Daily Archives: August 21, 2008

Suicide bombers strike again – the Wah Cantt tragedy

These were ordinary people struggling for livelihoods. What was their fault to have been brutally used as fodder in this gruesome Great Game of power, violence and territory? About time this menace is addressed and Pakistan is saved.

Islamabad, Aug.21 (ANI): At least sixty people were killed and over 80 others were injured in two suicide bomb blasts outside Pakistan’s main military arms factory in Wah Cantonement on Thursday.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the attackers blew themselves up almost simultaneously outside two gates of the sprawling factory complex in Wah Cantonment, said to be one of Pakistan’s most sensitive installations.

According to The News, the bombers were on foot and they exploded themselves less than a minute apart.

The Pakistani Ordnance Factories at Wah is a cluster of about 20 industrial units producing artillery, tank, and anti-aircraft ammunition for the Pakistan armed forces. It employs around 25,000 to 30,000 workers.

Police and security forces cordoned off the area while security has been put on high alert across the country.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Co-chairman, Pakistan People’s Party, Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the deadly blasts.


Filed under Terrorism, violence

Sex at Pak Tea House – no brothels here

Raza Rumi

Two esteemed bloggers, visitors at the Pak Tea House (PTH) complained that PTH through its laissez faire comment policy was turning into a brothel. A piece from an international publication on the booming sex trade in Pakistan was posted here. Now it is true that the term sex invites attention and clicks by the browsers. Google figures have time and again shown the enormous searches for the term ‘sex’ emanating from the Land of the Pure.

It is therefore an issue that concerns Pakistan at its core: the hypocrisy relating to sexual desires and the frustrations that are part of the baggage. We in no way wanted to invite readers to leave their numbers, email and chat IDs for nocturnal secretive activities.

But it happened. I have removed almost all the comments that were left by men and women where invitations for sexual liaison were made in the comments space. Yet, I am not a prude and most of the authors at this forum are also not inclined towards Victorian sensibilities.

There is a need to therefore invite writings, comments and analyses of this vital issue. Psychologists have been concerned about the results of sexual frustrations in the contemporary society and how damaging it is for the youth.

Readers might be interested in these earlier posts at Lahore Nama, the other blog that I manage, which also invited some insightful comments on how distorted and skewed the understanding and yearning for sex is in the beloved homeland. 

Lahore’s seedy brothels and official hypocrises

Sex, culture and pictures – top 5 searches for Lahore-Nama

Sex, spirituality and history: Searching Lahore?

Hot ’sexy’ Mujras have destroyed Lahore’s commercial theatre

Marginalised male sex workers vulnerable to HIV/AIDS


Filed under culture, Pakistan, sex, Society