A Karachi we choose to ignore

A lot of KMB readers may have never seen me here. I dont comment. But theres a lot i have to say.

I’ve been readin Karachi Metroblogs for ages. Its a great place to read abt everythin in Karachi. From the latest social scene to the recent uplift and developments that take place in the city we call home to the most amazing pictures captured from around Karachi. From restaurant reviews to the plight of the common man to government and corporate activities. A gr8 read indeed!!

But what I fail to see here is what I see as i commute to my university and back. No, I’m not talkin abt the usual lack of discpline and civic sense and the intermittent acts of genorosity. I’m talkin abt what has become so common a sight that we don’t give it a second thought.



They say a picture is better than a thousand words. Even though the above pictures have been taken from a mobile camera, i hope it conveys the state of apathy and negligence our city is really in.
In urban areas around the world, the city authorities set up homeless shelters and make sure these kids are taken off the streets and givena better life. The only homeless shelters i can think of in Pakistan MAY be the ones set up by Edhi.
Karachi needs more philanthropists of his like. What the government is supposed to do with taxpayer’s money, these individuals do with the charity we give to them. But maybe its abt time we contribute more than just money.

Karachi Metroblog can become more than just a place to discuss the latest news and then wait for the commentors to either appreciate the post or bash and accuse others. Excuse my bluntness, if u will. A forum such as Karachi Metro Blog has great potential to make a difference. And that is what we all must aim for- keepin aside our prejudices for the mullahs and the pathans and other labels that we have created due to our own lack of knowledge and difference in perceptions. Diversity is supposed to be our strength not a dividing factor.

This was a quick glimpse of what my posts in future will be like. Identifying issues that need serious attention and if nothing else, a moment of reflection. Karachi can be a lot better if only we all worked towards it.

I reiterate what a fellow blogger said a few days back ‘Karachi, Humans Needed!!’

23 Comments so far

  1. Cy (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

    I think the beards are awful people and can never be criticised enough. It’s exactly the opposite of lack of knowledge which makes me so scornful of them.

    Faisal-Original, if you’re reading – beware of the double negative! :)

  2. MB (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    Sid I agree with you in principle but I don’t agree that KMB only represents a part of city. It was true for some time but sure seniors will do something about it. Well I had suggested to Umar, Awab, Mansoor and all to include authors from all over Karachi to have the best representation. I am sure they will do something about it.

    As for this post. Well what else do i need to add? You have said it all. We definitely need to not take these things as “not related to us”. We need badly to highlight these issues as often as they come about. Nice post.

    By the way, Sid doesn’t show your identity. Though we the authors do know it from your email. Nice going. We have got plenty now. Me, CY, Extiinct, Inspirex, Jamash & Now Sid. Welcome to KMB authors Club/Gang/Group/tola.

  3. also_original_Faisal (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

    One major difference I have observed in our society and others is that if something wrong is high lightened in media, it is listened to by the concerned authorities and measures are taken to overcome it. In the contrary, in our society the concerned authorities seem to give a deaf ear to whatever comes in local media. It seems all this discussion has almost no effect! I believe change comes from the top. Unless our government is just, we can’t expect everyone to resist the temptation and many will continue to falter if there is no accountability and fear of punishment.

  4. MB (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

    I dont agree that there is no effect here. I think there is an effect but its ver low one and ver late one. And 75% of the times no effect at all. Thats a bit fair i guess.

  5. mansoor (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

    welcome sid!

    and what a way to start off the posts. will be looking forward to more..

  6. Sajid (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    Sid, i am glad your post didn’t end up in recycle bin ;)

    Most of the people who wish to share something different or new end up like that….

    in the end, guess the place post prevails!

  7. Captain's Log (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

    Welcome Sid. What’s wring in second pic ?

    CY: Yet another stupid comment. There is nothing such as “beard” people. Every Mulsim is supposed to have that so please stop passing such comments. I can not just understand your bias against “beard”. You could use some other words to represent the religious scholars or groups but using “beard” is very inappropriate.

  8. sid (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

    Captain: The little girls were beggars. The only heartening thing in the picture is that they had sweaters and chappals. Ive seen kids in worse conditions goin abt doin their ‘jobs’. and yes i will call them jobs coz u know as well as i do that beggary has become an industry in karachi.

  9. SWA (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 8:01 pm

    @ Captains: Isnt it obvious from his comment that he is referring to Mullahs and not every muslim? Sometimes using a little bit of common sense can be pretty handy.

    @ Cy: I totally and wholeheartedly agree with your comment. It is more knowledge that makes me hate the mullahs more, not lack of it. Fazlur Rehman and all those other politicos wrangling for power and creating disruptions in the country by their bigoted acts and non-cooperation do not deserve to be respected at all.

    @ Sid: Well, its a good initiative, but this is more like a blog where you can report the city’s activities and day to day observances. If you’d like to discuss something more in depth and to create a change, you can also refer to other good pakistani forums such as the skyscrapercity.com forum’s Pakistan section or http://www.Urbanpk.com

  10. danny (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 8:53 pm

    Good post but let’s maintain a level of professionalism in the post regarding spellings. This is an international blog read by people all around the globe, not a personal blog of yours read just by your ‘yaars’. Spelling shortcuts like ‘abt’ and ‘u’ and ‘gr8’ on a post like this are painful and actually detract from the seriousness and gravity of your message, which is quite noble.

  11. Haseeb A (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

    @SWA and CY: Well, then according to ur theories, every non-beard person (bush, hitler, musharraf, tony, all the chaudrys of punjab, altaf bhai, zardari) is a power hungry, corrupt, tyranical ^&%&^%&^. All they can do is drink and kill people, apart from loads of other evils that these non bearded &*^* do

  12. ash (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 1:05 am

    A lot of people who have beards are great people. A lot of religious people are great people.
    I think we all know who cy was talking about when he said “the beards”.
    To me thats different from saying pathans or sunni’s or whatever. Its like saying the communists or the religious right. etc. Generally considered fair.

  13. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 1:28 am

    Sid, good post. I agree with you in principle. Yes this blog has potential. I sold so many tickets through this blog of my university event recently; then I realized this blog has power.

    Comments like “spelling is not right, English is incorrect, or this blog is not the place to write such stuff”, are useless to me. I see it, and we all should see it or anything from a different perspective. Start from here, start from this blog (of course this would be for a noble cause) and then take it this to heights. Sky is the limit for such things! If there is a will, there is a way.

    Tell us how can we all help? Give us something to think about. Lets have a brainstorming session, no??

    We have people here who are working for other trusts so they can give us better ideas.. Lets start something…

  14. Cy (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 1:41 am

    Ooh – I guess I’m a self-loathing kinda guy since I grew a beard for a while. Bah!

  15. Cy (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 1:51 am

    English 101: The article “the” in “the beards” indicates a specific group of people who are a subset of all those who wear beards. If i wanted to refer to *all* bearded people, I would have written “bearded people”.


  16. RZ (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 2:39 am

    danny: bakwaas band karo, dont be a smart ass, this isnt my doctorate thesis, gotta relax SOMEWHERE. jesus.

  17. SWA (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 3:18 am

    @ Haseeb: I forgot to add *in the name of religion* to my comment.

    MMA and every extremist who uses religion for forwarding a political purpose is usually a bigot if you look at their actions closely.

    MMA and the mullahs can be callous enough to beat people for holding a marathon, but will bring out their women to protest something important for them. They usually are they least respectful towards their wives and daughters, are the least educated, and tend to follow certain aspects of religion while completely ignoring whole large parts of it.

    If MMA and the others really had to prove they were good Islamic parties, they should be rallying to fix the justice system so everybody could get an unbiased, speedy, trial. They would be rallying for education for every man and woman which is also ordained by Islam. They should be rallying for respect and dignity for everybody instead of burning shops, beating marathon runners, causing a ruckus in the Parliament, threatening action against things, threatening violence, etc etc… the list goes on.

    These are the kinds of people that I would be ashamed to call civilized let alone call them Muslim.

  18. Sufi (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 8:08 am

    Sid, welcome to kmb.

    1st pic: the guy looks like a nashayee (addict) to me.
    2nd pic: Profession Beggars (forced by parents or the beggars mafia)

    Sometime back I heard some NGO trying to give refuge to these children, and the children rejected right away. They earn a lot of money with their begging skills and it seems to me that they are happy that way & I don’t think these children are homeless.

    The drug addicts: Thankfully the problem of drug addicts wasting their lives on streets is not as big. You only find a large concentration of these addicts in saddar, and for other parts of the city, they are very few in number. If you compare that with other cities of the world, where you will find drunkards homeless or drug addicts in almost all postcodes of the city.. Do they deserve attention? Yes, they do. But if you try helping them out, they wouldn’t want you to do anything for them more than giving money, if you try to take them to re-habs, they get violent. So, what do you suggest we do?

  19. Haseeb A (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 8:16 am

    @SWA: Yaar laikin yahi to problem hay.. sab badmaash hain. MMA, PPP ho ya PML ya Pak Army… I trust no one.
    Where are the good people of this country?

  20. wasiq (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 9:19 am

    welcome sid, iam sure you will bore us anyways…

  21. Sajid (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 10:01 am

    God, see where we are heading, always ignorant and never missing a chance to diss or grab the collar of others. Why we critisize and raise social issues on this blog, look at ourselves we are no exception!

    It started like a good thread and ended with “The Beard” conspiracy!

  22. sid (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

    swa: there might be other forums where we can address these issues but then again, why not here?

    danny: i’ll try to be more careful in the future. thanks for pointing that out. :)

    keep walking: thankyou for showing enthusiasm. Inshallah, if more ppl share the same enthusiasm as you we’ll be able to start something. Keep reading. :)

    sajid: i’m sorry for all the ppl who missed the whole point of the point of the post. *sigh

  23. Mariam (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    Nice post Sid!

    Double Shame goes to those people who are very quick to teach you morals (aka MMA type) and fret about Muslims faraway. I guess they all are just talk and no action that’s why they don’t see needy around them.

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