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Election Watch : NA-244 / Karachi – VI

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/02/na-244-thumb.jpgThe sixth seat for the Election Watch Series is NA-244 Karachi VI. We have previously covered NA-239, NA-240, NA-241, NA-242

Election watch on KMB is a short series of posts where look at various National Assembly seats in Karachi, we will simply short list the most prominent candidates contesting for elections and also take a quick glance at what transpired from the the 2002 elections to see the trends. Naturally we would like to see the metroblog readership also to cast your own vote, If you were going out to vote for one of these candidates who would you vote for?.

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Free Poll by Blog Flux2008 Elections: Total number of Registered Voters 290,891 (157,867 Male & 133,024 Female). The three candidates up for elections are:

  1. Sheikh Salahudin (MQM)
  2. Ghulam Qadir (PPP)
  3. Meer Wali (MMA)
  4. Khizar Islam (ST)

2002 Elections: In the 2002 elections there were 236,700 Registered Voters in NA-244 of which 40.2% polled that day (95,248). The candidates were

  1. Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi (MQM) – 54101
  2. Dr. Meiraj-Ul-Huda (MMA) – 28559
  3. Saqib Ishtiaq Qadri (ST) 7141
  4. Javed Jabbar (National Alliance) – 2057
  5. Syed Shahenshah Ali Jafri (PPPP) – 1590

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Election Watch : NA-243 / Karachi – V

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/02/na-243-thumb.jpgI hope this Election Watch Series is not getting boring for many, but I think its relevant for us to be aware of who is fighting these elections. The fifth seat of the election watch series is NA-243 Karachi V. We have previously covered NA-239, NA-240, NA-241 & NA-242

Election watch on KMB is a short series of posts where look at various National Assembly seats in Karachi, we will simply short list the most prominent candidates contesting for elections and also take a quick glance at what transpired from the the 2002 elections to see the trends. Naturally we would like to see the metroblog readership also to cast your own vote, If you were going out to vote for one of these candidates who would you vote for?.

Take the poll

Free Poll by Blog Flux2008 Elections: Total number of Registered Voters 333,290 (194,548 Male & 138,742 Female). The three candidates up for elections are:

  1. Abdul Waseem (MQM)
  2. Zafar A. Siddiqui Adv (PPP)
  3. Farah Awan Advocate (PML-N)

2002 Elections: In the 2002 elections there were 250,670 Registered Voters in NA-243 of which 37.5% polled that day (94,001). The candidates were

  1. Sultan Ahmed Khan (MQM) – 62245
  2. M. Saleemuddin Qureshi Adv. (MMA) – 13105
  3. Anwar A. Khan Yousufzai (PPPP) – 8391
  4. M. Iftikhar Ahmed Bhatti (ST) – 6911
  5. Badar Iqbal (PML-Q) – 2580

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Election Watch : NA-242 / Karachi – IV

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/02/na-242-thumb.jpgContinuing the Election Watch Series NA-239, NA-240 & NA-241, we now have a look at NA-242 Karachi-IV.

Election watch on KMB is a short series of posts where look at various National Assembly seats in Karachi, we will simply short list the most prominent candidates contesting for elections and also take a quick glance at what transpired from the the 2002 elections to see the trends. Naturally we would like to see the metroblog readership also to cast your own vote, If you were going out to vote for one of these candidates who would you vote for?.

Take the poll

Free Poll by Blog Flux2008 Elections: Total number of Registered Voters 296,822 (175,408 Male & 121,414 Female). The three candidates up for elections are:

  1. Abdul Qadir Khawnzada (MQM)
  2. M. Afaq Khan Shahid (PPP)
  3. Sohail Baig Noori (ST)

2002 Elections: In the 2002 elections there were 221,227 Registered Voters in NA-242 of which 44.9% polled that day (99,335). The candidates were

  1. M. Abdul Rauf Siddiqui (MQM) – 62690
  2. Taj Muhammad Khan (MMA) – 18299
  3. Dr. M. Shakir Alam (PPPP) – 6593
  4. Abdul Ghafoor (Pak Muslim Alliance) – 3299
  5. Khanzadah Imran (PML-Q) – 1165

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Election Watch : NA-241 / Karachi – III

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/02/na-241-thumb.jpgContinuing the Election Watch Series NA-239 & NA-240, we now have a look at NA-241 Karachi-III.

Election watch on KMB is a short series of posts where look at various National Assembly seats in Karachi, we will simply short list the most prominent candidates contesting for elections and also take a quick glance at what transpired from the the 2002 elections to see the trends. Naturally we would like to see the metroblog readership also to cast your own vote, If you were going out to vote for one of these candidates who would you vote for?.

Take the poll

Free Poll by Blog Flux2008 Elections: Total number of Registered Voters 268,582 (168,825 Male & 99,757 Female). The three candidates up for elections are:

  1. Iqbal Qadri Adv (MQM)
  2. Dr. M. Shakir Alam (PPP)
  3. Wazir Khan Afirdi (PML-N)

2002 Elections: In the 2002 elections there were 201,562 Registered Voters in NA-241 of which 37% polled that day (74,558). The candidates were

  1. Muhammad Laeeq Khan (MMA) – 26812
  2. Feroze Uddin Rehmani (MQM) – 26333
  3. Muhammad Afaque Shahid (PPPP) – 6264
  4. Naeem Gul Advocate (ANP) – 5953
  5. Wazirzada Afridi (PML-N) – 2470

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Election Watch : NA-240 / Karachi – II

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/02/na-240-thumb.jpgContinuing the Election Watch series which started off with NA-239, we now have a look at NA-240 Karachi-II. Just a brief introduction, election watch on KMB is a short series of posts where look at various National Assembly seats in Karachi starting off with the NA-239 going down the list to the 20th seat NA-258. In this series we will simply short list the prominent candidates contesting for elections while also take a quick glance at what transpired from the the 2002 elections. We would also like to see the metroblog reader to cast your own vote, if you were going out to vote for one of these candidates who would you vote for.

Take the poll

Free Poll by Blog Flux2008 Elections: Total number of Registered Voters 312,401 (197,764 Male & 114,637 Female). A list of candidates for this seat are very limited.

  1. Khawja sohail mansoor (MQM)
  2. Abdullah Baloch (PPP)
  3. Qari Muhammad Usman (MMA)
  4. Malik Matloob Ali Awan (Sunni Tehrik)

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Election Watch : NA-239 / Karachi-I (Old West Karachi)

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2008/02/na-239-thumb.jpgIn the run up to the upcoming elections which is barely a few days away. It would be interesting to start a short series of posts where we could cover the various National Assembly seats in Karachi starting off with the NA-239 going down the list to NA-258. In this series we will simply short list the prominent candidates contesting for elections while also take a quick glance at what transpired from the the 2002 elections.

Wrapping up the post we leave an option for the metroblog reader to cast your own vote, if you were going out to vote for one of these candidates who would you vote for. It may mean little but it can only help us all gauge the general trend lets see if our trends are anywhere close to the sentiments of the local population.

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Free Poll by Blog Flux2008 Elections: Total number of Registered Voters 312,401 (197,764 Male & 114,637 Female). A select list of candidates and their affiliations are as follows

  1. Abdul Qadir Patel (PPP)
  2. K S Mujahid Baluch (MQM)
  3. Syed Hafeezuddin (PML-N)
  4. Amanullah Paracha (PML-Q)
  5. Abdul Haleem Siddiqui (INDP)
  6. Qari Gul Rehman (MMA)
  7. Iftikhar Hussain (INDP)
  8. Kanwar Qutbuddin (PML-F)

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Cyclone: Arabic Cuisine in Clifton

I’ve just recently seen this new Arabic restaurant spring up in Clifton, just beside the China Town Restaurant near Bilawal House. So last night a few friends and I decided to pay a visit to try it out, since there is a real dearth of good Arabic restaurants in the city.

To be honest, this addition isn’t much worth the hype either. For starters, walking in the room with one female companion whose first remark when we sit down is “i’m the only girl in here” doesn’t make for a good first impression. However, the menu’s looked appetizing, and they had a large list of sheesha flavors (exorbitantly priced, Rs. 250 for single flavor, and mixed flavor was Rs. 500!) So we skipped the sheesha and headed for the meals. I ordered the shwarma platter, which promised an addition of hummus and salad, I got a small serving with garnish and a spoonful of hummus.

The food was passable taste wise, despite the false advertising (the menu has a picture of chicken broast and fish, neither of those items are on the menu). That’s not all. I’ve seen poor service, on average, most restaurants in the clifton defense area have very poor service, save for the really classy places like Okra, but never have I seen a waiter so spaced out (or high on something is more like it) then here.

I could go on an complain about the fact that the music was skipping, and they simply let it skip rather than correct the problem, however I think that by now, you can get a sense of my disappointment.

Why do these new ventures invest so much money on making an ambiance and theme (that is obviously in demand in the city) and then spend nothing on training for local waiters?

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Karachi- A place/ not a place to live?

I have often read in comments, people inquisitive about the lifestyle in Karachi, the events that disturb and make them re-think about moving from abroad to their homeland.
And then I know people keen to move out of this city for a better life, the gleam of foreign currency blinding them. (Although money might not be the only reason)

During 1992-1995 when Karachi was a city where a dead body could be found anywhere in sacks or in the bushes and ladies used to be worried when the males went to pray in the mosques, many families opted to move to the US.
Still, life in Karachi is as unpredictable as the supply of electricity in the city. Anything can happen in the middle of nowhere and life might come to a halt.
May12th , October 18th and not to forget the very recent December 28th, when Karachi seemed a ghost town.
Under circumstances when the Karachiites (many of them) think of migrating to some land where at least security is ensured and when very recently the city has gained so much “fame” someone from USA shows interest in migrating to the city along with children. A single person might be adventurous to do so but moving with a family in a city like Karachi??
It came to me as a shock when someone, an American born and raised (and not a Pakistani born in America) showed interest in moving to Karachi, Pakistan.

Since I was asked for opinion, I felt speechless. I did not know where to start from? The insecurity, load shedding, law enforcement agencies and the fear that runs down the spine on feel of a gun pointed on your forehead! Or a bunch of stupid people who would destroy the city by breaking the signals, igniting buses, tires and what ever come their way or a hand full of people who love the city and want to have a peaceful and healthy environment.
I knew and I said so that these were the problems faced by any big metropolitan, where as deep inside I knew the situation was worst. America sure has a crime rate with no match but as I was gathering excuses for other reasons I felt myself stuck at the point of explaining how police responds to a mishap and how “comforting” they could be.
Frankly speaking, I did not have the courage to speak the truth and I did not have the guts to let someone who trusted me, let come in the city and later curse me for misguiding.

So this is what I came up with: Public decision. Many of the readers are from USA but have their roots in Pakistan. They might be able to help me out of this situation by sharing their views.

This is about someone with two daughters, a converted Muslim who wants to come and settle in Karachi along with the kids and let them grow up and study here. Now: “How’s Karachi as a city to settle down what are the good and bad?”

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Talking about the taboo…

Every city has this tale which it hides in it’s heart like a secret which is open to all yet a taboo to discuss. Some time back a magazine asked me to write on this issue. I did my basic research but then refused having the “taboo” thought in my mind.(But then what is not a taboo in this society: bribery, corruption…. and the ones involved yet to be respected then why not talk about this).
As a Muslim state, Pakistan does not legally allow prostitution but it is practiced in almost all cities, small or big of the country.

Today while going through the city news of “The News”, I came across this article that says about the red light districts in Karachi and talks about what and how are these FSW’s (Female sex workers) encouraged to do so.

Unfortunately as Karachi developed economicaly so did the market for prostitution and now has become one of the major marketsfor commercial sex in the country, where girls as young as 14 can be purchased from as low as 100 rupees depending upon the client, the service demanded, the location, and the girl’s physical attributes.

A wide variety of girls from all over the country (and different nations) can be found in Karachi’s commercial sex market. There was a time when Russian women were very much “in” the market. Now Afghani and Bengali women are into this business.

Just like other professions there’s a market and the business fluctuates with time on the basis of demand and supply and is almost (yes, not completely) down during Ramzan.

The pimps are the ones who protect supply girls and apart from providing business to the FSW’s give them protection and security from the police. Need not to mention the high class influential people involved in this business.
In some cases girls are rented out by their poor families to pimps for a time period (usually quarterly basis) on a handsome amount. But in most cases girls adopt this business to provide bread and butter to the families where no one else can take the responsibility.
Cell phones have provided ease to this business. The lady “brokers” who usually own a car (who provide girls in the posh localities) start getting calls on the cell phones in evening and then they go on the mission of dropping girls on the address provided. This is done through contacts. The “better” network you have better girl will be provided. Rates are off course not a big issue for the people who contact such pimps.
Alcohol and drugs are used on a large scale by these workers.
Unfortunately, we live in a place where any thing can be sold, depending on the price paid for it.

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Break the Silence

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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS doesn’t strike much of a chord with most of the people in Pakistan but AIDS is spreading at an alarming rate. According to a report from July 1, 2002 to September 30, 2002 there were only three cases registered in the Sindh province. Today, it is estimated that 85,000 people in Pakistan have HIV. In Karachi itself, 30% of IDUs (Intravenous Drug Users) are HIV positive.

Why is AIDS spreading?

Male and Female Sex workers,Drug Addicts, Used Syringes, and Blood Donors and shaving blades are one of the main causes for spread of the HIV virus.
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