What used to be a small fishing village called Mai KOLACHI, changed into a town with the annexation of Sindh by the British in 1843. Its naturally protected harbour and moderate climate made it a summer resort for Sindh. What was reputed to be the cleanest city of the sub-continent till 1947, transformed into an unmanageable big city with the establishment of Pakistan.
Karachi is the biggest metropolitan city of Pakistan, serving as a center of trade and commerce for the country since ages. Many come to this city, from all over the country, to fulfill their dreams and make their lives a little better. They get a chance to take ownership of the city’s lights and brighten their own lives in it.
Vibrant and colourful Karachi is the home of poor and rich alike, unpredictable and violent, a home to the diverse of populations; Muslims, Parsis, Jews, Christians, British, Shia, Sunni, Balochi, Sindhi, Pakhtun, Kashmiri among others.
Karachi enjoys its prominent position partly because of its location on a bay, making it the financial capital of the country. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It was the original capital of Pakistan until the construction of Islamabad, along with being the hub of trade activities with the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, one of the region’s largest and busiest ports.
The city is full of interesting places, where one can easily pass many hours enjoying the fun and entertainment. Enjoy shopping in a huge range of markets and bazaars, experience the vibrant nightlife or study the history of the area by seeing historical monuments and other several attractions in and around the city. It is amazing that how this city transformed itself from a small village to a largest city in the region and provided opportunities for growth to every one
Karachi, like a gracious mother embraced all of us. It has given us the freedom to be ourselves. Some dream during the day, some work during the night. Some walk barefoot in its shrines, some destroy sanctity of its shrines. Some try to make it proud while, some try to slaughter this goose to steal all its golden eggs. All at once!
In the early 1900s, one British author described Karachi as being ‘the Paris of Asia’ and now in 2016, it stands on 6th position in the list of the worst cities to live in.
Are Karachiites slowly surrendering themselves to the emotional numbness? The recent rise in target killings and street crimes is mind boggling. This sense of fear through Karachi’s veins is too dark and bleak to comprehend. The heavy traffic on the road is resulting in the loss of many human lives along with the lack of civic sense in the karachiites; violation of traffic rules, jam packed roads and untidiness of public and state property as well as some common issues.
But in the same manner, government never emphasizes on population distribution which causes increase in slum areas where mostly labour inflicted live. Disordered and illegal land mafia are ruining the structure of the city as well as creating electric and water problems in this city of lights. The attitude of beggars is the most irritating part as well, worthless idlers looting good natured people, a regular concern in the city to cheat people by disguising themselves either as a beggar or a transgender.
Karachi is often used as a subject to terrorists activities like firing at public places and bomb blast at events or religious places, which results in a huge loss of human life. Despite having scars of terrorism, some scars can be prominently seen while some had been refilled by the karachiites, or may be its all about collecting scars to prove that we showed up for it.
Being a Pakistani, I feel apathetic on prevailing conditions of Karachi and pray that it will once again rise as the city of lights and Paris of Asia, very soon.