One man’s gift …

According to Babar Khan Ghouri, Minister for Ports and Shipping, the KPT fountain has been ‘built by the government for the poor people of the country who could not afford to visit Switzerland for rest and recreation’.

Perhaps the KPT should stay out of Karachi’s affairs altogether. If the Minister’s idea of recreation involves shooting a stream of sewage several hundred feet in the air and his department’s idea of development is the underpass, one shudders to think what else they are waiting to spring on an unsuspecting city.

5 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

    Switzerland in Pakistan yeah right. Just for making this statement the minister should be axed and cut into pieces.

    If this was the vision behind such a blatant waste of money, I shudder to think any other plans (or even to finally realize the Underpass fiasco)

    The way the minister puts his statement is like offering the temptation of a carrot stick, show them Switzerland, help them fantasize the glamour of a world which is beyond the wildest imaginations of any poor person in Pakistan. But how true to its concept you get to visualize Switzerland but can never touch or even get a visa to visit it, hell you are only allowed to watch the fountain from a mile away.

  2. Da-Man (unregistered) on August 17th, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

    Exactly my thoughts.

    KPT may have a surplus of money because they are a monopoly and overcharge shipping companies for the use of the port. The high fees are transferred to the local consumers for imported goods and to exporters which makes our goods less competitive. Instead of wasting its money on this silly projects, they should make the port more efficient and less expensive. The increase in trade will inevitably increase the overall revenues. Reducing the port fees and increasing capacity would also encourage our landlocked neighbors to use it.

    Same logic applies to the Karachi airport. If they reduce their landing fees, more foreign airlines will use it resulting in an overall increase in revenue. They can then reduce the exorbitant airport tax extracted from the poor people of Pakistan.

  3. redsnapper (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 3:56 am

    Another KPT gift we all tend to forget was the Tasman Spirit.

    And, yes, I agree, what business does KPT have in throwing sewage in the air and building underpasses !! Everyone wants a piece of the pie.

  4. Mariam (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 5:25 am

    Did he mention how poor people will travel to see this marvel?

  5. MB (unregistered) on August 18th, 2006 @ 8:01 am

    Just for making this statement the minister should be axed and cut into pieces. (TM)

    Do i need say more ?

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