Archive for December, 2007

Civil…

Guns ‘n’ roses “Civil War”:-

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.
Some men you just can’t reach…
So, you get what we had here last week,
which is the way he wants it!
Well, he gets it!
N’ I don’t like it any more than you men.” *

Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they’ve always done before

Look at the hate we’re breeding
Look at the fear we’re feeding
Look at the lives we’re leading
The way we’ve always done before

My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can’t deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars

D’you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said “Peace could last forever”
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can’t trust freedom
When it’s not in your hands
When everybody’s fightin’
For their promised land

And
I don’t need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
I don’t need your civil war

Look at the shoes your filling
Look at the blood we’re spilling
Look at the world we’re killing
The way we’ve always done before
Look in the doubt we’ve wallowed
Look at the leaders we’ve followed
Look at the lies we’ve swallowed
And I don’t want to hear no more

My hands are tied
For all I’ve seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
‘Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars

“We practice selective annihilation of mayors
And government officials
For example to create a vacuum
Then we fill that vacuum
As popular war advances
Peace is closer” **

I don’t need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
And I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need your civil war
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need one more war

I don’t need one more war
Whaz so civil ’bout war anyway

Good Mourning Pakistan

I was talking to a friend, the night BB was assassinated. He is a young businessman, and owns a successful startup. He was in US to meet some investor a week ago and the investor was quite hesitant on the note that the situation in Pakistan is quite fragile. Anything can go wrong without any reason. But they continued with the meeting. I smelled a little worry in his usual laughter. He knew what will follow the assassination, this time with a big reason, and this was just a week after that meeting. And investor is quite justified on his side; why would anybody who has even a little shred of reason with him, invest in a business that can potentially be torched any moment of the day, any day of the year, and that too without prior notice, God forbid.

And if his business is not getting investment, why should Zaid & Bakkar be concerned? I hope the office-going islooites would not have yet forgotten the lay-offs at EnterpriseDB and TouchStone. Luckily these were relatively at a smaller scale and the affectees were taken-care-of as other businesses were running just fine enough to accommodate them. So its not just him who will suffer, its us too, if we continued the way we are running the affairs since last three days. God forbid.

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Eulogy

“After all, man is a creator of his own coffin…”

-Anonymous.

bhutto.jpg

Who knew that her car would end up becoming her coffin? A car that was built to protect her. Till when will man escape God’s will and desire. It’s all a matter of time…

From God we all come, to God we all go!

We at IMB wish to condole with her family and the nation in a moment of great sorrow. And no, it’s not politically motivated.

Indifference, or lethargy?

People might blame Islamabad (Metroblog) of not posting enough in the recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto in our twin city Rawalpindi, and they might be doing so rightly. But they have to keep in mind that we have seen enough share of sh*t this year already, and we are repeatedly told not to post about political events that much. In this case, i believe it is more than political, it has become a national calamity at how our leaders are taken away with the click of one bomb at the will of one frustrated (add uneducated, unemployed, malnourished, pissed off) person…

Anyways, I have compiled a list of interesting web links from all over the internet here and here for you to use as reference anywhere. Most of them have been grabbed from various mailing lists and friends. Thanks to all of them.

It is neither indifference nor lethargy, it’s pure catatonia at what is happening around us these days that we are all in, in this blistering cold city. It’s really sad that a part from us few bloggers there isn’t much one can do to help the situation anyway. If you have any good idea, do post a comment, or suggest a story.

Here is my dedication to all depression/sadness stricken young people out there.

Hope Leaves by Opeth.

Universities to Remain Closed on Monday

I have just recieved word that the Higher Education Commission has announced that universities across the country will remain closed on Monday. This information is not as yet confirmed, but I’ll keep you posted as I find out more.

Update (Dec 29 2007, 7:21 pm): It is now being said that in case elections are still held, universities will remain closed till January 9. Confirmation still pending.

Update (Dec 29 2007, 9:00 pm): Yup, it’s official. Monday’s off.

Fuel Stations Temporarily Open

Fuel stations in F-10 and F-11 have opened temporarily under police protection, and multitudes of cars are currently lined up along the roadsides to fill up on petrol and CNG. I’m not aware whether any stations in other sectors are also open right now, but the ones in F-10 and F-11 are currently running. The lines are impossibly long though, so if you need to refuel (and you probably do), you’ll need to be very patient and also prepared for the possibility that the fuel supply runs out before you reach your turn – which is why most people I know aren’t even bothering to venture out there and join the lines. But I say give it a go. Take a book, CD, or a friend with you, to help you wait. The situation is still rather uncertain and we can’t really predict when the city will come back to life again.

Stay safe, everyone.

Bhutto’s Shooter captured on Tape

Late last night on CNN, this footage was shown. Three shots were fired by the Benazir’s assassin from what appears to be a handgun (note how the shooter/suicide bomber was quite literally perched up onto the back of Bhutto’s SUV):

For Video & Text Thanks to The Insider Brief.

The Pakistani Spectator shares with us the transcript of Baitullah Mehsud’s alleged telephonic conversation. I’m pasting the discussion below as well.

But the debate continues: How she really died and who killed her?
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Wandering In A Ghost Town

Deafening%20Silence.jpgYes that’s what describes Islamabad right now after the assasination of Benazir Bhutto. I had the chance to wander around in a few sectors of Islamabad like F-6, F-7,F-8, F-10, G-7,G-10 and G-6 and all of it reminds you a scene from the old wild west movies. The markets are all closed with a few shops open in the sub sectors market catering to supply for basic neccessaities of the citizens. The petrol pumps have been sealed off with pavements, no gas is available in the whole of Islamabad anywhere, and there is Islamabad Highway Patrol roaming around in the city. At a few places I did find some batteries of military personal, mostly rangers. The roads all are blanketed with a defeaning silience. Overall the mood of the city is calm, yet there is an air of strange melachony all around.

Jinnah%20Super.jpgAll major business have suffered, with major private and public offices closed for work. Some companys who work for overseas clients have asked their people to work from home. Many students have suffered as some had examination in the last week of December which had to be called off. I got a chance to talk to a few people on the road and it seems that most of them were taxi drivers or some shopkeepers who were apparently sitting outside their shops to guard them just in case mob hit the malls. There are some angry protesters pelting stones towards policemen on the seventh avenue. However overall there are no major signs of aggression.

F6.jpgThis is not by any means how the city planned to embrace the new year. I just hope there is better in store for us as we try to deal with this tragedy which is one more of those tests of our resolve as a nation.

A Car Ride to the Dark Side

Who would know that their first day of work in Karachi would be so eventful. Not at the office, but outside of it.

I happen to be in Karachi for a few days so I started work at a local startup. As usual the first day was not all that ‘work’ so I decided to leave office 5:15 pm yesterday. The office is located at main Shahrahe-Faisal and I had to get a cab ride back home. I arrived home at like 5:50 pm when I heard about the attempt at Benazir Bhutto’s life. A few moments later, the sad news of her demised was broadcast and all of us were left stunned. I am sure most of us were like that too. While I was totally catatonic, my family members started calling people up to inform them about the tragedy and to return home as soon as possible.

One of my uncles was stranded in the traffic some 10 ~ 20 minutes away from our home, but they were being told that people had already started stoning and trashing cars passing that area. Without losing a second they jumped off the car and started walking home. A better idea considering grievers were targeting cars and shops only. This was Khyaban -e- Zamzama. With two young daughters and a wife, they reached home safe and sound.
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Benazir, Pakistan & Now

“I didn’t choose this life. It chose me.” –Benazir Bhutto

We never thought 2007 will say its final goodbyes on this note. On and off, I & many other bloggers shared our thoughts on the suicide bombings and massive killings. The prominent figures were never hurt and commoners lost their precious lives to such attacks. Today was an altogether different case though. We liked her or not, that’s an altogether different rant, Benazir Bhutto was a prominent and influential lady. The two times PM of pakistan is no more. Seems like legacy of Kennedy family has shown its face in Pakistan. May Allah bless her and the many others who have lost their precious lives.

Islamabad: As I went out at in late evening, the brightly-lit McDonald’s in F-9 park was dark and off. So was the F-10 markaz, all shops closed down at 8 PM. A few necessary shops as medicine marts and bakers were open but deliberately kept dark. Apart from very few unconfirmed reports of chaotic activity, Islamabad is calm and analyzing the situation. Its advisable to stay inside as much as possible and avoid unnecessary wanderings around for your own safety. Tomorow is Friday and expect a few rallies after Friday prayers (resultant –> angered crowd in the city). Its not an announced holiday but do confirm if your office is open before leaving your home. Many offices and institutions have given the day off.

After Shocks: Aforementioned has given a new life to the riots and chaos country-wide. many already killed in Karachi, Larkana, Sukkur and many others injured. Our KMB co-author shares his account of escape. Tabish comes up with a list on What should the Pakistanis do from now on. Hoping and praying that the country comes out of the shock fast. We are not a bad nation; we’re emotional. Emotion enough to destroy our ownselves in the process. The life never stops; it will move on, Pakistan will move on eventually.

Question is Who is Responsible: : News are Al-Qaeda accepts the responsibility of Benazir’s assasination. Pointing the blame towards Al-Qaeda sounds absurd at the moment. IIf we analyze the gains of this killing – the potential future PM is lost; a US-favorite candidate. Ali Eteraz has an interesting review on situation. Can we point towards the political parties in que?? The extremist wing may be?? I fear it will remain a mystery as all others in the pandora box.

Teeth Maestro of Karachi Metroblog comes up with an Online Condolenece Book for the demised.

Praying for NO DARK DAYS AHEAD. We’ve seen enough. Wishing for the country’s safety!!

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