Metroblogging chaos in Karachi

karachi.jpgToday violence erupted in Karachi, Pakistan, when demonstrators clashed; according to the BBC, 30 people have died and an additional 90 are injured. This past week, President Musharraf suspended chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry; Chaudry’s arrival in Karachi is thought to have sparked the conflict. Longstanding political tensions between pro- and anti-Musharraf factions seem to be at its root. The BBC reports, “In the worst violence, supporters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and activists from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto fought gun battles for an hour.”

What is it like to be in a city that’s descending into chaos? Well our metroblogging siblings in Karachi can tell you.

Update1: There is firing all round my mohallah and area. Please pray for our people. I may disconenct any time due to light or TV cable out.

Update 2: Talat Hussain is UNDER FIRE live on AAJ TV. TS has warned MQM,SINDH GOV & MUSHARRAF RESPONSIBLE if anything happened to their people. I salute this guy’s bravery.

Update 3: AAJ TV has stopped showing live pictures now after a live signal of “CAUTION” by MQM representative

Update 4: Breaking NEWS : AAJ TV BLACK OUT ( In my area). The ghundas on rampage.

These metroblog posts provide a clear picture of the absolute lack of clarity that descends upon a city in chaos. Imagine being in a news blackout while hearing shots and seeing smoke. Or don’t imagine; read all about it.

For the bigger picture — to figure out who MQM is, for example — try the BBC and the International Herald Tribune, which are both ahead of American news media on the story.

To the bloggers and everyone else in Karachi — stay safe.

photo of Karachi in more peaceful times from the metroblogging karachi flickr pool

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