop comparing ourselves with India. If they got two PMs assassinated, how the heck does that justify this?
    The later para is what govt has been rapping on TV. These are the terrorists who are destroying public property. freezing the whole country’s economy and bringing people billions in loss. Could any “terrorist” possible do that?

    P.S: MQM is the worst thing ever happened to Pakistan, don’t ever mention it intellects’ gathering.

  9. check_your_facts (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

    @Nothing, “MQM is the worst thing ever happened to Pakistan”. You may be right but Pakistan on the whole (both govt and ppl) is responsible for it. Just like the “real” Pakistan pushed Mujeeb-ur-Rehman so much that he had to change his objectives (initially he didnt want a separate state). Come out of your denial mindset and try to find out the reasons.

  10. KAMI (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2008 @ 12:33 am

    I do admit to adopting an optimistic tone in my previous post, the purpose was to be positive and provide hope because all is still not lost, other wise, it could have been easily said that as a reaction to the recent tragic event, one community in Sindh went berserk and targeted others in their vicinity, killing and burning people / properties and so n so is responsible, give a call for retaliation followed by mayhem. The biggest positive of the current situation is that reprisals did not happen; otherwise the fire engines would still be burning.

    NOTHING it’s that kind of hardened attitude that led to the disaster of 1971. I have a lot of friends in Karachi and they will beg to disagree with you, like it or not if today MQM was not there, you would have seen riots of worst kind in Sindh, just like in 1985.

  11. KAMI (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2008 @ 1:11 am

    Furthermore, if you compile a top 10 or 20 list of worst thing that happened to Pakistan then there is quite a lot that will take precedence over Muttahida. The slaughter of millions during 1947-48, Sikander Mirza’s take over, the 1971 debacle and the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Bengali’s, The Nationalization by Bhutto, Zia-ul-Haque / Afghan Jihad, rise of ISI under Hameed Gul, the loot and plunder of the 90’s and the rise of the suicidals. However, I do concede that the rise of MQM was the worst thing that happened to Jamaat-e-islami, who lost their political and jihaadist recruiting base.

  12. KAMI (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2008 @ 1:12 am

    As for gatherings of intellects, the less said about them the better. The so called intellectuals belonging to the right never miss an opportunity to justify terrorists acts and suicidal tendencies of the crazy zealots and the majority of those belonging to the left immigrated to Europe and US and from their lobby against the interests of their own country, enjoy fat salaries from various UN organizations and provide consultation services to various think tanks. What we need today are street politicians because the blue blooded ones / intellectuals have failed miserably.

  13. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on January 4th, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

    @Jus: Life is back to normal again. And, Lahore has remained generally peaceful of all major cities in Pakistan with small incidents of looting and bus burnings.

    We lived through it, as we have always done through so many tragedies.

    You are most welcome! :)

  14. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on January 5th, 2008 @ 3:50 am

    Yes, Jus, ..H.mubarak is very right :) , you are most welcome :)

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