Mustafa Kamal Cursing After Ashura Blast

We love Mustafa Kamal, the dynamic Nazim of Karachi. He has done so much for Karachi, building roads upon roads and underpasses over flyovers that his stubbornness and acts of arrogance are easily ignored by most of us. Whether he verbally flogs women or harass journalists, we are less bothered by it.

After the Ashura Blast in Karachi, Mustafa Kamal was talking with Dunya TV and got hypered on a question that the acts of arson after the blast might be an attempt to evacuate the land from business community. The language he used and the way he cursed shows his level of education and tolerance. He cursed leaders of all political parties of Pakistan, media and anchor-persons. Moreover, he said “they” have other means at their disposal if they want to evacuate land. Interesting.

I wonder if MQM has so much issues with provincial government, why they are still in bed with them? Cursing and blaming others is just a mean to cover own shortcomings.

22 thoughts on “Mustafa Kamal Cursing After Ashura Blast”

  1. No war is legitimate in which killings of women and children are allowed. Our religion tells us that escort people in the state of war and women and children. These people kill women and children in the name of same religion. How is this possible?? Which Islam are they reading! They cannon be muslims. May Allah keep us safe from militants and show them the right path.

  2. Extremism we have witnessed has hit the heart of Pakistan as we saw in the Karachi bomb blast. As individuals we can do a lot. Every long journey starts with one small step. Start from yourself every1. Try to curb extremism in your heart as our religion is beautiful and tells us to avoid BOTH EXTREMES!

  3. @james. It is illogical to compare an advanced country with a third world country. Pakistan as of now is struck with the threat of extremism. Unless that is not curbed from the root our country cannot prosper.

  4. @Shakir: I see that there would be a difference in that Pakistan must have a thousands-of-years-old set of traditions of commerce that would differ from that of the US, which is an infant as nations go, but money’s the lowest common denominator and facilitator, so, similar but different. Customs.

    Although we started out as a democracy, we have drifted into the old pattern of tyranny from the palace. The ugly edge of the King’s sword is, of course, the pistol of the Federal Marshal who comes to arrest you and confiscate your property if you don’t ante up to their satisfaction of your hard-earned wages when they tell you to, and you tell them to go find honest work.

    The bewildering stack of flypaper known as the US Tax Code is longer than the Christian Bible, and has become so unwieldy that not even the Internal Revenue Service can get it right. Tax computation has become a major industry that produces no salable product. Self-employed Americans pay about 37% of their profits, Australians, 47%, Canadians and Englishmen something in between. Ultimately at gunpoint. Since government is so dishonest, it follows that the people have little remorse at cheating it. Income taxes are only about 20% of revenues; I say they should be zero. The results of removing this oppression would be magnificent; spread the word and see what a huge financial shot in the arm the country will get. The King is dead! Long live the—people! (Just throw the sonofabitch in the river and be done with him, and all his toadies, too.)
    “L’Etat, c’est mois!” No, it ain’t. L’Etat, c’est NOUS!!

  5. James: the reason for “paghree” is the lack of “white money” among “honest” Pakistanis and Indians. No one likes to pay income tax, particularly if more than half the country (the agricultural sector) is exempted from paying it. So when a self-employed man earns a million a year, he declares his income as two hundred thousand (if he pays income tax, that is-many self-employed people don’t). A time comes when he has accumulated enough money to move into a better apartment worth ten million. But since he has been cheating the government, he can’t explain where he got the ten million from. So he pays the owner of the building something like seven million and also pays a small amount of rent to him (usually ten percent per year of the balance amount of three million). But this practice is now confined to old buildings only, since there are many ways of “whitening” black money now. For the past thirty years, people have been paying about half the purchase price in “white money” and the rest in “black” money (to avoid paying excessive transfer fees, which are based on a percentage of the value of the property).

  6. @Kashif: I see; I forget how big Karachi is–a major metropolis. A mad scramble for space. The waiting list for rental space in New York City is very long; if you have a lease, hang onto it, even if you move to another state. On “paghri,” we’ve experienced similar loss here, even in my rustic little burgh of a hometown ‘way back in the mountains, and a huge increase in “eyewash” (we’d call it “hogwash” 🙂 )rules on what you can do where, brought mostly by the northerners who have moved south and brought their bad habits with them. Growth, more people, more hassle.

  7. @James: Things are pretty complicated here. Land is hottest commodity in Karachi, especially the area of MA Jinnah Rd which is trade and finance hub of the metropolitan. Most of the buildings and shops have no lease so they can’t be sold or rented legally. People use goodwill [paghri in local lingo] for such transactions where there is no documentation of the sale.

    Now obviously this area is eyed upon by builders and developers, mostly backed by political parties/mafias. Such elements who are also in the government first officially asked the shopkeepers to evacuate the buildings, citing various eyewash reasons, and then threatened by the goons. However, the traders hold their ground, only to see their shops and godowns burned to ashes.

  8. @Kashif: “Shopkeepers have received…orders and threats…”–from whom? And for what reason?

    A few years ago the State of North Carolina, USA, widened the road in front of one of my mother’s properties, taking four-tenths of an acre to expand from two lanes to five. They paid her the going rate for the value of the land, but it was mandatory to sell under “eminent domain,” which is our term for the right of the state to select areas such as roads for new expansion. Of course, the State sends their most charming representative to haggle with land-owners to get the best deal they can. Probably a land-owner who absolutely refused to sell would simply be sent the lowest amount allowed as payment, and visited by someone from the State with a badge and gun, although I haven’t heard of that happening around here. We understand growth and progress.

    Herman Talmadge, former Governor of the US State of Georgia, once told me that a US Governor’s term is always pre-occupied with growth, any given term will be either for roads, or schools, more or less alternating the Governors’ four-year terms. You’re lucky, he said, if yours is a “road” term, because you can have fun (from the Governor’s position of advantage) with lots of property and building contract deals (Some might call this “corruption,” but you can’t please everyone; it’s a matter of viewpoint). If you look at a map of Georgia, you will notice that I-75 south of Atlanta makes a long, inexplicable jog to the west; that takes it right past Herman’s former farm. 🙂

  9. @ Kashif: they even knew the bomb would explode where it did, so it’s evident that they planted it. Secondly only those buildings on the right side of the road (the KMC head office side) were damaged. On the opposite side, not one building was touched. If it had been a reaction of the mourners, buildings on both sides of the road would have been attacked.

  10. I am not saying it was MQM for sure who did the blast or the motive was really to evacuate the land. My hypothesis is built on the following:

    – The torching and gutting activities that started after the blast were planned, as evident from the CCTV footage. Eyewitness say certain shops/buildings were targetted and rest were left alone. If the mob was there for full fledged arson or just to protest, why do this with some and leave the rest?

    – Shopkeepers of the area have previously received orders and threats to vacate their buildings and move out of the city, probably somewhere near new Sabzi mandi, but they resisted.

    So my reasoning is that the blast provided an opportunity to people who were on the watch for it.


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