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Karachi’s collapse

YET another building in Karachi has collapsed, this time in Liaquat Colony, Lyari on June 7. Initial reports revealed that residents were given notice to vacate due to the building’s…

The mess that is Karachi

THIS is a horror story. A global pandemic rages outside. The newspapers are emblazoned with death counts, with reports of the suffering, of ever-dwindling resources at hospitals trying to tend…

Price of ambition in Karachi

I HAVE watched The Godfather trilogy only once. And despite being able to appreciate the fine performances of actors such as Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the prequel,…

Karachi sans master plan

COLONIAL masters created powerful allies by bestowing upon them large tracts of lands in various parts of the subcontinent in exchange for their unconditional loyalty and services in times of…

Living in Karachi

TIMES are challenging for urban dwellers living in the corridors of the Karachi Circular Railway, nullahs and other similar locations. In keeping with judicial instructions, officials have been evicting settlers…

Karachi and the centre

Governments in Pakistan should not be judged on what promises they make; judge them on their actions. Our country is a story of tall promises which were never meant to…

The Karachi package

The much-vaunted Karachi Transformation Package of Rs1100 billion has been announced by the federal government. The package is aimed at addressing the inveterate problems of the city. The recent rain…

Blockchain Karachi

The Rs1,100 billion Karachi package announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan is not enough. Without transparency, no amount of money will ever be enough to fix Karachi. For every sector…

Battle for Karachi

IT may not be mission impossible but is certainly a massive challenge to transform a battered megalopolis. It’s not just the matter of fixing the basic civic infrastructure; it’s also…