Ground Breaking for Twin Towers

Just days after the Sindh CM denied permission for building of Karachi Financial Towers, the controversial twin towers to be built at II Chundrigar road, the president comes along and does the ground breaking ceremony for it.

And here’s the clincher…

Sindh governor Dr Ishrat-ul- Ebad Khan, chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim, federal ministers Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Babar Khan Ghauri were also present on the occasion.

Anyone still wondering why im in awe of our president? He gets things DONE!

36 Comments so far

  1. TURAB (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 11:49 am

    NARAAAYYe MUSHIII!!!
    JEAAAYYY MUSHHI!!

    Admit it we need the army danda!!

    :D


  2. shaDy (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    hahahahahahha


  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    Army walay always get things done…….that is, danday ki zore par.


  4. MB (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

    Well if mushy wants it, who can stop
    “Army walay always get things done.”
    Arsalan is right


  5. Faraz Khan (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

    Hey thats cool… can any body place some model pictures of the twin towers… i hope no plane will have II Chudrigar’s route.


  6. Concerned (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    where on chundrigar road r they going to do this, i cant think of any place except the railway land.

    Any one know where its going to be?


  7. karachiite (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

    Go here for more information on this project:

    Financial Towers


  8. JayJay (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    Pak Fauj, and therefore the General President, have vested interest in the project as the National Logistic Cell (NLC)is a partner in the joint venture. Only in our mumlak-e-khada-dad the miltary could have its tentacles entangled in every business one can think of.


  9. Shey (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    It’s an exciting time to be in Karachi.


  10. Concerned (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    @Shey

    Its an exciting time to be out of Khi, come back in 3-4 yrs, when everything is built.


  11. verysmart (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    MB, what do you want him to do mate, will you continue to critise mushi just for the sake of criticism itself?

    Please learn to appreciate… I like him coz he has a vision, a more progressive and realistic one.. and he never hesitates to have it implemented.

    Nations like us always require danda (nations which are illiterate and proud of it aswell), take malaysia (pre mohatir), Singapore in the early 1960s, China in 1950s, Vitenam in the time of Ho Chi Min… all these countries are benefiting from the fact that they each had a single leader with a vision, who ruled for a longer period.

    Sooo… long live mushi…


  12. Concerned (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

    Long live Mushi!


  13. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

    one thing the concerns me is that Chundigar road is too narrow to these types of skyscrappers now if a skyscrapper of that magnitude is built on those railway lands as well then there would be no room left for future expansion of this road.. maybe we’ll need an elevated chundigar road as well in future..


  14. mansoor (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

    rightly said verysmart. even dubai!


  15. SWA (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 1:07 am

    GUYS, before you get over-enthusiastic, heres the clincher:

    THE TOWERS HAVE BEEN SCALED DOWN FROM THE ORIGINAL 65 STORIES TO A MERE 44 STORIES!!

    You can check all the plans on the website http://www.enshaanlc.com
    Therefore, the Sindh CM has STILL ruined it half for the city.


  16. SWA (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 1:26 am

    Btw, a lot of people were opposing the SS on IIC in grounds such as parking, water and infrastructural issuses. Lemme highlight them a little:

    ROADS AND TRANSPORTATION:
    IIC is near Jinnah brige – the termination point for the elevated expressway, the Coastal Highway and the Northern Bypass (also the Lyari Expwy and the mass transit corridor I in the future – hopefully). A few shuttles running from Jinnah Bridge then should bring it within easy reach.

    PARKING:
    Well, they have two huge parking floors underground, as well as three floors above the podium for parking. And the master plan has a LOT more land which I am sure might be utilized for more parking if it becomes necessary. Remember – this project is following a lot of international conventions and a lot of them require that adequate parking space be provided in the project.

    WATER:
    this I frankly do not know how it will be managed, but I am sure the developers thought of that before they thought of investing so many millions of dollars into it.

    POWER:
    Power generation MUST be independently run for it to be efficient and corruption free. And it is also the easiest problem to solve. The building could easily install its own generation plant.

    LOCATION:
    Karachi needs to have a centralized downtown like most of the world’s big cities instead of peppering skyscrapers all over the city. I would NEVER support such a tall skyscraper on the outskirts of the city. Usually, the PURPOSE of building skyscrapers in the first place is to give space in a congested area. By building tall, you can provide a larger space in a lesser amount of area.
    So a prerequisite isnt that since a place is congested you dont build skyscrapers there. The answer is entirely the opposite.

    Also, like somebody said earlier, if you have so many troubles with development, switch to the Discovery Channel or the History Channel from time to time and see Modern Marvels and Extreme Engineering. We are new to living properly with dense urbanization but technologies and ways for dealing with impossible looking urban challenges have already been found and used in a LOT of developed cities of the world. We should always root for development instead of against it, but we should also always make sure that we always vocally demand a proper provision of urban services as well — which is the duty of the CDGK.


  17. Imran (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 3:16 am

    Almost all highrise buildings, malls, towers, plazas in Karachi do have provision for basement parking (on paper).

    The construction may be anywhere … it’s a matter a following through in spirit, not words.

    May (the law) prevail in Pakistan. And may the law-maker as well.


  18. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 6:26 am

    If towers are controversial then we should resolve the issues first instead of supporting dictator’s acts. You people are slaves, no will of own. I hate this attitude. Stop supporting DICTATOR.


  19. Cheeta (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 7:30 am

    MQM ka chamcha… Its a project by MQM most probably. Think of the chaos (pani, bijli, construction debri etc) it’ll cause, oh and the increased traffic jams….
    mush gets things done.. hah DAM banaya?


  20. Pak_Stallion (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 7:58 am

    Musharraf Zindabad!!!!


  21. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 8:06 am

    This is good BUT we must take Karachi Skyline under consideration. If the tall buildings does not compliment a strong skyline like in Dubai or Hong King then it would be a bad idea. It has to be planned very carefully like a still life arrangement or products in a showcase. Not just start building tall buildings in middle of nowwhere.


  22. TURAB (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 8:47 am

    doctor do you want highways cutting through the skyline or wht?? welcome to the modern day downtown of a metropolitan city… its the same everywhere!


  23. TURAB (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 8:48 am

    purple haze and all those critical of the projects let the projet begin are you guys engineers or town planners? if not then shut the hell up and let those guys do their jobs! MQM n MUSHI PAINDABAD!


  24. MB (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 11:26 am

    mmmmmmmmm
    Interesting…..


  25. MB (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

    @VERYSMART

    “MB, what do you want him to do mate,”
    I want him to pay the same attention & his BIG A_ _ in more important works and get them implemented too using the same “danda”. I want to him to stop acting like a marketing manager who never lets any opportunity which projects him as progressive guy. There are trillion other things where he can use the same danda to get things done. Where does that danda goes then ?? Where does the same danda gone when the Sugar crisis came and few moron opportunist (who were a part of the gov. too) f – – the whole nation on their demands. Where his dand was sleeping when every hour there is a rape. Where the danda does sleeps when the supreme court has to act instead of his machinery on injustice. Where his danda does sleeps when corruption is to be eradicated, starting from his own ARMY. Want me to continue more on this . . . . .??


  26. MB (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    @VERYSMART

    “MB, what do you want him to do mate,”
    I want him to pay the same attention & his BIG A in more important works and get them implemented too using the same “danda”. I want to him to stop acting like a marketing manager who never lets any opportunity which projects him as progressive guy. There are trillion other things where he can use the same danda to get things done. Where does that danda goes then Where does the same danda goes when the Sugar crisis came and few corrupt opportunist (who were a part of the gov. too) blackmailed the whole nation on their demands. Where does his danda sleep when women are deprived of their honour, when the Supreme Court has to act instead of his machinery on injustice, when corruption is to be eradicated, starting from his own ARMY, when Admiral Mansoor was let go free. Want me to continue more on this?

    “Please learn to appreciate”
    How many my posts you have read completely?? Please give me a count
    Where there is due i will appreciate, including this one too .It a great step ahead though me and other fellows do think IIC was not the area to start this kind of work

    “Nations like us always require danda”
    Yes they do, and i agree with this more than you do. But why this danda is required by the awaam & not the khawaas ? And i guess Armed forces are a part of this nation too. Who they are accountable to ?. Who will give them a danda if your logic is followed?

    And for GOD sake stop giving examples of Malaysia, Singapore & China. I am sick of this old comparison method all of use. Why we compare few our own favored variables in whole equation?. Don’t act like a stupid politician who plays with words in CAPITAL TALK. In those countries the ARMY never raped the democracy for any reasons, in those countries the ARMY never raped its own nation for the sake of “AN ATOMIC BOMB”, the ARMY never fooled its nation in the name of security by taking all the resources diverted to itself and keeping the nation eat grass………..Army has almost 50 percent of responsibility in what ever hell our nation is in right now directly or indirectly. Its a same that a President comes to inaugurate a TWIN TOWER and you want us to “appreciate” these pity things. Hey wake up. Its 21st century. He is if he is that much a person with a “vision” he should, if he is that much keen to be on camera, inaugurate 100 years mega projects. You are acting like if he is inaugurating world’s first twin towers.

    Abdul Sattar Edhi came on TV few months back and guess what he said ?
    He said he doesn’t want to attend inaugurations..
    Why ??….Because it’s a waste of time, he said. There is so much to be done before i consider myself i am free for those things.
    That’s the vision dude that’s the vision……….Read the life of British Queen who didn’t have time to meet her own relatives for years, who were in her own area because according to her she had so many documents at her table day and night she didn’t have time for anything else.
    That’s the dedication man. What are you talking about? Your president has no time but to inaugurate convocations, ceremonies, twin towers, foreign tours etc. And you think that’s vision?. I pity your definition of vision.
    Inaugurating a twin tower using a dunda is a sign of a visionary??
    Relax….Read history & read specially the history of people who are called visionary to get into its defination…

    Visionary never does what every TOM DICK and HARRY on the street can do. The lootera zardaari & the badmaash & corrupt Nawaz too inaugurated big projects ……..So that made them visionary?

    Having said all this, I still believe he is much much more “visionary” (just to accept your definition) and it’s a good and right step ahead but he should concentrate in more important works. If i remember exactly we still stand on same level on majority of the problems that we were facing 7 years back with top 10 issues still pending…….if you want me to list them. But as i said i will appreciate where it is due that is the economic progress, the credibility Pakistan has gained level International level and at least a better “military democracy” than those morons in 90’s………….

    Thanks for patience in reading all this….I shall appreciate your reply


  27. MB (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

    Its a shame** that a President comes to ….


  28. mansoor (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

    MB: “And i guess Armed forces are a part of this nation too. Who they are accountable to ?. Who will give them a danda if your logic is followed”

    obviously you have never heard of the ISI? the military has quite a big system of check and balances that any other system i know of. Its not all cowboys and their toys you know :p


  29. mansoor (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

    MB: “and it’s a good and right step ahead but he should concentrate in more important works”

    yaar.. priorities har post par alag lagti hai. The economic boom is all very good and all, but right now, the first order of business is survival, and for that we need image projections. Other things, they’ve got hundreds of people to do :p you cant really expect him to go around opening schools/hospitals all over the country can u?


  30. MB (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

    “the first order of business is survival, and for that we need image projections.”
    Absolutely spot on. Very right. The media is sensible enough itselfto project if things are going right.

    “you cant really expect him to go around opening schools/hospitals all over the country can u? ”
    I don’t want to do that even here or for that matter none of these things. Read that Abdul Sattar Edhi line in previous comment again.


  31. mansoor (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

    mb: in todays world… these ‘inaugurations’ do come in image building, do they not? Each inauguration gives a platform for a speech, which is further taken up as quotes. Playing these inaugurations right makes image building a much easier task.

    both your statements seem to be conflicting each other now…?


  32. MB (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

    No they don’t, here is why :
    My point was the media is sensible enough to pick up the image building bits and pieces. He doesn’t need to “act”. And the emphasis was not why he inaugurated. It was why other more important things are not been looked on.

    Come on dear, a president needs inaugurations as ocassions to speech ?. You must be kidding…
    He can do that 24×7 a year using other methods.

    And is inauguration the only thing left for image building ?. That was my point. The changes in Hudood laws was a good step ( though i wish they would be removed completely but anyways, so far so good). That was a good image building step. Hope you got it.


  33. TURAB (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    mushi is not a dictator and he can use any positive publicity to raise his popularity…….. why can’t we compare the 90s and the first 7 years of 21st century… you have to be really pagal not to admit the zameen asman ka faraq!!

    hamesha negative hona achi baat nahien….. atleast acknowledge the positives rather than finding negatives in the positives!


  34. MB (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 9:52 am

    aray baba…….naraz kion hotay hain aap
    Jee bilkul, baja farmaaya aap ne

    We are better than those moron’s in 90’s. Still miles to go before sleep. And what we are crying about is its all temporary and clumsy. Thats our point is. There is nothing concrete that has been done in 7 years which would change everything in at least one area out of 100 you can list. The only good thing is economic progress but thats too is based upon few indicators and few people. Once Muhsy is gone we are back on track hell….
    Instead of utilizing his danda on permanent solutions he is using it to lengthen his kursi. Thats our point. Baqi pehlay se toh obviously surat-e-haal kuch areas mai behtar hai.


  35. mansoor (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    mb: you just need *us* to admit there are ‘other’ things he needs to do right? :D we’re both in agreement on what he’s done already is good and all, but you want more…. have some pepsi ;)

    Once Muhsy is gone we are back on track hell…. yaar.. that is so, however the changes in system he’s enacted over the years (the biggest example of which is the town system and city govts) are things which run on their own. One of the reasons local haalaat are getting better is that finally people from those area’s are getting into power, and getting their areas better.

    As opposed to a lot of times before, where people who get the seats have never even BEEN in those areas before :p


  36. MB (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

    ” but you want more…. have some pepsi ;)”
    haaahah
    i love it…

    As for your views about local government, i wont deny them and nor will approve because i have mixed plate of information with me. There is definitely work going on in some areas and there are other news about money going to pockets. As i said earlier somewhere, i will see how many rains these constructions stand. But yes there is definitely work going on. As for its standard. Just wait a little



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