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enter image description hereThis isn’t how we were meant to live. This isn’t Pakistan. This is some nightmare and still so many of us are not waking up. So many are using the same ideologies to both justify themselves and demean others. Demean the ones who have hope, the flowers that just turning to face the sun after so many deadening years in the winter. This elections, the almost dead had risen to pledge for a cause. Even the bedridden had dance in their eyes. You had never seen such warmth of hope.

The death of Zahra Shahid Hussain left me stunned. Like someone had punched me straight in the throat. My insides were shaking like they would never taste air again. Quite frankly, I don’t care who did it. I don’t care what big or small label they can give this apocalyptic chaos in my head. I just wish the person who shot her knew what he was doing; I just wish he knew her. I wish he knew her really well, so he could see the fight in her. So he could see that women like her are warriors and whomsoever they touch upon, wears some of their armour. Oh, I wish he knew her so well. I hope he has the audacity to sleep.

For the rest of you, who didn’t know her well, I would want you to know who she was. Well I’m not the greatest help as I only met her twice myself. I hugged her and she was warm. She was tall and she was absolute. Her presence was unparalleled. She exuded love; I’ve only met four other women with souls that were all encompassing. She spoke to me as if I was her right-hand man, and I felt so small and insignificant in front of her that I couldn’t understand why she would give me the time of day. But she said my name several times as if to remind me that I was there too. She gave; and that’s all she did. Instantly and irrevocably she made my shoulders straighter and my head higher. How can I tell you who she was. She was incredible, she was strong, and the world couldn’t touch her with a diamond bullet. Even now, she has dodged you.

She has dodged your insanity, your callousness and your negligence. She was the embodiment of acceptance and energy. She stood amongst some of the most powerful people in the world and owned her presence. She had that something, that only the wisest or the youngest of us know, the fearlessness of consequences in the face of what you know is right. Of what your soul sings about. And you can bet the most silver dollar in the world, her soul sang.

She is untouchable and she is forever.

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shaique ali May 19, 2013 03:28pm

Its a sad news off course. The english writing ans usage of words and analogies used are very bad in ths article. The writer should read learn from english english or urdu novels beofre wirting an article.

waseem May 19, 2013 03:44pm

yes these terrorsits of karachi mafia should know who she was.Anyone who has done this should be made accountible.

A. Farid May 19, 2013 03:45pm

Karachi has become hostage to heartless animals.

FaQ May 19, 2013 03:51pm

We would have wanted you to tell us her credentials, rather than how emotionally you relate her to your grieved self.

Ali May 19, 2013 03:57pm

dear Writer,

thanks for such a wonderful and sentimentally enriched column for a lady who more than 3 quarters of Pakistan does not know about. title of your text was quite catchy and hence i went thought the length of this para but could not find out who this lady was ?.

taking nothing away from the emotions you have showered on her in a para or two, but not only me may be many others are bewildered why did not you added a small port folio of this lady ( may God rest her soul in peace ) !!!.

like many other writers and journalists, yet again i got a blank blog.... which boast a lot from the caption but hollow inside. like most of our politicians speaking big mouths doing nothing and you or your league no exception.

i do not wish to hurt you, but media people are a nations hope, light house, torch bearers, moral booster, insight readers, pointers who speak themselves for the nation.... can you be kind enough and a brave person to reply with some more information on this lady sans emotions.

long live Pakistan. Ali

Ali May 19, 2013 03:58pm

dear Writer,

thanks for such a wonderful and sentimentally enriched column for a lady who more than 3 quarters of Pakistan does not know about. title of your text was quite catchy and hence i went thought the length of this para but could not find out who this lady was ?.

taking nothing away from the emotions you have showered on her in a para or two, but not only me may be many others are bewildered why did not you added a small port folio of this lady ( may God rest her soul in peace ) !!!.

like many other writers and journalists, yet again i got a blank blog.... which boast a lot from the caption but hollow inside. like most of our politicians speaking big mouths doing nothing and you or your league no exception.

i do not wish to hurt you, but media people are a nations hope, light house, torch bearers, moral booster, insight readers, pointers who speak themselves for the nation.... can you be kind enough and a brave person to reply with some more information on this lady sans emotions.

long live Pakistan. Ali

Syed Abbas May 19, 2013 04:02pm

I see her with her head uncovered. No wonder she was done in.

I did not know such was allowed in Pakistan. Even BB did not stoop so low.

maznani May 19, 2013 04:11pm

She was no doubt a woman o great nerves but how cruelly by mudering her....has exposed our cruel society

maznani May 19, 2013 04:11pm

She was no doubt a woman o great nerves but how cruelly by mudering her....has exposed our cruel society

ishtiaq ahmad May 19, 2013 04:24pm

it would help if you share some facts, real stories of her life. May GOD rest her soul and my condolesence to her family.

Asif May 19, 2013 04:25pm

My limited vocabulary is not helping me to write few words for the great lady she was. I would just say I wish it was me and not her :(

Shaukat Hayat May 19, 2013 04:26pm

Well said if people could only understand, killing each other for personal or party gains is not the solution to Pakistan problems it further add's fuel to the fire we must learn to live in peace and harmony to see Naya Pakistan.

kazmi May 19, 2013 04:42pm

Self declared civilized, educated,middle class Urdu speaking terrorist of MQM have snatched one more real educated, middle class, real civilized Urdu speaking revolutionary lady and ray of hope in the city of darkness from us.

Saqib May 19, 2013 04:55pm

It looks like there is a mission to kill these few stars left in Pakistan. From Hakim Saeed to Governor Punjab, and from Great Opthmologist from LHR to Zahra Shahid, giving message to the few left that please do not help and leave us in darkness. May Allah Rest Her in Peace.

Iqbal khan May 19, 2013 04:57pm

MQM should be declared a terrorist organization without fail.

Naila May 19, 2013 05:09pm

That Zahra was an associate of the great Imran Khan, is a sufficient proof for me that she must have been a great woman. Although she is gone, her spirit will live on in the form of PTI; terrorists can kill a person, but not an idea!

Tarek Fatah May 19, 2013 05:12pm

I didn't see any such grief by Mehar Khursheed when an ANP candidate was murdered in Karachi. Nor for the 14,000 dead or disappeared Baloch. I suppose they were all children of a lesser God.

Reza May 19, 2013 05:51pm

Whether the MQM is responsible for this killing or not, what is totally screwed up by the way most Pakistanis think (whether they be educated or not) is how quickly they jump to burning buses, pointing fingers and laying down their own morally inflated death sentences without any process of thought, rationality or fact fact finding. Most of the comments below display this national and cultural deficiency in all of us. We are already more than half way to hell, time to redeem ourselves.

Zabardasst May 19, 2013 05:54pm

The British government is directly responsible for her death as despite thousands of complaints the Scotland Yard did not move an inch and kept mum as usual. It's an open secret that the British secret service is protecting this terrorist in London because he is confident enough of something to carry on killing for almost three decades. What about the Govt of Pakistan? Why are the reluctant to ask the British authorities about this man and why are they protecting him.

Mohammad Ataullah May 19, 2013 06:00pm

WHAT DID SHE DO? Such Hip hop writers are hired for female face value & have no substance.

javed adv May 19, 2013 06:06pm

@FaQ: Though I don't know much about the Deceased lady, but I can say that it

Khan May 19, 2013 06:07pm

@Iqbal khan: how you know MQM is responsible and not any banned organization or PTI itself to gain sympathy vote?

MS May 19, 2013 06:15pm

@Syed Abbas: What are you talking about? Do you have any feelings at all? What prejudice and crudeness in your thought and prose- I am dumbfounded, really.

Faraz Shiwani May 19, 2013 06:17pm

Can anyone give me any video of Zahra Shahid's Last video, when and where she spoke to some PTI peoples?

Tarek Fatah needs some sense in his brain May 19, 2013 06:30pm

@Tarek Fatah: You sir need a lesson in emotion. Pakistanis like you with your comment on 'what about the others' should go out of your home and do something for the country A great woman has been martyred, show some grief for God's sake. We all feel the pain when we hear about a Pakistani dying. No need to give us a lesson on how to react-teach it to yourself

masood May 19, 2013 06:31pm

May Allah Bestows Zahra Hussain a place in Heaven where she belongs. I was stunned by the news that some elements have gone so low that they are killing a lady who is like our mother. Shame on these evil individuals, they should be caught and exposed and nothing less than death penalty if they are found guilty.

zahid May 19, 2013 06:45pm

@Asif: Yous thoughts are noble and appreciated. God Bless you and continue to stand against injustice at any capacity.

zahid May 19, 2013 06:46pm

@waseem: He is in London.

zac May 19, 2013 06:52pm

@Zabardasst: IK is playing with Taliban.Only he is responsible.

Kamran May 19, 2013 06:53pm

@Tarek Fatah: What a non-sense comment! Is there a contest going on of how many dead we accumulate on each party? One should feel sad for unjustified killing of a human being regardless of the circumstances, race, color, religion, nationality or party affiliation. Some touch your heart more than others, but that does not necessitate writing all sorts of disclaimers before expressing your emotions. If you would rather choose to continue to sleep, at least tell us how many more of these killings (from which party?) will it take for you to wake up and do something about it?

Chintu May 19, 2013 06:53pm

After reading this blog, i still dont know who she was. Its just a pile of words nothing else, it could have been for informative about her achievements or her role in PTI.

Advocate Nouman May 19, 2013 06:58pm

Our country is one of the beautiful countries and it has got each and everything but due to the Aristocracy (ruling of few families) every sector, every department, every institution has lost its credibility, as a result, we are facing a lot of problems. we can not bring peace without strong Judicial system, good governance and quality education. Every body, every citizen must come forward to play role to defeat these criminal and corrupt families, who are in no way eligible to rule over us...

zeus May 19, 2013 07:10pm

This is one of the worst blogs I have read in a long time. This article is not about Zahra. Its about you. You have disrespected a great woman.

Ali Hashim May 19, 2013 07:19pm

@A. Farid: Dear Farid: It is not only Karachi, it is all of Pakistan. Let us not forget the attacks that the Taliban and their affiliates have undertaken against innocent people and our own armed forces and strategic military assets. to combat this terrorism we will need to take a holistic view of the problem. May god rest the soul of Zahra Shahid Husain in peace.

Salman May 19, 2013 07:20pm

Very well written. She was indeed a great woman.

The Murderous Quami Movement folks might have a hard time comprehending well written pieces. May 19, 2013 07:27pm

The news of Zara hussain ghastly murder has stunned all of us .May Allah grant her soul eternal peace in jannah.she was respectbale lady .in societyshame on the killer.

akhtar May 19, 2013 07:31pm

it is pity that there is no understanding and forbearance for the different world view

Siddiqui May 19, 2013 07:54pm

How many more Pakistanis have to sacrifice their souls ? When will justice prevail and culprit are caught ? In all sincerity we overseas lads were very optimistic about the future of Pakistan, but the way innocents are being butchered we are loosing faith. Hat off to the residents of Karachi who stand firm against the tyrants.

Kaukab Azim May 19, 2013 08:11pm

Please tell us something about her education, her accomplishments in life, and her political career and agenda.

faheem shah May 19, 2013 08:15pm

I was wondering who could be behind this heinous crime and came up with following point.

timming: just before election
which party would be beneficiary: pti would become victim
which party to blame: mqm without proofs
imran reaction promptly: ik didnt take a day to decide who to blame
imran sympathy/connection with taliban: pti has connection with ruthless, they can carry out this task easily
political face less figure: from karachi, read this blog, no body knows what was her role in pti. it looks like without any political loss, pti could bare this cost.
ahmad May 19, 2013 08:18pm

Writer may have given some of her achievements. Even after reading her blog I could not make out who she was?

Shana May 19, 2013 08:23pm

@Tarek Fatah: Come to Pakistan and help then! When was the last time you help to change this country let alone set foot in it, very easy to critisise behind a computer!

Sania May 19, 2013 08:40pm

@Tarek Fatah needs some sense in his brain:

Just ignore this person ( Tarek Fateh) and his comments. Ask anyone in North America about him and you will get your answer.

muzammil ullah khan May 19, 2013 08:54pm

Sacrifices of such individuals never go waste ! These people are game changers and I am sure her supreme sacrifice will bring about the desired results . We all have to die one day but she chose to go with her head held high and went for a cause she believed in . May her soul rest in peace and may the planners and perpetrators of this heinous crime rot in hell both in this world and the next .

malik nawaz May 19, 2013 08:55pm

Yes Karachi has become hostage no doubt, but who is getting all the benefits of this murder !. A question no one will answer even though we all it. geya ESTABLISHMENT.

Touseef May 19, 2013 09:09pm

@Mohammad Ataullah: Ataullah its amazing your commented the writer on her looks rather on her piece. Doesn't that make you one of those people u so much despise,

Inam-ul-Wahid Khan May 19, 2013 09:10pm

@Chintu: you sir, say you do not know that , who she was or who she is? do you know about you that who are you? kind regard A human.

Inam-ul-Wahid Khan May 19, 2013 09:14pm

A person who takes a innocent life , that person do not deserves to live. that's all many thanks regards

asim May 19, 2013 09:27pm

here we go again! Our centuries old typical and favorite style of detective work far away from the actual crime scene in our drawing rooms/hospital rooms etc with a single proof and totally based on biased word of mouth.

Not saying that MQM is a party of angels, but come on people lets get our act together and work to get our judicial and police system strong, competent and corruption free. Without and competent and reliable judicial and police system we will continue to accuse and acquit wrong people and wrong doers will continue to commit such crime without any fear.

and oh yeah, stop counting on Allah to fix anything for us...HE doesnt like us....he hasnt liked us in the past 600 years, so stop fooling ourselves and stop fantasizing. If you want Allah to like you, then start off by having all living things on earth like you first for what you are and what you do!

S. A. M. May 19, 2013 09:29pm

@Syed Abbas: What a comment. seems u r coming direct from a cave in afghanistan. pls go back. Its about the loss of a valuable life that could make a big positive difference in the lives of so many helpless people yet some prefer to speak of head covering and drawing comparisons between 2 unrelated models..

Jalaluddin S. Hussain May 19, 2013 09:30pm

May the soul of Zahra Shahid Hussain rest in peace!

S. A. M. May 19, 2013 09:31pm

@Chintu: agree with you chintu. wish mehar could throw some light on her role as politician /person u well said usman

S.H.Zaidi May 19, 2013 09:32pm

MQM badly needs to change its conduct. They ought to have empathy for other political parties and their workers. They also need to stop considering this city their fief. They talk of 'snatching' of their mandate even before it is decided who has the 'mandate.' . After all, if they have sole rights to 'perpetual 'mandate' why hold elections at all!
High-handed tactics never last long. We should all pray that they develop fear of God!

usman May 19, 2013 09:35pm

Its such a shame that Tarek Fatah is trying to divide nation again when it has stood against tyranny. Meher Khursheed felt it atleast now that she should stand against this cruelty but Tarek Fatah tell me what he did for 14000 Karachi innocent people when they were murdered. Every revolution starts has years of suppression in its background and then something like Zahra Hussain murder triggers it. I understand that your comment is not worth to be commented upon but it really hurt me a lot.

Norms May 19, 2013 09:42pm

@Tarek Fatah: you're comparing among all those who lost their lives???? insane or inhumane???

before typing in the wee hours under influence, I ask you to think about their families.

yousuf May 19, 2013 10:05pm

@faheem shah

how can u even defend such a crime, u can keep your stupid points and analysis to yourself. A life has been lost and you are trying to put the blame on the same party she belonged to. have some respect man she could have been some1 from your family.

Mohsin Meghani May 19, 2013 10:08pm

Where does Tarik Fateh come in between this ?.He is fit for only Toronto Sun where he writes against Pakistan and Islam. Just ignore this guy.

HM May 19, 2013 10:09pm

@faheem shah: Everybody in Karachi are aware who the killers are. MQM for sure... To Condemn the killing by a party leader is common sense. Altaf was next to condemn why.... That his style... first order then shed crocodile tears...MQM don't hide behind bhata mafia or Taliban... you started all this in Karachi and this time to take revenge of re-polls and stop people coming out to vote...

ali ahmed May 19, 2013 10:25pm

what is going in Punjab..massive rigging...beating of PTI worker(19/5/13) by PML-N workers with the help of police..but this gonda raj of PMLwhich is going on for the last 20 will not get much space in media..they only target karachi ...because of inner prejudice

sam1 May 19, 2013 10:29pm

The topic suggested i would get some facts and information regarding this lady who people seem to adore. I was expecting some mention of her accomplishments and political/social background. All I got to know was she was tall and gave warm hugs. THis read was a waste.

Ammar May 19, 2013 10:52pm

Very poorly written article

Parvez May 19, 2013 10:56pm

A bigger crime would be to allow the killer to get away with the crime..............and that is exactly what will happen.

Saif Ahmad May 19, 2013 11:01pm

@sam1: So true....I had the same opinion after I finished reading the article...what a waste of time

Hasan May 19, 2013 11:04pm

This article/blog was useless. The article heading excited me that the article would contain information about this great lady but all I got was that she was tall and warm. Please refrain from such lousy articles!! at least don't publish them on DAWN!

Tahir May 19, 2013 11:08pm

Isn't this a little over the top considering you only met the lady in question twice?

Saif Ahmad May 19, 2013 11:16pm

The article was supposed to provide some facts on achievements of the deceased but all the reader learnt was "She was tall and gave warm hugs".........The writer should not waste the readers time by inappropriate article headings

Shariq May 19, 2013 11:23pm

It was yet another sad news from Pakistan that a political leader was killed in front of her house. There is a history of violence that spans across party lines in Pakistan, but the MQM brand of it specially resonates with the people who live or have lived in Karachi. That being said, one cannot argue that Imran's allegations were premature and reminds us that in the end he is now a politician, and as a politician he will try to capitalize even from the death of his most trusted colleagues and supporters. Unless he has evidence that the rest of the country has not been privileged to, he needs to use his political resources to help the grieving family of Ms. Zehra Hussain. He needs to ask for a speedy investigation and trial. Knowing the law and order situation in Karachi, is it really so inconceivable that she could been a victim of a robbery gone bad in Defense? I admit that it is also conceivable that MQM had a hand in it, but for a person like Imran to come out pointing fingers on day one is only indicative of his desire to use this opportunity to build political capital in Karachi. Pakistanis deserve better, and more importantly the family of Ms. Shahid deserves better.

My frustration also roots from Dawn's insistence on wasting people's time by articles as the one above that are a random collection of words without any purpose. I am still scratching my head trying to understand if the author of an article listed on the front page of really just filled a few paragraphs with absolutely no information whatsoever. The article is headlined "I would want you to know who Zehra Shahid was". Having read elsewhere that she was the wife of a PAF officer and being a PAF brat myself, you can understand that my interest in what Ms. Khursheed, the author, could tell me. However, she states that unfortunately she couldn't tell us much about her as she had only met her twice and didn't know Ms. Shahid well. She did tell us that she stood tall and exuded love. She tells us that in those two meetings she was able to judge Ms. Shahid's encompassing soul and rank it #5 amongst all the women she has known. Ms. Khursheed, you wish that the killer knew his victim and having read your article, I am not sure he didn't know her better than you do. May I suggest that next time you try and identify friends and family members who knew her well and cite them in your works. It may end up making you sound credible.

maahi May 19, 2013 11:25pm

@sam1: dear - the write is good piece of literature. It is really touchy. it suggests to value the human life which is so important and precious. every single human being irrespective of his/her accomplishments.

Khalid May 19, 2013 11:40pm

Dear Mehar, thanks for writing the article about my Zahra Khala. She was indeed an outstanding woman. Not only that she had a balanced personality (which is unfortunately very uncommon in Pakistan to find), she was full of enthusiasm and really loved Pakistan. Unfortunately, I only saw her whenever I was in Pakistan or when she was in London and every time we said our good byes, I felt I should have spent more time with her. Her untimely departure is a shock for the family and I really want to thank you for bringing some of the things about her personality in your aerticle. I for one, will miss her forever. Good bye Zahra Khala.

Fazal May 19, 2013 11:52pm

In Karachi Germans are hostage in the hand of Hitler. Where did he lead Germany to?

Amir Khan May 19, 2013 11:53pm

May Allah protect Begum Zahra Shahid in her grave and provide her with a place in Jannah Al Firdaus. Purely from a perspective of Allah and what He has stated in Quran and what the Holy Prophet (PBUH) told us, one should be careful in pointing fingers at different people. Day of judgement will be very precise and perfect. Some people will be surprised when the 2 angels question him or her immediately in the grave how many people they killed or ordered them to be killed, punishable only by Hell fire as stated by Allah in the Quran. It is unfortunate what is happening in Pakistan, but I wish we look back in history and see how we the Pakistani's have destroyed our own country. It is not the West, India or any other foreign element but us the biggest enemy of Pakistan. I was 9 years old when we lost East Pakistan and that pain in my heart will die when I die. I still cry for that event and whatever is happening to my beautiful country and beautiful people like Begum Zahra Shahid. We as a nation have to go back and understand Islam and the way of life Allah wants us to spend. We should not stop praying because only He knows what is in our best interest. We have all the time to waste on worldly things but not enough time to read, understand and follow the Quran. Allah loves us all and will reward us either in this world or hereafter or both. Pakistan zindabad and may Allah protect all the Pakistanis in particular and Muslims in general.

Danial Tanvir Jafri. May 20, 2013 12:35am

Zahra Shahid Hussain was a very close family friend. she was very nice and learned women. she was very nice and helpfull towards me, i met her a few years ago in karachi.

i am very upset about her death and i am angry at the people who have done this, how can they just kill some innocent person like this? the culprits must be brought to justice and may her seould rest at peace, danial tanvir.

Amir Cheema May 20, 2013 12:52am

Murderers are free to kill anybody anywhere. Something needs to be done to rid karachi of these murderers and their bosses whoever they are. State must take steps to eliminate the militant wings of political parties to secure peace. People need to reject any political party that has militant wing or uses any sort of force to coerce people. This sort of repression is totally unacceptable. How can a few people hold an entire city hostage.This is real change. People have finally decided to stand up for their rights. All these people are heroes. They have stood up against injustice despite threats and fears from terrorist parties. This demonstrates that there are still good people in Pakistan. Thank you for your struggle. I request that every conscientious person should support this struggle for justice and prove that we are a real nation. Everybody should support justice. Save Karachi from terrorist parties.

Shahzad Ghaffar May 20, 2013 01:31am

Very well written!It is indeed a great loss!! A cowardly act! the killers should be brought to justice!

Nezihe Hussain May 20, 2013 02:22am

Mehar thank you so much for your beautiful words. She was my mother and I loved her naturally. But your words make me so proud of her. Thank you.

You have captured her essence so well.

I love to meet you.

Zinc May 20, 2013 02:57am

My request to all commentators below , Those who are outside Karachi please don't comment on Karachi Situation, The pity is people who live outside of Karachi don't know the ground realities about what is happening in Karachi

Yawar May 20, 2013 03:25am

@Syed Abbas: Thank you for pointing out the real problem in pakistan. It is judgmental people with your wonky mindset.

Yawar May 20, 2013 03:52am

This is very unfortunate. The most important prayer the country needs is to have the killers caught and convicted.

Shahzad Akhund May 20, 2013 04:28am

I would feel the same as you do if I had the pleasure of meeting the deceased. However, as a human being, thank God I can still count myself as a normal one, I feel deeply hurt to read about such incidents, taking place almost on a daily basis in the country of my birth. She was only trying to represent people at the public forum, and then she is shot to death. May God help us all. Finally, I avail this opportunity to convey my condolence to the family of the deceased and pray to Allah to bless Zahra Shahid's soul with eternal peace and harmony.

jatinder Minhas May 20, 2013 04:38am

What a waste of life, Those who claimed themselves so called savior of Islam. Shame on yourself, If some body think this is a honorable task.

No body can silence some body's voices. Because it is already heard by other.

Shuu May 20, 2013 04:50am

@faheem shah:

Your accusation is baseless and equally as retarded as the tweet Imran Khan tweeted. I respect the man and support PTI's policies, however this tactic of his was a folly on his part.

As for Zahra Shahid Husain.

She's the president of Sindh part of PTI.

So she's one of the key members in PTI.

She was and is a founding member of PTI.

There's a certain political party which is known to murder its dissidents when they decide to forego their political ideology. I hate pointing fingers at people, but lets not forget the party, whose leaders left, and were mysteriously assassinated after not agreeing with a particular party leader.

PTI has nothing to gain out of death.

I have a strong hunch, Imran Khan, as always acted in an honest, full of feeling way, said what was in his head, which politically for PTI, is very stupid, other parties have been playing the mudslinging and dirty politics much longer.

Every single speech Altaf Hussain sends to his fascist cult is said in a way to strengthen himself politically, he has no interest in the pawns he controls. If he had any interest in his pawns, he'd at least sit in a container in 90, with the rest of his minions.

It'd be best for PTI, to refrain from letting their emotions get the best of them, the other parties have been playing the mudslinging game a lot longer. They have driven many straight-laced politicians to their death and/or to corruption playing this game.

Birjees Ashraf May 20, 2013 05:01am

@sam1: Yes, I am also curious to know more of this seemingly fine lady, whose life was extinguished by some heartless souls.

Tata May 20, 2013 05:09am

@sona: people where suporting MQM due to it's struggle of right for every one and against class divisions, but now I think it's time to choose a new leader, its better if MQM will do it by itself otherwise people will do it. silence on murder is not an answer!!!!

Paki dada May 20, 2013 05:17am

The writer also seems to be writing a facebook update than an article in Dawn. There must really be a shortage of writers for the quality to drop so low!

Dr Ibraheem Naeem May 20, 2013 05:22am

Beautifully written! Im sure she was as great as mentioned here. May Allah reward her with heaven, and bless us with more people like her.

roma ahmed May 20, 2013 06:07am

so much respect for her .

roma ahmed May 20, 2013 06:09am

classic words. so much love and respect for her. Allah please bless her and give her special place in heaven.

M. Arshad May 20, 2013 06:22am

@faheem shah: Shame on you. You seem to be the true face of MQM.

NASAH (USA) May 20, 2013 06:54am

From looking at her picture I can say here is a supremely confident woman of power and intellect completely at ease with herself and her surrounding.

I wonder why Imran did not bring her before the world audience more often as the voice of PTI instead of himself.

easlam May 20, 2013 07:19am

@Syed Abbas: shame on people like you. what planet do you live in? its people like you who have destroyed our beautiful country.

Junaid Bhutto May 20, 2013 07:35am

I did not know her. But your words humbled me and for some reason miss her. I do not have the words. A loss that cannot be articulated. Words do no justice, and still justice has not been served. Worse still, I doubt it will be. The most wretched corner of hell awaits her killer. I hope the people of Karachi can find some peace some day. Allah is the best Avenger and the perfect Deliverer of justice. I will raise my hands to ask Him. I hope Allah gives you peace as well.

RAFIA MIRZA May 20, 2013 07:36am

I started reading this article hoping to learn something about the lady.Sadly despite all the fancy language I know nothing about her.Its like I've been groping in the dark trying to get some where. Fewer words with a little real sunstance would have made sense.

RAFIA MIRZA May 20, 2013 07:35am

I started reading this article hoping to learn something about the lady.Sadly despite all the fancy language I know nothing about her.Its like I've been groping in the dark trying to get some where. Fewer words with a little real sunstance would have made sense.

ahmed May 20, 2013 07:40am

I think MQM not only needs a new leader if whole of Karachi is not going to burn in an inferno unless they do something about it. He might have had some redeeming quality in the past but unfortunately now he is sick alcoholic and most of the time exhibits the symptom of a seriously sick person. He need psychological and professional treatment for his illness ..Please understand me it has nothing to do with politics. If he doesn't treatment soon or die soon by natural death he could be a disaster for people of Karachi. First he inflames the workers to beat his party leaders then he apologizes for rough treatment. He wants Karachi separated and next day doesn't even remember what he said the night before. Sick people never admit they are sick but others have to help them.

RAFIA MIRZA May 20, 2013 07:42am

@roma ahmed: yes all words & zero information.

ahmed May 20, 2013 07:45am

Very disappointed that even though you admired the lady you were so lazy you couldn't pick up the phone and talk to a family member, a party worker or even a colleague who could shed a light on her personality. I am sure that was too much to ask even for Dawn. I hope you have some professional integrity next time and do just to the newspaper whom you represent. This article is no better then a five year old I love mummy she is tall and strong and give a great hug? You showed lack of respect for Ms. Hussain and no PTI person had decency to penn two sentences about her.

Abid May 20, 2013 07:52am

@Shuu: If calling a spade a spade is 'retarded' and 'stupid', then be it. I think IK has done the right thing. Everyone in Karachi knows who all intimidate their political opponents with guns. It is not rocket science to figure that out. What happened to Hakim Saeed? Any guess? An innocent women got killed after a clear and open threat and no one is held accountable. What a shame.

Jan May 20, 2013 07:58am

A million dollar question for the key stakeholder: How long a foreign national will be allowed to keep Karachi hostage? May 20, 2013 08:00am

@Tarek Fatah: Do the grieving yourself instead of blaming others...

Gopal Patel May 20, 2013 08:14am

The rogues kill the braves, so that they can make others crawl.

akhtar May 20, 2013 08:23am

Mehar what have you written to introduce the deceased lady except that you can write English language. I hold Dawn responsible for publishing this meaningless article perhaps to fill the space available. I am sorry I could never imagine that Dawn the most balanced paper of this country will, to introduce its staffer, compromise its lofty image.

Pakistani May 20, 2013 08:44am

@Tarek Fatah: What a loser you are :) A "normal human" can't care more or less for any innocent victim? But you were just hungry for a spotlight! #Pity

Saad May 20, 2013 08:51am

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajeoon. May Allah grant her a good place in the afterlife enshallah. As for her killers, may God grant them misery and unease throughout their remaining lives till they sincerely repent!

FSyed May 20, 2013 08:52am

A poorly written article with no knowledge of the subject person. It seems Dawn is running short of good writers.

Balaach May 20, 2013 09:10am

Shame on the people responsible for assassinating such lady... She was bravo and brilliant.... My heart cries to hear this sad news.

Salman May 20, 2013 09:19am

I don't understand why MQM would kill her? What they would gain out of this? Its pretty absurd by PTI to blame MQM.

Syed Awais Ali May 20, 2013 09:26am

By the name of the article i started to read to get some information about how and what were the acheivements of this lady were. But i dint find any thing that has been added to my information. I havent found it fruitfull at all.

Atikh Rashid. May 20, 2013 10:05am

Dear writer. this article is so full of adjectives that it doesn't even mean anything. It, hardly, contains any facts to emphasise the greatness of the deceased. I am sorry, but, well, one should speak truth.

Anees May 20, 2013 10:06am

Very well articulated. Enjoyed readings the threading of the words with their powerful meanings. My compliments Err.. Didn't know, in fact never heard of the lady until... I am sure she is in a better place

Khan May 20, 2013 10:08am

Massive rigging happened all over Pakistan but Karachi is singled out,except for DHA Lahore nobody came out to protest and tSunami khan to hide this shame single out Karachi. PTI workers were killed in pindi in front of Hanif Abbasi office and workers attacked in lahore by PML N but Tsunami Khan was silent. When Tsunami khan was captain of Pakistan team he was extremely biased against Karachi players and fans and beats them also anybody can check these facts. How Imran khan know MQM killed his party worker? What is the guarantee that his party himself killed the lady to gain sympathy vote and divert the attention from Punjab where all is hunky dory between him and PML N. Isnt it possible that she be killed by a secratarian outfit or taliban with whom Imran is sharing the government in KPK. Zahra was sidelined for the last 3 months due to arif alvi ticket allotment. We have enough of Imran khan he is showing his true biasness towards Karachi. He never speaked against Taliban because they belong to the same area he belong. Shame on Imran khan.

Faiza May 20, 2013 10:08am

A very sad and unfortunate incident indeed...May her soul rest in peace and may the killers face justice....what is puzzling however, is that I had never heard of her before this incident....during PTI's election campaign, she was not visible on the would have helped had the author shed some light on her role within PTI

Anees May 20, 2013 10:11am

@Tarek Fatah The land of the pure died in 1971. There is no coming back. As for the Lady, oh I am sure she Is in a better place. As for the killing, so... What else is new? You did write a good book

ahmad butt May 20, 2013 10:20am

I hope the truth prevails and the real culprits get caught. This could be a move from a third party to create more rift in Karachi.

niilofur farrukh May 20, 2013 11:48am

Mehar , Zarah was this and much more. In the 30 odd years I knew her she was someone who simultaneously gave affection and challenged your intellect. The person who ordered the assassination and the one who fired the bullet both must know that they cannot stop the change we feel within

Atif May 20, 2013 12:01pm

@Khan: What sympathy vote? Voting finished on may 11. Only 1 constituency remained. Even MQM will be hard pressed to murder their own leader just for a single seat.

Omair May 20, 2013 12:42pm

"Pretentious hippie. Panda-phile. Promoter of hobo chic." This completely describes the writer.

UIftikhar May 20, 2013 01:36pm

I cried reading this blog. Its as if though you knew how I felt about her. May she rest in peace the world has lost a wonderful soul who had so much to give to us all. I would like to request everyone reading this to stop judging the info and comments and just read Fatiha for Mrs. Hussain thats all that counts in the end.

Zahid May 20, 2013 01:48pm

So don't know who she was. And what exactly was this article about?

Haroon May 20, 2013 02:55pm

IK is Pakistan's last hope.Zahra Sahid embodied all that is best in PTI. We must all help IK build a better Pakistan. So Pakistanis are respected wherever they go.

Haroon May 20, 2013 02:55pm

IK is Pakistan's last hope.Zahra Sahid embodied all that is best in PTI. We must all help IK build a better Pakistan. So Pakistanis are respected wherever they go.

Anonymous May 20, 2013 03:30pm

@Khan: If we accept whatever you're saying for just one second and assume IK was like that at the time of his tenure as Pak's captain then just answer this question of mine: If MNS can get mature in 8 years then why can't IK in 17 years? It's so easy to judge and criticize someone on their past, trust me. It needs some courage to accept the facts and ponder on them. God bless you! -Not a fan of Khan.

samonrusty May 20, 2013 04:28pm

Tarek Fateh is a darling of the anti-Muslim, Islamophobes in Canada. What better way to advance their hate than to have someone from Pakistan spew hate. He feeds his audience with fears about Muslim hordes wanting to establish sharia law and a caliphate in the world. How many of the 1.6 billion Muslims does he think want to do that? Evangelists like Pat Robertson and Pastor Haggi want to establish Jesus's kingdom all over the world; do we extrapolate that to apply to the entire Christian world. He will never speak out against the atrocities being committed against the Palestinians for 65 years and counting. I guess he knows his claim to fame will be over the day he does that.

Ap May 20, 2013 05:19pm

There are so many who are dying every day in your country. Don't you think they are good people also? You don't have to care who did it, till you do something they don't like and then they come after you..enjoy till then!

KhanChengezKhan May 20, 2013 05:22pm

What happned was the wish of GOD. No other comments!

Wakas May 20, 2013 05:22pm

Hi My name is Wakas. This post was absolute waste of storage bytes plus our time.

Ap May 20, 2013 05:24pm

@Shana: Pakistan can't be helped. It was founded on a false premise..Get over it/

KhanChengezKhan May 20, 2013 05:32pm

If polling possible for 43 constituencies then why not the whole constituencies. There might be something hidden subject which we don't know. After the polling the counting should be immediately processed otherwise chances are widen for rigging or replacing of ballot boxes that has not been taken into notices by the Election Commission of Pakistan. Now how one can assure that the ballot boxes of other polling stations are being untouched and out of rigging. This election was not free and fair it was a selection that was programmed by the Super Power for their self interests.

khurram May 20, 2013 06:37pm

Still dont know who the brave lady was ??? and what this article about ??? Instead of repeating question that what should i tell you who she was, you should have told us something about her.

Saeed Ahmed Lodhi May 20, 2013 06:39pm

I wish I knew her more, A Brave Women nevertheless ! ! !

khurram May 20, 2013 06:41pm

@Salman: MQM already gained what they wanted to and that is fear of them.... had they so politically matured to assess the outcome of this murder, they would not have done so many.

Nasir May 20, 2013 08:33pm

I appreciate the author gesture on how she describes her character but it does not tell us who she was? An astitute politician/business woman/etc

ram May 20, 2013 10:53pm

@khurram: Paid journalist? MQM is discipline party

Zia May 20, 2013 11:06pm

@Wakas: Your opinion is important, but mentioning "My name is Wakas" merely adds to the waste of storage bytes.

alam zeb khan May 20, 2013 11:09pm

@Khan: I will say you are shameless individual People like you are responsible for innocent people killed. Sham on you and your parents

bkt May 21, 2013 12:06am

@Khan: Because I am a Muhajir I have not had enough of Imran Khan. The people who control by the gun have persecuted Muhajirs, abuse Pakistan but don't mind living off what this country provides them. Without Pakistan there would be no free trips to London

bkt May 21, 2013 12:08am

@Salman: They threatened violence and they carried out their threat. Whenever they throw a tantrum people get killed by them.

bkt May 21, 2013 12:10am

I did not know her and I still don't know her. Who was she? Wrong title!

Arshad May 21, 2013 01:08am

@Salman: Also Muttahida Qaatil Movement

Arif Mustafa May 21, 2013 02:00am

This reminds me the evening Hakim Muhammad Saeed was killed. These loosers have no idea what they are doing

Ali Khan May 21, 2013 03:01am

Still don't know who she was, what she did, what she accomplished. I would like to know for sure. But this article is just a waste of time leave you with no information. It only has emotion from a person who met her twice. For sure, not enough to know her as person.

shahid May 21, 2013 03:58am

Mehar, the title of this article was so great but then you didn't tell much about her I know her now more than you do by reading and without meeting her Why didn't you mention PTI without Imran we would never know who she was, No doubt I have been crying without knowing her.

Zulfeqar May 21, 2013 04:18am

Article incomplete.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi May 21, 2013 04:32am

What a personality has been killed. How many more adjectives can be used for her itself speak aloud of her prominence? Who killed and why is a baffling question and needs an answer? Leaving apart that she was a political leader for Tehreek e Insaf she was leader and mentor otherwise too and had to live longer to enlighten us on the whole. Not many are born alike. Alas! she has been snatched away. I wish she live is paradise now, aameen. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / Mobile 00965-66229897 /

Osama May 21, 2013 04:37am

Writer got carried away by her emotions. I still dont know who she was!

Anzar May 21, 2013 06:10am

I wonder why this qualifies as an author description at Dawn group ... I mean seriously !!

Pretentious hippie. Panda-phile. Promoter of hobo chic.

AN May 21, 2013 08:19am

@Ap: Pakistan was founded on the purest of principles and the name of Allah but I doubt you will be able to understand any of this!

Watch it now May 21, 2013 09:51am

Isn't shame no one has been caught for her murder. Law is corrupt. Majority of Pakistani are corrupt. Land of animal and begarats. unless you take care of corrupt and terror groups of these corrupt parties. innocent peoples will keep paying the price with their life. Shame on you nation of corrupt

Faisal May 21, 2013 10:58am

@Amir Cheema: Qeema, why dont u start fom Punjab. All BUTT, CHODREE's, KHAWAJA, MALIKS, Cheemas dont have right to put baseless comments

Faisal May 21, 2013 11:13am

@Iqbal khan: great, along with Taliban & their supporting parties PML -N & PTI.

Raza May 21, 2013 12:39pm

@Watch it now: Don't Label a whole nation (one of the strongest in the world BTW) as corrupt / animals. The hardships that this nation has suffered / is suffering will make it stronger. 90% of the people are in Pakistan are innocent and will overthrow those who are responsible for their sufferings In sha Allah. Pakistan will rise Soon In sha Allah.

Nasir May 21, 2013 01:19pm

But what actually were her contributions? Lots of praise words, but nothing substantial. Enlighten us about her contributions. In now way doubting her greatness, but nothing is told about her achievements either. If you knew her well, tell us some facts. May she rest in peace. Aamin.

Mystic May 21, 2013 02:28pm

Yes, still don't know who she was.

WTF May 21, 2013 02:53pm

@ Mehar Khursheed ...what is the use of this blog????.....

S. A. M. May 21, 2013 03:16pm

@Watch it now: I don't agree with your comment regarding the majority of Pakistanis are corrupt. The country has been and continuing its efforts to come out of the clutches of corrupt leaders. Could not you see how many people came out to give vote. Don't you think this is another proof that they are a peace loving nation they want change in a peaceful manner This is my strong belief when so many people are having such a strong determination for a better Pakistan the country would definitely become an ideal place for its people and then those making comments from abroad would wish they had not left it!

Mehmud_Ahmed May 21, 2013 03:23pm

The introduction of Zahra Shahid Hussain is not complete unless you tell us whose daughter and whose wife or mother she was. There are sever Shahid Hussain's I know but I am away for Pakistan and cannot place her properly. One assumption is that she was the daughter of Khawaaja Shahid Hussain of PTV in 70's and thus granddaughter of khawaja Manzoor Hussain, the famous educationist (Aligarh and later Government College, Lahore). Then there was a Shihid Hussain who acted as Economic Adviser to Benazir in first government.

Mehmud_Ahmed May 21, 2013 03:27pm

This is a voice against terrorism that prevails in Karachi. Who is responsible for this is known to all of us but we are helpless and impotent. I am glad you raised voice against it. The introduction of Zahra Shahid Hussain is not complete unless you tell us whose daughter and whose wife or mother she was. There are sever Shahid Hussain's I know but I am away for Pakistan and cannot place her properly. One assumption is that she was the daughter of Khawaaja Shahid Hussain of PTV in 70's and thus granddaughter of khawaja Manzoor Hussain, the famous educationist (Aligarh and later Government College, Lahore). Then there was a Shihid Hussain who acted as Economic Adviser to Benazir in first government.

Arshad Parvez May 21, 2013 05:11pm

VOW, how well you have described Zahar Shahid, every word has touched my soul with tears dropping down my cheeks, emotions I only felt once before when my father died. May Allah give her soul peace in his kingdom of heaven, Amen.

KHalid May 21, 2013 06:47pm

Your last sentence was as senseless and rude and ill thought of. We are Pakistanis and I believe Muslims, Christians, HIndus and Sikhs brothers and sisters of Pakistan are as much Pakistanis as anyone else. Please stop this religious divide. We don't need it.

WahidKK May 21, 2013 10:06pm

@shahid: Mehar has written something about a symbol and not about a person. Zehra Shahid has become a beacon for all loves of democratic values; a knight of the warriors agains terrorism and a Sultan of martyrs. She created an effect that has been done by her likes in Karbala. Mehar has written that few people can write: Pathos creating challenge. The treatise does not bring tears of sorrow; it brings channelized anger. Hats off to the writer. I have seldom read such literature. Brief and incisive.

Shirin Abbas May 22, 2013 11:15am

I didn't know her but am appalled at the violent subjugation of women across the continent-- be it in the death of Zahra Shahid, the attack on Malala or the rape of Nirbhaya in Delhi and the subsequent child molestations that have surfaced like gaping wounds oozing all that is sick decadent and despicable in the sub continent. My condolences. We in Lucknow across the border mourn her too!