Karachi is Burning: A political and security crisis

NOTE: Some images are missing and I am working on retrieving them. 

Please read Adil’s post at ATP for details on how and why this crisis came about. More here, and some backgrounder information is available here.

I am attaching below a few pictures I found at Yahoo/Reuters Photos (I am adding more photos as I find them). CAUTION (GRAPHIC IMAGES and VIDEO):


Suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry is surrounded by lawyers as he arrives at Islamabad airport to depart for Karachi from Islamabad May 12, 2007. Many roads in the Pakistani city of Karachi were blocked on Saturday apparently aimed at disrupting plans by the country’s suspended chief justice to hold a rally with his supporters. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed (PAKISTAN)


Stranded passengers rest at Jinnah international airport in Karachi May 12, 2007. Eighteen people were killed in Karachi on Saturday in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists over the arrival of the country’s suspended top judge Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to rally support for his cause. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)


Opposition supporters chant anti-government slogans during a rally in Karachi May 12, 2007. Eighteen people were killed in Karachi on Saturday in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists over the arrival of the country’s suspended top judge to rally support for his cause. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


A supporter of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), a coalition partner in President Pervez Musharraf’s government, chants slogans against suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry during a rally in Karachi May 12, 2007. Fifteen people were killed in Karachi on Saturday in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists, the worst political violence in Pakistan in years, as the suspended top judge arrived to meet supporters. REUTERS/Akram Shahid (PAKISTAN)


An unidentified gunman in Karachi. Rival political workers fought intense gunbattles ahead of huge rallies by Pakistan’s suspended top judge and President Pervez Musharraf, leaving 15 people dead and scores more injured.(AFP/AAJ TV/HO)


Medics tend to a wounded man after clashes between rival political activists in Karachi May 12, 2007. Fifteen people were killed in Karachi on Saturday in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists, the worst political violence in Pakistan in years, as the suspended top judge arrived to meet supporters. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)

A man sits next to a wounded comrade as he waits for an ambulance during clashes between rival political activists in Karachi May 12, 2007. Fifteen people were killed in Karachi on Saturday in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists, the worst political violence in Pakistan in years, as the suspended top judge arrived to meet supporters. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


Supporters of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), a coalition partner in President Pervez Musharraf’s government, attend a rally against the suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in Karachi May 12, 2007. Fifteen people were killed in Karachi on Saturday in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists, the worst political violence in Pakistan in years, as the suspended top judge arrived to meet supporters. REUTERS/Akram Shahid (PAKISTAN)


Unidentified dead bodies lie on the road following a gun battle between two rival groups where the victims were caught in in Karachi, Pakistan Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gunbattles and attacks killed at least eighteen people killed and wounded dozens others as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. Why the victims were out of the car is not known. (AP Photo/Sakil Adil)


A photographer takes pictures of a body after clashes between rival political activists in Karachi May 12, 2007. Rival Pakistani political activists battled in the city of Karachi as the country’s suspended chief justice arrived to meet supporters and at least 10 people were killed, an official and the opposition said. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


A wounded man waits for ambulance during clashes between rival political activists in Karachi May 12, 2007. Rival Pakistani political activists battled in the city of Karachi as the country’s suspended chief justice arrived to meet supporters and at least 10 people were killed, an official and the opposition said. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


A body lies on a street near a burning bus during clashes between rival political activists in Karachi May 12, 2007. Rival Pakistani political activists battled in the city of Karachi as the country’s suspended chief justice arrived to meet supporters and at least 10 people were killed, an official and the opposition said. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


A body lies next to an abandoned car during clashes between rival political activists in Karachi May 12, 2007. Rival Pakistani political activists battled in the city of Karachi as the country’s suspended chief justice arrived to meet supporters and at least 10 people were killed, an official and the opposition said. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


A body lies on the street during clashes between rival political activists in Karachi May 12, 2007. Rival Pakistani political activists battled in the city of Karachi as the country’s suspended chief justice arrived to meet supporters and at least 10 people were killed, an official and the opposition said. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


An unidentified dead body lies on the road at the site of gun battle between two rival groups in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gun battles and attacks killed at least eight people and wounded 25 others as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. (AP Photo/Farid Khan)


An unidentified dead body lies on the road as smoke bellow up from burning vehicles at the site of gun battle between two rival groups in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gun battles and attacks killed at least eight people and wounded 25 others as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. (AP Photo/Farid Khan)


An unidentified dead man lies in blood pool on the road following a gun battle between two rival groups where the victims were caught in Karachi, Pakistan Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gun battles and attacks killed at least eighteen people killed and wounded dozens others as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. (AP Photo/Farid Khan


A supporter of Pakistani opposition party runs after setting on fire a vehicle during a gun battle between two rival groups in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gun battles and attacks killed at least eight people and wounded 25 others as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)


Supporters of Pakistani opposition party run after setting on fire a vehicle during a gun battle between two rival groups in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gun battles and attacks killed at least eight people and wounded 25 others as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)


Supporters of Pakistani opposition party walk after setting on fire a vehicle during a gunbattle between two rival groups in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gunbattles and attacks killed at least 11 people and wounded dozens as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)


Supporters of Pakistani opposition party smash a car after setting on fire a vehicle during a gun battle between two rival groups in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gun battles and attacks killed at least eight people and wounded 25 others as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)


Supporters of Pakistani opposition party help carry away their injured colleague from the site of gun battle between two rival groups in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gunbattles and attacks killed at least eight people and wounded 25 others as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)


A Pakistani police officer walks beside the burnt motorcycles and vehicle at the site of gun battle between two rival groups in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday, May 12, 2007. Gun battles and attacks killed at least eight people and wounded 25 others as Pakistan’s political crisis descended into violence between rival parties ahead of planned protests over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s suspension of the chief justice. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)


Pakistani residents walk past a burning tyre set alight by protesters in Karachi. Pakistan has ordered extra troops into Karachi as deadly violence over the suspension of the country’s chief justice spilled into a second day, raising the death toll to 38.(AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)


A Pakistani man(L) shoots in the air during clashes which erupted between government and oppositions parties supporters in Karachi. Fierce gunbattles between rival political activists left 30 people dead and 100 wounded Saturday in the worst violence since President Pervez Musharraf suspended Pakistan’s top judge two months ago.(AFP/Aamir Qureshi)


Supporters of the pro-government Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) party block the main entrance to the Sindh provincial high court building to stop lawyers from leaving in Karachi May 12, 2007. Pakistan’s suspended chief justice arrived in Karachi on Saturday to meet supporters as gun fights erupted between rival political activists and at least six people were killed, police and the opposition said. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


Pro-government supporters wave flags outside Jinnah international airport in Karachi May 12, 2007. Eighteen people were killed in Karachi on Saturday in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists over the arrival of the country’s suspended top judge Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to rally support for his cause. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)


Students from Islami Jamiat-e-Talba group hold a rally to show their support for suspended chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in Karachi May 11, 2007. Police in Pakistan detained hundreds of activists on the eve of an anti-government rally to welcome the country’s suspended top judge to Karachi, opposition leaders said on Friday. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


A Pakistani passenger leaves Karachi airport under tight security as authorities blocked all roads leading to the airport, on Saturday, May 12, 2007 in Pakistan. Some 15,000 security forces were deployed Saturday to prevent clashes between supporters and opponents of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf during rival rallies triggered by Pakistan’s deepening judicial crisis. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)


Pakistani soldiers stand guard as stranded passengers walk past at Jinnah International airport in Karachi May 12, 2007. Twenty-seven people were killed and 100 wounded in Karachi on Saturday in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists as Pakistan’s suspended top judge arrived to meet supporters, a government official said. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)


Supporters of the Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), chant slogans against suspended Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry upon his arrival at Karachi airport, Saturday, May 12, 2007. Supporters and opponents of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf turned Pakistan’s largest city into a battleground Saturday, trading gunfire that left 27 people dead and wrecked plans for a major opposition rally. (AP Photo.B.K.Bangash)


Supporters of opposition chant slogans against Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf upon arrival of Pakistan’s suspended Chief Justice at Karachi airport on Saturday, May 12, 2007 in Pakistan. Supporters and opponents of President Musharraf turned Pakistan’s largest city into a battleground Saturday, trading gunfire that left 27 people dead and wrecked plans for a major opposition rally. (AP Photo.B.K.Bangash)


Pakistani journalists hold a protest to condemn the attacks on their colleagues and local TV channel at Karachi airport, Saturday, May 12, 2007 in Pakistan. Supporters and opponents of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf turned Pakistan’s largest city into a battleground Saturday, trading gunfire that left 27 people dead and wrecked plans for a major opposition rally. (AP Photo.B.K.Bangash)


Dead bodies lined up in a Karachi hospital after Saturday’s violence. Officials said most of the dead were from the Pakistan People’s Party of exiled former premier Benazir Bhutto and also included a policeman and a paramedic.(AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)


Pakistani residents walk along a rubble strewn street in Karachi. Pakistan has ordered extra troops into Karachi as deadly violence over the suspension of the country’s chief justice spilled into a second day, raising the death toll to 37.(AFP/Asif Hassan)


Fire fighters try to put out a fire at a shop during protests in Karachi May 13, 2007. Two Pakistani political activists were killed on Sunday in a second day of violence, raising the spectre of bloody ethnic feuding that plagued Pakistan’s biggest city in the 1980s and 1990s. REUTERS/Athar Hussain


A protester throws stones after police fired tear gas inside a closed market in Karachi May 13, 2007. A Pakistani opposition supporter was killed in Karachi on Sunday during a protest against violence the previous day in which 34 people were killed in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


An unidentified man carries gun in Karachi’s troubled area, Sunday, May 13, 2007 in Pakistan. Street battles raged for a second day in Pakistan’s biggest city, pushing the death toll to 39 and heightening inter-ethnic tensions, as pro-government and opposition groups blamed each other for the worst political violence in years. (AP Photo/Mohammad Khalil)


An injured opposition party worker being rushed to hospital. Intense gunbattles erupted in several areas in Karachi, including near the airport, leaving at least 34 people dead and more than 100 injured, while activists torched dozens of vehicles.(AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)


Pakistani policemen on patrol in Karachi. Three people including a policeman were the latest victims as protesters blocked the main highway with burning tyres and pelted vehicles with stones. Karachi police chief Azhar Farooqi described the situation as “very tense.”(AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)


Supporters of opposition Islamic alliance Muttahid Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) offer funeral prayers for their activists in Karachi May 13, 2007. A Pakistani opposition supporter was killed in Karachi on Sunday during a protest against violence the previous day in which 34 people were killed in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)


Supporters of opposition Islamic alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) prepare funeral prayers for an activist in Karachi May 13, 2007. A Pakistani opposition supporter was killed in Karachi on Sunday during a protest against violence the previous day in which 34 people were killed in clashes between pro-government and opposition activists. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)


Fire fighters try to put out a fire at a shop during protests in Karachi May 13, 2007. Two Pakistani political activists were killed on Sunday in a second day of violence, raising the spectre of bloody ethnic feuding that plagued Pakistan’s biggest city in the 1980s and 1990s. REUTERS/Athar Hussain


A soldier of Pakistani paramilitary force beats protesters in Karachi, Pakistan on Monday, May 14, 2007. A general strike paralyzed Karachi and closed businesses in other major Pakistani cities as discontent grew over President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s ouster of the chief justice and a weekend of violence that left 41 people dead. (AP Photo/Mohammad Khalil)

Pakistani soldiers patrol a street during a strike in Karachi May 14, 2007. A Pakistani opposition strike virtually shut down Karachi and other major cities on Monday after nearly 40 people were killed and about 150 wounded in Pakistan’s worst political street violence in two decades. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)


A Pakistani soldier stands guard during a strike in Karachi May 14, 2007. A Pakistani opposition strike virtually shut down Karachi and other major cities on Monday after nearly 40 people were killed and about 150 wounded in Pakistan’s worst political street violence in two decades. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)


Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf (L) gestures as he arrives to attend a rally of the ruling party’s Pakistan Muslim League with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in Islamabad May 12, 2007. Musharraf ruled out declaring a state of emergency, hours after 27 people were killed and 100 wounded in clashes in Karachi between pro-government and opposition supporters. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed (PAKISTAN)


A video news report in Urdu on the violence in Karachi.


Firing squads outside AAJ TV headquarters in Karachi


AAJ TV, a private TV station under attack from the supporters of the government.


Footage of shooting from BBC Urdu


Footage from GEO TV showing burning buses, cars, motorcycles, firing and the security forces


Another clip from GEO TV showing the perpetrators as well as the damage


A clip from KTN showing rallies and firing

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51 Responses to Karachi is Burning: A political and security crisis

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    I wonder how much of this will turn up on U.S. news programs over the next few days.

  2. Bilal Zuberi says:

    I doubt very much will. We can already see how some media outlets in the US are presenting this as an incident caused by the hooliganism, not of he state, but by opposition forces. So, as far as the US is concerned, I think they see the opposition as de-stabilizing forces to the Musharraf government, and giving legitimacy to them would reduce Mushrraf’s ability to rule with force.

  3. […] Karachi is Burning: A political and security crisis Please read Adil’s post at ATP for details on how and why this crisis came about. I am attaching below a few […] […]

  4. mystic says:

    Players are behind the curtain…..

    Altaf bhai to sirf mohre hain ( chalo bohut huwa to qila/rook kehlo)

  5. Ejaz Asi says:

    12 May violence should have been enough, if not already, to expose the disgraced and cruel face of MQM. If the Government of Chaudhris and Musharraf is corrupt and immoral (which it is), so is MQM. When will the Karachiites RISE against this tyranny? When will the people stand by justice and peace and oppose terrorism??? When?

  6. mystic says:

    Mr. Ejaz Asi

    I think “Hamaam main saare ke saare nunnge hain”. Everybody knew that clash and violence will happen. Musharraf, MQM, PPP, JI, so called govt. and even CJ – all are responsible for these killings. If CJ would have avoid going to Karachi when violence was imminent, it would have saved killings. He decided to ride on political parties shoulders. Everybody decided to flex muscles. Sir, why you are blaming Karachiites ?. What you want poor citizens to do?. Go and stand in front of AK-47 when police, rangers and army all party in this power struggle. MQM is well known for its moral poverty but let me tell you – Shariffs, Chaudhries, waderas, khans, General, ‘Kernals” and even lawyers are same – Aaj wakilon ko insaaf yaad aa raha hai – 60 saal se rozana city court ke darwazon pe insaaf neelam hota raha tub kahan they. Everybody has its own agenda.

    (BTW: my conspiracy theory is that – this violence was the first step implementation of deal between PPP and musharraf. It was noora kushti. Jaal beecha diya aur shikar phans gaya. Jaal ke saath sub kuch lapet liya jaaye ga).

  7. […] pictures tell a very sad story. Damn! Karachi looks like a war […]

  8. Ejaz, do your balls do the thinking for you?

  9. Qurratulain says:

    Karachi paying the political debts again!

  10. Imran says:

    AOA,
    12th may 2007 AAAH…. its really a sad day but our community is selfish that forgets everything very quickly because when one matters goes to the end another starts…
    every person who was killed was a common man or a poor man there were no VIP’s dead bodies… i think there is not any place for common man to express their feeling to get the way of normal healthy lifes…. our politician and all power holding person are currupt.. i am sad because it was a great lost on 12th may…
    May ALLAH bless them a peace.
    thank you ALLAH HAFIZ.

  11. Jalal says:

    Doesnt feel like it actually happened.

  12. aMmAr says:

    thr is a lesson to learn for all of us. we should step in for the future of this country you knw why cuz its our country. expecting the govt. or the politicians to help us out wont solve a thng.

  13. Ali Sajjid says:

    Pakistan’s Military rulers, all the political party’s and their leaders as well as the religious party’s are mere vultures and hyenas biting into the flesh of the carrion or what ever remains of it. None of them has any integrity and honesty left in them, so no one trusts them as all have proven to be thugs in their own respective ways. All these leaders are corrupt to the core and sucking like leeches the hard earned money of the poor classes of Pakistan.
    It is a nation standing still and has no aim or purpose to strive for or look forward too.
    As the Mullah/Immams shout Sharia and Sunnah or Islam is coming soon, people have started to retch and throw up at such bogus slogans while the world just ignores them and passes by towards progress and improvement for the better in accordance with the requirements of the times.
    Once again the ignorant public is at each others throats.

    Sajjid

  14. Jawed says:

    MQM’s HISTORY starts with violence in Karachi. It is nothing but a mafia and gang of terrorists, covered their face in the veil of political party. MQM terrorists group has been formed by Pakistan Military and ISI to crush and root out all the political parties from the Karachi particularly JI and PPP. MQM has massacred Pathans, Punjabis and Sindhis, and Mohajirs of Karachi. The largest numbers of victims of MQM terror are Mohajirs. Now, General Busharraf, a slave of the most evil power of the world, after losing support from everywhere, now using MQM for state terrorism against oppositions. It is the first time in the history of MQM terrorism and rule, the relatives of dead victims openly said to the media that MQM, and the man sitting in London, and the Military ruler are responsible for these deaths. Altaf Hussain, Chairman, Bapu and Pita of MQM and Karachi is lucky enough that he qualifies himself to be listed in the category of Genghis Khan, Hilaku Khan, Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini. He has now developed his style of talking in the line of villains of bollywood films. He never talks but shouts.
    General Bushsharaf is a traitor according to the Constitution of Pakistan. Abandoning the constitution and throwing out the elected government is an act of deception and according to the constitution of Pakistan; the punishment for him is not less than death sentence. Pakistani people will definitely take revenge from him sooner or later. Allah will be on the side of oppressed. Earlier, the most respected person and Mohsin of Pakistan, Abdul Qadeer Khan has been punished by Busharraf and had been arrested in his home still lying on his bed and sick. He has been almost murdered by Busharraf.
    And now the Chief Justice of Pakistan is going street to street to get Justice for himself. Few months ago Bussharraf enforced Prostitute and Prostitution Protection Bill and he named it “Women’s Protection Bill.” Now the prostitutes and “most modernized women” of Pakistan are walking with their friends and customers openly on the streets of Pakistan and Police can’t do anything because of the new amendment in the law.
    Bushsharaf was imposed on the head of the people of Pakistan by the most evil power of the world by staging a fake drama of conquering Kargil by General Musharraf and later a plane hijacking drama. Pakistan military and ISI staged these theaters to overthrow an elected government.
    Several independent researches, observations and well documented scientific proofs show that the 9/11 terrorism plan and bombing and leveling Afghanistan and Iraq were planned several years ago by the most evil power of the world. This power was in the search of one of the most evil person from the Pakistan military so that they could implement their agenda. They found Musharraf to implement the satanic agenda of the evil power. Musharraf is indeed a butcher and directly responsible of the slaughtering of several thousands innocent Pakistani and Afghani Muslims.
    I think that the days of the Musharraf are now numbered and he is busy in preparing his own coffin.

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  16. rasheed says:

    what are the chances of something like this happening in Lahore and Islo? Protests were also held in other cities but only karachi rally led to bloodshed. Only in karachi the police and govt . let thugs lose. One way or another the govt./establishment is intent on proving that karachi is not a stable city.

  17. krissnp says:

    A great crisis! Well reported.

  18. salman says:

    Why this Chief Justice issue being so hype up? This is not the first case of its kind, there are lot of other examples with similar contexts. The question arise why this case is so publicized in the name of “Independence to Judiciary”. The said CJP was among the one who take loyality oath on General Musharraf. If he was so called “Ghairat Mand” then he should came out of that process along with the others who resigns from their post. Now the Political Parties, who were failed to bring peoples out against Gen. Musharraf takes the sitution under their control with Political Advisor Mr. Aitizaz Ahsan who dictate the every move of CJP. The things would stop if the legal petition remains within the premises of the court. But the political advisors to the CJP advised him to politicise the issue to take the decision in favor of CJP.

    Government, at their end show restraint but when things take momentum, they also take street power to show their strength. The difference between other places and Karachi is that Karachi is a biggest city so its news. When the Home Department warn the CJP to review his visit as there a chance of violence, he should have consider the severity of the crisis. But his legal cum political advisors keep insist the CJP to visit Karachi. Hence the balme should be divided to both parties.

    Reference to the Karachi Violence, all the residents of Karachi knew very well that there are certain forces who did not want the peace and development of the city to serve their vested interest. Since the MQM came into power they keep on planning things to create hurdles in the development of Karachi. Every issue is politicised whether its illegal encrochments, banning of rickshaw, contruction of roads, lyri expressway, elvated expressway, they keep on politicising non issues. On the other hand they also try to disrupt the peaceful educational environment by clashing with APMSO.

    The 12 May events were very dreadful, but a layman can think that if the MQM was behind all this, they would be fools, because they try to tarnish their own image. On the other hand, there are people (mainly Jamat) who remained silent before that event of 12 May, but know they are leading the media campaign. The most interesting part of this whole incident is that we didn’t see MMA or Jamat-e-Islami on that rallying for the CJP (they were leading the processions in other cities) We only witness flags of ANP, PPPP, PPI etc. Second interesting thing is there was a cross fire between the rival groups. Since they were heading to welcome the CJP, why they were armed? What are their motives behind? Do they want to hurt the CJP?

    The dynamic of Karachi Politics is way different from the rest of the country, the political parties are very well aware of its implications. They know if any thing would happen the first party to blamed is MQM. MQM on the other hand is in an ackward situation, they can’t allow these religious fanatics to regain the power and have to face a joint opposition (found only in Karachi) So they can’t leave the field open for these fanatics.

    If we listen to the media reports, opposition single voicely balmed MQM for the whole episode and few (shah be badh ke wafadar) called for an immediate ban on MQM calling it a facist organization. One thing that strike my mind is that we Pakistani have very short lived memory, or else we would remember the history of those who are calling the MQM (the third largest party in the country) a facist one. PPP who created AlZulfiqar, PML(N) who stormed the Supreme Court, Jamat-e-Islami who opposed the creation of Pakistan and created AlShams/ AlZulfiqar in 1970’s, PPI who were the mastermind of Punjabi/Pathan/Mohajir calshes in Karachi, MMA who were behind the Taliban and suicide bombings etc. I have named only few incidents, the historians knows it better.

    Stop blaming the MQM for what happened in Karachi, it is the reponsibility of each party doing politics in Karachi to take the responsibility. The CJP should also be blamed as he received reports that there is a possibility of clash between parties.

  19. sheepoo says:

    Ah Pakistan!

    وَلَا تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ نَسُوا اللَّهَ فَأَنْسَهُمْ أَنْفُسَهُمْ أُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الْفَسِقُونَ

    Do not be like those who forgot Allah, so He made them forget themselves. These are the wicked. (Al-Hashr 19)

  20. Bara Bhai says:

    yeh shehr altaf bhai ka hai agar kisi punjabi kuttay nai dobara idhar ka rukh kiya to is say bura hal hoga. aaj tv aur imran khan donoon ka number next hai

    kehcho chamber maro burst
    haq parast haq parast

  21. Bara Bhai says:

    karachi belongs to mahajir and offcourse altaf bhai we cant allow any punjabi dog to come here again and i must say things will be more serious.

    Mahajir rules for ever

    mqm flows in our bloood

    urdu spekaing rules

  22. Bare Bhai ka Baap.. says:

    Oye Bare Bhai…
    karachi kya teri amma ke jahez mai aya hai jo tu nare laga raha hai…agar itna hi dard hai karachi ka tu jaake tune kyon nahi khai goli ya phir yeh tere BHAI london se khon nahi agaya yahan logon ki ayadat karne…nahi us ko to sirf waha se baith ke hum ghareebon ki halal ki kamai pe aiyashi karne ki adat hai aur sirf cheekhne aur chilane ki adat…pehle pathano se laraya phir sindhiyon se phir punjabiyun aur aaj sub ka haath tham ke kehte hain ke joi hum bhai bhai…khutta kaun hai woh tu tareekh ne dikha diya …jiska yeh agenda ho ke karachi jo ke pakistan ka shehar hai usko JINAHPUR bana dain tu unki zehniyat tu saaf zahir hai…baqi yeh ke ab ja aur jaake doodh pi ke sooja…bach ahai bacha hi rahega…

  23. Ahsan says:

    Aoa,
    ok ok stop yar, yes yes yes altaf is responsible for 12th may, but what about who ordered him, what about other hypocrates ppp,mma,ml etc who are polishing their politics using current cjp situation… no mercy today on altaf & pm coz they were able to do that in peacefull way… or yar yeh justice sahab ko bhee karachi ana zaroori tha,he knows how pm is driving mad country like pak. with mad citizens like ppp,mma,ml,mqm…..yar khuda ka khof kero….only thing is altaaf and co is responsible for 12th may and then why others not…pm also…..but sab apnay apnay collar main jhanko …..plz dont explode with fire against other parties ….i am not from mma but i am a muslim …i am right to say…that u left deeds and adopt sins…and as Allah promised u got in problem with sins ….just this is the case…. if today altad confess his crime ..waht then… this will also create much big problem…who will be next dictator ….will be worse than him….. Allah said he destroy nations by nation in order to stop fasad… as u saw in iraq that saddam was realy cruel when he crossed the limit …Allah’s promise became true and he is destroyed by some one else…may be we dont know that u.s forces destruction is less than what saddam would be doing …musalmano ALLah ka khof kero…. Altaf sahb thora sach bhe bol lo…aj tum apna crime confess kero gay kal doosray kerengay…Allah kay wastay yeh sab larai maf kero…saab apni apni jaga seedahy ho jao…..

  24. Neena says:

    What happened to my comment?

  25. Neena says:

    The three days of strikes and violence amounted to roughly $400 million in lost national income, not to mention an incalculable loss of confidence by foreign investors. http://www.slate.com/id/2166473/pagenum/2

  26. […] behaviour of the government and the political parties on 5/12/2007 when my beloved city Karachi burned and people died on its […]

  27. Nadeem Khan says:

    Reading above comments, I would never ever want my kids to go back to Pakistan. If what I am reading above is an indication of what level we have all fallen to, the God help that country.

  28. pakistani says:

    altaf hussain ko kutta kehna bhe kuttoon ki toheen hai every one know he is a son of a bitch

  29. Akii says:

    hmmm, its very senstive issue for karachi speically

  30. koolmian says:

    Altaf hussain or us ki party MQM ne yeh saabit kar dia hai ko woh intihai nichley datje ki awara or badmaash jamat hai jo lashoon ki siyasat to jaanti hai lakin us mein koi peace nahin hai. MAZLOOMON KA KAATIL HAI ALTAAF HUSSAIN …. MQM TERRORIST>.

  31. Mafioso says:

    Aoa Dear Brothers,

    I am very sad to read all above comments from different readers across Pakistan and Globally, i think that this is not the right time to blame each other because we all are responsible for above. Reason if i asked all of you have ever you casted a vote to any Honest or Loyal Politician? i know answer is Not Sure alot of us never casted their votes even.
    We have to reunite our faiths with country after all we are PAKISTANI’s not Mohajjir, Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi, Pakhtoon we are Muslims and Pakistani please don’t categories our selves and try to understand our fukin leaders either he is Civilian or Dictoator no one ever comes to give us relief, and in the end we CHUTYA AWAM fight with wach other on basis of parties.

    Please Pray from ALLAH to give us Wisdom.
    Pakistan Zindabad,

  32. muhajir says:

    Local Pakistani are paying the price to wel come Muhajir from India in 1947.THEY SHOULD TAKE LESSON FROM INDIAN MUSLIMS WHICH ARE LIVING IN INDIA CHEAPER THAN SHOODAR.BUT PAKI MUHAJIR ARE ENJOYING IN BANGLOWS WITH LUX.CARS, HOW WROST PEOPLES ARE THEY,

  33. […] killed: last days of a bloody year for Pakistan This year has been a bloody one for Pakistan (link, link, link, link, link, link, . The society has received one shock after another. But this one […]

  34. zain hydre says:

    salam
    hi i wana say something about mqm

    mqm is not a political party but it is a terririst party working to acquire its benefits and all peoples in mqm are theif . altaf hussain is a very dog like person kutta kamina ha altaf farooq satar bhi manhood ki aulad ha mqm ko garak kar dena chaheye
    hate mqm

    get lost mqm

  35. SARA kAR says:

    Ye sirf Karachi doshmani hay sub salay Karachi ki development honay per pagal hoey hain. GA Altaf GA MAM

  36. SARA kAR says:

    kooton k bhoknay sa MQM ka qafla nahin badly ga

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