One year in office

Today marks the first year in office of the city nazim, Syed Mustafa Kamal. The nazim is fond of talking up the various development projects in the city under the Tamir-e-Karachi programme; however, the city continues to slip further into chaos. Monsoon rains, dengue fever, traffic chaos, non-existent garbage disposal, pollution – the list of the CDGK’s failures is long. Kamal has three more years to turn it around, but can/will he?

20 Comments so far

  1. Imran Zahid (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

    Well IMHO the previous city nazim had their 4 years and didnt do anything good, atleast this person is trying … give another 3 years, and i think he will surely finish what he started …

  2. ny (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

    Time: one year.
    My mobile phones snatched: 3.
    Average: 3 per year.

    Next three years: ????

    As once our sufi chief minister once remarked: “Buss Dua Karo”!!!!

  3. Farhan (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    Cy the Cynical strikes again

  4. SWA (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    @ Imran Zahid: How can you say that? I personally didnt live in Karachi during the tenure of Naimatullah Khan, but when I visited Karachi I could see a visible change in the city and its life. Even though he wouldnt have done as much as some might have hoped, please dont discredit him by saying he didnt do anything. Be responsible in what you say.

  5. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    Kudos to CY for finally posting a relevant topic ;)
    Btw, Imran, i think u are either off your hook or a Die hard altaf bhai supporter. Previous nazim was WAY better. In all respects. Everybody did appreciate him inlcuding our dictator

  6. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 2:57 pm

    How bad is that dengue fever? What is causing this fever? What should we do to avoid it when visitng Pakistan?

  7. Imran (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    oh nah bhai totally die hard killer of altaf bhai … never respected him neither will i ever … i take my words back of anything, but i feel the current nazim is doing much better… i dont know any politcs and dont credit people over which party they belong too …

    @Aussie: Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites, and these one bite during sunrise or sunset … there is no cure for the fever ie. no medicine at all, just prevention … and if you think you have one, the only thing you can do is get plenty of rest, eat healthy and have loads of water… in this fever you body starts to ache, pain in the joints, blood get diluted thus coming out of your mouth, nose, urine, etc … basically your white blood ceels are destroyed, so get plenty of water, rest, food to re-generate these lost cells… like AIDS which also affects your WBCs, prevention is the best medicine …

  8. Faisal (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 4:21 pm


    At least Cy is telling it like it is.
    The city looks like a frikkin’ war zone.
    Having said that, I still love Karachi
    what with its scars and inconveniences
    and all.

  9. Imran (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

    @Faisal: war zone hahahaha true man … and yeah whatever it maybe it is still our karachi …

  10. Adnan (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 11:26 pm

    I was reading this on Cy’s personal blog. Though he didn’t mention the source but yes i did read something similar in Jang. The place where Army is treated as ‘God father’, you can’t expect something good. What’s the meaning of Democracy in Musharraf’s dictionary? Just curious.

  11. Adnan (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 11:47 pm

    Ok, here is the link. Pak Army beyond criticism

  12. Kashif (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:19 am

    I got fumigated today. The CDGK apparently has decided to fumigate the city and they selected time of the day when post people are out on the roads. I was waiting outside a shop for family when all of a sudden a spray van ran past me, spraying dark smoke all around. I bet it wasn’t anti-mosquito spray but anti-human spray.

  13. turab (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:52 am

    I do give my two thumbs up to Mustafa Kamal…. its not easy to turn around the city of 15plus million people in one year or for that matter three years after thirty years of bad governance…..

  14. naveed (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 2:06 am

    I think Mustafa Kamal is better because he is tackling some real long term issues. Removing encroachments, building parking plazas, improving govt hospitals, improving water and sanitation, general city administration etc. These issues have never been tackled before by any govt and will help karachi in the long run.

  15. Farhan (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 9:07 am

    Yes the city looks like a war zone but its torn up for development , new flyovers are coming up , a new underpass is also here , I work at Korangi , the roads here are a mess and meant for SUV only but I know once this road is ready it will mean a great deal for businessess located here . Look at the bright side blaiming the govt is easy but praising them for their work for the future is difficult for most of us

  16. Adnan (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 11:30 am

    not easy to turn around the city of 15plus million people

    specially when most of them are outsiders.

  17. ny (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

    It seems many people in this forum love our Nazim to the max. Could any one of them ask our nazim-e-ala to order one of his “boys” to return back atleast one of my snatched cell phones….pleeeeeeeeeeeeease……..AND to ask them “bhailog” to target any one else in this city of ’15plus million people’, pleeeeeeeeasee, anyone, BUT, this poor soul who has alreaDy given up his mobile THREE TIMES in last one year (10 months to be precise, jan 06 was the first one to go). Nowadays, everytime on a red light signal i wait and look around impatiently waiting to be pounced upon once again!!!!

    But I still love KarachI !!!

  18. Syed Hamid (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

    Now MQM wants to take seat of PM in next elections when we have seen what they do in Karachi. May Allah help Karachi and Pakistan then. Can anyone explain the following news in an Indian paper please??

    “The Indian Express (September 22) carries an article on the edit page by Saeed Naqvi that graphically describes a meeting of top Sindhi, Baluchi and Pakhtoon leaders in London’s Action Hall recently demanding azadi (freedom) from Pakistan. And they are not ordinary hirelings of RAW as the Pakistani administration would claim, but the most high-profile leaders like MQM’s Altaf Hussain, Ataullah Mengal of Baluchistan, Mahmood Khan Achakzai of Pakhtoonistan and Syed Imdad Mohammed Shah of Sindh. Naqvi says it (the meeting) was the ‘second burial of the two-nation theory’, the first being the creation of Bangladesh”

  19. Adnan (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 11:20 pm

    Are not mobiles snatched in other parts of Pakistan?????????

    @Syed Hamid: Freedom from Pakistan or Punjab? Read again *grin*.

  20. Abdul Mannan Khan (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 1:50 am

    Well first of all Assalamoaliakum. My dear brothers none of u discussed dat how much time requires to complete one mega project. I m not talking about only construction, we only see the construction phase but the main part of any big n successfull project is the designing n documentation phase which requires too much time.
    Now come to the main topic. All we now cing that the mega projects r going 2 complete n we all saw the construction phase in Mustafa Kamal’s period but most of these completing project’s starts on previous Nazim’s period which we called planning and design but know unfortunately all the credits are taken by our young Nazim Kamal Bhai.
    For calculating present Nazim’s success we have 2 wait for 1 year.

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