Banner bashing: Who is chanting what in Karachi?
Nevertheless, who has been writing self-explanatory messages on banners is another strange affair.
In reply to the Monday’s threatening banners that read: Jo quaid ka ghaddar hai, wo mout ka haqdar hai (Whoever is a traitor of the chief, deserves death) mounted supposedly by unidentified group ‘Janashine Qauid-e-Tehreek” (Successor of the Movement’s Leader), a new set of mysterious banners appeared today on the streets of Karachi.
The latest banners reportedly put up by ‘Ahliane Karachi’ (Residents of Karachi) on Shahrah-e-Faisal, Nagan Chowrangi, Sakhi Hassan, Nazimabad and other major areas of Karachi read: Jo mulk ka ghaddar hai, wo mout ka haqdar hai (Whoever is a traitor of the country, deserves death).
It is important to mention here that the banners suggesting death for traitors made headlines at the start of the week when media footage showed them displayed near Sindh High Court (SHC) in the red zone in support of MQM’s disowned founder Altaf Hussain and against Dr Farooq Sattar led Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan in Karachi.
Meanwhile, another group called ‘Badla Group’ (Revenge Group) also put up banners in the city today targeting MQM’s Dr Sattar that read: Farooq Sattar group na manzoor (Farooq Sattar group is not acceptable).
If those banners were not enough for the port city, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Faisal Vawda initiated a separate banner movement that appealed people to help them find the federal government missing from the country’s political scene.
Vawda’s banners said: Wafaqi sarkar kahin bhi ho, ise talash kia jai (Wherever is the federal government, it should be searched).
Interestingly, PTI’s name was not emblazoned on Vawda’s banners following the rumours that speared on Tuesday that he was joining Mustafa Kamal’s Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP).
Vawda has already clarified that he was not leaving PTI or Imran Khan, but he did maintain on Wednesday that he has acted behind the banners in search of the federal government in his personal capacity only.
This latest trend of spreading political messages through banners was introduced when a little-known political party in Punjab put up banners across the country last July urging Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to impose martial law in the country and form a government of technocrats.