Karachi : A Journey towards New image

HamaraKarachi brings you a 10 minute video on Karachi’s journey towards new image, a new hope for a city that met an orphanage attitude from Islamabad for 3 decades. In my opinion this is a tribute to young & hardworking Nazim, Mustafa Kamal who has not only given a better look to Karachi but also unlike his other party men (accused on their involvement in Karachi killings in 90’s especially Hakim Said) got applaud from everyone specially Karachiites for the work he carried out. The video well covers different aspects about Signal free corridor.

33 Comments so far

  1. SS (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 5:10 am

    Excellent presentation, I am so happy to and very anxious now to see the city where I was born. Salute to you, the Mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal. All my prayers for the betterment of this city. May Allah bring back the peace and harmony in the city.

  2. Zaash (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 7:24 am

    Wonderful video, most of all i liked the comment during the video “akhirkaar darakht ne phal daina shroo kar dia” and its the fact that ppl can see the results and hopefully after few yrs of these kind of effort and work Karachi will be a astonishing city.

  3. Kamran (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 9:37 am

    When did this Nazim came in power? Cause I don’t understand one thing. This Nazim didn’t start these projects, so why is he taking the praise once it has completed.

    To the best of my knowledge a lot of development was started way before he came into power. So I don’t think he should be getting praised for it.

    If he did act as a catalyst to these projects, then bravo to him. I was in Karachi a month back, and the situation that I saw was nothing to write about. Or maybe I just chosed the wrong routes…

  4. Adnan Sheikh (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    @Kamran… Mayor Mustafa kamal came in power in the last quarter of 2005, and mind you all these projects were started by him that are mention in this video.. The signal free corridor was the imagination of MFK, and he deserve the praise for completing these projects in record time

  5. karachiite (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:06 am

    The writer of this blog (MB) is always ranting and raving against the MQM, which happens to be Karachi’s biggest and most popular political party. Even presenting a video about their good works he wants to repeat lies from the past that were used to murder 15,000+ people from Karachi – that MQM murdered Hakim Said.

    Hakim Said was murdered by the people committing mass murder in Karachi. These animals were going to murder Edhi too and Edhi had to run away from Pakistan where he made a statement that he had been informed that he was due to be killed and the MQM blamed.

    While Karachi is trying to heal from past wounds we have characters like MB trying to keep the wounds open and spread hatred. This guy keeps continuously ranting against the MQM on this blog for no reason. He should not be allowed to further his political agenda here.

  6. ash (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:16 am

    Personally i support the MQM. And they were certainly perhaps part of the problem in the 1990’s but as you said there were a lot of wild animals round then and they did the majority of that crap.
    Being allowed to have an opinion even a biased opinion is mandatory. MQM doesnt need mb or anyone elses vote to survive what they say here is their own perogative and to disagree is our perogative.

  7. Anathema (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    At one hand Unaiza is cotnastnyl cribbing about MQM. and thenn we have this.

    @ Kamran: Mayor Naimutullah did start a few projects which were completed durng his time. Mayor Mustafa Kamal has continued to do s, but tink up bigger projects and gt them completed in less time with less digging.

    each govt has ts pros and cons. im for the man who made this all possible.

    yes uniza. let off some steam would you?

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    anathema: unaiza? girl.. this post is from MB..? am i missing something?

    over the last few months, i’ve also started supporting the MQM to some extent.. especially after the hard work put in by the MQM-run CDGK. In the up-coming CDGK elections.. my vote definitely goes to them.

  9. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:45 am

    Both the guys deserve credit………Naimatullah initiated good work in the city while currently Mustafa Kamal is continuing former’s efforts along with his own initiatives…….As long as they are working for city’s benefit….they deserve appreciation…..its meaningless, i believe, squabbling over who’s better!

  10. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:52 am

    Well trumpet all they want but there is a serious flaw in constructing a signal free corridor over the past few days I have interacted with a number of top architects who are impartial to political motivation and they have raised very serious issues regarding the flaw in a signal free corridor on top of Shahrai Faisal.

    They have proposed alternative locations like on top of the railway lines or even on top of Korangi River. I am gathering some information and will definitely post it once completed. They see the signal free corridor as damaging to the environment on a long term basis as compared to building alternative routes rather than building the same road over ‘n over again.

  11. MB (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 11:03 am

    @TM : Rest assured we would be as keen to see what you come up with as anyone. By the way i would recommend you to read Cowasjee’s article on his objections or meet any SHEHRI guy who has some technical info.

  12. zoya (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    great work i must appraise all the work and development carried out in Karachi,
    well these things are the very advance things i would like to bring attention of these people and govt to the basic problem of Karachi that is load shedding and water seepage and greenery
    if u see in other big cities when they started to work in that area they have map so they start growing plants and trees on their side so upto the project completed the side ways also green and cover the pollution produce in that area and make it beautiful additionally

    i hope somebody else also think like that and may transfer these view and suggestion to the govt

    hope for the best and again congratulation

  13. Anathema (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    @ Mansoor: yes i know MB posted this. But reading Uniaza’s passion for bias and hatred towards MQM, i would like to read her opinion.

  14. PatExpat (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

    We should give credit where its due. Kudos to Mustafa Kamal for envisioning and completing the projects.

    We all seem to forget that it was Naimatullah Khan who started with reviving parks. Living in F B Area, I can testify that it was Naimatullah Khan who dreamt up and started groundwork on gharibabad underpass, nazimabad and sohrab goth flyover and MQM used to make noises against him.

    Had it not been for his works, MQM would have only done what it does best (bhatta khori – extortion). Everybody knows that CDGK elections were rigged to favor MQM because Naimatullah Khan had built enough good will in his earlier tenure to get himself reelected easily.

    Ask any medium or large industrialist, contractor and he will tell you that they are being asked to cough up money or employ ‘larkay’. Though its crime wing (of which there is ample proof for anybody who keeps his eyes and mind open) has also kept progressing. And its true that Hakim Saeed as well as Mehmood Shamzai and their own Khalid Bin Walid amongst many others were killed by MQM.

    Despite winning unfairly, MQM has repaired significantly its damaged reputation. Mustafa Kamal deserves praise that he countered the bad deeds by carrying out the good works and extending them.

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    Credit first goes to N.U.Khan because he started a healthy competition. TOday whatever MQM is doing is actually a reaction to N.U.KHAN’s govt but since it’s a healthy reaction therefore we should appreciate it.

  16. Ali Mohsin (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    I guess its rightly pointed out that NUK actually started healthy competition…..but i dont agree with the PATEX’s notion that “MQM used to make noises against him”.

    Infact, Farooq Sattar publically appreciated NUK efforts and stated that mayor’s good work will be continued. Precisly the reason that majority of NUK projects were not scrapped, a precedent not appreciated by parties of BB and Sharifs (ab to bhai behan ho gaein hay…warna pehlay….)

  17. Suhail (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

    @ Adnan & Mansoor

    Great comments by you two. :)
    However lets not forget the creator of this system, i mean the local body system, which has pushed political parties to actually show some work.
    Both the present and ex nazims have worked , lets pray now that their mutual relationship becomes less hostile to each other.

  18. Ali (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    have anyone witnessed a decrease in traffic since Signal free corridor started operating???

  19. K A Raja (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    hello every one !( no offence to any one watsoever)

    r v karachities not very emotional, about this development that was long due to our city, most obvious reasons are the people currently living here in London, now a so called Pakistani for as he has now a british passport holder. Thereofre I beleive he doesn’t have any right whatsoever to involve in any Pakistani politics/policies watsoever and for God Sake stop taking credit for what these young ambitious guys are doing, I Pray Allah and hope that Karachi would continue prosper and these people will honestly cater us, as Mr President Musharraf has taken a very big risk of giving the key to the city to the looeter, who once destroyed it and now receving praises for developing it.


  20. BoZz (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

    Needless to say and which is very evident, this video is based on propagating one political party. Which is a shame. It could have been presented differently without tarnishing it with a political agenda. Good deeds do not need and should not be broadcasted in such blatant manner.

    That having said credit is due not to one man or one political party but to the President and the system in general for allowing these projects to take shape.

    In the short term some of the problems may have been solved but we should always look at the bigger picture. No one has come forward to explain or clarify the long term effects of these projects on us (public health) and our environment as well.

    So called development without proper considerations is not development but destruction.

    The sad part of all this is, that most of us are also blogged in this present quagmire.

    For all those enthusiastic clappers on either side of the fence, I would strongly recommend to them to re-read Mr. Cowasjee’s article as appearing in Dawn, http://www.dawn.com/weekly/cowas/20071102.htm – and to buy Jack Diamond’s book as well.

    In all probability, all we are achieving is creating a speedier corridor to our own graves.

  21. MB (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    BOZZ thank you so much for highlighting it. Incidentally i had already a post ready covering AC’s this article + some other info. Thanks again.

    I kept silent just because few fellows here think (mansoor is going to kill me now…bachaaoo ) that having skyscrapers & construction means progress.

  22. Anathema (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

    @MB: right wth you on skyscrapers =D

  23. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

    the case of MQM is like that of a terrorist who loots your money, murders your family member then using that looted money goes for Haj to wash of all his sins then comes back gives money to charities and needy people and spends money in community welfare projects and every one is all praise for him comparing him with some saint….

  24. d0ct0r (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    as for the corridor and flyovers that are making you all excited… how many of you have actually driven on those flyovers or under those flyovers..
    let me reproduce one of my earlier comment on the same issue…”this corridor is totally ill conceived and wrongly planned project.. even a lay man like me could have taken all the things into consideration that civic center fly over terminates in front of expo center gate,marriage lawns,National Stadium , sui gas’s headoffice , civic center and Land department offices… which are mostly crowded and congested both during the day and at night as well … plus if you are comming from askari park side and below that hasan square flyover try to take a right turn toward national stadium then its simply a nightmare coz there are no signals poor traffic official is simply clueless and its a total mess.. just try it out some time, it simply multiplies problems instead of providing any relief…”

  25. hh (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

    Another example of the lack of planning is that you could get on to Karsaz without going on to the flyover at National Stadium.

    Anyway the problem is that all these politicians don’t give a damn about the ordinary people. They only care about staying in power. The documentry proves this point. The documentry is just a propaganda video. If our politicians intentions were sincere, they wouldn’t gloat about there successess rather they would be humble about it.

  26. hh (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 11:28 pm

    Further I give a damn to all these developments if society day by day keeps on getting morally corrupt. What is the point of this bloody development. Look at us. patience is getting thinner and thinner even though time and time again the Quran lays emphesis on it. lying is prevalent, bribary is prevalent, obsecenity and vulgarity is prevalent in terms of language, behaviour etc. Robberies are prevalent. Human rights abuses are prevalent.

    I’d rather have people concentrate on getting rid of this moral corruption within our society than all this materialistic development. All this development may bring to ease some of the problems however, it won’t get rid of the major problem within our society and that is the moral decadence.

  27. TURAB (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 10:00 pm


  28. Office Field (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2007 @ 5:59 am

    HamaraKarachi is the Baby of Office Field

  29. F. AHMED (unregistered) on February 24th, 2007 @ 2:34 am

    i was born and raised in karachi and i love it! whatever political party does good work , we should appreciate it! i am living in UAE for almost 2 years now and i miss karachi a lot.

    we should commend the mayor for doing good work but… the young mayor should keep his cool and stop shouting about the fact that he got these projects completed in no time cu’s people would start expecting all the problems to be solved in a few months and then he would be in trouble.

    he is young and inexperianced and someone should tell him that humility is a virtue and bragging about doing your job, for what you are paid, is not a good idea .

    he should come to dubai and try to find out that despite all the developements going on here, mind you the investments comming here are more then what whole of pakistan would likely get in the next 30 years, yet there are so many issues like traffic, rents, cost of living…. so he should grow up and stop shouting about his achievements from the rooftops!

    every summer the electricity plays hide and seek. he should solve that problem in the next 1 year.

    as far as iam concerned i will support any party that doesgood work and i am a karachiete not urdu speaking or punjabi speaking….


  30. Ali (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 8:48 am

    Naimat Ullah khan ??
    well he was in power for 4 years and the people giving him credit just tell us how many projects he completed in his 4 years tenure ??
    how many fly overs and how many underpasses ?
    he was doing dubios politics why he was failed to make what Mustafa Kamal did in just less then 2 years ?
    if for a second we accept it was his projects then why there was not a single dug hole for Ghareeb abad,liaquat abad nazimabad underpass?
    nothing he was just making parks so that he get attension ,why they didn’t lay any severage or water lines ?
    they were doing just LEPA POTI and actually doing nothing ,it is only and only MQM who always stood up and try to built karachi, Nazimabad Flyover, 7# second bridge ,Rashidminhas flyover Neepa flyover liaquatabad flyover all made by MQM then there was no Naimatullah khan.

  31. Ali (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 9:03 am

    The Anti MQM people should bring something new against MQM as the label of terrorism,bhatta and murder is washed now, every one knows who were the people who were killing innocent youth of karachi in the name of terrorism and trying to crush the voice of urdu speaking majority of karachi.

  32. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    i just want to request you all not to use sectarian language here otherwise this forum would become a mouthpices of the political parties…..i esp resent the above line by ALI about…..

    “crushing the voice of urdu speaking majority of khi..”

    please leave this politics out of this forum, which should be apolitical otherwise i certainly do not want to be here.

    if you love karachi then for god’s sake grow out of this mentality of urdu or punjabi speaking…..

    there is still hope for karachi….please don’t kill it:))

  33. Iqbal Xaidi (unregistered) on March 4th, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

    Indeed there were some projects which started during Mr. Naimat ullah time and many were completed during his tenure but both Jamat & MQM failed to give a clear planning for the city in the past. The vision was missing so billions went in drains. Mr. Naimat ullaha had to overlook massive corruption by UC Nazims in the name of development. Every UC Nazim was given about 10 million each per year. About 3 billion was spend in two years. This was enough to change the whole sewer system of Karachi. Some agency must investigate this corruption.
    I hope that CDGK addresses both micro & macro issues at the same time. If we have to keep pace we have to keep heavily in infrastructure which was neglected in the past. Let Lyari Express way and Northern Bypass be completed and people see some real core change.

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