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Karachi Massacre

16 May, 2007

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The nation is still mourning what it is dubbed as the bloodiest state-sponsored violence in Karachi on May 12, the day when Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudry was supposed to address a Sindh High Court Bar’s ceremony in connection the golden jubilee of Sindh High Court.

It, nevertheless, was expected that there could be some physical confrontation between the workers of rival parties as Muttehida Quami Movement, the major coalition partner in Sindh, had announced a counter rally, which, itself was a bizarre incident in the political history.

But, no one expected that there would be no government and law in Karachi on May 12. Erecting containers, vehicles, tankers and other barricades in an apparent bid to prevent the opposition activists and lawyers to proceed to the airport to welcome the chief justice blocked almost the city roads.

Armed supporters of MQM blocked Sharae Faisal, the city’s busiest road and the route where the chief justice was supposed to travel. They were firing on every moving thing, including ambulances. The law enforcing agencies were already disarmed so that they could not interfere in MQM’s business.

The most worrying and pinching aspect of May 12 carnage is that the issue is no more of a political nature. It has assumed ethnic proportions as, according to media reports, various people were gunned down after being identified as Pushtuns by the armed terrorists. Even, a Pushtun driver of Edhi ambulance, who were carrying an injured worker of Awami National Party to the hospital, was intercepted by the armed persons, and shot dead in broad day light.

Here are some questions
1) Was this a calculated conspiracy to resort to ethnic clashes in Karachi?
2) Where does MQM stand now? Was this all made to happen because a huge rally in favor of the chief justice would decide that Karachi is not a MQM’s city as it claims ?
3) Was MQM’s announcement of a counter rally on the same day in line with democratic norms?
4) Who should be really held responsible for May 12 massacre?

Reader Comments:

Mattarwa Qaumi Movement are definitly terrorists and should be flushed out of Pakistan. Go back to INDIA!!

Usman, Pakistan - 21 May, 2007

Karachi Massacre

I will NOT blame any body for Karachi Massacre.Just look at the picture,how the sons of mother land sleeping in the "AAGHOUSH" of mother land on Mother's day.

Khalid Awan, Pakistan - 21 May, 2007

King Khatmal of Karachi


Altaf Hussein, the ‘King Khatmal’ is a hard core & sadistic terrorist; he is responsible for the poor Pakistanis massacre in Karachi. The British Government must extradite him if the UK believes in War against Terror for real!!!
Mr. Blair must be fair at least in this case!!! MQM also uses to employ and deploy a sizeable contingent of hired assassins as well as POs (viz proclaimed offenders) on tactical levels and let them loose whenever required according to them for the onslaught. I have therefore been sending my proposal repeatedly to the high-up that all the DPOs as well as SHOs of Police be made time-bound and be given specific targets of POs arrests, for such roaming POs are the extremely horrible & fitting for such lucrative jobs by default - like the stray and rabid dogs have been!!!







Aftab Alam Advocate (High Court) Swat, Pakistan - 22 May, 2007

MQM not Responsible

A simple thing MQM not responsible you bring any one in election MQM will win & Quaid-e-Threek Altaf Hussain will always be loved by people of Karachi, its opposiotnz fault for politicising a judicial matter. Jiye Muthaida Jiye Altaf Hussain

Rehan ul haq, Ukraine - 23 May, 2007

MQM-Militancy Qualified Movement

Altaf Hussain should be hanged

akram Ilahai, Malaysia - 23 May, 2007

It could have been easily avoided

Like in civilized world, the available resources of law and order could have been used. The two important peace procedures of rallies can be stated so that even a child can understand and they are as such:

1. THE RALLY OF CJ SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A SPECIFIC ROUTE FREE AND DEVOID OF ANY INTERFERENCE.THE MQM OR ANY RALLY OPPOSING CJ'S ONE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN ITS OWN INDEPENDENT ROUTE AND MAPPING.

2. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN OBSERVED APPROPRIATE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TWO WITH NO RALLY ROUTE COMING WITHIN TROUBLING DISTANCE OF THE OTHER.

IT APPEARS THAT THERE WAS LACK OF SINCERITY OR SERIOUS NEGLIGEANCE ON THE PART OF THOSE WHO HAD PEACE KEEPING RESOURCES AND THE CONTROL ON MAPPING OF RALLIES ROUTES FOR SAFETY REASONS.

Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 24 May, 2007

"Mattarwa Qaumi Movement by Usman , Pakistan"

"Mattarwa Qaumi Movement are definitly terrorists and should be flushed out of Pakistan. Go back to INDIA!!
Usman , Pakistan"
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How evident is the mentality of certain ethnics who consider themselves the owners of Pakistan.
As ignorant as above quoted comments by some Usman who wishes for people to go back to India.
Those who came from India are the real founders of the nation of Pakistan while those who were sitting in those lands that were demarcated as Pakistan prior to the founding of Pakistan did not lose any lives or property.
Hundreds of thousands of people took on foot and by all means of transport available to reach Pakistan in order to make it a success. When Pakistan was founded the state did not had any money to pay the employees of the state, the Muslim State of Hyderabad (now India) contributed the funds to accomodate distribution of wages. The Gold Bullion that was transfered from Hyderabad was used as the monetary backup based upon which the currency was printed.
All that the migrants were able to bring in with them became part of Pakistan in terms of wealth and property. What was your contribution Mr. Usman?
You seem to have chosen the alias of one of the most generous from Khulfa E Rashideen but you dont seem to know yet where to tie your pants, pajamas or may be shalwar for that matter.
If you think you are brave enough and have been fed by your mother then stand on a crossroad in Pakistan anywhere and say out loud what you have written here. Dont even dare to dream that you are sending anyone of us to India, because if that is the writt of your ethnicity you be prepared to lose Pakistan altogether by itself.
Put your money where your mouth is and weigh in before making such nonsensical statements because if your words create any abrasion among two citizen's of Pakistan you should remember that you will be held accountable in the courts of Allah SWT for creating unrest in the lands occupied by muslims.
Review what you have written and if you come from a sound background you should be able to withdraw your comments while I dont seek your apology for being ignorant.

Matloob Zaman, Pakistan - 25 May, 2007

5/12 Massacre Posted by:kadar khan

Thanks for your post Br. Kadar Khan, I wish there are more Pakistanis who think alike and are elaborate too. Those who take a balanced look at all the events and episodes, that would make Pakistan a better place to dwell within.
Alas, this is Democracy Pakistan Style, where we toss ethnicity of others on the tips of our tongues and infuriate others by nick-naming their ethnicity in demeaning terms and while we consider ourselves muslims we go to the extent of discriminating each other on the basis of ethnicity.
It is rather shameful to have to experience such episodes over and again when matters are politicized by one side or the other and escalated beyond their reciprocity as in the matter of CJ who if he had slightest honor for the position he holds would have refrained from all this hoopla but it becomes more and more evident from the way this matter is being handled that the CJ and his cronies who now fill in as his lawyers were waiting for such an opportunity so they can topple the existing govt. while they are responsible for taking over the streets of Pakistan and creating a havoc around the country.
They have literally qualified themselves for the Pakistani Democracy as it prevailed before freedom of speech and media. If the CJ wanted to convey his message about the matters he wishes to discuss he could have addressed the entire nation without all this havoc by consulting with the mass media which I am sure would be very happy to relay the most controversial matters and this would have saved the CJ from shredding the honor of a Chief Justice into pieces while the people of the country would have continued to enjoy peace in the nation without disruption of the country's norms, but, the hidden agenda of the CJ and his cronies appears to be a lot more than visible to common eyes.

Iqbal Zubair, Pakistan - 25 May, 2007

MQM's Victory

Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Iftikhar Muhammad Chuodry was invited to address Sindh High Court Bar Association on May 12. MQM blocked his way to the court and did not allow him to address the Bar. More than 40 innocent people were killed in order to conquer Karachi. Those accompanying the CJP were asked to leave Karachi immediately. Majority of them were senior lawyers including Mr. Itizaz Hassan. CJP had to cancel his schedule and he returned back from Karachi from the airport and could not take a single step out from the passenger’s lounge. On the other hand, the MQM took a rally and was addressed by Mr. Iltaf Hussain on phone in the idle of the road. Nothing happened to the participants of the rally, though a large number of outsiders were killed elsewhere.
May 12 is definitely MQM’s day of conquering Karachi and the party will celebrate this day every year as” victory day of Karachi”.
Let us “congratulate” MQM and their sponsors Mr. Pervez Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz on their “victory.”
Muhammad Riaz,
Thana.
Malakand Agency.



Muhammad Riaz, Pakistan - 25 May, 2007

Conflict resolution

We have to try our best to avoid resorting to revenge and counter revenge. The few found guilty must be punished.

In Canada, we have been doing social get togetherness involving Punjabis, Pathans,Sindhis, Urdu speaking, Kashmiris and others and getting along well.

In Pakistan as well trouble makers had no business going closer to the ones in procession of their own. The peace keeping authorities with resources and authority should have smelled it out ahead of time and should have done good job on mapping and timing co-ordination to avoid tragedy.

Each one of us Pakistani ethnicities have some qualities to fit into nation without having conflict.

Punjabis and Pashtuns may have more patriotism.But Urdu speaking Pakistanis are more honest in dealings. As a matter of fact these Bhias brothers and sisters can be trusted on money matters and dealings with better trust than even Hindus and Sikhs.

Let us unite all these qualities peacefully of all people in Pakistan and weed out all trouble makers, who want to spoil the national unity.

Pakistan has variegated ethnic mix as much as in Iraq or Afghanistan.

THERE HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL EQUILIBRIUM TO MAINTAIN PEACE AND HAPPINESS OF TOGETHERNESS IN PAKISTAN IN THE PAST.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PEOPLE WITH POWER AND RESOURCES OF PEACE KEEPING TO TRY THEIR PART AS WELL AND MAKE SURE THAT OUR ETHNIC DIVERSITY DOES NOT SLIP INTO CHAOS LIKE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.

WE, PUNJABIS, PATHANSM SINDHIS, BALUCHIS,PATHANS, URDU SPEAKING AND KASHMIRIS ARE FULLY CAPABLE OF LIVING TOGETHER PEACEFULLY.

PLEASE DO NOT POISON DAMAGE THE PEACE EQUILIBRIUM WITH POLITICAL ADVENTURES.

COFLICT RESOLUTION CAN WORK ONLY BY SEPARATING THE COLLISION IF IT IS SEEN DEVELOPING AT A TIME.

ROUTE, MAP, TIME AND DISTANCE THE CHANCE OF CONFLICT IF IT IS ANTICIPATED INTO DEVELOPING.

Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 25 May, 2007

Sharam

Sharam tum ko mgar nahin ati

T.Saleem, Iran, Islamic Republic Of - 26 May, 2007

Musharraf, Ishrat Ibad and Altaf Hussain are the only three who caused this massacre.
Musharraf should be tried like Bhutto and then hanged.

A.R.Khan, United Kingdom - 27 May, 2007

MQM must be disarmed

MQM has set up a parallel government of fear and intimidation in Pakistan. The government must take steps to disarm their powerful militias, and restore the writ of Law.

The governor of Sind is the only political governor in the country - he is an indicted murderer and continued to ply his mafia characteristics on May 12.

Now MQM has taken to banning citizens from entering Karachi, as if it their fathers private property. Imran Khan has every right to come to Karachi as does every other citizen.

Rustum Khokar, Reunion - 27 May, 2007

mqm love

east and wast mqm best


shoaib raza, Iran, Islamic Republic Of - 27 May, 2007

I agree with M.Khan.
Our coward army that has been beaten every time they faced real men ( the Indian army ) is good in only one thing...how to loot our country.
My hat off for the brave men of North Waziristan people who are blowing them up like they deserve to.

A.R.Khan, United Kingdom - 28 May, 2007

The fact is that Pakistan's troubles will never be over till we get rid of the unholy alliance of the military,the mullah and the businessmen.
How about starting to kill everyone in uniform,every man with a beard and burning all the factories ?
It might be painful in the begining but in the end the people would prevail.
This coward and thief army has to be decimated.

A.R.Khan, Pakistan - 28 May, 2007

Are you proud to be pakistani

After reading all your comments here, I am just wondering if any one of you care about pakistan.!!!
because founder of pakistan wasn't punjabi, Urdu speaking, Pathan, sindhi or balochi. Can you just think for split second how much damege we all have done for hating each others.!!!


Kami Ali, Pakistan - 28 May, 2007

1) Was this a calculated conspiracy to resort to ethnic clashes in Karachi?
2) Where does MQM stand now? Was this all made to happen because a huge rally in favor of the chief justice would decide that Karachi is not a MQM’s city as it claims ?
3) Was MQM’s announcement of a counter rally on the same day in line with democratic norms?
4) Who should be really held responsible for May 12 massacre?

Just wants to answer to your "Q" here M.Q.M was the only one take the permision for the rally....
grow up

, Pakistan - 28 May, 2007

Known terrorist

Can anyone answer a simple question - How did Altaf Hussain manage to get out of Pakistan about 10-12 years ago ? We all knew then, he was
behind all the blood letting in Karachi. Who were his protectors ? Why don't we have prize money for his capture? After all there is a
huge prize money for the capture of other terrorists.

Alamsher Wazir, United Kingdom - 28 May, 2007

Is India proving right about our existance after all?

forget democracy, forget attaining power,forget political/economic rivalry,forget enthnic differnces....we need to realize much more important things....what have we done to ourselves...what have we done to pakistan? all we are doing -especially the useless political parties comprised of the most unintelligent lunatic-is just proving everyone esp India right...that Pakistan was never going to live it out on its own. is that what we are trying to kill each other for? its time to stop reading about our 'glorious' history in our college text books and focus on what are we to do to fix our current situation.

mariam farid, Antigua And Barbuda - 29 May, 2007

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