Fear and loathing in Gulistan-e-Jauhar

Published: August 11, 2010

Tension and warnings force many Pashto-speaking men to flee overnight

KARACHI: Gulistan-e-Jauhar is in turmoil again. The Pathans of the area, especially blocks 14 to 17, have started leaving their homes and businesses out of fear for their lives after they were allegedly threatened on the basis of their ethnicity.

Several incidents were also reported in which party activists had threatened people of one ethnicity or abused them verbally. Residents said that many tandoors and chai shops had been abandoned by their owners.

One shopkeeper told The Express Tribune that his neighbouring shop owner, who ran a hardware store, had been threatened by “some young boys on bikes a few days ago”, after which he fled overnight leaving everything behind.

The situation is so bleak that one apartment’s union leaders in block 15 asked their seven  watchmen and caretakers to return to their villages, giving them hardly a few hours’ notice. These men hail from Barikot-Kohistan, a small town in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, in the Swat Valley.

Gulistan-e-Jauhar is spread over 19 blocks – 1 to 7 are mostly occupied by Sindhi, Baloch and Punjabi people. Blocks 12 to 16 are generally considered the posher part as they are dotted with villas and luxury apartments. Blocks 17, 18 and 19 have gone commercial with restaurants, motels, general stores and grocery shops.

‘There is no work in my village… it was washed away in floods’

Long-faced and teary-eyed watchman Khursheed bade his apartment block’s residents farewell on Tuesday. He had been working there for over 17 years and considered it his own home.

“I really don’t know what I will do as there is no work in my village except more trouble as it was washed away in the floods,” he said.

Sultan was another watchman who was asked to leave. “I have five small children and I used to send all my money to support my family,” he said. “I begged the union (of the apartments) to let me stay behind, but they said that my life was more important and if I had that I would continue to earn forever.”

The watchmen and caretakers are concerned that they will not be able to find another job. “We are illiterate and not well built because we’ve been doing this our entire lives. Our choices are limited and we can’t even start our own business because our savings are nil,” said Shah Alam, another watchman.

However, before they could say any more, their taxi arrived to take them away.

For the last two days, since the target killings stopped in the city, the “well-wishers” of the shop owners and security guards have been warning them that another spree of target killings is in the offing.

Agha Jan, who represents the restaurant owners in the city, says at least 13 tea stall and restaurant owners left the area after the recent violence.

“Eight owners have shifted back to Quetta and KP, and five of them have gone to Banaras and Landhi,” he explained.

According to him, some of the restaurants were attacked and some received threats. “Everywhere there are good and bad people. The bad people threatened them to leave the area, whereas, the good people said they were helpless to protect them,” said Jan, who owns five restaurants in the city.

According to police records, at least 17 retaurant and tea stalls were targeted in the recent violence and around five workers from these restaurants were killed along with two security guards.

“A customer who used to regularly visit my tandoor, asked me to leave the area otherwise I would be killed,” said Gul Nawaz, who used to run a naan shop in block 15. Gul Nawaz saw the bloodshed in the area with his own eyes and decided to leave even without informing anyone.

“I am planning to go back to my city. They are killing us despite the fact that we serve them. It is all political,” said the 32-year-old Gul Nawaz. “But I had nothing to do with politics.” He was 15 years old when he came to Karachi. “All it will take is one bullet.”

with additional reporting by Fawad Shah

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2010.

Reader Comments (47)

  • Khalid
    Aug 11, 2010 - 3:58AM

    Urdu speaking were themselves once migrants and were given refuge , free services, free land among other things and fifty years later their offspring’s show such ingratitious attitude to those of other ethnicities.

    This just goes to show that those who opposed the arrival of migrants in their native sindh were right at the time. It was all a big blunder.Recommend

  • Rehman
    Aug 11, 2010 - 9:19AM

    Khalid! too late a comment. Karachi is a powder keg and will self inflict itself anytime when the puppeteers would like it to.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Aug 11, 2010 - 9:28AM

    Hold on your nerves. Its easy to comment but very difficult to face these challenges. Karachi is the city where every one from Pakistan come, lives and owns. Don’t forget who has sacrificed more to get the independence and get this piece on earth now knows as Pakistan. I am not Pathan neither Urdu speaking but I have been lured by both the Pathans and Urdu speaking boys in this city. That doesn’t mean all Pathans and Urdu speaking locals are bad. You need to understand the consequences and really come up with the strategy to solves these problems. Recommend

  • Zia Rehman
    Aug 11, 2010 - 9:44AM

    In recent tide of violence and targeted killings sparked after the assassination of Raza Haider, MQM’s MP, nearly 90 Pashtun innocent labourers were brutally killed by ‘Urban Terrorists’ mostly having profession of Bus drivers and conductors, daily wage workers, shopkeepers, small hotels of tea runners and so on.
    Now the question is that which one amongst the 90 murdered Pashtun was the killer of Raza Haider?

    @Faryal Najeeb, please Use word ‘Pasthun’ or ‘Pakhtun@ instead of Pathan.Pathan is considered affront and insulting amongst the Pashtun and is a stereotype. Recommend

  • Patriot
    Aug 11, 2010 - 10:05AM

    Biased reporting…how could a report on Gulistan-e-Jauhar be complete without the mentioning of Rabia City and the organized mafia based there! Recommend

  • Mukarram
    Aug 11, 2010 - 10:07AM

    This is one side picture published in this article i would suggest to news channel anchor (Sahafi) to visit BANARAS or surrounding area of QASBA and ask them what was happened in last 10 years with our families, finally we decided to migrate from QASBA to Liaqatabad now.

    So always put a both side of picture in the favor of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Waqqas Iftikhar
    Aug 11, 2010 - 10:33AM

    Good job khalid, the solution to ‘ethnic discrimination’ is ‘ethnic genocide’ – you are as wrong as those you condemn. Can we not treat ethnicities as ‘monoliths’? All pathans dont support ANP, neither do all ‘urdu speaking’ support the MQM, kindly dont confuse political parties with ethnicities

    As for not letting migrants into Sindh, if that’s true then we shouldn’t have had a separate nation on the basis of religious identity – there goes the two nation theory.Recommend

  • Blogging at work
    Aug 11, 2010 - 11:01AM

    I live in Gulistan-e-Jauhar also….sadly i can cofirm the facts written in the column…my neighboorhood chaiwala has also fled.Recommend

  • Mukarram
    Aug 11, 2010 - 11:50AM

    Many of the families migrated somewhere in karachi due to tension of the city or forcefully emphasized to go like ‘ Gulistan-e-Johar to Sharepaow Colony or pahalwan goth as well QASBA to in Apwa Colleage Karimabad and Sirajud dualla collage.

    In a nut shell, innocent people always suffers like this.Recommend

  • Onib Nasir
    Aug 11, 2010 - 11:56AM

    Mr Khalid your comment is an insult to all Urdu speaking people. These people have served their country with great zeal and enthusiasm over the years and have always been proud Pakistanis. The issue that is confronting Karachi now is political in nature rather then ethnic albeit the people are exploiting the issue to maximum potency.
    In your comment you have just ridiculed all the sacrifices that Urdu speaking people had to made when they migrated to Pakistan, leaving all that they possessed behind and even sometimes getting their families killed in front of themselves. You have also derided the Two Nation Theory, the principle theory of the foundation of Pakistan. Please if you have no respect for the Urdu speaking people then at least do not mock at the leaders of this country and the very basis of Pakistan.
    I would like you to please change your views and apologize to all the Urdu speaking people for the desecrating remark that you made.Recommend

  • Ahmed Z. Khan
    Aug 11, 2010 - 11:59AM

    well pointed by the commentators! Biased! nobody said anything when innocent mohajir boys were being tortured to death in the early 90s! we were never one nation until something shook us!Recommend

  • IZ
    Aug 11, 2010 - 12:02PM

    Heart-breaking. Karachi’s ethnic cleansing continues.Recommend

  • Shaukatbrohi
    Aug 11, 2010 - 12:35PM

    The people either living in Jauhar or Banaras should face this all happily because all this is spread by those beloved politicians whom they supported in elections by giving votes or sleeping tight on voting day. Have Fun people…this is what you had sown…enjoy killings, enjoy burning homes and shops, beautiful scenes of strikes and threat roaming on the streets and roads…hahahaha all this is for you.. :-|strong textRecommend

  • true pakistani
    Aug 11, 2010 - 12:48PM

    Madam always write both sides of stories dont try to write only one side this will have very bad impact on the ppl. secondly Pushtuns are pakistani plz write pakistani coz in another column another writer will write Mohajir Killed in orangi so correct and appoligize.Recommend

  • arif jamal
    Aug 11, 2010 - 1:11PM

    Those Adwanis, Ambanis, Isranis and Malkanis (Hindus) who migrated form Pakistan to India were received whole heartedly as a son of soil. they have never been taunted as a migrant. Rather,they have been given every opportunity to grow in indian society. Consequently,the Ambani have become the richest businessmen and Advani is the most powerful person in Indian politics. If some one got benefit from migration, it was also fact that many had left everything back to India for the sake of Pakistan. Later on their properties had been confiscated by Indian government under the custodian law and awarded to Hindus migrant. In early period of Pakistan Most of these so-called migrants lived in huts and with their efforts these huts had been turned into building and houses. As for as violence in Karachi is concerned we must condemn in strongest possible words and help the authorities to bring the book of culprits Pakistan and Karachi is the city of all ethnicity. But one should think without any bias who initiated the violence in Karachi and whose venomous speech has triggered bloodshed in Karachi. Good and bad people are the part of every community. Why does the people forget Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and only remember terrorist to curse one particular community Recommend

  • Imran A. Azeem
    Aug 11, 2010 - 1:11PM

    It is in fact a sad learning that some one is being targeted on the basis of his ethnicity in the city of lights but is there were only 17 restaurant & tea stall in all 19 blocks of the Gulistan-e-jauhar ? No, 99 percent of the tea stalls & restaurants in the area are still open with Pathan workers being working their safely and with full harmony. Go & visit series of all such apartments in the area with Pathan Chowkidar & Watchmen still present their, performing their duties. Recommend

  • Aug 11, 2010 - 1:49PM

    Express Tribune! why dont you report on what happened to the Urdu speaking people in the areas dominated by the pathans. We forcefully urge you to now find out the facts and publish an addendum to your one-sided story.
    You fail to mention the land grabbers / drug lords who have forcibly occupied apartments in Al Asif Square at Sohrab Goth and Rabia City in Gulistan e Jauhar. The former has been occupied by pathans for over three decades.
    May ALLMIGHTY ALLAH have mercy on us.
    Long live Pakistan and Pakistani brothers and sisters, elders, and children. Recommend

  • Imran A. Azeem
    Aug 11, 2010 - 2:13PM

    However it’s also a fact that some of the apartments in the area are being captured by the gangster of an ethnically backed political party not THAT ethnicity. so we need to condemn the real culprits rather than generalizing the communities. I would like to keep my comments only to the writeup, the sick comments against the ‘Muhajirs’ ( migrants) are just like the speech of a thug telecasted from your TV Channel Express which is a clear depiction of what thats MAN agenda in the City is.Recommend

  • Imran A. Azeem
    Aug 11, 2010 - 2:22PM

    @arif Jamal
    Even Dr. A. Q. Khan in his last interveiw aired from a Private TV Channel said that he was not accepted in Pakistan as a
    “SON OF SOIL”. The real terrorist are the people with racist mentality not accepting the of 1947 migrants as Pakistani but accepting Afghans in Pakistan and flaming Pakistan in the war of Afghanistan. this attitude clearly shows that they are racist and not only ethnically biased. Recommend

  • Danish
    Aug 11, 2010 - 2:49PM

    We expect a newspaper like Express Tribune to publish balanced, unbiased content, rather than join the bandwagon of irresponsible reporting tabloids by including unresearched, half-baked ‘opinions’ that will do more harm than anything else. Our society is already divided into so many pieces on the basis of language, religion, political affiliation, sectarianism, provincialism etc etc. that we keep missing the core issue that faces us. Where are al these weapons coming from? who is providing the funding, why aren’t the culprits never arrested, why do the law enforcement agencies appear after the damage has been done? Why is it so easy to grab land, sell narcotics, kidnap for ransom, commit murder, loot private property and force poeple to close down business? Why do we always find an excuse for lawlessness? Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 11, 2010 - 2:56PM

    Hateful commenters.

    I am an urdu speaking person who lives in Karachi, and I am sorry but most of the urdu speaking people who have commented here are full of hate for other ethnicities.

    Some of them are even acting like politicians. Instead of paying heed to what has been reported in the article above about the fear that has been instilled into the hearts of the pakhtuns who are being forced to leave their homes, most of the commenters are talking about the atrocities committed against the muhajirs, some even go back to the 90s. As if this is a justification for throwing out other Pakistanis from Karachi. This is pretty much the behaviour of politicians on talk shows just so you know.

    When will you come out of your ethnic skins and realise that you are a Pakistani?

    Yes Muhajirs are also dying. But who is killing them? the chai wala or the tandoor wala? Or is it the damned political party workers?

    Congratulations! the political parties have once again been successful in inciting ethnic hate within the people of Karachi. They are indeed efficient in achieving their goals.Recommend

  • Blogging at work
    Aug 11, 2010 - 2:57PM

    Accepted that Pakistanis whose ancestors migrated from India were discriminated against and even persecuted in the worst manner. But does that give anyone right to do the same thing to other innocent people? Surely ‘chaiwalas’ and watchmen have minimal, if any, interaction with politics.
    While yes i second the comment that Tribune should also go to Pushtun dominated area and bring the truth to the people but that is no excuse to shy away from attrocities which were committed in the last fortnight.Recommend

  • faryal
    Aug 11, 2010 - 4:36PM

    Dear readers,

    i have read all the comments on our story with great respect as i value all opinions. i am sorry to anyone who may have been hurt by the word pathan and correct it to pakhtun. moreover, most of the readers seemed to have completely missed the actual point of the story due to their own personal perspectives in the matter- which was highlighting how PAKISTANI’s are divided unfortunately in fragments of ethnicity and sect. As journalists we have taken no ones side and just presented the facts as they stand. we are neither pro- mohajir nor pro- pakhtun or siding by any political party. our job is just to report.

    as far as reference to rabia city or qasba colony is concerned, our paper has already done a report earlier on that area. also bear in mind that we are restricted by a word limit, therefore we cant write pages and pages of past, present, future or left and right. thanksRecommend

  • Blogging at work
    Aug 11, 2010 - 5:02PM

    and @ arif jamal:
    Pakistan’s wealthiest man (Mian Mansha), like Ambani, was also a migrantRecommend

  • Farhan
    Aug 11, 2010 - 5:09PM

    @ Ali:

    Well said Ali, you perfectly expressed my mind.

    I am urdu-speaking and i strongly condemn the massacre of innocent pashtuns in karachi. A common Pashtun in Karachi is as helpless as common punjabi, urdu-speaking etc.

    The problem is not common chaiwala or theelay wala pashtun, the problem is indiscriminate killing of innocent Pakistanis. Sometimes in the name of Islam (sectarianism) or in ethnic clashes.

    Please come out of ethnic differences and think as human being, only then you will know that common karachiiite feel unsafe.Recommend

  • Faiq N
    Aug 11, 2010 - 5:35PM

    I feel sad for the innocent pathans but lets not forget that there is an another side to the story too … as many have pointed out Mahajir ethnicity people have suffered discrimination since the inception of Pakistan. Its not the citizen and ordinary pathans or mahajirs which cause problems. Its always the political activists with an Agenda which create trouble.Recommend

  • AZ
    Aug 11, 2010 - 5:53PM

    What kind of journalism is this? You would think the editors would know that “Pathan” is considered derogatory and “Pashtun” / “Pakhtun” is the proper term.Recommend

  • Softimage
    Aug 11, 2010 - 7:33PM

    Read this artical carefully the writer here has spoken of Gulistan e Jauhar and as far as i know people from all walks of life and people from all ethnic background live there, gulistan e Jauhar is is an established locality of Karachi and people there live in millions and are living there since long. The pathans as far as i know have being doing all sorts of bussiness not only in Jauhar but for that matter they are living and having there bussiness all over the city. Their woman carrying there daily routine affairs as usual no matter what the law and order conditions. The Muhajirs and the pathans are been living in Karachi since long and doing bussiness with each other. The city govenment under Mr. Kamal issued numerious contracts to contracters who were Pathans had this been the situation then why on earth were these contracts awarded to them, then you in your artical have mentioned of a residential building where Pathans were employed i askRecommend

  • Nabeel Khan
    Aug 11, 2010 - 8:01PM

    i partially disagreed with faryal najeeb, she has showed only one side of the picture, and for me half truth is more dangerous than a full length LIE, i second the comments of @Patriot, how cud u discuss the disturbance of gulistan e johar widout mentioning PEHELWAN GOTH nd RABIA city, what political activists wid the land grabers r doing there, threatening business man is not a good idea bt physical/oral abusing of our respected women/females are even worst and unfortunately women from that part of the johar facing ths since a while. secondly i asked Mr Khalid, who left their everything for ths country, u gotta keep ths thing in ur mind man that if the movement were not up in the parts which still r wid INDIA, nobody wud ever b able to get even a single inch of the land, masses from that part of INDIA knew that they nt gonna b a part of newly born PAKISTAN, bt they struggled nd struggled hard, they squander everythng they got for the new mother land and after 62 years v hav to listen the language u used here and SHAHI SEID used in his ANP gathering. very unfortunate my frnd very unfortunate. Recommend

  • Muhammad Atif
    Aug 12, 2010 - 1:44AM

    I am a urdu speaker but I am here to tell you those who consider that all urdu speaking people are a part of MQM. NO, the fact is way too different. Perceive this that no literate, sensible urdu speaker is a part of MQM. I must say not with any political party.
    My dada was a nawab in Lucknow, he was a millionare at that time but when he fled from Hindustan to Pakistan, he was just left with a slipper in his foot and some coins in his pocket from that time we are just a middle class family. So what you think that we have no background? We have no social and moral values? Were our parents or grandfathers were stupid to come to this country who will, after 63years, call us MUHAJIRS?

    For God sake don’t tag all urdu speaking people with MQM. We have no connection with this party even not with any political party. Recommend

  • Moin
    Aug 12, 2010 - 11:46AM

    What a shameful news to reflect on. We have reduced ourselves to where our forefathers are born and forgot that we all are Muslims. I hope we reform ourselves soon or wait for the inevitable.Recommend

  • arif jamal
    Aug 12, 2010 - 3:11PM

    Mian Muhammed Mansha is a native Punjabi. He belongs to Chinioti business community. He settled his business in Cultcutta and after partition He came back to his native land it does not mean that he is a migrant.Recommend

  • Aug 12, 2010 - 5:19PM

    Innocent Karachiites paying the price for the ‘alliance’Recommend

  • Aug 12, 2010 - 8:51PM

    ANP did the damage :).

    On an honest note, this is something i would never had expected from Tribune. A completely biased report, showing the only side of the picture, You want names I will give you names of the areas where no media is covering and people are moving out of their own homes.

    This is ridiculous, I am not sure about everyone else but such reports on Tribune will increase the intensity and nothing else.

    Adios !Recommend

  • Asad Baig
    Aug 12, 2010 - 10:49PM

    The article is biased and am sorry to say that it is written by a lady without verifying the actual facts. The article fails to mention those areas in Karachi like Shah Faisal and specially Orangi and Banaras where there have been firing and urdu speaking people targeted and killed,those who survived were also threaten of dire consequences and many had to leave their area and go to safer places.My own plumber who lives in Orangi called me to say that they were held hostage for more than a week by members of the other community/party and they were not allowed to get even basic food supplies.The Government also tried to stop motorbike movement in Orangi before it was taken back after severe protest by area people.Its amazing how one can blame one community/party and ignore the other equally involved community/party i.e Pathans/ANP in this case in bringing Karachi to a virtual stop.
    Its time for unity and peace.I condemn killing of innocent people speaking any language.Articles like these spread hatred and give wrong information to those especially living outside Karachi.I would request Express Tribune and writers to first check and verify their facts before writing on such sensitive issues which can have very harmful repercussions.Recommend

  • Aug 13, 2010 - 1:59AM

    The article may seem biased but aren’t we all aware of the ground reality? It’s racists vs the racists ‘murder match’Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 13, 2010 - 10:40AM

    To all the readers and Faryal: Why not we campaign for “City Policing to CDGK or Musrtafa Kamal”….. Unless the incompetent Karachi Police is replaced by local police and the control is given City Government, the situation of Karachi will never improve and become worst day by day. PPP and PML are not interested for the welfare of Urdu speaking community because majority have of their affiliation with MQM. In the past brutal force were used against MQM workers, PPI was created, and now they have come up with ANP.
    MQM supports for Hazara and seraiki provinces and can make entry in these province if created and these two looters party will never like this to happen.
    I think we must refer to earlier series of events. The Sind Interior Ministers statement in Sind Assembly, Division of Hyderabad, Renaming of Frontier province and pleasing ANP, seems part of the big game to gain the control of Karachi and Hyderabad. If it is done the PPP and PML will not loose anything and gain only by defaming MQM and creating hatred countrywide against Urdu speaking people. MQM does not get share in Policing, Revenue of Sind and always balmed for every single incident. The footage of Ashura incidence was shown in the tv channels provided by CDGK. If it was not there blame was once again to MQM. THe people are misguided by the media. There are som many things to write but time does not allow. So please do your home work before writing such type of news. Recommend

  • khan Baba
    Aug 13, 2010 - 12:20PM

    do not forget the authorities are ignoring these events means the are involved and so are some super powers.

    Once the Pathans are gone the power struggle will be between Sindhi and the immigrants .

    Divide and rule ( did you all forget this)Recommend

  • Aug 13, 2010 - 12:23PM

    We should all understand that be it Urdu Speaking people, or Pathans, or Punjabis, or Balochis, everyone is a Pakistani and every Pakistani has the right to live in which ever location then want to live.

    By fighting amongst ourselves we are weakening Pakistan, in these turbulent times we have to be united not fighting amongst ourselves.

    Besides that, its all a political game, remember the rule that Britishers used to rule over sub-continent, the rule that is called “divide and rule”. This same rule is now being followed by the political parties, they have divided us on ethnic grounds and are ruling us.

    Just for a moment, think of the time when Muslims of India were fighting for independence, had they started fighting amongst themselves, then Pakistan would not have been created.

    We all need to be one because we are all Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Pakistani Speaking
    Aug 13, 2010 - 2:25PM

    It is with great regret that Urdu speaking ppl have never been accepted with open mind. They have been facing migrating consequence since independene. Unfortunately every party/ethnicity (not every one but in majority) have not good feelings for them.

    It is not out of place to mention here that Urdu speaking ppl are genious & served outstanding in all walks of life for our favourite country.

    We need to be accepted by all means & open mind.Recommend

  • Taimoor Hassan
    Aug 14, 2010 - 2:53AM

    Dear Faryal Najeeb
    I am Punjabi speaking and living in karachi since my birth. I am not affilliated with any political party of pakistan but I think the way you have written this article by taking name and your SO CALLED survey, I totally disagree with your style. You did not highlight the ethnic difference and clash in wrong way also you just burnt the people of all ethnicity. As a businessman I can write so many truths but definitely it would not be publish in this blog.

    I agreed some of MQM affiliaters or Urdu speaking people may have done some mistakes in the past but on the same time we should realise that what happened in the past with them. How you all of US Portrayed MQM against state…JINNAH PUR CONSPIRACY…HAKIM SAEED MURDER etc

    Dear All here…There is a fight of Land grabbing in Karachi and Drug Mafia, smuggling Mafia is supporting behind that all criminal forces whatever they are…. Why Pashttons of Patel Para having more than 5000 Rikshaws are not burnt yet and No one is relocating from Karachi. Why thousands of Pashtoons are still working in Korangi Industrial area and New Karachi Industrial areas of MQM or Urdu speaking dominating constituencies. Don’t you know that Sohrab Goth population has increased 10 times in these three years? Why Ex Mayor of Karachi used all Pashtoons contractors to build a city a 12th Developing city of the world. Some Mafias want MQM and ANP to fight or let Karachi burnt on any issue. They are igniting the issues and enjoying and earning Billions of Rupees. Who those Mafia’s mastermind..Who is the beneficiary of all these target killings …Everyone will know by your Express Tribune soon

    We are all happy here and want to see harmony and peace in Karachi. Urdu speaking people, they migrated here, they sacrifices their wealth and lives. Pashtoons are loyal, hardworking and sincere to the city. I would request to all to do not involved in nonsense discussions because you people don’t know the other horrible side of the PictureRecommend

  • Sajid
    Aug 14, 2010 - 4:35AM

    All my urdu speaking brothers, I am also from Karachi and Urdu speaking, what Mr. Khalid has written is regrettable, as people who migrated from the current India gave the most sacrifices for the creation of Pakistan, but what is happening now in Karachi is very regrettable as well, if Urdu speaking have a right to live in Karachi so have other ethnicities like pakhtuns, all the in justices done to urdu speaking people is condemnable whether it be in Qasba, Orangi or anywhere else, but the point is, does it make the current spate of killings justified? if a urdu speaking family is forced to flee an area, does that mean that ‘peaceful’ mqm workers should go and kill innocent pakhtuns? my appeal to all urdu speaking people that please condemn whoever is doing brutality, doesn’t matter if its against pathans or urdu speaking, brutality is brutality and stop supporting such guys bcz they are destroying Karachi, look what they did on the killing of one of their leader, killed most of the 90 innocent human beings, shut down karachi for 4 days (which only kills the economy), burnt numerous cars, buses, hotels, businesses, so are they really well wishers of this city???Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2010 - 3:43PM

    I completely agree with you Sajid. Whether its a Pakhtun who gets killed or its a Urdu speaking person who gets killed, both are human beings and both are Pakistanis. We all are brothers and we shouldn’t let ourselves be divided on ethnic grounds, as its our enemies who are going to benefit from that. And we should all remind ourselves that Quaid-e-Azam said we are all “equal citizens of Pakistan”.Recommend

  • Asif Ahmed
    Aug 15, 2010 - 1:17PM

    This is one side picture published in this article i would suggest to news channel anchor (Sahafi) to visit BANARAS or surrounding area of QASBA COLONY and ask them what was happened in last 10 years with our families, finally we decided to migrate from QASBA to KORANGI now. :(
    So always put a both side of picture in the favor of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Abid
    Aug 17, 2010 - 9:26AM

    Being a Pakistani we feel ashamed on this reaction against inocent pashtoons but when we see the back groung of the published stories since 1984 who started to attacked on urdu speaking real karachi citizen houses and killed huge number and burnt their homes, kidnaped females and raped cases and why ? reason unknown think about it and continously this is happening again and again. where are the responsible people since 30 years to arrest the crimnals attackers,land grapers, transport mafia and drug mafia in karachi now after the height of hate against pashtoons these reactions expected we being a muslim condemed and criticise the situation but beurocrasy and law implemention forces are responsible of this being hate between the two muslim communitiesRecommend

  • Shahnawaz Sheikh
    Aug 18, 2010 - 2:06AM

    I being citizen of Karachi since my childhood witness that Karachi is the main business hub of Pakistan and whenever any body wants to destabilize my country, they target to Karachi. In-fact Karachi has become mega Yatim-Khana. This article is not reflecting the true picture.Recommend

  • shah
    Aug 24, 2010 - 4:33PM

    Its comedy not a report Why the author failed to mention the drug and land mafia and the ANPRecommend

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