Monday, March 30, 2009

Photos: Attack on Police Academy

An injured policeman looks for assistance at the site of a shooting outside a police training centre in Lahore. Reuters/Mohsin Raza.

More photos below:

Pakistani security forces deploy at the site of a police training center in Lahore. AFP Photo/ Aamir Qureshi.

Paramilitary troops charge towards the site of a shooting at a police training centre in Lahore. Reuters/Mohsin Raza.

A Pakistani paramilitary force officer rushes to the compound of a police training school on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan. AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary.

Pakistani security officials arrest a suspected militant (R) near the site of a police training center in Lahore. AFP Photo/Sameed Qureshi.

Policemen takes cover at the site of a shooting near a police training centre in Lahore. Reuters/Mohsin Raza.

A Pakistani police officer carries his injured colleague to an armored car in the compound of a police training school on the outskirts of Lahore. AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary.

Pakistani paramedics treat injured policemen at a hospital in Lahore. AFP Photo/ Sameed Qureshi.

Rescue workers carry an injured policeman to an ambulance at the site of a shooting near a police training centre in Lahore. Reuters/Mohsin Raza.

A policeman jumps over another for safety at the site of a shooting at a police training centre in Lahore. Reuters/Mohsin Raza.

Pakistani paramilitary force personnel and police officers rush to the compound of a police training school on the outskirts of Lahore. AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary.

Policemen look to shoot back towards militants as rescue workers try to evacuate the injured in the background from the site of a shooting near a police training centre in Lahore.

29 killed in Lahore police training school attack

29 people have been killed and 90 injured in an attack at police training center in Manawaan.

According to sources, a series of at least five blasts were heard at the training centre at Manawan, located near the Wagah border, and the explosions were followed by an exchange of fire between the attackers and policemen that is still underway.

Most of the casualties occurred near the gate of the centre, and officials said about 850 trainee policemen were present within at the facility. According to DIG Mumtaz Sukhara, the exact number of attackers was not known.

Reports said the gunmen lobbed several grenades as they launched their attack and then fired indiscriminately.

Hundreds of policemen, including members of an elite anti-terrorism squad, were rushed to the centre. They surrounded the facility and cordoned off the area. Police also fired teargas at the attackers.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Urban Slang Street Language of Karachi - (PG-21+)

I must confess from the outset of this article that I have been known as an avid user of the following phrases, which makes this, an insider’s guide. Over the years and with my descent into the life of an overseas professional, my use and accent have started to deteriorate and I cannot affirm the hardcore nature of how I use these phrases now. In other words, if I were to go to parts of Laloo Khait today and repeat these oft repeated stances, I will expect laughter from all around. I am slightly ashamed of loosing my street credibility, which took great care and concealment (from the elders) over my teenage years to perfect. Yet now only residues of those hardcore stanzas remain. Such is the nature of economic displacement. I would also like to declare my undying love of the street language, which however profane and uncivil, still comes from the heart of any urban city. Thus if we look around us we will find a genre of street phrases that populate the linguistics of an average day in all civilisations. It is the language of choice and is the only accepted form of communication in places. The high and mighty accents of the world have had to enshroud themselves in the high walls of civil society and four walled enclosures of civil languages. I have utmost respect for them, as they are the chosen medium of knowledge, literature and information. Having said that my affection for the street language and the freshness it contain within the short sentences remain intact. It is as though through the myriad of changes, someone from within still relates to these words as though they are calls from the past. Even now on one of my trips to Karachi and when I overhear it in its natural environment, I find myself smiling over the further original development of this street language.

The Classes and Street Language

Although this form of language originates primarily from the lower class areas it is found to be extremely popular with the cool young upper class elites. This phenomenon can be accounted to the nature of numbed rebellion that is found in the various upper classes of the world. Thus when we see the Young Elites of defence miming these street phrases we can relate them to the upper class whites in the US trying hard to imitate their poor black counterparts from the ghettos of Harlem. However these rich pretenders are easily identifiable with their Anglo-Urdu accent. A particular example of this will be your average grammarian from KGS. I assure you these hardcore phrases become almost comical when repeated by a grammarian, therefore do not find it surprising when you pass through “Saddar” and have common people in splits with laughter around the elite school.

“Chal bay Chal Patli gali pakar”

This particular statement dates back to the 80s and has its roots in the Umar Sharif Era of cheap and ludicrous theatre. The statement is used for an ultimate refusal. It gained popularity during the 90s and had since then claimed it place with the pearls. The first three letters are used in a more common form with almost any sort of denial. The idea of a “Patli Gali” or a narrow street comes from the structural development of (for want of use of a better word) the lower class areas within Karachi. As a kid I can remember visiting these areas on a few occasions and have always been enchanted with the maze like nature of these interlinking networks of “patli galis”.

“Abay kiya Chariya hua hay”

“Chariya” literally means insane and thus this sentence would translate into the American phrase “ Are you Insane”. However its use has become slightly sophisticated over the years, where the word “Chariya” has taken on some form of coolness on the street. Therefore someone foolishly brave will be considered an apt recipient of the title “Chariya”. It is again used extensively across the landscape of the city and has transcended the dividing lines of opulence. Certain political characters have also found fame with the use of this title, with the case in point of the now deceased “ Aslam Chariya”.

“Phat Gae, Phar Di, Phati hai”

There are two themes to this particular line. First has to do with Fear and basically resonates someone’s fear of something or basically being afraid. The second theme refers to what I would hereafter call as the denotation of human anatomy. The theme might be quite violent as it basically means the tearing up of the posterior. Thus when espousing a violent threat people have been known to use the terms “Phar Doonga”. Although with time the gist of this statement has become relaxed and is now used as one of the pearls of street language.


I must confess I do not understand the inference of this slang with the particular female genitalia. This is a highly potent adaptation of the word “stupid”. Again over the time this has also become a highly used word. In literature this word goes back a few centuries and will feature in various biographies and memoirs of great men.


The most non potent slang which is common place in the street and men have been known to use in the presence of female company. The other meaning of this word is used to address the brother in laws. If it has arisen over the annals of history as contempt for brothers in law, I do not know.


In Islam we are all aware of the word haram, and the doer of haram as the verb will have it, becomes a harami. The other street adaptation of this word is someone who is cunning, shrewd or “ Done you over” as the British would say. An interesting use of the this word has recently arisen in the immigrant communities in the west from Pakistan, in reference to the everything haram e.g Harami Burger, Harami Chicken which basically refers to haram food.

“Tight Hai Mama”

This is basically a young man’s reaction to seeing a beautiful young woman. The word “tight” does not refer to the tautness of the various important bits of the female anatomy. It is a cheap and cheerful word for your every day admiration and essentially means well. The word “Mama” or “Mamay” originates from the word “Mammoo” which basically means Maternal Uncle. Increasingly however it is, used by the street maestros to refer to each other.

“Kancha Piece hai”

Again this is as the previous example, used to admire a beautiful woman. Kancha originates from Kaanch which, mean glass manifesting clarity. If you are a “Kanncha Maal” then consider yourself hot property.


If you are a pretty female and have the misfortune of travelling by bus or in a crowded bazaar, you will without a doubt hear the chants of Katto and Katto Pari aimed at you. Now I might be right to assume that unless you have the misfortune of having a nickname that is Katto, you will be highly offended. This again is admiration in its most raw form.


This word provides evidence of the emancipation of the urban female in Pakistan. Mostly used to admire beautiful women, it is increasingly used by women to refer to a good looking man. Who says we are not a progressive nation and do not include our women in our development process.

“Tanagay utha Dayna”

This is basically used to connote someone doing something to someone else that ended in them being sorted or the other party to get what they deserve. Again I am confused as to the exact premise of this phrase.

“Tafreeh Lagana”

To make fun of someone is basically what this phrase refers to. Something that people might charge the author of this piece to be doing with the precious time of all the esteemed Chowkies.

So here you have it ladies and gentlemen, a few of the gems of profanity that litters the communication of our nation. I have not referred to some of the very profane ones which are most frequented with sexual references to the Sisters and Mothers, in order to not offend the readers. However they too have become commonplace and are used with fervour and in the friendliest of places without a twitch of an eye. Profanity and the street languages are a reality too stark for us to ignore. They can be refreshing when it comes to the non-potent ones and can be more articulate and acute than any of most eloquent of phrases. We all use it, laugh at it and get offended by it at times. Lets be honest guys, Profanity, we wouldn’t be the same without it.
I do not apologise for anything in this article.

The New Urban Slang Dictionary of Karachi - PG-21+ (language)

I always wanted to write something; anything about the Karachi(s) street language but I have to confess; even I didn’t had the guts to write or to simply put the words on paper. But then today, my other, “alter-ego” which I recently named, “who-cares” forced me to write and here I am with an amateur try or the new Urban Dictionary of words which prorably everyone of us might have used in our lives. Mind You, this is rated: PG-21 (language & sexual content).what I call the new street-slang-dictionary of Karachi. Here(s) a try!

Bach-o-da (adjective; personality attribute): commonly referred to a “blagger” but normally used to tell someone(s) devilish behavior.
Harami (adjective): A multi-dimensional word and prorably the most common term used by an average Karachite to brand someone a “devil”- in a good way (personality attribute) or to brand someone as “wicked”.
Randi-Rona (Verb/Adverb, English translation: Crying Prostitute): An amazing word which originated from Bombay (Manto’s Lingo) and often referred to people who always cry and does not accept anyone’s opinion. Cry Baby.
Chutiya/Chay (adjective; personality attribute): “dumb ass” or someone(s) who does not have the same level of intellect
Kanjar/ Kanjarpan(adjective/verb):
Originated from a cast of Punjab which is into “arts & craft” as profession. A term used to demonize someone’s action.
Bhanchud (English Translation: Sister Fucker – self explanatory): Prorably the nations favorite “word” and is used by people for anything and everything.
Madar’chood (adjective; English Translation: Mother Fucker – self explanatory): Pakistan(s) second favorite word which is a bit extreme expression. Used in extreme circumstances to point at someone’s nature.
Gan’du (adjective/verb):Used to refer to a “gay man” mostly but also used to point to someone’s personality attribute – selfishness
Randi (adjective; English translation: Prostitute): Commonly used for anyone girl who rejects; or used for every modern girl – equalent to a “slut” or a “whore”.
Gand Marde (verb): Used to describe “Brutes-Like” action of a friend. Back Stabbing.
Laindi Kuta (noun/adjective. English Translation: Stray Dog): Used to describe someone’s habit of always being out of his house.
Bosri Kay/Ka(adjective): basically referred to someone’s action of cheapness…(often used when correcting someone).
Heroinchi (adjective): Someone whose very skinny or a drug addict
Char’as/Gar’da/Malloo: Commonly referred to Joint/DopeXV) Chutt’tu (adjective): JerkXVI) Chakay/Hijray (adjective): Used to describe a transexual person or someone who(s) a homo or feminate
Chiknay (noun/adjective): common used to brand someone who(s) smooth looking! (male/boy)
Chiknee (noun/adjective): common used to brand someone who(s) smooth looking sexy girl.
Cock'nee Sandwich: basically referred to a BJ
Harafa : derived from harf ... pointing fingers at someone .. ... who blames other people
Bosarnath Kay Baydee (noun/adjective): commonly referred to a jackass
Raa'nd (adjective): referred to a male sexoholic
Choot Ka Bhoot: someone whose always up a girls ass /someone who does what she says XXIV) Zardari Ke Mooch: someone who keeps disappearing!!!!
Burger: Someone from the other side of the bridge!XXVI) Dawn TV: KTN in english XXVII) Bareek-Kanjar (adjective): skinny bastard
Choot-Karhai (noun): lot of girls in a bunchXXIX) Sulimani Kee-rah(noun): a mighty bug in your arse; a person who pokes his nose in everyone's affair....
Zardari (adjective): Wife Killer; Murderer; Corrupt; Smart-Ass
at'tay (noun/pro-noun/adjective): Balls
Ma'Ke'Choot (adjective, noun, proverb - English Translation: Mother's Cunt): Someone whose a bastard and a mommy's boy.
Muthal (noun, adjective, verb - English Translation: Wanker): Normally used for someone whose really skinny. And could also be used for some one whose a "wanker".
Lun Kay Faqeeer (adjective): Someone whos want's a dildo
Randwa (noun; English Translation: Widower): Someone who lost his girlfriend. Loner.
Kunn'na (adjective, noun): Someone whose quiet, curious and a good lister. Normally referred to a quiet bitch.
Londaybaaz (definately an adjective): Gay; Someone who likes boys; homo
Bahen Ke Loude (adjective): The dick used by your sister is you!!
Chupa (verb; action): BlowjobXL: Chut ka Chaprasi (adjective, noun): Pussy's Sweeper
DALLA (adjective): Broker
Gaand Ka Dakkan (noun): Condum
Gaandu Gadar (verb): Non-Stop Nonsense
Lund Ka Lassan (noun): Cocks GarlicXLV: Paidal (adjective, English translation: on foot): Used to brandsome "lazy" or Third ClassXLVI: Suar (noun): Pig
Pindoo/Dag'ga (noun): Punjabi
Tulla: Police ManL: Punjabi (adjective): worst form of curse to a Karachiate.
Gand (noun): Arse / Ass
Gand Kay Nati (verb): someone who's goes after arse instead of a "cunt"LIII: Sherry Rehman (adjective): A Slut; Tramp or a Transsexual
Punjabigardi (verb): institutional racism / bias
Safri Lund: Someone who's a horny bastard.
Dhuzz, dhuzz, dhuzz: expression used when someone blags about something. LVII: Kabaili Lun (English Translation: Tribal Dick): Someone whose after ass : normally used for bi- sexuals
Tatay (English Translation: Balls): Used for people who are in a group -

Disclaimer: This is purly for the love and permotion of Urdu Language and information. Absolute Literary piece which is for “information only” – for your understanding and nothing else

Author’s Note: One of the secrets of these phrases is that they cannot be translated with the entire concept of the line. To understand them one has to be a native or someone who have been exposed to it for a considerable amount of time.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pakistan SMS Usage Growth Highest in Asia Pacific

In addition to being 4th heaviest user country of SMS, yapping Pakistanis have taken an unusual lead in telecommunication: the largest text messaging growth in Asia Pacific. With Pakistan's 763 million messages sent during the "festive seasons", the top five countries with the highest SMS traffic processed over the festive season were the Philippines, again leading the ranking with 2.36 billion messages, closely followed by Indonesia (1.193 billion), Malaysia (1.075 billion) and Pakistan (763 million). In terms of year-on-year growth, Pakistan SMS Text traffic volume grew by 253 percent compared to last year during the same period. Other markets that experienced high messaging growth include Philippines (65 percent), Australia (57 percent), Indonesia (27 percent) and Malaysia (13 percent). "MMS traffic is bound to increase as consumers become increasingly savvy in interacting with their personal blog sites and applications such as Facebook".

SMS has always been popular with Pakistani users and the recent data from PTA provides evidence to this. During the year 2007-08, cellular mobile operators generated more than 25 billion SMS. One reason for this growth is that a majority of user base in Pakistan is young and they prefer to communicate via SMS. On Eid and other celebrations, it is now common (default?) practice to send and receive greetings through text messaging. Text messaging also allows people to be more creative, though the SMS may not always be original. Mostly it is a chain of forwarded messages. There is spam SMS as well, which remains an unsolved problem.

All cellular mobile operators have competed aggressively for SMS and that has resulted in a price war, eroding the ARPU but increasing adoption and volume. The mobile operators offered lucrative SMS deals including special one-time buckets of messages for nominal charges. For instance, Telenor launched SMS Fulltime offer for its prepaid customers in which its subscribers can send up to 10,000 on-net SMS with charge of Rs. 99. Telenor even offered free SMS for those who are on Hajj. There are some packages with a catch as well - such as the Aik Pasa SMS: you pay 1 paisa but the receiver is charged 1 Re.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pakistan official sees Mumbai pattern in Lahore attack

Lahore: The attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan on Tuesday bore the hallmarks of the same militants that carried out the attack on Mumbai in November, a senior Pakistan official said on Tuesday.
Around dozen heavily armed assailants attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team's bus and a police escort as they drove to a stadium in the Pakistani city of Lahore. He said the police had surrounded the area where the attackers were believed to be now holed up.
"I want to say it's the same pattern, the same terrorists who attacked Mumbai," Salman Taseer, governor of central Punjab province, told reporters at the site of the attack. "They are trained criminals. They were not common people. The kind of weaponry they had, the kind of arms they had, the way they attacked ... they were not common citizens, they were obviously trained."
“I visited (the Sri Lankan) team. They are fine but have some injuries. I am confirming that no player is critical," he said.
Ten gunmen killed 179 people in Mumbai between November 26-28 last year.
India alleges the plot was hatched in Pakistan and backed by people with links to Pakistani intelligence agencies.