Prem Gali

Anybody who’s ever studied at Karachi University or knows anybody who has may have chanced on the word PG or in Prem Gali.

Before KU became the playground for political rivalry, Prem Gali used to be the meeting place for couples head over heels in love with each other. The legend has it that two people who walk in together end up getting married. Or that is what people like saying about it. But that is all history now.

After the Mullah took over, the place lies in ruins now. All that is left of it are the dhabas where everyone heads to eat. Inexpesive, yet yummy food, the likes of which may not be available all over Karachi. The Re. 1 samosa steals away the show singlehandedly.

Swinging by campus any time soon?

25 Comments so far

  1. tee (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

    erm, u sound like very much in favor of it. Do u think we should hav a PG again? and i always thought ppl come here to study and not find soul mates- but of course i may be wrong!

  2. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

    I guess the new generation is more into flirt and prem, as compared to the old one. Our society is getting worse in terms of flirting, teens have too many options now specially cell phones have made their life easier, so my brother now its not just one prem gali the whole country is become prem gali. Plus the new law which will allow guys and girls to hangaround together without any restrictions from the cops.
    So which prem gali you are talking about ?

  3. Salman A. (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    Never heard of that place before but now I am curious to go there. Ironically, no one told me about it when i was in NED. i think i needed to be around people with life and not nerds.. heheheheheh

    Well guys, no matter what the world or mulla do, ‘muhabbat karne wale kum no hon ge’.. wah wah to me :))

  4. Sufi (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

    Tee, finding soul mates during college/university is one of the big reasons of going to college worldwide.

    khitorpit, our society has seen information before consciousness. We have so much information on our hands and we don’t have the ability to make right choices. That resulted in people grabbing everything they see on tv (American, Indian, Pakistani) .. It’s a sad situation. ‘Wanna-bee-ism’ is at its all time high :( .. And there shouldn’t be any restrictions from the cops on couples who want to hang out, one should fear ‘Allah’ more than cops man.

    I will try visiting Prem Gali one of these days :D

  5. ash (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    if two people walk down it they’ll get married huh? clearly most pakistani parents dont know about this gali otherwise they’d have kept it alive and God help any mullah who tried to get in the way :)

  6. tee (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

    @ Sufi
    thanx for the extra info man- i’ll start my search frm today, but OMG i only have a couple o more mnths to go in the uni!!! oh and u’ll hav to really look for it these days unless u already knw where it is, canteen walas sit and peel potatoes there now!!

  7. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    @Sufi, why waste the effort and time to go through the Prem Gali? If you that desperate, then I’d say, log onto

    Internet Zindabad!!!

  8. Sufi (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

    I have been there man.
    But how did u figure I was desperate?

  9. zahra (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 3:02 am

    Sufi’s desperate, and no shame or modesty either :P hehe, how interesting :)

  10. Sufi (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 3:14 am

    loud & proud :P

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 10:00 am

    Prem Gali is the most famous monument of Karachi University:-)

    Off Topiic: City Nazim has banned Plastic bags. Now either you keep a bag in your pocket or bring Pateeli if you are going to buy Dahee or Milk. Life becomes more tough now:/

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    one should fear ‘Allah’ more than cops man

    Well said Sufi. I wish our “educated” Author Sid would havelearnt it in her childhood. *sigh*

  13. Kashif Hafeez (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 2:50 pm

    Universities is build for educational purposes, not for ‘Romance point’.

    As u assume that u has right to do what u want to do, then Mullah also has rights to do what they want to do.

    My brother ! it is not West, it is Pakistan & Karachi where people live under certain boundaries.Adnan is correct ‘Fear to Allah’ should be the most important element.

  14. Abdullah H. (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

    PG was most famous location and a reference point for other wanna go department X , go straight from PG and first left :).

    But I agree university is a place of study and not a lovers meeting point or marriage bureau. Instead of mourning PG one should focus on the standard of education of KU unless its PG you got admission for. Sometime mulla pressure is good otherwise you may be complaining about Sex Gali in future for your next generation.

  15. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    @Sufi, “Yah you are right we should just fear Allah”. The reason why I mentioned about the new law is, its not the mullah who has taken over its the enlighthen and moderation who have took over, and these negative changes which you can see now is bcoz of them and plz dont blame Mullah for whatever going wrong in the society.

  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 12:12 am

    Since we are talking about KU. Does anyone have any idea about the wastage of money in recently developed Latif Ebrahim Jamal Institute for Science and IT? The section has free Internet and students have been provided facility to attend lectures from different universities around the world but instead of attending lectures which cost $200/lecture, students are rather busy in using Internet for usual stuff, emailing etc. Noone or very few attend lectures and regardless of someone attend or not, Govt is bount to pay lecture fee to concerned universities. What a Shame!

  17. BitterTruth (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    @Adnan If students are not taking lectures its not govt fault or is it?
    I think inviting the foreign qualified lecturer is a good step, but the $200 figure is rather high..whats your source?

  18. HA (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 8:05 am

    @ Adnan
    I think LEJ is a great facility for those students in KU who dont have Internet at home – their only means of accessing it to do their assignments etc. is the LEJ!

  19. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 9:36 am

    @Bitter: It’s not about who is faulty. It’s all about ignorance. The real culprit is LEJ managment or say KU Managment. They don’t complain to higher authorities in Islamabad[I think MoST is responsible for it] and they send a message tht students are attending the lectures. The reason they don’t complain because they are being paid for all the stuff too. if they complain then they will strike the axe on their own toes. My friends work and study over there. This is how I got the news.

    As I said that govt is paying $200/lectures and they are free for students. University could introduce a rule to force student to attend lecutres by including it as a part of sessional marks.

    If I had such facility then I was really goint to avail it. If students are not taking part then the department should be closed rather wasting money for no reason.

    @HA: LEJ is not an Internet cafe. The reason it was built to provide facility of attending lectures via video conferencing. Internet is just a part of It. I heard that students can even demand to attend lecture of particular topic.

  20. ICCBS (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    @HA: Dear I am a part of the ICCBS System and would like to add my views. The idea of LEJ was conceived when the Higher Education Commission launch its National Digital Library Program with online free access to some 20000 scholarly journals e.g. ScienceDirect, Royal Society of Chemistry, American Chemical Society, EBSCO, Blackwell, Oxford and lot more.

    When the project chalked down on paper the HEC was already working on PERN (Pakistan Educational Research Network) and Video Coneferncing facility, etc. so the management decided to add video conferencing facility in the center. Since KU has a limited facility of computer labs, LEJ center open its door to all KU students for web searching puropose. But as we are aware to the fact that we always misuse the things, the students starts chatting on MSN, Yahoo, ORKUT etc. To stop this activity the IT people install ISA server and impose a ban on all such things.

    Regarding the Video Conferencing lectures ($200 per lecture), these are conducted only for the PhD students and faculty of KU and not for the graduate level students, but these lectures are available off-line for the students.

    When we were studing @ KU we doesn’t have such facility. The new generation should take this as an opportunity and does not waste time in extra-curriculum activities. There is less the management can do at this level cause they are University Students and not a Child anymore?

  21. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    @ICCBS: Thanks for giving an insight view. I wonder whether PhD students attend those lectures regularly?

    I do agree that there is big responsiblity at students part that they should attend such awesome facility.

    By the way is LEJ planning to public those offline lectures for non-KU students as well? I know I am asking too much but just wanted to know.

  22. ICCBS (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:00 pm


    Well thanks for understanding my views. The matter most important for us would be taking advantage from all these technological advancements. Its upto the student community either to use them as a tool for academic excellence or just take them as a time pass.

    I would also inform you that ICCBS is the first institute in Karachi (i don’t know about Pakistan) which have a complete wi-Fi Solution. Regarding sharing of Video Lectures, currently they are shown in 2 Video Lecture Halls at the facility (view the link below). On the other hand we also share these lectures with Virtual University for distribution among other Universities within Pakistan. We can’t make them public because of the copyright laws.

  23. Nimbus (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    The Re.1 samosa…ummmm yummacious that is…I have passed out now and inspite of the numerous attempts at almost every place in Karachi I couldnt get hold of even anything close to that.As for PG..haaaaa I wish that could develop again and our RULLING MULLAHS leave everybody in peace…but thats still a wish yet to come true.

  24. ALI (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 5:51 am

    hummm 91-95 I had spend some lovely time there :-)

  25. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

    I thought PG stands for PARENTAL GUIDANCE

    PG have a new meaning for me, Thanx Folks

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