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Micromanaging Karachi

Micromanaging Karachi

Some days ago, the Sindh minister for local government inked a deal awarding the rights of solid-waste management in Karachi’s District South to a Chinese outfit. The deal is valued…

Post-raid Karachi

Post-raid Karachi

The MQM needs to do some soul-searching on why most Pakistanis believe it has played a key role in the criminalisation of politics in Pakistan’s biggest and richest city, Karachi.…

The Powerless Mayor Of Karachi

The powerless mayor of Karachi

Millions of people have inconvenienced themselves with their votes on December 5 with hopes that Karachi will soon be rid of all the shame, incompetence and corruption brought upon by…

From Srinagar To Karachi

From Srinagar to Karachi

As a student and practitioner of poetry, the find for me in the Karachi Literary Festival (KLF) 2016 was the poetry of Rafiq Kathwari, the middle-aged but youthful Kashmiri-American poet.…

Chessboard

Chessboard

PM Nawaz Sharif knows his chess better than the rest. The three-dimensional chessboard that our politics has now become, PM Sharif makes one move that titillates the Pindi boys and…

Karachi: A Hard City

Karachi: a hard city

At the dinner table each one had a story to tell. Being robbed or mugged at gunpoint at traffic signals and burglars breaking into their houses were experiences they all…

Political Chessboard

Political chessboard

Pakistani politics has changed dramatically recently. In 2014, the conservatives were badly fractured, with Pakistan’s three biggest conflicts raging among social, political and economic conservatives (PML-N vs. the army; the…

Karachi: Dance Of Death

Karachi: dance of death

Once called the city of lights last week saw Karachi turned to a city of death, with more than 200 lives lost in just five days, as the mercury boiled,…

Karachi’s Daily Battles

Karachi’s daily battles

The recent murder of innocent members of the Ismaili community in Karachi was an act directed by the militants not just against a peaceful community settled in the city forever,…