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.

But not everyone was as lucky as them. When we decided to return at 1 am that night (today) to get the car we witnessed the darker side of the situation first hand.

Cars stood stranded in the middle of the road, burnt and charred to the ground. From Suzuki to buses stood twisted and still. Banks and shops were broken into and stolen from, we saw this as we zipped around in our car to reach our stranded car – only the headlights of our car disturbing the cold silence of the darkness after the emotion riots that evening. Tires lied burnt and odorous, as rocks and stones told of a sad story of anger and frustration.

I am not a supporter of the affected party in this tragic assassination of yesterday, but I feel the person whoever did this infringed on every Pakistani’s right to live a free life. He murdered the basic sense of humanity and brotherhood, and not one person or one ideology. Regardless of cause or motive, no one has the right to ‘kill’ any other person for whatever reason.

Lets pray in unison for our country, and our nation that may we come out stronger and more determined to respect life, ideas, peoples and nations. Ameen.

I miss Islamabad :(

2 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

    Tragic …!!!

    What pinch me is the frustrating story of anguish and how people react to such happenings. We say “Inna Lillah e Wa Inna Alyhe Rajeyoon” but why not stay tight to it. Islam teaches us control on self-anguish then why can’t we take lead in it.

    Stay safe Phil and all others. I’m also saddened at the great monetary and business losses country-wide :|

  2. Inspirex (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

    Welcome to Karachi Phil.
    It is indeed tragic that your first day here was marred by karachi’s madness.

    Do get in touch, lets meet up?

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