Gone to the Dogs?

How many times in a day do you exclaim, “This country has gone to the dogs”? I am assuming that it must be at least once in a day when KESC decides to shut down the electricity! And then considering that the light goes out for at least 3 hours everyday, that’s 3 times in a day then! Then there is the traffic in which you are stuck, the strikes, the riot, the increase in prices, The every other day strike, etc.

But if you are like me, than that statement, while continues to linger on at the back of your head somewhere, it is no longer a serious belief with which you attach yourself. you learn to move on, and IT IS EXACTLY THIS WITH WHICH I HAVE A PROBLEM!

This is not a post about something specific! Because the number of things that are bothering me at the moment is so long that I would need to write for two months constantly just to fill in all that is bothering me at the moment.

But for sure, this country has gone to the dogs!

After the riots last week, in which MQM leader was shot in his home in the early hours, the chaos, apparently by unnamed extremists, is  enough to make even a blind man scream out, “You idiots!”.

And one accusation, whether false or not, was enough for Rehman Malik the Great to put two people on the ECL. no investigation, no fact findings by your own state machinery, just one claim by one stupid MQM representative and that’s it!

Lets vent more shall we!

PPP, have you freaking lost your mind? You could not find any other area where the terrorist are hiding except Lyari? Why are you so much against your own people and your own vote bank? And is pleasing MQM so important that you would rather lose sight of what is sane and what is not? I am not even going to say right and wrong here, because apparently in politics those words are worth little.

And what about the Supreme Court (indeed)! Hey Mr. Chief Justice, I mother didn’t make nice food yesterday, you want to take suo-moto notice on that too?

This country is becoming more and more of a joke every single day

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KARACHI: Park, road named after Rehman ‘Dakait’

KARACHI, Aug 21: The Lyari Town Council on Friday passed two resolutions with a majority vote to name Gabol Park and Tannery Road after Sardar Abdul Rehman Baloch, popularly known as ‘Rehman Dakait’ who was recently killed in mysterious circumstances.

The council met under the chairmanship of its convener Naib Nazim Jamal Hyder and paid tribute to Sardar Rehman’s efforts towards restoration of peace and elimination of crime in Lyari.

Town Nazim Mahmood Hashim said Sardar Rehman Baloch was punished for helping the authorities maintain law and order and eliminating the drug menace and crime in Lyari. “He was a Baloch who had set up peace committees in the town,” he said, attributing a sharp decline in the crime rate in the town to the committees called the people’s peace committees.

The nazim demanded an impartial inquiry into the controversial “police encounter” that resulted in the death of Rehman.—APP

The orignal post can be read at http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/karachi-park%2C-road-named-after-rehman-dakait-289)

The word of mouth about Rehman Dacoit

After anyone’s death there are a bunch of rumor/word-of-mouth/gossips/stories that you would hear circulating around. The recent person to have this honor is the Late Rehman Dacoit aka Robin hood of Lyari aka the Notorious Rehman Dacoit.

The word of mouth that I am sharing here includes the information that I got from a resident of the area. This would maybe able to give a glimpse about how he really was and how is it that people of the area who had to deal with him and live with him thought about him really. The conversation with that resident went something like this:-

What has Lyari been like after his death?

For the first time I have seen that the rest of the city is working while Lyari is closed down completely, otherwise it always used to be the other way round.

Is it true that he used to help the local people out there in any way he can?

Well he used to do whatever he can. But more than often you would find that he would help a poor man and give that person money to get this daughter married. Or buy food for some one else’s household. He would help people get job and he would use his influence for that.

In that lane, there was never any robbery conducted or any crime done, so the people of the area were very happy with hime being there. He was a hero for them despite what people might say.

Did he use to roam around the area openly or was it secret or a big security scene when he used to be there?

Well in the area where he used to work and his office was, no one outside of the are could get there especially after dark, but they still used to consider for the families that were living their and they never for once tried to hurt them. Instead they always considered for them in any way they can.

But the area where he and his family lived that was very secured. No one could get in there. During the last Police Operation that was conducted in that area, they also found underground channels in that entire area that were connected from every house, so it was easy for them to deceive the police. It was so astonishing to find that long a channel underground, especially when the city government isn’t able to make one underpass water proof.

What do you think, how did he die really? How have people reacted over there on his death?

Right now people over there think that he was killed by Nabeel Gabool, (a politician of the area) becasue he was planning to stand for the elections and he was trying to establish himself in the area in that regard. He was now being called Sardar Rehman Baloch. I mean people already had a lot of respect for him.

After the news came that he has been killed people were crying and mourning like their own family member has passed away. And it looked like he has been dead for a few days. His body was really rotten. Considering the fact that he has died only twelve hours ago, his body looked very unfresh.

It is said that he was on pretty good terms with Asif Ali Zardari, and after he came in politics it was considered that now things would be easy for Rehman Dacoit in Lyari.

Well maybe he started demanding a lot, or maybe it was simply that a lot of people were worried about what would happen if he came into politics. What is astonishing is that this is the second person that has been killed who was present on 18th October. Continue reading

Rehman Dacoit Dead!

The recent piece of news that is no doubt going to shock many people is that the famous Rehman Dacoit was killed in the late hours of  Sunday night during a Police encounter in the Steel Town area.

Rehman Baloch or famously known as Rehman dacoit, and sometime even dubbed as the robinhood of Lyari. He was a local baloch and was wanted by the police on various allegations which varied from drug charges to murder and gang war crimes in Lyari, but still the images of his funeral that are coming to us slowly and steadily give an image that its not a dacoit that has died but a great public figure has passed away.

Rehman Dacoit

Rehman Dacoit

It has been said that he was in jail at the same time that Asif Ali Zardari was in prison, and that is how the two of them got to become friends. This was the reason that after Zardari coming into politics a lot of people didnt hesitate in claiming that now Rehman Dacoit would have a free hand in the Lyari area and in the city.

Rumors also had it that he was the one driving the truck of Benazir Bhutto on her return home on the 18th of October and that he also drove her back to safety after the bomb blast.

It is hard for many, that would include me, that how is it that a guy like him who is involved in so many crimes would be made into a hero figure by the people. Googling Rehman Dacoit opened up a lot of pages and one of them had the following to say about him,

“Rehman Dacoit is a legend in Lyari anywhere you go and is titled, “Robinhood of Lyari”, probably because he’s the sole bread provider to thousands of jobless families …….I am standing at “Jhatpat Market” at the office of the so-called, Robinhood of the Area – Rehman Dacoit. The name of the office, “Rehman Enterprise” with a battalion of heavily armed men guarding the place. I did see a “Mohafiz” 4×4, the new Sindh Police Force established to counter, dacoits by Waseem Akhter – the former, MQM Interior Minister of Sindh.”

(excerpt from http://akchishti.blogspot.com/2008_12_01_archive.html)

In a country where more than 50% of the people live under the poverty line, it is not surprising that people would find their heros and saviors in people like Rehman Dacoit. He might have had a lot of charges against him, but I am sure that he might have done some good some where…. thus the crowds at the funerals.

Isn’t it ironic how the lines of good and bad, of morality and ethics blurring away more and more every day ?