The State We Live in

I wasn’t going to post this up until later, but then I saw Afreen’s post on “Wake up and Smell the Rubble”… These were photographs I snapped when I was so frustrated trying to drive through the inner roads of Defence (the Green and Clean), where every major road was dug up.

11012008010-copy.jpgYou may want to argue that we live in a post-military dictatorship or in a crazy democratic state of mayhem, but the sad state of affairs is this – we’ve got more holes in the ground than the surface of the moon, and we seem to be okay with it. There are rallies and walks and protests to release the judges and make god knows what else right, but not one little picket when it comes to the stink and filth that is created around us. Not one worker, not one working bulldozer, and certainly not one protester screaming his frustration with what our streets have become. No directions, warnings or detour roadmaps in the papers or in the news.. Nothing. What should be a 10minute drive to a destination, ends up being a crazy maze in a labyrinth of dugup roads.

11012008008-copy.jpgNot one protester to picket the right of the home who’s planted trees have been bulldozed because Karachi never had sewerage pipe network running under its massive belly. But then… what do I know? I just snapped these photographs while driving around in an air-conditioned car…. I’m sure its a great topic for dinner parties and a topic that’s been photographed and talked about to death on blogsites…

12 Comments so far

  1. zeeshan on June 11th, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

    That’s because people like Awab Alvi and company believe that every little thing will turn right when Mr. Iftikhar Chowdari comes back to power. So basically, reinstate the judges and the roads will become smooth and "hole-less" in 24 hours, hell, newborn babies will stop crying, we’ll also find an alternate fuel energy source and you’ll never sneeze for the rest of your life!! :)


  2. Syed Johny (johny) on June 11th, 2008 @ 7:02 pm

    Sorry state of affairs in Karachi,
    not only Karachi but whole of Pakistan,

    The current Govt has clamped the funds of local govt, due to political reasons,

    Sind Minister of Local Govt took control over KWSB introducing a major hinderence in devolpoment works, because CDGK was revamping Water pipes along with the roads, now that Water Supply responsibility lies in the hnd of minister, we know how much time he will take to do work.

    Besides, monsoon season is just upon us, lets see what the Govt do for it, lets see if the minister takes a tour in his Pajero when the monsoon strikes.


  3. Syed Johny (johny) on June 11th, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

    by the way speaking of Iftikhar Chowdary, The self proclaimed Messihah, he was reported saying in his speech in Faisalabad around two week back, that "the current Flour shortage is there cause I was removed from the office, when I get back to the office, it will be automatically restored when I come to power"


  4. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on June 11th, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

    Jhonny, i dont know he’s being a messiah or not but it’s true that he did make attempt to take action against Shoky brothers who were busy in wheat scandal.


  5. seskey on June 11th, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

    who is funding and managing lawyers "protest" chohdry aytezaz have somersaulted 9 times since 09 March 2007,. Latest and the most samrt one, "Judiciary ke bahali mai Sadar nahi Parliman rukawat hai, sadar jai ya rahay Judicary ko bahal karna moujoda parilman ka farz hai"

    way to GO RAW, & CIA :) Kana iftkehar is pimping his own political agenda., do not miss Shahid masood program tonite.


  6. Ali (retroguy02) on June 12th, 2008 @ 4:26 am

    Dug out roads are just one piece of the puzzle. Look at our public education, healthcare (…cases of doctors being beaten up), our overall infrastructure is near-collapse and our natural environment is one of the last things on people’s minds. It’s like a braid; if you try unbraiding it from the middle, the entire braid will sag and mess up. You need to start all the way from the top and then go down or go bottom to top. But, there’s always a light of home at the end of the tunnel–dunya umeed per qaim hai yaaron.

    And by the way, I personally think that CJ coming back to power will do us some good, but once again, it’s just one piece of the puzzle (a drop of water doesn’t add much to a sea).


  7. Faisal.K (faisalk) on June 12th, 2008 @ 10:44 am

    Cj coming back will not solve anything.

    Karachi reminds me of this game i used to play when i was a kid… think it was called pitfall haha

    good post :)


  8. zeeshan on June 12th, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

    Oh btw, Karachiites should also fill their tanks with Petrol. There is accute shortage of the product. PLEASE HURRY


  9. calyps on June 13th, 2008 @ 10:13 am

    i am right now in bangalore, india and being a karachite, I must say I am now in love with Karachi and how Mustafa Kamal have changed our city over last few years.

    The state in which Bangalore is right now is hard do describe and have all the problems such as Dirty water flowing through, enroachment, many poor people.

    Once back, I am hoping to write a complete blog. But till then, I would suggest to wait. Everything cannot be changed in days. You need years


  10. Afreen (afreen) on June 13th, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

    Dug up roads, no light, water and rising inflation. What a way to start a new financial year. *sigh*


  11. zeeshan on June 14th, 2008 @ 5:03 am

    Gifts of our NEW damn-o-crap-tic government :)


  12. mansoorsarwar on July 7th, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

    Well you can’t blame the dug out roads, the power failures and wheat shortage on current government…while I myself am a critic of the way government is being run these days but I still believe the worst democracy us better than the best dictatorship any day.



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