Karachi Underground Drug Parties

ABC News has this story about the ‘underground drug parties’ of Karachi. Subtitled ‘Living It Up in One of the World’s Most Dangerous Places’, the articles presents snapshots of the drug parties of the city where ‘chemical and designer drugs’ are ‘in’. Quoting a party goer, it says:

“I think there’s access to everything these days. And obviously, there’s no stop to it. Thanks to Musharraf, there’s no stop to anything at all.”

and juxtaposes the situation elsewhere in the city as

The situation is very bad in Karachi. Flour is too expensive. And there are no jobs. There is no business. Everything is too expensive. And we are too worried,”

Welcome to a city of conflicts and contrasts!

33 Comments so far

  1. starkcontrast (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 1:23 am

    as someone who has been to these wonderful parties, let me tell you something, they are amazing with drugs.

    But then again, I have seen comparable parties, if not better, in America, UK, and elsewhere.

  2. starkcontrast (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 1:26 am

    as someone who has been to these wonderful parties, let me tell you something, they are amazing with drugs.

    But then again, I have seen comparable parties, if not better, in America, UK, and elsewhere.

  3. Reality_check (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 1:50 am

    I cant make head or tail out of this post and on top of it you some how had to mention Musharraf and Atta.

    The fact is Karachi is a Mega City, until the 80’s it had Clubs and Bars, then there was the famous strip in Saddar where Princess Yasmeen used to perform Belly dance and there were quite a few other Cabre joints. Public party ended with Zia-ul-Haque, however, in fact it never ended for the elite, it merely went underground, they never lost access to the best liquor, Marijuana, heroin and other stuff. It’s an international phenomenon and even exists in places like Saudi Arab. In my opinion those who want to experiment with drugs will find a way of doing it, if you stop access to one thing they will find another, remember Samad Bond.

    As for job creation, you better look at the figures by neutral agencies, the more money you earn, more the desire to go for expensive intoxicants.

    As for the ordinary folks, go any try to get invited in a wedding function of a reasoanably well off zamindar family in rural Punjab or Sindh, chances are you might get entertained by a top less mujra with the whole Baradari watching, with plenty of liquor to go around. I can post a link but that would not be appropriate. So chill out dude there are more pressing issues at hand.

  4. AH (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 1:53 am

    I think its NBC that covered that story:

    Yes, I am bored today.

  5. Dr.HB (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 2:37 am

    @reality check..

    i agree with u 100% … what the elite do is their business… even if itz wrong… which i totally say it is….

    but there are much bigger problems in our country…. please look at the needs n problems of the poor first…

    y hasnt ne1 mention all the development in karachi?
    like the new university road is amazing.. the u-turns have finally bin made right to assist traffic.. and jauhar is going to b big… work on it hasnt even finished yet and u can already c that it looks much like kh-e-shahbaz…if not better…. this work has bin going on since the last 3-4 years at full swing… and a good infrastructure means gud business…means money and jobs for everyone…..
    SOMEBODY is paying attention to all this…… i wonder why….whats in it for him..

  6. balma (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 3:53 am

    I guess the public party ended during the last few weeks of Bhutto’s rule in 1977.

  7. zee (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 4:10 am

    So basically, if anyone starts to poop more, all of it will be blamed on Mushy? Nice! Very nice indeed! These anti-mush dudes will do whatever they can to make sure our country becomes more stable than ever before.

  8. zee (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 4:19 am

    I TOTALLY agree with what REALITY CHECK said. I am waiting for Doctor to come and bash Mush and blame this on MQM :d

  9. AH (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 4:59 am

    This is actually one of the more fun things about Karachi. :)

  10. suh (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 5:54 am

    its not only karachi, in lahore its become public, before liek reality check said it use to happen underground in lahore people are holding these parties in cafes and shaadi halls and people come out drunk, there are posters and flyers stuck up at all public places advertising and selling tickets to them, the first nightclub opening is not far either, actully from what i have heard is that pearl continental here in lahore as applied for lience to open a nightclub,

  11. TEE BEE (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 6:43 am

    LOL at Zee..

    Doctor is like US..anything goes wrong blame to Osama and MQM…hehehehe

  12. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 7:49 am

    What surprises me is that you have all type of halal food available in Pakistan and you have to go out of your way to get alcohol and still people go after it. I was in Pakistan couple of months ago and I never thought of beer/wine or any thing, I always had so many choices but in western country, you do not have many fun spots where alcohol is not available so it is understandable to drink but in Pakistan, it does not make sense at all or may be I am too naive.

  13. Reality_Check (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 8:33 am

    OBI WAN KANOBE What are you trying to say? Are you typing under influence? Are you justifying drinking in western countries and advocating abstenance in Pakistan? I guess this is what happens when you spend a lot of time on a Galaxy far far away.

    BALMA you are right, I guess it was a temporary move to please the Mullah’s and taper off Nizam-e-Mustafa Tehreek, but Zia made it permanent.

  14. MB (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 9:36 am

    I fully agree to what REALITY said up there. The drama by ZIA was just to get the mullah’s at his back so he could stick his ass to power.

    We dont need to be amazed on this because its a typical ARMY style of offering with new packages for our country, whichever can keep it in power.

    Sometime the mullah’s fit their motive and sometime the fake-seculars.

    At the end of the day its again a drama to keep the people away from real issues.


  15. MB (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 9:40 am

    Got this one too

    Its just the fight between haves and have-nots. If you are in the first group EVERYTHING is permitted in pakistan and i you are in later group, the so-called shariah crap is thrown at you and you are reminded of every tiny bit of moral principle.

    A dual face country, thats all.

  16. Taimur (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

    Hey It also happens here in Islooo ;)

  17. Taimur (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

    Hey It also happens here in Islooo ;)

  18. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

    TEE EMM – these parties are ‘ON’ since late Ziaul Haq, 1st it was close restricted circles, then by word of mouth and ‘references’ the circle has grown from Karachi to Peshawer.

    It is so widespread that students of ages 16+ from KGS, City School, CAS, and reknowned private universities are HOOKED into it.

    Refer to DAWN YOUTH Magazine July 1998, Then MAG Weekly of Feb 1999 in which there was a whole coverage of what actually happens in those parties, sex for adventure, drugs for stress release, its all part of it.

    WHY BLAME Rulers, why not US parents who does not put a check on KIN.

    So many of my age group and within extended family are worried and trying best to manage what is within means, to Give confidence to young & growing and YET have a Strict check on activity be it Cell phone, PC, Cable TV.

    It is responsibility of FAMILY, not rulers.

  19. Balma (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

    Obi Wan Kenobi, your logic supports my demand for banning cousin marriages in Pakistan.

  20. Macho (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

    Well of course MUSH would be blamed. If it was any one else, he/she would be blamed too.

    Responsibility lies both on the GOVT and the families. I have seen boys of good families (8th and 9th graders) using liquor. Why, because their peers are doing it and its easily available.

  21. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 12:53 am

    Come and visit my enterprise in California. I’ ll have you taste my favourite brand of wine.
    Let these people fight eachother on something very personal.
    Btw drugs are bad news though and drinking alcohol irresponsibly is a curse.
    "Let he/she or it cast first stone who has nt sin"

  22. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 3:32 am

    @Balma, you sure can do better than that and you do not need to go at personal level. If you have problem with my argument then please post the counter point instead of uttering non sense w/o knowing me.

    @Shahid, I already live in San Francisco :-)

  23. wasiq (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 9:57 am

    papa dont listens……

  24. DEATH OF PO PO HEAD (unregistered) on February 15th, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

    Obi Wan Kenobi is po po head , adnan siddiqi and doctor remember po po head(noaman) very very well

  25. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 3:17 am

    oh what a great thing to see on metblogs…anyways any extacy dealers contact???
    this girl i use to get my supply from is in thailand for last couple of months…. :S

  26. Moiz Kazmi (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 3:18 am

    oh what a great thing to see on metblogs…anyways any extacy dealers contact???
    this girl i use to get my supply from is in thailand for last couple of months…. :S

  27. Talha (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 11:24 am

    Amazing! Sounds like a cultural shock to me, I really feel sorry for those parents living in US or west who look forward to migrate back to Pak when their kids reach at certain age to save & protect them from the very vice that you guys are mentioning here. Its true that these things were there before but were not exposed and easily accessible as it seems now. It feels like we are on the verge of loosing the only good thing we had & the so called bigots of society are so confused in mimicking the west that they have no remorse and regret of loosing their values.

  28. Reality_Check (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

    TALHA Pakistani parents should take queue from their Indian counter parts and find peace with themselves where ever they are, instead of inculcating confusion and hypocracy in the lives of their families. The fact is, if you are a good parent, you will raise a good kid while living in Harlem or for that matter Bagota. There is absolutely no need to pack your bags every few years in search of Neverland, because there is none.

  29. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

    Reality_check = Voice of clarity and insight.

    Little hobnobbish but thats ok who isnt ;).
    Thank you Reality.
    Reality is my friend and dont you dare messing with him.

  30. Talha (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 10:46 pm

    Reality, I can not disagree with u about "existence of Neverland" & "hypocrisy within us", although I wish I could. But tell me which one is the lesser evil, putting your little ones in a situation where distinction between right and wrong is almost impossible (in fact wrong has become the absolute right) or providing them an environment of values and culture (which we had once…however superficial & hypocritical that might was….. I think) to build their foundation and once they pass through that critical phase & know the difference, expose them to the real world. I think that feels much easy and practical to most of the parents living abroad, especially in west. But if our sanctuaries have become the same as every place else then your argument is right, it doesn’t make any difference at all where you brought up your children. So far Indian counter parts are concern, so my friend, they are different, their values and priorities are different. They don’t see any bad in becoming like Americans & Brits. If you consider maintaining your ideologies, values and culture hypocrisy, then it’s another topic to debate about.

  31. Reality_Check (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 9:22 am

    TALHA the predicament is understandable, but this world driven by technology is breaking all forms of isolation. Now even if we keep a kid locked up in his / her room, he will roam the world on virtual waves. Goto this link where you can find an interesting discussion on the topic;


  32. Reality_Check (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 10:12 am

    SHAHIDNUSA if thats so, then how come you offered OB Van Kanobe a wine tasting trip to California, and left me out of it?

  33. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 1:58 am

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