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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Been wanting to write for long….

..but some how I just could not make myself sit down and write it all down. It could be the keyboard’s fault ( I love this new one) or the fact that not indulging myself in music at full volumes every few weeks make me go weird, or it could simply be that I just didn’t know how to verbalize my thoughts about the topic which I have wanted to write for a while. But whatever the reason be, here I am! And I am typing away!

Karachi is becoming a very unpredictable city. it is losing all that I cherished about it slowly. before you could out till the early hours of the morning and not have a worry in your head. the city was so alive. I remember we never used to worry about going to the market, because we knew that it would be open till at least 1 or so. But now things are changing so drastically.

Karachi in flames.. again and again and again!

 

If it’s not the rains, then it would be some son of a bitch dying, some random shoot out which makes no sense to you, a prediction that something will happen, but something or the other is always there to terrorize the Karachities and make sure that they make their way home as soon as possible. this fear has simply taken away the spirit of the city.

A few days back for some research I was in Ranchore line, and talking to people and trying to get a few survey, that all of a sudden gun shots were fired, the shops shutters closed down, and the person I was interviewing – a woman – started questioning me in the most weirdest manner that who am I ? Why am I here ? What was the purpose of my visit?It was the same day that 6 people had been killed at SherShah Market for no reason at all! Just a random shoot out. Another day in the city’s history! Nothing unusual anymore in Karachi! Continue reading

The recent from the land of the Pure!

This week, for anyone who is living in Pakistan has been full of a lot of downs. It has been full of tragic news, of a state of trance and utter bewilderment. Hardly any of us got a chance to breath as one bad news after the other came

Margalla Plane Crash

through.

If the shock of the Plane Crash wasn’t enough, we were then surrounded by the tragedy of the Flooding in Khyber Phaktunkhwa. And then was the ultimate man hunt that is taking place in the city of Karachi. Since the death of the MQM MPA Raza Haider, Karachi is literary burning. And although I know that the families of the people who crashed would finally move on, and I know that the villages and the towns and the cities that came under the wrath of the Flood would be able to rebuild, and start all over, but what I don’t know when is this going to stop in Karachi! For how long are we going to act dumb and pretend that we don’t know who is doing this and who is responsible?

For those of you who don’t know the story of my city, let me tell you in brief what is happening here. There is “Ethnic Cleansing” going on in the city of Karachi. The Muhajir are simply killing the Pathans – an ethnic group belonging to the province of Khyber Phaktunkhua.Pathans make up one of the major chunk of our economy, including the construction and transport sector.

At the moment, they are being labelled as the “Talibans” and under that cover they are being “Targetted”. But things are never as simple as they seem. The Land Mafia is a growing phenomena in the city, and at the moment it is the Pathan’s that seem to be doing it dominantly. This is not to say that they are the only one doing it, it simply means that they are the one most highlighted at the moment. And in a city which is considered the fort of the MQM, this is not acceptable!

These muhajirs that are making these accusations and acting upon these prejudices seem to have forgotten their own history. Most of them sit and live in areas that they encroached and then had converted to a legal status. Why is it then that the Pathans would not follow suit?

And once more Karachi burns....(Photo from:http://focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n227194)

Is it really any mystery who is doing it? An MQM leader dies and since then the city burns! Are we really that naive to pretend we don’t know? Since the death of the MQM MPA, buses, rickshaws, Mobile Markets, Stalls, Shops, Trucks, all of which belong to Pathans have been burned. Last night an interesting sms was making the rounds in the city. The message was along the following lines

If you want to keep the city safe, then you should discontinue all sorts of contacts with the Pathans. Otherwise what is happening in certain areas would spread all around the city.

After any such event, I always wonder does this propoganda really works? Do people really start looking at every Pathan as a possible threat? I know I always think that! Whenever a Pathan passes me, I think does he think that I have this hate inside of me for him just because of his identity? Does he think that I would want him dead? You can never know what is going on in the head of a person.

The flags are up! We are celebrating 63 years of Independence, but what do we have that we are celebrating? Tragedy, Minority Killings, Religious Fundamentalism, Ethnic Targetting? On the eve of this Independence day, we would be almost 150 years behind from the rest of the world! What is there to celebrate?

Islam, Taliban, Karachi and Me

As the threat of Islam grows increasingly in the backdrop of this country, it is becoming more and more a tool for many to use. It is shocking how groups and individuals within this group have been able to comprehend how they can use it for themselves.

No doubt about it that the events of Swat and the girl being flogged publicly is a great reason for my concern. With the amount of purdah clad increasing fanatically without any reason or know how of religion – thanks to the brain washing propaganda of Maulvi and the much supported project “Wahabism” of Saudi- the insanity has double-folded in the recent years.

In the Karachi University you would find it common for young people associated with Jamiat (student wing of Jamat-i-Islami) to take the responsibiltyof being moral police and deal in their own manner with the students that they think are indulging in “unislamic” activities. There is no one to ask them or check on their definitions of “islamic” and “unislamic”

Dance shows -reference to the recent cancellation of girls dance show at a cultural program in Larkana- are forcibly closed down in the name of Islam. Private Jirgas are being set up in universities in Sindh… But how much of this is happening with the Islamic Spirit or personnal interest in minds or as a result of some other social factors????

Then there is the threat of land mafia disgused cleaverly as Talibinization by MQM… according to their definition all Pathans and Afghans- settled on government lands without any proper documentations since the refugee influx during the afghan war- are now synonymous with Taliban and the MQM too like- any morally upright group of citizens – have taken it upon themselves to clear the “land(s)” of such a threat.

All said and done, Talibanization is a genuine threat – maybe a man-made (read USA) created threat – but it exists and is now too large to be controlled. Its ugly head is popping up ever so often from different places (currently Pakistan). But the threat needs to be seperated from these factors of self propogating righteous men.

Media has also turned out to be a threat in itself.. with the slogans of free media still fresh it is about time that they find out the truth behind these things instead of entertaining people by converting such events into a circus performance.

Freedom is not having the choice of whatever you want.. Freedom also means responisbility.