The Modern Day Farhad!

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Any milk sprouting out from underneath these hills is unlikely, but what the bulldozers atop that mountain are trying to do is cut out a route to link ‘Shahrah e Noor Jehan’ with Orangi Town.

‘Pahar Ganj’ is home to migrants from N.W.F.P and Punjab. Lights reflecting from their homes at night make for a beautiful view. Whether or not these houses are legal or can be included in the countless other slums is a mystery to me. But that doesn’t stop these poor people from complaining. However, unlike the population displaced by the construction of Liyari Expressway, these homeowners (encroachers??) have not been promised a compensation. Whether or not they’re entitled to any is again debatable.

12 Comments so far

  1. Mufakkir (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    As far as I know, some BarakZai (or so) of NHA (if I rememer correctly) has already paid the residents there. There have been news about this in the papers.

    Whether the true or ‘ghost’ dwellers were compensated is yet another issue. As you see, I’ve not done the practical homework for this post. It is just here to stop people bashing Pakistan (‘yahan to aisa hi hota hai’) and lessening the inferiority complex.


  2. Mufakkir (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

    As far as I know, some BarakZai (or so) of NHA (if I remember correctly) has already paid the residents there. There have been news about this in the papers.

    Whether the true or ‘ghost’ dwellers were compensated is yet another issue. As you see, I’ve not done the practical homework for this post. It is just here to stop people bashing Pakistan (‘yahan to aisa hi hota hai’) and lessening the inferiority complex.


  3. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

    well said Mufakkir :)


  4. king_faisal (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

    today’s news has some interesting remarks from jinnah on his vision for karachi:

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=81569

    “…Karachi is no ordinary town. Nature has given it exceptional advantages, which particularly suit modern needs and conditions. That is why starting from humble beginnings it has come to be what it is, and one could say with confidence that the day is not far hence when it will be ranked amongst the first cities of the world. Not only its airports, but also the naval port and also the main town will be amongst the finest….It has also got the advantage of a salubrious climate and is always blessed with healthy and cool breezes throughout the year. I visualize a great future for Karachi — it always had immense potentialities…”

    for me, jinnah’s sense of optimism and the grandness of his vision are remarkable. jinnah made these comments at a time when country had just gone through bloody partition and the nascent govt of pak that emerged as a result of partition had very little resources to be of much help to its citizens. yet even during such challenging times, jinnah was able to retain his optimism and was committed to offering a positive vision to uplift the morale of the people and make them think beyond daily challenges. i think one reason that our jahil unpurh awam supported jinnah was because he was a rare leader who offered a positive vision which very few leaders from this part of the world have been able to articulate.

    we could do much worse than to listen to jinnah. the following line from his speech above expresses what karachi should be all about.

    “…So let us all strive together to make this beautiful town a great metropolis, a center of trade, industry and commerce, and a seat of learning and culture…”


  5. Syed Johny (unregistered) on November 19th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    “Karachi has the distinction of being the only town of importance where, during these times of communal disturbances, people have kept their heads cool and lived amicable, and I hope we shall continue to do so.”

    Alaaas!:( :(


  6. bluemax (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 1:11 am

    Having alternate routes for all major residential & commercials areas is a must. If I am not wrong Banaras Chowk is the entry point for Orangi. And guess what whenever the “mafia” wants to protest they just park their long vehicles on the road blocking all entry/exit points. I guess this was the prime reason for carving out a road between the hills.


  7. wasiq (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 8:33 am

    in my childhood i have heard stories that these hills are a direct result of a volcanic eruption centuries ago since they are blowing it up with the dynamite wouldn’t it be a good idea to have the soil test from international experts just in case….


  8. HITMAN (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 10:17 am

    Wasiq, please do ur homework right before claiming that dynamite is being used here. Its the heavy machinery that is cutting through the hill, not the dynamites.


  9. Kalay-azaar (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 11:46 am

    The work on this road seems to have slower progress in the past few days. They still have to dig away almost the same volume they have removed so far.

    And do you know where all the blasted rock are being dumped…… Not in the Lyari expressway filling up or other landfill sites of the Defence… but on a park at the Landi Kotal chowrangi where once the Juma and Mangal bazazar was held.

    I wonder what will grow on this park land


  10. wakeup (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    what will happen with the soil test?
    you can make the volcano erupt again? with dynamite.

    you are crazy to think that way.

    this is the reason why parhay likhay jahil are so hazardous to our nation our communities and to everything around them.


  11. Mufakkir (unregistered) on November 20th, 2007 @ 8:09 pm

    @Hitman,

    Dynamite has been used there. There’ve been complains by the residents, and DAWN has reported it (in June 2007).

    In fact cement factories etc. have been using the stone from these hills since many decades, and explosions much larger in order of magnitude have been used there in the past (now they can’t use that powerful because houses are mounting the peak LOL).

    @Wasiq,

    Still I’m amazed on what you’ve heard. Please could you go back to those people who in your childhood told you about the volcano. I’ll be very pleased to know how a volcano can help create sedimentary rock?


  12. wasiq (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 9:59 am

    @Hitman..

    what heavy machinery can cut a hill and if it can than it can’t be a Hill….!

    @Mufakkir…

    Legends.. can’t live with them can’t live without them….!



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