DSP among 3 killed in Karachi blasts

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: At least three persons, including DSP Kamal Khan Mangan and a police investigation officer, were killed and fifteen others wounded in twin blasts in the Sherpao Colony of Landhi area, Karachi on Thursday.

DIG Aleem Jafri told media that the deceased had been identified as DSP Kamal Khan Mangan, Sub-Inspector Akbar Hussain and one civilian Fazal Muhammad.

Director Emergency JPMC Dr Seemi Jamali, while talking to The Frontier Post, first confirmed four deaths and 15 injuries as results of the blast. However, when again contacted for getting updates she said the body of fourth one, namely Saeed-ur-Rehman was brought from Pirabad area in Orangi and was mistakenly counted as one of the blasts’ deceased. She further informed that Muhammad Hanif, a head constable injured in the blast was not in a stable condition.

According to reports, the first blast took place when two unidentified terrorists riding a bike threw a hand grenade near a dump yard in Landhi. It was followed by second blast when the police and rescue teams reached the spot just 14 minutes after the first blast.

According to SP CID, Umar Khittab, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and an investigation office of sub-inspector rank were among those killed in the blast. Police further said that two of their vehicles and two ambulances were damaged in the explosion.

According to police, the second bomb was placed in a cement block which also contained ball bearings. However the bomb disposal squad (BDS) when contacted did not substantiate the claim of police.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah strongly condemned blasts in Landhi and directed IG Sindh Police to immediately submit report about the incident.

The chief minister also issued directives to ensure strict security arrangements for Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) in the entire province. Shah instructed law enforcing agencies to keep strict vigil over the activities of miscreants.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain, ANP’s Senator Shahi Syed and JI leader Muhammad Hussain Mehnti also condemned the attack in their statements.

Published on January 25, 2013

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MQM MPA, 8 others gunned down; TTP claims responsibility

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Nine people including a Member of Provincial Assembly Sindh, belonging to Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and his three guards, were gunned down in different incidents of targeted killings in Karachi on Thursday.

According to details, unidentified assailants gunned down MQM provincial lawmaker, Syed Manzar Imam, his driver and two security guards near Nishan-e-Haider Chowk area of Orangi Town Karachi. However, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), while terming it the first step of the “pledge” it had made to protect the people of Karachi from MQM, claimed the responsibility of the killing.

Seven others were also killed in different incidents of violence before and after this shooting in various parts of the city. Two students of Madrassah Ahsanul Uloom Gulshan-e-Iqbal also sustained severe wounds when unknown terrorists opened fire at the Madrassah.

“A member of the Sindh provincial assembly was killed with three of his guards when gunmen on two motorcycles intercepted his car in Orangi neighborhood and shot them with automatic weapons,” SSP Imran Shaukat told newsmen. Police said the gunmen easily fled the scene following the shooting.

After the incident, tensions griped the city as angry protesters took to streets and resorted to aerial firing and forced shopkeepers to pull down their shutters. At least 5 vehicles were set afire in different areas of the city and people rushed home to avoid any potential violent backlash.

The city life which had come to s standstill yesterday evening would remain paralyzed today as traders, transporters and private school association had announced to remain shut. Announcing three days of mourning, MQM Coordination Committee had asked its supporters to remain peaceful. The Private School Association also announced that schools would remain closed today. KTI had announced to keep public transport off the roads while Sindh Tajir Itehad had also declared to shut their businesses.

MQM’s Member of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, Syed Manzar Imam and his driver and security guards Muhammad Imran s/o Muhammad Mukhtar, Muhammad Imran Khan s/o Muhammad Yasin and Sajid Ahmed s/o Jawed Ahmed were killed on the spot in indiscriminate firing while he was going to his office.

Manzar Imam was 43 and he had left behind his widow, two children, two brothers, three sisters and his mother. He joined Unit 120 of the MQM Orangi Town Sector in 1986 and was considered a senior worker of the party.

His killing was termed a sectarian violence due to his name but the lawmaker belonged to Sunni sect suggesting that he was purely attacked on political background.

Members of the Coordination Committee of MQM Raza Haroon, Wasay Jalil, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, and Saleem Tajik reached Abbasi Shaheed Hospital soon after hearing the news. MQM ministers, MNAs, MPAs, workers and office-bearers of the Orangi Sector and a large number of MQM sympathizers were also present in the hospital.

It was the second shooting of an MQM provincial lawmaker in just over two years in Karachi. The death of MQM lawmaker Raza Haider, on whom seat Imam was elected to Sindh PA, in an ambush in August 2010 sparked a fierce wave of ethnic and politically-linked violence that killed over hundred people.

The spokesman of TTP said that “we had promised protection for the people of Karachi from MQM and that we will continue to take action”. Rather, he added, we would speed up our activities against MQM.

Separately, two seminary students of Jamia Arabia Ahsanul Uloom, 30-year-old Muhammad Harris s/o Arif and 25-year-old Akhter Zaib s/o Shoaib were gunned down by unidentified armed men near Moti Mahal, Gulshan-e-Iqbal area in the limits of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Police Station. The bodies were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.

27-years-old Rashid Hussain s/o Iqbal, resident of Sikander Goth was gunned down by the unidentified armed men in wee hours in Sikander Goth, in the limits of Sachal Police Station. The body was moved to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy. Police registered FIR 30/2013 under Section 302 against unidentified men.

A 22-year-old man was gunned down by unidentified armed men near Godown Chowrangi, Korangi Town in the limits of Korangi Industrial area police station. The body was moved to JPMC for autopsy. The identity of victim could not be ascertained.

Separately, the body of a man stuffed in gunny bag was found from Rexor Line Nullah, Old Golimar area in the jurisdiction of Pak Colony Police Station. The body was shifted to ASH for autopsy. Identity of deceased could not be ascertained.

40-year-old Ejaz s/o Nawab Khan died due to natural causes outside his home in Rustam Khan Goth, Gulistan-e-Johar in the premises of Shahrah-e-Faisal Police Station. The body was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities. Police said he was died due to heart failure. The family members collected the body from hospital without any legal formality.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Muhammad Izhar s/o Zulfiqar Ali died and 30-year-old Muhammad Jawaid s/o Liaquat Ali wounded in road mishap near Punjab Chowrangi Roundabout in wee hours in the precincts of Gizri Police Station. The body and injured were rushed to JPMC. Both were residents of Landhi Number-4. Police arrested trailer driver Muhammad Azhar and registered FIR 24/2013 against him.

Meanwhile, MQM leader Altaf Hussain strongly condemned brutal killing of MQM MPA Manzar Imam with his security guards in Orangi town.

In a statement issued from London on Thursday, Altaf Hussain expressed his profound and sorrow on the martyrdom of MQM MPA Manzar Imam along with his security guards. He strongly condemned the brutal killing of Manzar Imam and his guards.

He said that the cowardly incident was a vicious attempt to destroy peace and order in the city and earlier MQM MPA Raza Haider was also gunned down but the killers were never arrested. He said that brutal killers were roaming freely and innocent workers of the MQM and general public had been left to their mercy.

Hussain asked the MQM workers and the people not to get provoked on this incident of blatant terrorism. The statement urged them to understand and foil the conspiracy of the elements who wanted to destabilize Karachi. He said that the brutal murder of MPA Manzar Imam was a continuation of the wave of terrorism gripping the country which had engendered a pervading sense of insecurity among common people.

Hussain demanded in his statement to the federal and provincial governments and heads of the law-enforcing agencies to take immediate notice of the brutal murder of MPA Manzar Imam and his guards. He said that the killers must be brought to justice.

Hussain offered heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and said that their grief was equally shared and felt by each worker of the MQM. He prayed Allah, the Almighty to shower His blessings on the departed soul and give courage and patience to the grieving family members.

Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had strongly condemned the incident of assassination of Syed Manzar Imam, Member Sindh Provincial Assembly from MQM.

The president while expressing grief and sorrow over this unfortunate incident in Orangi town Karachi that resulted into loss of precious lives including Syed Manzar Imam, had directed the authorities concerned to undertake every effort to bring the culprits to justice.

President of ANP leader Asfandyar Wali hold talks with MQM Quaid Altaf Hussain had also vehemently condemned the murder of MPA Manzar Imam and his guards.

Meanwhile, the chief of PML-N, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, and head of ANP, Asfandar Yar Wali, on Thursday telephoned Sindh Governor, Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, and offered condolences on the assassination of MQM MPA, Manzar Imam.

A Governor House statement said that Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan also phoned Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to condole the demise of his brother Abbas Sharif.

He also offered condolences on behalf of the MQM chief, Altaf Hussain.

The ANP chief Asfandar Yar Wali also telephoned Dr Ishrat ul Ebad Khan and offered condolences on his behalf and ANP workers over the assassination of MQM MPA, Manzar Imam.

Published on January 18, 2013

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/article/202971/

 

Predictions of a strong block in Sindh boasted

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Former President Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) Sindh, Ghaus Bakhsh Mahar, although tried to dispel the rumors of joining other parties but most of his remarks, on Tuesday gave further boast to beliefs that he has distracted from his old political kin, ensuring the emergence of a strong political block against PPP and its allies in Sindh.

Speaking to media persons during a press conference at his residence in Karachi, he ruled out joining any political party including PML-N. But on one hand he didn’t see any political future for Chaudhry brothers in Sindh and on the other, he found in Pir Sahab Pagara a real proponent of the rights of Sindh. He along with PNL-Q’s office-bearers in Sindh decided to go for a seat-to-seat adjustment with PML-F in the upcoming elections, informed Ghaus Mahar.

It is pertinent to mention that Ghaus Bakhsh Mahar was elected as Member National Assembly from Sindh on PML-Q ticket and was appointed as the privatization minister in former Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani’s tenure. But he was sacked by present Premier, Raja Parvez Ashraf followed by his resignation as party’s provincial chief.

However, Mahar insists he was not removed by PM Ashraf rather he himself had resigned from the federal cabinet as a protest against the adopting of Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance into local body law. During press conference, he vowed to remain with Pir Sahab Pagara for solving the problems of Sindh.

Earlier, PML-Q leader held a party meeting at his residence in which the office-bearers from 12 districts of the province, including MPA Shehryar Mahar and Sardar Mir Ali Nawaz participated. Sources say that besides entrusting their confidence in Ghaus Mahar, some 57 party leaders of district level submitted their resignation to Mahar. Another known face of the party, the Sindh Minister for Relief, Haleem Adil Shaikh however didn’t attend the meeting.

 

Published on November 28, 2012

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Waziristan IDPs against military operation

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: As the calls are being raised from different segments of society for yet another Waziristan military operation, especially in the aftermath of attack on Malala Yousufzai, the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of the Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path to Salvation) in South Waziristan on June 19, 2009, who are still homeless have expressed deep concern. Most of the IDPs are living in the slum areas of Karachi in miserable conditions. They sounded apprehensive about the news reports as they talked to Frontier Post.

Mahsud and Burki tribes were the most affected by the strife areas where operation was conducted. Almost 70 percent of the total IDPs, after getting registered at IDPs camps in Dera Ismail Khan, had come to Karachi for the obvious reason that many of them were expecting to  earn a living here. A vast majority of the IDPs are still living in Karachi. Unlike the previous operation in 2004, the whole area was evacuated in the Rah-e-Nijat operation in 2009.

“No one seems to be concerned about our miserable condition for the last three years after we were displaced during Pakistan army’s operation against terrorists,” told Mesri Khan Mehsud, an IDP from South Waziristan now residing in Iitehad Town at the western outskirt of Karachi. He said his family went back after operation but their house was no more there and they had nowhere to live.

The law and order situation in Karachi and a sharp decrease in the job opportunities has multiply their problems as many IDPs previously doing jobs of private security guards and laborer are jobless including Akber Mahsud living in the Sohrab Ghot area of Karachi.

While dreaming the peaceful past of his area the dejected Akber Mehsud is very depressed with the news of another operation in making. “Had these operations been remedy to the deteriorating Law and Order situations, we would have supported it but the previous operations have brought no good to us as during these operation the militants fled to other areas but the locals got displaced”, augured Akber while talking to Frontier Post.

“Instead of fighting against terrorism a war has been waged against terrorists. When a terrorist is eliminated three others are produced” said Munawar Burki, an IDP from South Waziristan and senior vice president of Burki Welfare organization, Karachi while showing another aspect of the operation.

“Waziristan was the most peaceful part of the region as complete peace was observed in the area despite no criminal justice system in place, the fact which may be unbelievable for the criminologists across the world”, said Burki, who, being a privileged and lucky one, has recently done his post graduation in criminology from the University of Karachi.

“We haven’t returned to our area as our house no more exists because it was destroyed during the operation” he said.

While citing a research study in UK, he said every third homeless commits a crime whereas every fifth jobless has criminal tendencies”.  He said the operation had made the people of the area both homeless and jobless, most of them now living in Karachi.

The IDPs of South Waziristan Operation came here without any help from both government and no governmental organizations and they resided in the slum areas of Karachi which are host to many problems. Every type of criminals can be found in these areas, he said.

IDPs who came to Karachi has no access to free rashon, free tents and camps as they were registered in the IDPs camps in DI Khan. They have no alternatives but to go to DI Khan to get their Rashon and other things which is very difficult if not an impossible job.

Published on Oct 20, 2012

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2012: The deadliest year for Karachiites

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Although the city witnessed a comparatively low number of crimes in year 2012, mainly owing to the refusal by police to register different cases of crimes in the metropolis, it broke all previous records of political, ethnic and sectarian target killing.

Karachi once deemed a city of lights and commercial hub of the country, offering jobs to thousands of Pakistanis had now virtually turned into a crime hub with vast opportunities for the criminal elements.

In the city where Taliban were a new addition, besides political and ethnic criminals, as many as 33417 acts of crime were reported, the figure which was higher than 2011 and lower than 2010. In 2011 some 30547 crimes were reported whereas the figure remained 59196 during the year 2010.

Murder and Target Killings: Unabated target killings continued for the whole year claiming 2370 lives while thousands others were injured in different acts of political, ethnic and sectarian violence in the troubled costal city.

The menace of target killings could not be controlled despite tall claims by Sindh government and LEAs and the fact that couple of hearings of Karachi Law and Order Case also happened in the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry in 2012. As many as 12 people were gunned down on the last day of previous year.

The people who became victims of violence also included 2 journalists and a known Islamic scholar Maulana Aslam Shaikuouri. 121 traders lost their lives as well whereas 13 small kids were killed in different acts of violence.

In January 126 persons including 6 police personnel, 5 lawyers and 2 doctors were killed by unknown assailants. In February some 116 people had lost their lives which also included the member of Bawani family.

In March 144 people including 2 women, 2 ASI, 4 police constables and a lawyer and his son were targeted by the unknown assailants. In April some 178 lost their lives whereas the score remained 156 in May including 14 deaths as a result of attack at Mohabat-e-Sindh Rally.

In June as many as 198 people were gunned down including army personnel and 7 policemen. In July 196 people lost their lives whereas attack on SPARCO bus in Saeedabad claimed several human lives. In August around 194 people had fallen prey to the acts of violence in the city; whereas in September 282 people were killed including an MPA, former town nazim, police personnel and women.

In October the target killers took lives of some 287 people including 17 policemen and a FC personal. The month proved fatal for the police forces. During November 195 persons lost their lives including leaders of MQM-H. Some 198 persons became victims of target killing spree during the last month. December 25 proved to be the deadliest as 20 lost their lives on the fateful day.

The target killings took lives of 222 during the holly month of Ramadan. Orangi Town, Katti Pahari, Banaras, Liyari, Malir, Kharadar, old city area, Pak colony and other slum areas of the city saw worst form of violence where a large number of people were gunned down.

Blast and Suicide Attacks: As many as 38 persons including police and rangers personnel lost their lives in 59 bomb blasts and two suicide attacks in the city during year 2012. Some 200 other were seriously injured in these acts of terrorism.

The big incident reported during the year was fatal suicide attack at the headquarters of the Sachal Rangers in North Nazimabad area in which 150 kg explosive was used.

The first bomb blast of the year occurred on 28 January in Liaquatabad area injuring 4 people. Blast also occurred in Behar colony, Faqeer Dra Khan, Agra Taj colony, Hub, Le-market, Buffer Zone, Mawach Goth, Qaidabad, Shah Latif Town, Keemari, Noorani hotel, Clifton, Gulberg, Safari Park, Board Office, Bohri Compound, Maghopir, Abbas Town, Gulshan-e-Maemar, Orangi, Bhains colony and old city area. The last blast in Sargodha bound bus on 29 December killed 6 while 52 other were injured in this mysterious blast.

Police Victims: The target killers and terrorism did not spare the personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) especially police force which according to figures released by Sindh Police lost 113 of its personal during the year that proved deadliest for the coastal city. Those killed during year 2012 also included 27 CID policemen, 3 Rangers personnel whereas one FC solider was also murdered.

Dead Bodies: This kind of crime, which had been one of the criminal attributes of Karachi in the past, also witnessed boast as 555 dead bodies packed in bags were found in the city. According to police, the bullet-ridden bodies were thrown by the target killers. June and July scored high number of dead bodies while 14 dead bodies were recovered during the last month of the year.

Road Accidents: The road accidents also remained main cause of deaths in Karachi as according to official data 1011 people were killed in road accidents in different areas of the city. August was the deadliest month during the year in which some 115 persons lost their lives in some fatal road accidents.

According to police, the number could be higher as in most cases the deceased were not taken to hospital for reporting the deaths. According to unofficial data, some 15745 traffic accidents occurred in the city in which 9489 were the fatal ones. According to sources, a large number of teenagers especially the school going children were injured.

The authorities have declared 24 different roads in the metropolis including M.A Jinnah Road, Share Faisal, Korangi Road, Maripur Road, National Highway, University Road, Rashid Minhas Road and II Chundrigar Road the most dangerous routes where a high number of road accidents was reported.

Kidnapping for Ransom: Kidnapping is a traditional industry in Karachi, but has seen rise over the last couple of years. In 2012, all previous records were broken as 117 cases of kidnapping were reported overtaking the score of 2011 which was 100. According to the data available to the Frontier Post the registered cases had exceeded 117 whereas the number of unreported cases was very higher than those being reported.

SP AVCC, Niazi Ahmed Khoso told this scribe that 114 of the total 117 kidnapping cases were resolved while police were trying their hard to recovered 3 victims being still with kidnappers. However, sources said most of these cases were settled after paying ransom money to the captors.

According to police, as many as 5 groups were involved in kidnapping including the one being operated from Quetta enjoying the support of Liari Gang War. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group had become active during the last year. This group made contact with the families from Wazirsitan and other tribal areas, police informed.

Another group operating from Interior Sindh allegedly used girls to kidnap the well-off persons. The Additional Secretary Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Muhammad Ramadan, kidnapped by this group from the limits of Aziz Bhatti Police Station in Karachi was released from Gothki in Interior Sindh after paying Rs. 7.5 million as ransom. Another person was recovered from Shikarpur after a deal of Rs. 10 million with abductors.

Menace of Extortion: Extortion became epidemic during the year 2012 as more than 800 incidents of extortions were reported during the year. Many markets, shops were targeted for refusing to pay the extortion money. According to sources, four main groups had been involved in the extortion whereas as many as a dozen of small groups also operated in the city.

According the Anti Extortion Cell (AEC), many of the extortionists were released due to unavailability of the witnesses. The Auto Spare Market Dealer said some 200 incidents of extortions happened in the market but only 12 were reported due to fear of being killed by the extortionists.

According to Anti Extortion Cell, as many as 338 complaints were received during the last year of which 250 were entertained whereas 55 were rejected on different grounds.

Killing on Train Tracks: As many as 69 people including 5 children and 7 women were killed when the trains overran them in different areas of Karachi. Most of the incidents took place in the limits of Cantt Railway Police Station where 44 people were killed. Some 21 others were killed in the jurisdiction of Landhi Railway Police Station. In addition, 25 people also committed suicides on the railway tracks.

The incident took place in the area where no safety measurements were provided by the railway department. According to spokesman of Railway Police, most of the citizen got killed due to their own carelessness that instead of over bridges, they had crossed the tracks without noticing the arrival of trains. He said the penalty of 6 months imprisonment and Rs 4,000 of fine under section 122 of the Railway Police Act could control the incidents but that could not be implemented due to certain difficulties.

Car Snatching: As many as 27287 vehicles, including the official four-wheelers were snatched in the city during the year 2012. According to the record of CPLC, 22305 motorcyclists were deprived of their bikes whereas 4737 cars were also snatched in different areas of the metropolis.

Police Performance: The police, the Law Enforcement Agency (LEAs) shouldering the main responsibly to maintain peace in the city, claimed they had arrested 1813 absconders and 186 most wanted terrorists besides apprehending as many as 11074 accused and criminals and recovering 7115 weapons, 1472 mobile phones, 1355 motorcycles, 505 vehicle phones and indefinite amount of cash from their possession.

The police performance report from 1st Jan 2012 to 13 Dec 2012 also listed that 108 dacoits were killed in 1197 police encounters. The IG Sindh also claimed to have eradicated 915 criminal groups from the city.

Published on January 1, 2013

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/article/200064/

‘men of letters’: Uncovering the invisible aspect in Karachi

 Under the darkness of ethnic violence and dreadful images of dead bodies a gem of Pashto literature shines in Karachi, the world’s largest Pukhtoon populated city

 

Naimat Khan

Dozens of men from different parts of the metropolis are leading towards a house in Gulshan-e-Iqbal vicinity of Karachi where an elderly man wearing a charming smile on his lips would welcome them and take to his drawing room for a candid discussion and critical evaluation of different genres of Pashto literature with some rounds of high tea as refreshment.

 

Tahir Afridi, hailing from Matanai area of the FR Peshawar and now settled in Karachi for decades is a renowned critic, prolific writer and poet. “He along with Farooq Sarwar from Quetta is the most distinguished Pashto fiction writer of our times”, told Zafar Karimi, a Karachi based poet and journalist who is a frequent visitor not only to his house but other literary gatherings in the city.

 

The poets and writers gather twice a month under the banner of ‘Jaras Adabi Jirga’ headed by Tahir Afirdi. Not long ago when grass of JahangirPark, in Saddar area had not become dried, they used to sit there in order to attract a large number of poetry lovers. Now the gathering is attended by two dozens writers and poets in Afridi’s house.

 

But this is not the only literary gathering in the city. Almost five literary organizations are active in Karachi, working for the promotion of Pashto Literature. Among these ‘Ittefaaq Pashto Adabi Jirga’ headed by Saghar Tanqidi, poet and writer, holds it monthly meeting in Banaras, a Pakhtun dominated area of the city. ‘Pashto Adabi Tahreek’ is another literary organization managed by Abdullah Jan Figar, a poet and it meets in Keemari, another Pakhtun dominated populace. ‘Latoon Pashto Adabi Tolanah’ with well-known poet Sarwar Shamal is a Qaidabad based literary organization while ‘Torghar Adabi Tolanah’  is a relatively inactive organization holding its meeting in Hussain Des Silva town in North Nazimabad once a year to discuss current trends in Pashto literature, present literary work and critically evaluate it.

 

‘Pashtoon thinkers’ forum’, headed by Qasim Jan is a comparatively resourceful organization which holds large events inviting speakers from all part of the country. It has arranged four mega programs in the Karachi Arts Council, since April 2008. “The organization is striving for peace and serving intellectuals”, said Muhammad Arshad Khan better known as MAK, an artist and writer who is one of its founding members.

 

Unlike PTF, most of the Pashto literary organizations are being deprived of such places to hold their meetings as according to Zafar Karimi “Hardly one or two Pashto poets and writers from Karachi are having membership of the Karachi arts council, the centre of art and literature in the city”

 

Although there are more than 150 Pashto poets, some have acclaimed the ascription including, Tahir Afridi, Makham Khatak, Zafar Karimi , Riaz Sahil, Altaf Gul Gul, Badshah Hussain Shakir, Qaisar Afirdi, Hasrat Buneri, Fazal Khaliq Ghamgeen, Sagar Tanqidi and Aman Afridi whose poetry is of best quality. Masters of other literary works including prose, fiction, travelogue, literary criticism and research was rare as compared to the poetry.

 

Talking to this writer, Tahir Afridi who is the mentor of many literary names, lauded the young Pashto poets from Karachi who to him find little or no place in the national media. However, the advent of new media, social network websites have provided the literary circle of Karachi best opportunity to promote their work and show the positive face of their community to the world.”

 

The poetry, prose, fiction by Pakhtun men of letters reflects the situation of Karachi in particular and that of the country in general, said Qaisar Afridi and added “the situation we are living in has been beautifully expressed in the writings of Karachi writers”.

 

Quarterly ‘Jaras Pashto’ edited by Tahir Afridi published consecutively for 14 years had been discussing the situation of its era and represented the men of letters from Karachi. It was launched in 1990 from Karachi. Though its publication ceased in 2004 because of lack of funds, it has to its credit two landmarks — special issues on Pashto ghazal and Pushto Nazm, the latter spreading over 1,400 pages.

 

His novelette “Tarbozak” (the mask) discusses the serious issues like drone attacks, Taliban, American agents and miseries of the people of tribal areas. It seems to be the true stories of the people of Waziristan.

 

Other literary figures include Mohib Wazir who has “Au Karwan Rawan Sho”( and the Caravan Started its journey) to his credit whereas Qaisar Afirdi, a critic has written a master piece “Leek and TaKhleeq” (Writing and creation).  Nazar Muhammd’s Gandalay Shonday (Sewed Lips) has received high appreciation while Faisal Faaran, now settled in Swabi and Abdul Haadi, settled in Dubai had got their books published when they were part of the Karachi’s literary world. A book, Bed No-28 by Riaz Tansnim was published by PTF where the books by other numerous writers were also published from Karachi.

 

The literacy face of Karachi in respect with Pashto is not a present day characteristic, as the great poets and writers like Amir Hamza Khan Shinwari, Qalandar Momand, and Ajmal Khatak were frequent visitors of the Pashto Literary world in Karachi since the early 60s. The First ever Pashto Magazine, Adal was launched from Karachi in 1948 whereas Palwasha , Chaga  and Abaseen, were also published from Karachi.

 

When the Pashto magazines are no more published from Karachi due to lack of sponsorship, the poets and writers are now contributing to different Pashto Magazines published from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Afghanistan including ‘Leekwal’ (Peshawar), ‘Pakhtun’ (Peshawar) ‘Paaswan’ ( Mardan), ‘Meena’ (Swat) , ‘Meena’ (Kabul ) , ‘Ulfat’ (Peshawar) and ‘Shna Zarghuna” ( Banu).

 

The creative work of Karachi is the reflection of situation in Karachi in particular and Pakistan in general. “Although Ghazal and poem starts with romance but when a poet sees blood, bombs, target killings and observe the miserable stories related to it, his poetry naturally become the reflection of a sad situation” said Makham Khatak, a poet and writer. He said writing romance in such situation will be saying jokes in the funeral.

 

The couplet by Zaffar Karimi, a true reflection of the Karachi situation reads;

ننداره مې که د وینو کوې نوره

ددې ښار د اسمان سرې لمنې ګوره

(If you want to see more of my blood, watch the red sky as the blood has reached that height and stained the twilight a deeper red.)

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Similarly a couplet by Qaisar Afridi states the policy of our rulers especially the leader of the largest Pukhtoon political party having government in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

بیا دې د کومو وجودونو سنګبارۍ ته زړه دے

بیا دې جولۍ د کاڼو راوړه د بیدیا نه ډکه

(You return from abroad with stones and rocks with which humans are going to be bombarded.)

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Though the poetry of Karachi poets is reflection of bad situation it does contain love and romance.  A Queta by Makhaam Khatak reads,

دلته زما په ووګو يار پريوتو

تاچه په سر کړلو منګے جانانه

هډو څه پته دے بيخي نه لګي

خدائے خبر مړي که ژوندے جانانه

(As you put pitcher on your head my beloved put her head on my shoulder. You’re nowhere. God knows you’re alive or dead)

Published in Weekend Post ( The Frontier Post )

2 hand grenade attacks and a blast 14 more killed in Karachi

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The extortionists and terrorists, reining the troubled metropolis for quite some time now, again challenged the writ of the provincial government and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) when they attacked the houses of two transporters, killed a trader and blew up a hotel apparently for nonpayment of extortion money. The unabated target killings also remained continued on Wednesday.

Two persons, identified as police constable Zahid s/o Abdullah and hotel’s owner Sadiq Shah s/o Guldad Shah were killed in a blast in the New Muzaffarabad Colony of Landhi Town. Eleven others including a child and two women also wounded in the explosion.

Two different theories surfaced after the attack. While the people of area and police said the owner and his hotel was attacked for refusing to fulfill the demand of extortionists, others think the attackers wanted to target the constable who was part of the police intelligence.

According to SP CID Mazhar Mashwani an explosive device, of three and half kg, being installed at the footpath had been detonated with a remote control.

At least 12 other persons including a policeman and a doctor were also killed by the unknown assailants in the troubled metropolis on yet another bleak day when the LEAs appeared nowhere.

According to police officials, two men were shot dead in Sherpao Colony of Landhi who were later identified as Syed Balawal Shah and Syed Baqar Shah. Sources told that both, driving their car No. AEE/199, were workers of a religious party.

Unidentified gunmen killed ASI Mukhtiar Ghuman in Ittehad Town area of Baldia Town while he was on his way to Saeedabad Police Station on his motorbike. In another incident, faceless attackers opened fire at Dr Zubair in his clinic in Zia Colony of Korangi. He died after receiving bullet shots.

The extortionists shot dead local trader Asif in Boltan Market and managed to flee. Traders shut their businesses and protested over the killing of their fellow. In another incident, a man was killed in Ferozabad area of the metropolis. However his identity couldn’t be ascertained.

The target killers killed a person in Rashidabad area of Baldia Town. He was later identified as Abdul Ghafoor s/o Piyar Ali. Abid Raza shot at Napier road also succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

A man identified as Taqveem was gunned down in Rizvia Society, Nazimabad. Unidentifiable dead body packed in a bag was recovered in the precincts of Sohrab Goth Police Station while a man was targeted in Ahsanabad, Federal B Area. According to police officials a man died after being attacked with dagger by unknown persons in the Block-13 of Gulistan-e Jauhar. However he couldn’t be identified till filing of this report.

Deputy Director KDA, Athar Abbas was attacked by unknown assailants riding on motorcycle in the precincts of Liaquatabad Police Station, leaving Abbas and his driver severely injured. Both were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment.

Earlier in wee hours at around 2:15am several shops, a mosque and few houses were damaged when unidentified men attacked residences of two transporters with hand grenades in Mianwali Colony in Karachi.

Transporters claimed they had been attacked by the extortionist who had demanded Rs. 20 million as extortion money. As many as 8 shops and bakery situated on the ground floor of the house were also damaged as a result of the attack. Luckily no human loss was reported in the attack.

Police said that the purpose of the attack was to damage the residence and shops of Haji Rattas Khan Niazi, a local transporter. Later in the morning, the residence of former Union Council (UC) Nazim Haji Aurangzeb was also attacked following his refusal to pay Rs5 million extortion money.

Published on December 13, 2012

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/article/196792/