Life goes on. Depressing yes… Hopeless no…

Jawwad Farid, CEO of Alchemy Associates writes about how saturday’s emergency declaration has affected the reality on ground here in Karachi. He paints a not-so-depressing picture of the situation  for the financial and work fronts for citizens of Pakistan(to which i also agree). The internet is still on (as the posts and comments on this blog are testament to), mobile and SMS services are still on and our link to the outside world has not been severed.

Life in Karachi has not come to a standstill. While there is tension and apprehension in the air, life still goes on.

For us life goes on, this is not the first time we have gone through this experience. It is now a part of our national psyche. We have seen these so called national events of monumental significance all the way from 1953 to 1999. At least once every decade, sometimes even more.

Read more at Jawwads’ post – Emergency – a guide for our non-local friends, and our local friends who are no longer local…

57 Comments so far

  1. Reality_Check (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 8:39 am

    I was at NED not KU and as for the 100 store guy he donates quite a lot, in fact he pays the rent for queit a few families in Karachi. He is one of those who work silently, I came to know about his philanthropy when he asked me to give money on his behalf while I was vsiting Karachi. Later on I came to know that there is a whole group of expat Karachiites who does that, they just pay peoples rent, amazing isnt it. As Ramla A said, ” There are those who demand change and there are those who bring it about”.


  2. karachiite (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 10:06 am

    reality_check, i am an nedian too….good to hear that this ex-nedian is doing well and doing some good work for families back home.


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 1:06 pm

    those who re saying emergency didn’t make any change. Local traders have increased the price of severe essential goods like aata,daal etc. Again it will not make any difference to exPats who re busy in drawing room politics.


  4. karachiite (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    Adnan bhai, dont say that it doesnt impact the expat Pakistanis – our hearts, minds and families back home are directly impacted by these draconian measures and in fact we feel it more as most of us enjoy the real freedoms and feel secure outside the country and know what our brethren are going through.


  5. Balma (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Haai’n, Reality_Check, aap kee baato’n say bilkul nahi’n lagta keh tussi engineer ho!
    You can actually write in complete sentences!


  6. Balma (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

    Haai’n, Reality_Check, aap kee baato’n say bilkul nahi’n lagta keh tussi engineer ho!
    You can actually write in complete sentences!


  7. Reality_Check (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

    That is why stereo typing is not good.



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