Karachi – The City of Rallies!

The following was published in Dawn, Metropolitan edition today, under Karachi Notebook. Just had to share it, since i couldn’t have written it better myself.

When we were young, elders used to tell us about the glories of Karachi, how she was once lovingly referred to as the ‘City of Lights.’ Largely thanks to our friends in the KESC, that nomenclature is no longer applicable. But dubbing our city the ‘City of Darkness,’ just doesn’t cut it either.

I propose we rename Karachi the ‘City of Rallies,’ as all of a sudden, there seems to be a spate of rallies being taken out by different political, religious and ethnic concerns. And all of them quite conveniently decide to carry out their activities smack in the middle of M.A. Jinnah Road or other thoroughfares.

Rallies for democracy; rallies against democracy; rallies for this; rallies against that. Heck, if this carries on, in the very near future there’ll be a rally taken out against rallies. I, for one, will gladly participate in that rally.

Rally organizers of all shades and persuasions are most welcome to take out their processions, have their sit-ins and chant their slogans for or against whomever. Just please do it somewhere far from human habitation. Maybe the city government can donate a few acres of land for rabble rousers, both pro and anti-government, to do their thing.

Till then gridlock, frayed nerves and heightened blood pressure is what citizens of Karachi can expect.


The last rally, held by MQM against the lal masjid fiasco was a resounding success. I wonder if it would send a message to the rest of the country? Or would it be drowned out as noise from the city which loves to rally?

7 Comments so far

  1. abdul qudoos (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

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  2. Truefacts (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 3:32 pm

    The subject is bit different, but related to trafic & with u & me & kindly read & forward the message to others

    Please visit & read the article

    “ayae aihad karain kay…” published on April 9


  3. Tabraiz Feham (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in sizzling heat of Karachi to condemn and raise their voice against extremism and what they call it Danda Bardaar Shariyat. This is a sheer display and warning for a mere 2% minority of extremists to correct their vices… This is not Afghanistan, Welcome to Pakistan.

    Karachiites say NO to Extremism

  4. ronin (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    author forgot to mention death-rallies by mini-buses/buses (bus racing)

    yep city of rallies

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

    call it Danda Bardaar Shariyat. This is a sheer display and warning for a mere 2% minority of extremists to correct their vices… This is not Afghanistan, Welcome to Pakistan

    hehhe. *grin*

  6. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    “author forgot to mention death-rallies by mini-buses/buses (bus racing)”


    Sahil bachao rally ka kya hua? (Was @ seaview i think) (Or as predicted, ppl just hung out @ McD’s :P).

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 12:21 am

    A different kind of Rally in India. LOL!


    Our Indian fellows are mad at Shilpa and saying, Hum Mar gaye hain kia??

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