May 12: Khuda Khair Karey

Posted on May 12, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, History, People, Poetry, Politics
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Adil Najam

Today is May 12.

Today marks the first anniversary of the carnage in Karachi.

Today is the day when the resolution on the restoration of the Supreme Court judges was to be presented in Parliament.

Ominously, even eerily, today also marks the 15th death anniversary of the Pakistan’s pre-eminent poet of political protest, Habib Jalib.

May 12 will forever be a date in infamy because of what happened on this date a year ago. A year ago today, I was in Pakistan. Karachi was burning and I wrote: “The city is at war. Morchas everywhere. Clashes, violence, firing, deaths... Khuda khair karey.” What were your thoughts then? What are your thoughts on it now?

Distasteful as it may seem, let me repeat just some of the pictures that were on our front page a year ago. I do so to remind myself, and you, of exactly what it was that we must never, ever, let happen again.

Just as we were doing a year ago, we are again wondering about the fate of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry today. But also at stake today are the democratic gains that have been made between last year and now. Gains that have given hope to so many of us. Gains that must not be lost. But, nor should we lose the struggle for judicial independence.

If newspaper headlines are to be believed then the PPP-PML coalition is also disintegrating and possibly on the verge of breakup (in our Poll, our readers seem to think not just yet).

I hope all of this is being overblown, but a look at the front page of The News suggests that the nation is in despair as the PPP-PML talks falter, that there is renewed pressure on the media including a Supreme Court notice, and the US deal-makers are again having secret meetings to “manage” Pakistan.

I am not a superstitious person. But all of the above gives me the shudder. Khuda khair karey.

23 responses to “May 12: Khuda Khair Karey

  1. Anjum Amin Siddiqui says:

    Pictures are chilling reminder that dead bodies are the fuel for politics. The more dead bodies the more popular a political party. Nothing will change in this country we will remain ensalved. Our leaders will do their politics in Dubai & London under the directive of USA. The people of this country will not learn they continue to think that a day will come when a miracle happen and everything will be all right. We continue to fight on ethnic & sectarian issues. We call our dead by the language they speak.

    The media will remian as negative as it is, the lawyers will never tell from where they are getting so much money to run the movement.

  2. Farrukh says:

    In guess congrats on your analysis here and in the quiz you seemed to know was was coming and anticipated it.

  3. A tribute to the Shaheeds of May 12

    The nation will mourn your sacrifice forever

    You served the nation in life and in death

    Your blood will never go to waste

    Your candle will flicker on and on

    Pakistan salutes you O sons of the soil

    Pakistan salutes your sacrifice, rest in eternal peace

    Pakistan Zindabad

    Feimanallah Pakistan


  4. zafar says:

    May Allah give patience to the families of martyrs and lessen their grief.Amen.

  5. Sadiq says:

    Instead of objecting to the pictures, why not object to the acts of killing and murder. Then no one will have to put these pictures. And not having the pictures will not change the reality of the brutality and inhuman behavior that was demonstrated in Karachi last year on this day.

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