Why Karachi Sucks

I am starting a new series, similar to Why Karachi Rocks in the early days.

The objective is to point out the reasons that make us hate Karachi at times, and then suggest a solution (hoping that someone who can do something about it would read it and take appropriate action).

Of course, we love Karachi, but it has its problems. If we don’t talk about our problems then who will?

Stay tuned.

16 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

    Umar, it might be my perception, but bad-mouthing or even highlighting all the negative components of Karachi every week, is not such a good idea.

    I am not saying that Karachi doesn’t have any negative elements, it does, like every city has, but publically highlighting them every week would just leave a bad taste in mouth (metaphorically speaking)…..my two cents worth!


  2. Tee (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

    totally agree with Arsalaan.
    talking abt karachi’s positives at metblogs always makes me feel good….kinda takes ur mind away from all the bad thats around. and it’s not that KMB does not highlight the problems. but making a list of them will only…like Arsalaan said… leave a bad taste in mouth!


  3. Salman A. (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 10:33 pm

    Dear Author,
    instead of writing about why karachi suckcs, tell us something more meaningful and bold and that is “why karachiites suck”. individual responsibility is at all time low and fingerpointing is more popular than ever these days. Do you agree or not??????

    these are some of my charactersitics as a citizen of Karachi:

    1. throwing garbage on the street is my way of life.
    2. re-elcting crooks over and over again is OK for me.
    3. reckless driving is my hobby.
    4. early to bed and early to rise is against my habit.
    5. staring at ‘namehram’ girls and women is my right.

    the list goes on and on but wait, i have to dump some garbage at my neighbor’s door. will be right back.


  4. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on May 5th, 2007 @ 10:58 pm

    I am with you Umar, I think we should realize and accountable of what we are doing wrong and should definitely highlight it, then only we can change it.

    I would only disagree with you on the name of post, instead of “why Karachi sucks”, it should be like “what sucks in Karachi”

    The ppl in our city have lots of potential, only the system is not good (I am not worried about all small issues) and the system has to be designed by the govt, so its the govt. which is never good at all. So my only concern is why ppl elect the same and old corrupt ppl ???

    We know that our rulers are enjoying a wonderful life out of the country, they have made millions and billions of dollars from our country, so why do we vote them again and again ?

    Akhir kab samajh aaye gi logon ko ??? Koi kuch kiyon nahi karta hai ? Akhir kiya kiya ja sakta hai keh koi aisa aye jo waqai hamdard ho sacha ho, Pak. say muhabbat karnay wala ho, lutera na ho, bhagora na ho.
    Saray log kahin bhi achay nahi hotay, lekin agar hukmuran achay hon to mulk ka muqaddar badal sakta hai.


  5. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 2:40 am

    SALMAN

    Your points lack ONE important criucial one.

    6. Scratching groin at public places

    ALL SAID & DONE

    It is not only in Karachi it is all over PAKISTAN.

    be is anywhere in tando adam or in Islamabad.


  6. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 2:50 am

    SALMAN

    Your points lack ONE important criucial one.

    6. Scratching groin at public places

    ALL SAID & DONE

    It is not only in Karachi it is all over PAKISTAN.

    be is anywhere in tando adam or in Islamabad.


  7. ash (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 4:06 am

    why karachi sucks? as opposed to why does poverty suck why does illiteracy suck why does violence suck why does intolerence suck? why does injustice suck?
    i think that idea sucks. lets look around at every other city and see if anyone else on the metroblogs has a blog that says “my city sucks”. Make rational criticisms of what you see but your headline is frankly both stupid and offensive.


  8. pkhan (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    Karachi Does not Sucks but the Elite the SO called Educated Class the class who live in GLASS HOUSES SUCKS? LONG LIVE KARACHI> See what YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR CITY/COUNTRY NOT WHAT COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU.KEEP HOPE ALIVE.


  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    some people who consider them above the law suck , the outdated system suck

    negative things need to be highlighted and “all is good” policy needs to be ditched


  10. ronin1770 (unregistered) on May 6th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    traffic sux big time


  11. elite (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 2:38 am

    why does the elite suck?
    the weather sux


  12. Roland Borges (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

    I don’t think that Karachi is there yet when you consider major cities but it has gone to a whirlwind of political changes from dictator to dictator, so give it a break.I recently visited Karachi and here are some of the experience I am sharing.

    Link: http://rolanb.travellerspoint.com/2/


  13. Roland Borges (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    I don’t think that Karachi is there yet when you consider major cities but it has gone to a whirlwind of political changes from dictator to dictator, so give it a break.

    I recently visited Karachi and here are some interesting insights I am sharing with you.

    Link: http://rolanb.travellerspoint.com/2/


  14. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

    sucking sux!

    :P, “but thats the way it is”


  15. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    I cannot decide which is the worse idea: “Karachi Rocks” or “Karachi Sucks.” I get a real headache sometimes.


  16. Ramla A. (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

    Continuing what Ronald said – I just had the opportunity to take around a Chinese tourist out in Karachi last week. Somehow the day we met was May 1st – everything was closed so we had to improvise.

    My brain was on full power thinking what to introduce her to. So we went to the beach, visited a family, and finally checked out the architecture of Saddar. We did go to Saint Patrick’s church – my first time there.

    We the hosts had to be pressed for creativity because the regular places were all closed. We took her back to our home.

    She decided that she loved meeting us so much, she postponed her departure for two days. Of all things, she found our hospitality, and “positive energy” (in her words), our interest in her welfare the most interesting. She said she didn’t want to leave because she’s made new friends.

    So can we all stop being extravagant with our praise OR self-whipping and get real for a while? Making the best of what one has is the point. There is little value in the opinions of uninvolved by-standers. Either one experiences/changes something, or spare the propagation of negative energy or irrational exuberance.



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