KMB @ The Times, UK

A reader, Cyril, mentioned in one of the comments that Karachi Metroblog has been recommended by The Times, UK for information on Karachi.

Thanks Cyril.

17 Comments so far

  1. Cyril (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    Here are the details:

    The Times2
    March 15, 2006

    Bottom of page 2 in a little blurb called ‘The Click’

    Pakistan is one of the few non-European nations that regularly impinges on our consciousness because of factors such as the country’s allliance with the West in countering terrorism, immigration to the United Kingdrom and, naturally, cricket. One of the best collective news blogs, offers updated news and links on what is happening in that country.

    FYI The Times has the second-largest daily circulation of the big 4 ‘serious’ national newspapers out here.

  2. Adnan (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

    thats greaT
    gOod going !!!

  3. Ali (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

    Congratulations guyzz .. keep it up!!

  4. Ali Chishti (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 10:06 pm

    One of the best collective news blogs, offers updated news and links on what is happening in that country

    is it ? i was under the impression that metro blogs deals with affairs of Karachi alone and that too acts as a guide to ‘wanabes and kalay farangee’ about exibitions & road works –
    surely, Mush ideal for ‘enlighten moderation’ but in reality a mouth piece of ‘few – represents less then 1% of all Pakistan maybe less ‘ –
    and that too because blog is in english – merits? zero..

  5. Faisal (unregistered) on March 18th, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

    Mr. Ali Chisti,

    If what you say in your above comment about KMB is true, then why do you so graciously decide to honour it with your presence every so often what with its holier than thou attitude and all?

    It’s pathetic how you continue to make your blanket statements, indulge in stereotypes and be judgemental. How do you know what the rest of us do to help our fellow countrymen …. even those of us who live abroad? How would you know that the two or three times a year that I go back home to Karachi (and yes, to me, it is still home) I not only help out with different causes financially but also with my time. But no, how would an arrogant, self-righteous SOB who believes in coloring everyone with the same brush know that? Admittedly, the efforts I put forth may not change society as a whole but at least I can help those around me. What I do may be a drop in the ocean but if the drop was not there, the ocean would miss it.

    Basically according to you, if I live in a nice house, have household staff, attended the American School and drive a Prado, I am incapable of feeling compassion. Your simplistic attitude boils down to these three words: kill the exploiters. Most of your comments have supported violence. Sad.

    Lastly, per chance that you did not comprehend my above comment, allow me to paraphrase it for you.


    And for God’s sake, it’s wannabes with two “n’s”. I told you that in a previous comment.
    And you still have’nt told me what a “farangee” is. I still remember them being a race of aliens from Star Trek. You owe me at least that much. I mean you did calle me a “kala farangee” previously.

  6. Poo poo Head (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 12:33 am

    I have started writing my blog ,, here it goes

  7. wasiq (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 2:48 am

    iam surprised at the response of metrobloggers from U.K.and especially london.

    MB! we are anxiously waiting for your first second blog post….did they forget to remind you about three per week requirement. is it not mandatory on the KMB ?

  8. Missjy (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 3:16 am

    Hi! I came onto your site after seeing that article in the Times. Living in the UK I love keeping up to date with whats happening in Karachi & I have found this site to be excellent! Keep up the great work.

  9. Ali Chishti (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 3:36 am

    If you tremble indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine – Chi once said..

    @Faisal, with due respect – I came on this metroblog to give a ‘alternative view’ of things you and your
    co-workers blog –
    a) How do I know that rest of you do to help fellow countrymen?
    Ans: I get a strong impression from the posts on this particular blog – which happens to show to masses
    That everything is good and what a great city and country we live in – with the idea of enlighten moderation –
    b) my idea of killing the exploiters – maybe extreme but it is relevant to the society in which we are living today – where sugar mill owners are black mailing the nation and corporate groups like ARY is benefiting from the situation by selling sugar at a price of 27.50 only if you buy there card worth Rs.5oo and labeling themselves as ‘patriots and saviors of society – people like you Faisal and like minded ones ‘ – forgetting that how many people could afford Rs.5oo card? Would it be affordable for a chawkidaar? – No way – wasay, killing a sugar mill owner in Pakistan would be ‘awesome’ – it would teach lesson to those goons –
    c) The more you try to take away interest from real issues the more I will blog –
    d) Farangee and kalay angreez are words which fits people like you and others around here who for a
    12o sq feet of land in Islamabad would sell everything which this nation stand for – it means , a group of people whom the Company Bahadur left to rule us – those imperialist capitalist who are sucking ones blood
    and I would like to end my post with the following words of one of the greatest man in history ( still is )
    I began revolution with 82 men. If I had do it again, I’d do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action – Commandante Fidel

  10. Faisal (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 4:04 am

    @Ali Chisti

    At first it was an assumption but now, after your latest comment, it is a proven fact: You are certifiably mad.

    Please feel free to continue being a judgemental pri*k for there is absolutely no reasoning with you. Oh, by the way, Fidel’s Cuba is a hell of a great example to validate your viewpoint (In case it is missed by you, sarcasm intended).

  11. Faisal (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 4:08 am

    @ Ali Chisti

    Regarding that 120 sq. feet of land in Islamabad, only if it’s in sector F-6 or F-7.

  12. akif (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 10:00 am

    @ faisal, im not taking ne sides here but do you even know anything about cuba, I mean Cuba has achieved a lot more than we have in the past 20 years or so. If u care to meet cubans, read aabout the country or visi cuba then you’ll realise what cuba has actually achieved.
    I mean unless your living on some distant planet, i think 98% literacy, close to 100% public healthcare coverage and a minimum standard of living above the poverty line is a hell of an achievement

  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    first of all,lots of mobarakbad to KMB team,you guys deserve for it,quality fo content is nice and updated.

    Just a little request that you guys should try more to expose the problems of the cities,i wouldn’t blame you guys sine you people are not a professional journalists so cant visit the entire city just for making posts,therefore you guys can’t expose issues in areas like Ranchor Lines,orangi etc etc.

    anyways keep it up Omar and His team doing well,keep it up and yes ignore all D-heads who just visit here for making absurd comments

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 1:24 pm

    hey where can i find reference of KMB on online version of The Times?

  15. Faisal (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 1:27 pm


    Actually, I have visited Havana for about five days nearly four years ago. Having said that, there is absolutely no way anyone can claim with a straight face that Cuba is some sort of socialist utopia. When you say “minimum standard of living”, yes, let’s note the key word, “minimum”. That is why hundreds upon hundreds of Cubans risk life and limb each year to try to escape from this marxist paradise. That is why there is complete suppresion of the ability to express ones views. One could just go on and on about this.

    Puhleez!! I mean if one had a choice to live in Pakistan or Cuba ….. I mean is that even a contest? Pakistan, hands down!

    I simply cannot resist making one last comment. It is simply mind boggling that, in this day and age, having seen the examples of the past, one is still trying to exhort the virtues of a socialist/communist society.

  16. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on March 20th, 2006 @ 4:37 am

    Faisal my friend, just have a look there

    See there are levels of human needs , first is food/housing then education/medicine then the third level comes when we demand for freedom of expression. Cubans are looking for this third level as they have achieved first two barriers. What would you say for those Pakistanis who get killed at Iran Border, Turkey Border or Greece border just to get into Europe ???

    I believe that if we take positives from communism then we can provide basic necessities to every one. This capitalism system would drown soon as soon as China , Japan and Korea stopped supporting US economy.

  17. akif (unregistered) on March 20th, 2006 @ 6:45 am

    @ Faisal, ( btw dun take my comments personally im jst arguing a point here )

    i never said cuba is some socialist utopia, by definition utopias cannot exist, neither am i some sort of die hard socialist che guvera fanatic. But you have to acknowledge the realities. Btw if you’r implying that capitalism is our saviour you’r beyond help. Look at some of the scandinavian countries they have produced a miixture of capitalism and socialsm. And that in my opinion is the way forward.
    Furthermore I was just trying to point out that the cuban people have in fact achieved a lot more than people give them credit for. cuba isnt ideal but its certainly better than many other places on the planet.
    Abt the contest between pakistan and cuba, i never implied that pakistan is sum sorta hole. I mean personally for me i’d live in pakistan over any other place on the planet but that doesnt mean i believe that pakistan has no problems or that it cannot learn a thing or two from a country like cuba.
    On the point of people escaping from cuba, cuba hasnt got some sorta militant movement raging in two of its provinces cause the ppl have lost complete and utter faith in the central government. No country on this planet is perfect and you’ll always have ppl leaving their homeland for one reason or another its natural.

    PS: i really do think that the ppl involved with KMB have done an outstanding job, for me the site provides a great insight into daily life in khi. In saying taht no one can deny that theres always room for improvement.

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