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Helmet must for motorcyclists: a blessing or bane?

Helmet must for motorcyclists: a blessing or bane?

DIG traffic Ameer Sheikh on Tuesday declared wearing helmets mandatory for motorcyclists as well as pillions in Karachi, effective from June 1, 2015. Now, even females who mount on motorbikes as...
Overburdened and underpaid

Overburdened and underpaid

Habib Zaman (shown in the above image) was going to earn only Rs. 100 ($1) for delivering that huge pile of goods he was pulling from a storage house to a shop in Bolton Market. Habib Zaman is one of...
Kids with license to kill

Kids with license to kill

Karachi’s posh areas which remain immune to violence that devours scores of innocent lives every now and then do have a grotesque aspect of their relatively calm streets where big egos and...
When protectors become persecutors

When protectors become persecutors

In September 2013 the federal cabinet approved amendments to the anti-terrorism bill giving more powers to the Rangers in order to restore law and order in Karachi. The amendments allowed Rangers...
A New City of Lights next to Karachi

A New City of Lights next to Karachi

Each year when I visit Karachi, I notice changes either it’s about the culture or infrastructure. This year I noticed the same difference in Hyderabad. My week long trip to Hyderabad gave me the...
Karachi’s Quandary

Karachi’s Quandary

The theatre was staged as follows. Five Supreme Court judges sat in a line. From left to right, their respective visages could not look more distinct. One sat with a thick set of salt-and-pepper...
Peace in Karachi: whose Responsibility?

Peace in Karachi: whose Responsibility?

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) during its rule from 2008 to 2013 repeatedly claimed credit for reinstating the judges, sacked by the then president, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf after...
Tea Partying in Pakistan (Thinly Veiled Racism)

Tea Partying in Pakistan (Thinly Veiled Racism)

Only the most sterile academic analysis can ignore the fact that PPP got the ethnic Sindhi, PML-N got the ethnic Punjabi and MQM got the ethnic Muhajir vote in Rural Sindh, Punjab and Urban Sindh...
Karachi Can Not be Hijacked

Karachi Can Not be Hijacked

If any party presumes that they have propriety rights to Karachi, it’s about time they get a reality check and in one word, “Back off”. Our beautiful metropolis, an eclectic fusion of cultures,...
Protest or Hijacking?

Protest or Hijacking?

For some it meant holidays and resting time, for others it meant wage-less hours where even few pennies for the next meal are too much to imagine. Two full days, the entire country illustrated a...
A Literary Look at 2012

A Literary Look at 2012

In spite of the worst law and order situation in the country, the organization of a lot of cultural events, literary functions in the metropolis and, publication of a large number of books on...
Road to Revolution

Road to Revolution

Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore was the site of an event of historic importance on the 23rd of December. On that day Lahore looked like an awakening giant with massive public gathering in the streets....
If We Stay Numb, We’ll be Doomed

If We Stay Numb, We’ll be Doomed

‘Another terrorist attack in Peshawar,’ said the newscaster in an overly alarming tone while the breaking news kept flashing with perfect suspense-thriller sound effects. Perhaps another blast,...
Karachi Under Siege

Karachi Under Siege

Killings in Karachi is being carried out since the period of the first Martial Law of Ayub Khan. It intensified gradually from one period to the other. Now, it is the time to evaluate and to be...
City of Lights Crumbling

City of Lights Crumbling

Metropolitan cities are known for the conglomeration of different people with jingoistic cultures, evolving in a lapse of time to a new kind of social formation. The evolution of cultural fraternity...
Karachi Violence: A Call for Immediate Action

Karachi Violence: A Call for Immediate Action

Continuous killing and looting in Karachi is enough to understand that PPP Government tends not to solve crisis, only to rearrange them.   In last four years PPP Government does not solve...
Xanders- A Hot-Spot for Food Lovers

Xanders- A Hot-Spot for Food Lovers

Amongst this uproar of bistros, a lot of stuff has been brewing while a lot has come to surface making it big. One such place which is small in size but has made it huge is “xander’s”located on...
The Worthless Human Life and Our Role

The Worthless Human Life and Our Role

It was my first day at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge as a trainee doctor, the Induction day. Being a medical graduate from Pakistan, it was a very important day for me to get acquainted with...
Those Lives Could be Saved!

Those Lives Could be Saved!

The garment factory in Karachi has claimed more than 280 lives by now and death toll is constantly rising.  According to Pakistani media, it was their salary day and the five story building was...
As Hell Breaks Loose

As Hell Breaks Loose

More than 250 people were consumed by fire as flames turned a garment factory in Baldia Town Karachi town into an abattoir. Death toll from factory fire shocks the nation as the tragedy was beyond...
Another Pizza in Town

Another Pizza in Town

To-date Pizza still stands tall amongst all other foods items preferred by casual diners. Although the number of different bistros keeps increasing in the city but, Pizza Parlours continue to...
Karachi, the Sleepless City Part 2

Karachi, the Sleepless City Part 2

  The graffiti images outside Airport don’t give very good image of the city but the life inside the city changes it easily.     There is no comparison of Karachi’s food from any...