Tallest building to be build in Karachi

Along with Bagh-Ibne-Qasim comes the news of the world’s tallest buliding to be constructed in Karachi.
The project pertains to the development of the beach, land for which will be reclaimed from the sea. The building would be 1,947 feet high.

Let’s see Karachi developing together.

18 Comments so far

  1. Munaeem (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

    Mr. President

    We karachites do not need tall building. We want the lawlessness curbed. We want water , and improved facilities for residents of Karachi. We want jobs.

    The president city nazim has proved to be a worthless person. He only talks.

    Please shake him so that he does something good for poor residents of the Karachi.

    When you visit Karachi next time. Please make a surprise visit to locality like Orangi, and see for yourself the plight of the people.

  2. original-anon (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    Unaiza darling, your title should read ‘—to be built‘ and not ‘to be build’

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

    Ah! finally, the lady has spoken.

  4. Adnan Sheikh (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

    @MUNAEEM how o you think the jobs will come .. labour will get job when construction will start.. who works at every construction spot in karachi.. its our very own pakistani brothers, and dont forget when new buildings will appear.. new offices will emerge, and eventually new jobs as well. Now lets come to the poor localities, its not only the story of karachi – where poor lives in katchi abadis.. its the problem in every third world country.
    You talking abt law, tell me honestly how many time did u break the law in the city in any form. Law is something that can implement in any society by the contribution of every one. one cannot blame every thing on Government,what the point of law if none of the resident want to follow it.
    Now you will say they have to enforce the law, i guess government have tried it many times we have example of smoke emitting vehicles that brought a transporter on strike, they put ban on smoking inside buses and public spot, people still do that . Oh yeah it is illegal to cross the intersection on red light we do that. And you talking about law. My friend this is not the identity of discipline people. Because discipline is something you cannot enforce, if it is enforced then it is known as control, and if you want control then accept that we are not the discipline nation, so that means WEST perception is correct about us.

    If you want Government to do something about poor, then tell every one first to pay tax and this including every one who earns money. Because that is how government helps poor people in western countries, and infact tax collection is always the part of islamic governments.

    You know what when ever we have nothing to say we start criticizing government by saying that they are not helping poor, they are not suppling this , they are not suppling that . Wow from where the hell they gonna brought you every thing, because now every thing comes with money. It an economic war all around the world, and you have to be strong economically to stand against the world, in order to compete with others. And competition is not bad in any way either in Islam.

    And telling them abt doing something for poors, man they are doing .. they alot new plots for LEW effecties but no one wants to go there. Recently, an arabic country signed an agreement with CDGK for builing low costing house in karachi for poors. Now to get better facilities poors have to leave the bank oh nullah. Now if you want all facilities for them in the same existing city, so my friend its not possible because for that one have to have some magic stick.

  5. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    yea go on build the tallest building in the world and when it catches fire just stare it at and see it burned down to ashes and pray that mother nature help put of the damn fire.. by spraying some rain on it…

  6. Turab (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

    well said adnan bhai…

    and great job of being an optimist DOCTOR! keep it up

  7. Raza (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    He’s rightly bring sarcastic! It is very ironic for a city that lacks basic infrastructure to even consider laying a claim to building the tallest building in the world.

  8. Adnan K (unregistered) on February 28th, 2007 @ 11:48 pm

    Its funny and im not sure how many of you will remember this but back in the 80s there were always sensational news items like “10 saal mein karachi ko paris bana diya jaye ga”. you can pick your favorite city and thats what karachi was going to be.

    The tallest building does sonds like an ambitious project given that when the pnsc building caught fire the other day not much could be done to put out the fire on the 12-13th floors so i wonder if a backbone of infrastructure is also being planned to support a building which would be atleast 10 times the size of the pnsc.

  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 12:37 am

    a senior official working for Nespak told me that PNSC building had adequate firefighting mechanism in place and had it been a working day this fire won’t have spread so much.. according to him fire was initially put off and reerupting of fire suggest that foul play is involved…

  10. Zainub (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 1:24 am

    I have a gutter outside my house, its been overflowing for what, six months, no seven months…actually do the maths your self, its been overflowing intermittently since August 2006, since the big rains. Just in the duration of the gutter over flowing, I’ve seen my government spends about a million on celebrating the city, then several hundred million more a on wonderful park, some more million on a fountain, and now we hear about this ‘tallest building’ aspirations. Now I don’t have anything in principle against any of these money-spending sprees, but if the government could just use the taxes I PAY to provide me with basic necessities, I’d be less peeved off and not take everything they do, probably who knows, in good intention, with a pinch of salt. So, please, fix my gutter first please, all the parks, festivals, fountains and tall buildings later.

  11. Adnan Sheikh (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 6:36 am

    @ZAINUB once again our fault. our so called well manner society throw every thing inside gutter irrespective of that it might choke the gutter. for example. plastic bags, plastic items,.. u name it and you will find it inside the gutter. I can understand it might not be you who is doing this, but there are people in our society who are doing this..

  12. karachiite (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 9:45 am

    Actually it’s not the govt. that will be paying for the building but the private sector. For the last couple of years the KPT has been trying to lure foreign investors to build this tower and other buildings just off Clifton on reclaimed land.

    The govt. will be MAKING MONEY from this project in the form of various taxes and profit share. Money that will go towards infrastructure projects in Karachi and ALSO in other parts of the country.

    It is true that the infrastructure in Karachi is shitty. That’s why we need more projects like this one to increase revenues so that we can finally rebuild Karachi properly.

  13. Pak_Stallion (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 10:29 am

    Pakistan desperately needs this structure. Looking at a tight economic competition going on in our region (China/India/ME) and the recent terror attacks that affect the countries attractiveness rating.

    However! Mr. President has announced “The Tallest” building but the current height is set at 1947 feet, which is much taller than any current building or even proposed projects like the freedom tower NY etc. Except only the Burj Tower under construction in Dubai that will be 2100 (2600 with antenna pole) – Which will keep us from becoming the tallest.

    My point is that Burj height is not that hard to beat – we can do it, we MUST increase the height further and also put antenna pole to make it the tallest standing structure in the world.

    Jiye Karachi, Jiye Pakistan…

  14. mansoor (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 11:11 am

    adnan S: great response! love the way you wrote it!

    zainub: by the way.. have you let your UC nazim know of the overflow gutter? have you asked them to fix it? Did you even participate in electing him/her? Take responsiblity… bahar say loag aakar nahi karein gay

  15. MB (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

    The part that has any proper technical & relevancy I found was the last one which was good one too. The issue in focus is delicate enough to be dragged onto other topics which will only deviate from the main point.

    No one denies the importance of ambitious projects but a USA friend once commented an interesting point about his visit to Karachi. He left Karachi in 2000 (so obviously had bad memories of 90’s with him) & had returned in 2006. I took him on tour to have a neutral view from him about its progress. He says

    You are developing a city that is similar to a person who doesn’t have the underwear but will wear costly clothing’s coz everyone sees it & appreciates. He doesn’t have a panadol at home but do have decorative pieces worth millions. You are building a good small city inside a city. The development is commendable but it’s resulting in an imbalance of many types. His name is Irfan, lives in Atlanta.

    1.@MUNAEEM: how o you think the jobs will come .. labour will get job when construction will start.. …………………and eventually new jobs as well.

    Adnan the labour you are talking about is illiterate, it has got no facilities. This development will make sure they stay alive. It won’t however make sure their standard is improved. It won’t provide schools/hospitals to their children nor will enable them to send their children to these schools coz the education is going down & down. They will stay alive for many more days because of this but the standard will remain that of liyari.
    And the offices you are talking about: Who will work in those offices? If people don’t have a standard they won’t raise their children to be officers to work in these offices. They will again create a labour group. So basically it all comes to what my friend said. Current development is benefiting a group that is already benefiting & this group will pass a little portion of its benefit to the lower group (the labour etc). So what does this mean in the end?

    This mean if the population of Karachi is 100, 40 living a standard life (or nearly avg ), 10 living good one, 50 living below poverty, & we have 10 huge projects/buildings. The current development will result in following equation after 25 years:

    Population = 1000, Group of avg. standard life = 400, group of above standard life = 100 & group of below poverty = 500.
    So will you come to this blog after 25 years, banging your head coz nothing changed in the end? Karachi remained a gutter heaven, corruption heaven, and unhealthy air, lack of hospitals & basics heaven city even with these skyscrapers with only increase in numbers.

    2.” Now lets come to the poor localities, it’s not only the story of Karachi – where poor lives in katchi abadi’s. It’s the problem in every third world country. “

    Just because 3rd world has katchi abadi’s you think that’s an excuse and we should kick these abadi’s on their *** (I know you don’t mean it, just being sarcastic) and tell them to stay like that for ever. So that how you going to make Karachi a Paris? or what ever

    3.If you want Government to do ………. of Islamic governments.

    Well, absolutely right, in principle, but my friend, did anyone tell you what does the word “government” means in West (although you will, coz you live in Canada, I hope you are the same Adnan i know) & what does it mean here? In West the government is, generally (with exceptions) a bunch of servants who dedicate their lives (whether we like them or hate them) for their courtiers. Here it’s a bunch of powerful thieves. Before asking the poor to pay the tax (which he should obviously) the gov is suppose to maintain a respect. And thieves don’t get respect. A minister for Tax can never convince anyone on tax when he is looting the national exchequer himself. In West the Army doesn’t go on building billion rupees GHQ’s if their 40 percent population is below poverty line. Tony Blair & Bush don’t have horses that eat fruits. And another thing is, is whatever money coming to the gov. is being used fairly? If that’s the case then the gov. can even use danda to have people pay tax as it’s on a superior moral ground then.

    As Zainub rightly pointed out about the gutter thingy, her blood should/will boil when she will see trillions of projects being announced. It’s same like what Adnan Kakakhail said to Musharraf in his speech….meray pait mai roti nahi hai or mera president patang baazi ker raha hai toh wo sumujhta hai ki hamaray darmiyaan koi gap hai ….” referring to the elite class economy or development.

    4.You know what when ever……………….either in Islam.
    Agree 110%. Refer to the first point about labour thingy. Economic growth doesn’t come by increasing labour force or making sure it gets enough to eat twice a day. It comes by increasing the overall standard which only lies in basics i.e. Health, Education, efficient & corruption less gov. It’s useless if the gov starts earring 10 times by this development if a good chunk is going to either a particular group or into pockets or the imbalance is increasing because you are making sure the status quo remains instead of equal opportunity environment.

    Still we feel this development is good; provide the gov pays more (or at least similar) attention to what is more important. And you know what it is. If Musharraf can come to inaugurate buildings he sure can go to Machar colony to inaugurate at least one big project. This is not happening. So many doubt it’s just eyewash which only time can prove. But still I personally feel this CDGK is better than previous morons its just that their priorities are not right.

    We had good roads in locality, dug up for pipelines, the construction completed “100 years ago” (lolz) but all the roads have now become ?tora bora in whole area. We have approached whomever you can think of in UC but to no avail. So what you suggest now? Ring Musharraf so that we can be heard? Coz looks like unless he doesn’t notice anything no one in the gov. will move an inch.

  16. karachiite (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

    MB calm down man. And what’s wrong with a horse eating fruit may I ask? Isn’t he a fellow Pakistani too?

  17. MB (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    lolzzzz…….Are you a friend/relative of Zardari ?…….just kidding

    O you know what, i would take a snap of him & his horse eating fruit had his gov not ask for bheek on our name.

  18. Zainub (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 7:38 pm

    In response to the questions…

    Yes we complained to the UC nazim…about a trillion times, and not just ordinary complains too, but highfy complain. My family’s been using all their jugarfos and contacts, one of the complain letter I wrote for my dad was circulated in the whole muhulla, signatures obtained, signed by the UC nazim, and forwarded to some Member of sindh assembly (dont know name), the same letter was also published in Dawn, and still, the gutter is flowing. Even today, as I came back from my driving practice, it was over flowing. The smell is unbearable, and you can’t stand outside my house for any length of time, and now the mosquito season is back in full flow …so you can well imagine how the situation will be like.

    The UC council’s folks did came once (or twice) and cleaned it up, but the problem is much bigger, the line needs relaying since our house is at a lower level then the rest in the street that’s why the gutter outside the gate of our house starts overflowing…my dad’s resigned to thinking now he’ll get the line raised on his own, I think he’s already got in touch with a contractor, so I really don’t think you can blame us for not doing enough.

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