Facts Reporter

Karachi is at war with itself. Again.

Karachi bleeds, so does all of Pakistan. And Karachi bleeds too often. In a country that seems to be forever falling apart, the falling apart of this, the greatest of its cities, is both a sign and a foreboding. As painful as the daily killings and mayhem in Karachi is the sense that no one has any interest or any idea about what can or should be done. To be honest, I am not sure what I would do myself.

And so, dear readers, I turn to you: What would YOU do if you were made King of Karachi?

What realistic, practicable, and implementable steps would you do to deal with the perennial bouts of panic and death and destruction that this wondrous metropolis seems to be perpetually caught in? What would YOU do: in the short term? In the medium term? In the long term?

This question hit me hard when this morning I was talking over the phone with a rather influential Pakistan. In desperation I lambasted at how no one was doing anything. In equal desperation, he agreed. But then he asked me what could be done? What would I do? It was an honest question, not a cynical one. He was not making an excuse. He was searching for solutions. As am I. I have thought of this question all day and not come up with much. I do have some ideas. But they are vague and I wonder how practicable and realistic?

Hence, I reach out to you, dear readers. What would you do if you were made king of Karachi for a day?

Someone, desperately needs to come up with an answer. And soon. In the very first weeks of this blogs life (back in 2006) we had carried a post about why nobody in Karachi whistles anymore. We desperately need Karachi’s whistling days back!

True, this is a city that has never really been at rest. We have seen all of this, maybe even more, before. But any city – even one as resilient as Karachi – can only take that much restlessness. At some points its nerves have to give up. Distraught and in disarray, it has to scream out in anguish and hit out at itself. One wonders if we might already be beyond that point.

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Comments on: "What Would You Do If You Were King of Karachi" (16)

  1. Karachi Situation Got Worse After 2008 Target Killing Increased In karachi etc.law And order Situation Should Be Controlled At any cost to provide Peaceful Atmosphere to the citizen of karachi..!!

  2. Mehmed Al-fatih said:

    time for chalipate!

  3. waleed aslam said:

    Karachi ke halat bad se battar hotey garahey is ka zimadar sirf or sirf sharpasand agencies hai or or ranjers ka in me bara hath hai karachi ka king sirf or sirf is waqt agencies hai hamare karachi ka aman tabha kia ja raha hai or khuch nahi…

  4. rana sahab said:

    KINGS OF ROADS . RANGERS ,POLICE , OR BI PAKISTAN KI AGENCIES KO KARACHI K MAZE LAG GAE HAIN IN SUB KO SALARY JO MIL RAHI HAY WO KARACHI KI AWAM KA KHOON NICHOR KAR MIL RAHI HAY PAKISTAN KI BARHTI HUE MEHANGAI DEHSHAT GARDI K ZIMMEDAR PAKISTAN KI AGENCIES HAIN OR YE LOG KARACHI MAY REHNE WALO SE JALTE HAIN JO IN KA OR IN K BACHO KA PAIT PAAL RAHE HAIN YE LOG KHATE BI HAIN OR GHURRATE BHI HAIN OR IN KA KAM BORDER PER HAY WAHA JANE K LIYE TAYYAR NAHI HAIN KU K WAHA PER IN LOGO KO APNI JAAN KA DAR HAY OR KARACHI MAY IN KO JAAN LENE KA ,, IN POLICE OR RANGERS OR DIGAR AGENCIES KA KAM NAHI HAY KARACHI KO SAMBHALNA YE SIRF KARACHI KI AWAM HI KAR SKTI HAY OR BACHA SKTI HAY APNE KARACHI , AWAAM KO ION RNGERS OR P;OICE KI INTIZAMIA SE BACHYA JAE

  5. azhghar khan said:

    ye sab ANp Ka deshatgard kar rahai hai aur khuch nahi me khud pathan ho lekin jhoot nahi bolo ga hamari dukano se ANP wale badmasi se batha mangte hai aur in ki support sirf or Sirf ranjers or Mukthalif agencies Kar rahi hai Pakistan ko aik Aman pasand Sachay or Haq parast Politicians ki Zororat hai Bus.

  6. NAWAZ SHAREEF said:

    RANGERS OR POLICE KARACHI KI AWAAM KO TANG KARNE K PAISE LETI HAIN TA K KARACHI KI AWAAM KO TANG KAR K IN LOGO KO MOUT KI NEEND SULA DIYA JAE … LAKIN YE IN NAAM NEHAD POLICE POR RANGERS OR DIGAR AGENCIES KI BHOOL HAY ,, YE KARACHI HAY OR IS KO KARACHI KI AWAAM N KHOON DE KAR BANAYA HAY OR YE LOG AWAAM KI MUHAFIZ NAHI HAIN YE LOG AWAAM K DUSHMAN HAIN ,, KARACHI MAY DUBLE SAWARI P[ER PABANDI LAGANA IN KI EID K BARABAR HAY JAB KARACHI MAY DUBLE SAWARI PER PABANDI KA ELAAN HOTA HAY TO POLICE OR RANGERS K HAED QUARTER MAY MITHAE TAQSEEM HOTI HAY,, IN LOGO KO QANOON KA NAHI PATA YE LOG KARACHI KI AWAAM KI KIYA HIFAZAT KARE GE,, IN LOGO KO JUNGLE MAY REHNA CHAHIYE SHEHAER MAY NAHI…

  7. Hafiz Syed Waleed Bin Hassan said:

    Karachi city mai police or rangers king bane howe hy,
    or khareeb awaam ko tang karahi hy, or logo se payse lete hy. in logo ne mulk ko tabah kar k rakha howa hy, jis tarha in logo ko moaqa milta hy us tarha awaam ko pareeshan karna shuro kardetay hy, or mulk ko barbaad karne ki koshish karahe hy.
    ye tu wo log hy jin ko chah ye k law & order ko barkarar rakhe lekin ye tu law & order ka mazak bana ya howa hy.

  8. muhammad tahir said:

    they are under the influence of pakistani establishment and agency every one know.

  9. baba jani said:

    Karachi city mai police or rangers king bane howe hy,
    ye tu itne haram khore bane howe hy ke ghareeb awaam ko pareeshan kya how hy or agar double sawari py pabandi lag jae tu in logo ki tu eid ho jati hy.
    ye tu wo log hy jin ko chah ye k law & order ko barkarar rakhe lekin ye tu law & order ka mazak bana ya howa hy.

  10. saad siddiqui said:

    karachi k halat kharab kerny main unhye logoun ka hath jinho nye 1992 main halat kharab karaye thye apny karobar ko wousat deny k liye karachi se sara sarmaya apnye shaher le jany k liye kiun k wahan k tu woh maiye baap hen read this book
    The ultimate crime : eyewitness to power games
    BY Sardar Muhammad Chaudhry
    sab logoun ko pata chal jaiye ga k kon kon hey karachi k halat kharab honye ka zimaydar yeh book kisi karachi se taluq rakhny waly nye nhe likhi bal k punjab police k ek aala, emandar,nidar police office nye likhi hye.

  11. haris ali said:

    Karachi ke halat bad se battar hotey garahey is ka zimadar sirf or sirf sharpasand agencies hai or or ranjers ka in me bara hath hai karachi ka king sirf or sirf is waqt hum drug mafia our shar pasand ka khilaf jang karni ha

  12. M.SALMAN RAZA said:

    KARACHI KAI HALT KHAHRAB KAR NAI MAI UN LOGO KA HATH HAI JO PAKISTAN KO TABA KARNA CHATAYI HAI OR KARCHAI MAI LASANIYAT OR FIRKA WARIYAT PHELANA CHATAI HAI IS MAI RANGEES BI TARGET KILLER KA SATH DAI RAHI HAI AYASA KEYSAYAI MUMKIN HAI KAI HM DABLE SAWRI PAR SRF GHAAR KA SODA LAINAI NIKALAYAI TO RANGEES ROKH LAITI HAI OR TARGET KILLER RANGESS KAI SAMNAI SAI NIKAL JATAYAI HAI

  13. Muhammad BILAL said:

    karachi halat main wo mulovis hai jo bhatta lete hain or masum logo ki jano se khelte hain…. hukumay is k notice le

  14. HALAT KO BATAR KARNAY MA RANGERS OR POLICE KA AIK BARA HAAT HI JO KARACHI KA AMAN BARBAD KAR DENA CHATAY HAI OR IS MA KAMIABI MA KUCH SHAR PASAND ANASIR IN K SATH JORAY HOA HAI JABHI TARGET KILLERS PAKRAY TO JATAY HAI PAR COURT SA CHOR DIA JATAY HAI Q K POLICE APNA KAM NAHI KARTI OR CASE KAMZOR PAR JATAY HAI SABOTON KI BINA PAR

  15. Rahat shalkil said:

    interior minister zulfiqar mirza is involved.. he is supporting gangsters, land and drug mafia of liyari..

  16. Ryt i agree wid ur ideas but u save ur life

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