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Karachi’s lost glory

A metropolis usually features neat sidewalks, clean pavements, planned housing and efficient installation of utility infrastructure. Once known for all of these, Karachi is no longer a comfortable city to…

Karachi’s lost buses

IN an impressive ceremony last month, a new bus service was launched in Karachi to address the difficulties of commuters. Officials said the buses would ply on seven routes. Operations…

Karachi’s water crisis

PERHAPS for the first time, a newly elected prime minister on his maiden visit to Karachi reviewed the progress of various stalled development schemes. Upon his arrival in the city…

Up for grabs: Karachi

Politics makes strange bed fellows. This is adapted from a line in the play, ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare :( Misery acquaints a man with strange bed fellows). This phrase…

Karachi’s ill-fated Circular Railway

The Karachi-walas of the 1960s and '70s recall with joy their travel to works and for leisure by the Circular Railway. This mode of travel with dignity and comfort was…

Solution to Karachi’s electricity problem

In the background of severe load-shedding in Karachi recently, NEPRA has moved finally to take some action under tremendous political and public pressure. Cynics or skeptics believe that nothing is…

For the love of Karachi

Karachi is prestigiously part of the world top 10-12 cities club, in terms of population. In terms of infrastructure, however, it would probably stand at the very bottom. A city…

Karachi-a voice unheard

Drowned. Submerged. Disconnected. Disman-tled. Dying. These sorrowful adjectives are not describing some mini-island of Indonesia but the largest city in Pakistan and the eighth largest city in the world –…