Mustafa Kamal declared second best world mayor

Karachi’s young and energetic Mustafa Kamal, the mayor is chosen by an award winning American magazine Foreign Policy as 2nd best mayor in the world for year 2008.

From DAWN:
“An award winning American magazine Foreign Policy, has chosen Nazim Karachi, Syed Mustafa Kamal as second among the three best mayors in the world for the year 2008.

The magazine has included the names of Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit and Wang Hongju, Mayor of Chongqing as the other mayors of the moment, said a CDGK statement issued on Sunday.
The magazine said no city globalises on its own, but with shrewd investments and smart urban planning, a mayor can help turn a regional player into a global powerhouse. About Mustafa Kamal the magazine wrote that the mayor of Karachi is an unlikely poster child for innovative urban planning.
It said the 36-year-old Mustafa Kamal governs a city that’s more often in the news for religious violence than cosmopolitan ways. But the hard-charging Kamal is looking to change all that. He’s courting foreign investment, encouraging international ties, and boosting the city’s tourism.
According to the US magazine Kamal is not shy about his goals: He has said he wants to turn Karachi into the next Dubai. His Green Karachi project aims to plant thousands of trees in the city. Kamal is not letting anything stand in the way of his grand plans. He has threatened to arrest anyone who tries to cut down the new saplings, it added.
In a statement, the Nazim said that in the past there was no concept of ownership in Karachi. He said his administration carried out development works on a large scale, but added that lot of work still remains to be done.”

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108 Comments so far

  1. shoaib on November 13th, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

    What a shame…. I understand our most respectable English newspaper could not handle something to be admired of about Karachi’s Mayor. Before they would have published this report saying "Magazine denies declaring Kamal 2nd best mayor", some one should have atleast read the article. I wont be surprised to find the racial discrimination behind this. It is so unfortunate that during the times when the World is dramatically changing esp with gigantic victory of a black man in a white majority country. Our Pakistani newspaper is not wasting a second to disown something which our failing country was surprisingly admired about. I really want some one to please do a little investigation on 3 grounds:
    1-The main article clearly used Syed Mustafa Kamal’s name among "three of the world’s TOP mayors". Why on earth Ms Jina Hasan or the personal in Dawn news who wrote the news so proudly denounced the achievement of a very middle class background Mayor of relatively inexperienced to democracy Pakistan/Karachi, whose mere mentioning of name would have brought delight and sense of humble achievement.
    2-Please do the research about the racial/ethinic background of people including Ms Jina Hasan and Dawn news reporter. Not for profiling purposes but to initiate a dialogue, to allow people to live out side their own sleeves, to let them grow to be able to cherish success not just based on Zaat/ Braadri/ class/ or color but on nationality.
    3-Why and who chose the heading "Magazine denies declaring Kamal 2nd best mayor". This could have simply being explained by reading the article. It was not a criticism about some one that people had to come out and explain what the writer said or how wrongly it was percieved, surprisingly it was other way round. Link to the article is as follows:

    and heading of that particular section was :
    The Mayors of the Moment

    Again no body had written any thing bad about us rather it was a praise….. It also left a sense of feeling that our Mayor was among the top 3 in the World, who cares whether there was a Gallup survey or Haj Qurandazi or Ballot box etc etc the reason behind citing of Mustafa Kamal’s name there….. very very shameful act by reporter and Ms Jinna.

  2. Faisal.K (faisalk) on November 14th, 2008 @ 2:38 am

    So he is not the 2nd best mayor in the world according to FP ….do we have to still be given a pat on the back by goras to realize who does what and how much work in this city?

    I do realize that it meant a lot for a bunch of people that FP would give him this award but seriously we all know the guy kicks major ass as mayor of Karachi whether we admit it or not so here i am asking you again? Who needs FP, all of us know that this city has never had a better mayor than Mustufa Kamal.

  3. shoaib on November 14th, 2008 @ 2:54 am

    Thanks Faisal.K. You have been factual and realistic.

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  5. mansoorsarwar on November 20th, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

    The point most people here trying to make is we have to grow up and stop trying to get all hyper about things without doing a background check. See how it boiled down to nothing from number 2, all this frenzy and truckloads of money spent just for nothing!

  6. khaled90 on November 21st, 2008 @ 2:27 am

    Ohh !!!!

    People who are not punjabi appreciating Mustafa Kamal and answering anti Mustafa Kamal and MQM propaganda

  7. xafar on November 27th, 2008 @ 7:39 am

    first of all congragulations to mr. syed mustafa kamal.. for this achievement .. and really he deserved it.. but remember one thing.. there would be a team .. he cant do this alone.. soo congragulations to that team n to his party .. n his leader .. he is no.1 mayor for karachiites truly.

  8. anjaanay on November 27th, 2008 @ 9:34 am

    Congrats Mustafa bhai and his team

    Indeed they have worked for days and nights to achieve this landmark.

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