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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…

Child labour: from Karachi to KPK

As many poor and helpless kids sweat and drag for little livelihood day-after-day the whole year round, it is even more revealing when children labor from dawn to dusk, city…

Karachi, the resilient city

Either Commissioner Karachi, the right honourable Iftikhar Shalwani, is grossly underworked, or is living on steroids. How else do you explain the enormous creativity, a child of hours of serious…

Karachi’s water challenge

WATER-STARVED Karachiites, do you know who James Strachan was? Appointed chief engineer and secretary of Karachi municipality in 1873, it was his genius that made Karachi into one of the…

Across The Board

Across the board

Accountability has always been selective in Pakistan, launched mostly by undemocratic forces to coerce politicians into supporting the policies of autocratic leaders. Those who refused to toe the lines of…

Crippling Karachi Selectively

Crippling Karachi selectively

Hamlet: Slanders, sir; for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum, and that…

Saner way out in Karachi

When state institutions were pandering to the murderous agenda of Altaf Hussain, a tiny group – including this writer – was pushing for restoration of sanity. At the time this…

Is Karachi safer?

Is Karachi safer today than it was in 2013 – the year the current Rangers-led operation began in the city? For many in Karachi – and more in the rest…

Karachi Diagnostic

Karachi diagnostic

Project supported by international loans have a poor history in Karachi. The process of setting up the project after negotiating the loan follows a familiar pattern. A posh project office…