USA – 1, Karachi – 0

Oh, reading the following news item is NOT how I wanted to start my morning. But it is a good reminder of the apathy that has afflicted us citizens of this city:

From The News:

The Americans win again: USA-1, Karachi-0
By Farooq Baloch


KARACHI: Once again, the Americans have succeeded in having their way as the controversial private road through a public park has been completed. In what can best be described as bizarre circumstances, a private contractor worked with extra speed to complete this passage-way through the Bagh-e-Jinnah to facilitate a couple of American diplomats for their daily movement from home to work and back.

What is more shameful has been the silence on the part of the city in objecting to this move. The provincial and city government had both expressed “ignorance” over the issue. The same has been the response of NGOs working supposedly for protecting the city. Even leading city commentators, politicians and religious parties have decided to stay aloof and not comment on this development.

It may be recalled here that the construction of this private road was started earlier this month in a very suspicious manner. First, a road track was planned through one side of Bagh-e-Jinnah. For this purpose, some tree branches were cut down. Following this unannounced clearance, the convoy of American consulate staff cars then started using the pathway. This continued for some time and was first reported in this newspaper.

Read the entire news item here

18 Comments so far

  1. Danyal (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    haha! man these bloody americans are so full of themselves. They go out to third world countries and do shit that they cant even DREAM of doing in their own god damned “land of free”. Guess they get some kinda kick outa such crap. More hilarious is the attitude of our government which cant do crap to stop them but keeps on claiming that we are a soverign nation. lol! This country never stops amusing me.

  2. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

    Well besides the fact that they are amongst the rulers of the world (right now), we brought this on us ourselves.
    Every now and then something or the other happens in this city that makes em piss in there pants.. the “last” explosion near the US consulate sure killed more then 5 ppl and definately wounded alot.. so this was due..
    i have no freakin idea why do they wanna sit here in the first place.. dont they have enough security in islamabad..
    btw: incase you havent been through it, you cant take ur car in diplomatic enclave (isb).. you have to goto a big parking lot and take a bus from there..

  3. Anathema (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 12:19 pm

    I suppose they imagine a lone pathway flowing through this gorgeous albeit barren garden ensures no security threat whatsoever?

    i pity the residents of the area. The head of SCB lives next to bagh-e-jinnah, among other people.

    wouldnt they much rather build an underground secure tunnel? they might as well.

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 12:30 pm

    huh? wha?? damN!!! and to think its only temporary, as they’ll be shifting the whole embassy area to near Mai Kolachi in a couple of years or so :(

    umar: might is indeed right! :(

  5. turab (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 12:34 pm

    sad sad day :(

  6. Inspirex (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

    This is such a bloody joke!!!
    Just because of the americans…Pakistanis cannot even visit a national treasue. and now they have a private road through it?

    how about a runway now??

  7. Jamash (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    *sigh* What a shame .

  8. Anathema (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    im told the mai kolachi venture just might not pull through

  9. Zain (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:44 pm

    What the f**k is this? Shame on the govt. that they allow such things to happen!!!!

    Surprised Cowasjee didnt bring it up…

  10. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    ammm about the mai kolachi venture..
    theres an issue with the KPT as far as i know..
    theres a dispuate about the land
    dont see it happening anytime soon

  11. Adnan Mansoor (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 3:43 pm

    Shameful, for the american glorified image!

  12. Kumail (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

    Well the residents of the area and Karachites in general should protest! Talk to the media about it and if thats no help then take it up on other public forums and gatherings. If such displays of arm twisting arent stopped now, there will be several other and much more colossal incidents to follow.

  13. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 9:57 pm

    I have forwarded this to A Cowasjee, lets see what he says. Maybe he may mention it in his Sunday Column.

  14. SWA (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    People, please WRITE TO DAWN EDITORIAL!!
    I will too.

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 10:08 am


  16. kingdom (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

    Beggars can’t be choosers!

    Phelay hum loog apnay pairoon par tu kharay hu jaeen …

  17. Saqib (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 2:52 am

    I guess even after more than 50 yrs of independence .. ghulam mentality is still there

  18. yankee (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

    Can you blame your government for looking the other way when people try to protect themselves in a city where they are routinely threatened? Its not just Americans or even diplomats, but all Westerners as was evidenced in 2002 when 15 French engineers were murdered shortly before The American reporter Daniel Pearl (not to mention attacks on western establishments like KFC and McDonalds in 2005). If the Government in Karachi is going to continue its apathy toward the security of its expats, then bravo to the Americans for taking matters into their own hands.

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