The story of the innocent by-stander

Be it Karachi, or be it Lahore. There is one person who is surely going the get involved in the most unrelated of matters, and it is going to be? The innocent by-stander.

There is an accident on the main highway, and the two cars are really mashed up, who’s gonna be the first on the scene, the innocent by-stander.

Two people start fighting each other over the pettiest of matters, who’s gonna get knocked out the first? The innocent by-stander.

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Picture courtesy AP, via BBC News

There is an important news to cover and the pictures are invaluable. Who’s gonna be the first to die? The innocent by-stander. And so was the case with a girl, a cameraman and a three other by-standers who were sent to meet the angles against their will, but sadly it was to be them. Their time had come, they hadn’t realized the gravity of the situation. They lost their lives as Islamabadis, no matter how, it is a moment of true sadness for all of us. I only hope for the bloodshed to end, and this saga of the Red Mosque to come to an end. Inna Lillah.

I have to say no one knew this would erupt into an urban war like that, but I think the time had come for this to happen. Who is right, who is wrong? What really happened? It’s all very unclear, as we only have news papers and websites to help us there. But sadly, someone had to become collateral damage and both parties involved are to be blamed.

If we all just try to remain calm, inside our homes, we will be safe InshAllah. There is no need to venture outside and God forbid get caught up in the madness. We can view the drama from our homes. May God keep us all safe and sound. Ameen.

6 Comments so far

  1. Ahsan (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    Help Needed Please Please! i am going to Islamabad tomorrow 4-7-2007 to apply for a Swiss Visa on thursday 5-7-2007,which is the last working day of the week for them;

    please advice i should proceed with the plan or postpone???

    urgent help needed!!!


  2. Phil (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 2:39 am

    Dear Ahsan. Head on to your destination, nothing will harm you, inshAllah.

    Just try to avoid these areas, Fazal-e-Haq Road Blue Area, Melody, Civic Center, Abpara, Sports Complex. These areas are barricaded. The police I think have localized the activity to quite an extent. I wish I could have helped you with a Google Map.

    Best of luck and hoe for the best.


  3. Farhan (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 2:51 am

    The embassies and NGO’s were advised to close early today, don’t know what’s gona happen tommrow.

    The embassy area is pretty secure btw.


  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 3:22 am

    Ahsan, now that curfew is imposed in G-6, it’s advised to call the swiss embassy (and if you get through – swiss embassy people are the laziest souls present in Diplomatic Enclave) and re-schedule your appointment …!


  5. Kashif (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 4:10 am

    Ahsan: Don’t go there (better call). ISB is going to be one tough place to visit for couple of days.


  6. Phil (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 4:21 am

    OK, so just call them up and tell them to reschedule. They will agree.



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