Desi Paris since 70’s every gov promised to turn Karachi into Paris. While they copied half-hearted fancy ideas from West e.g Sky scrappers (for 2%) , Bundos & Bundals (for 2%), Depress-ways, Under/Over & Nowhere passes (for 15-20%) what they forgot to copy was the real requirements: water, power, transport infrastructure, education & health (an issue for above 95%) so the end result is a Desi version of Paris.

34 Comments so far

  1. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 8:44 am

    Ha ha ha! Lol! Pity we are in THAT state!

  2. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 9:14 am

    Why do you have to copy any other city. Ok I am not trying to show off here, but I have been in Paris, its nice but why not make karachi a unique (as in good city with good people full of culture) city. Ideas:
    (jokes are allowed :-))

  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 11:54 am

    Ha…ha…truly hilarious.

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

    priceless! :P

  5. IUnknown (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    Excellent stuff.
    I dont want that kind of paris. Give us our karachi back.

  6. Feet Maestro (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    And here I was expecting photos of a ditzy local socialite. What a letdown!

  7. JayJay (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm

    jaisay logg waisee sarkar, waisa shehr

    I have not heard any aspiration from a political leadership of any hue to turn Karachi into Paris. This phrase was used for Lahore by the Sharifs. Proverbial chhichhray, if you like.

  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    Let Karachi be Karachi – As It is Karachi, Karachi is Karachi – & Identity of PAKISTAN. No other Pakistani city comes / stands or sit closer to Karachi.

  9. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 4:02 pm

    Karachi is home is Karachi

  10. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    Lets change the name of Karachi to ‘Paris’. In this way Paris will be mocked not Karachi.

  11. KLM (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

    Karachi is a good city like Lahore and Islamabad. If the current development work in karachi continues in future also i am sure it will change a lot. Pray that federal/Sind govt flush the funds for developemnt of Karachi in future also. It should not be stopped with the change with governemnt.

    Further, Trafic problem is getting more worse hardly few of the karachities respect the trafic laws and i have seen lot of person jumping the red light. Should create the awarness of trafice rules and why should we wait for trafic police to stop us and fine for jumping red light or violating any other law.

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

    you mean paris hilton?

  13. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

    “You should be ashamed of yourself Mr Adnan! How dare you” :-) Nah, this paris was little cleaner

  14. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 4:12 am

    Paris, Newyork, Rome, London, Barcelone {Here I go again :)} They may look nice from outside but inside is different story. I have visited the slums of Newyork and London etc. Dont believe on the fassad they create.

  15. Arifa (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 8:01 am

    Seriously folks… Paris or any other so-called beautiful city in this world is only clean to the tourists eyes… the rest is as dirty as Defence phase 4.
    New York stinks and has rats bigger than Persian cats…
    Paris smells awful if you take one wrong turn.. sewage issues
    Venice….. I feel sorry for those who live there, the stench is unbearable in most places…..
    I think Karachi should be more like Singapore..(if it has to mirror some other city) as it has been rated one of the cleanest cities in the world with minimal crime rate.
    But Karachi won;t be Karachi if there weren’t those distinct features that make it what it is.. we have come to terms with most of them. Maybe we can learn to just make a few life-threatening issues better and live with the rest. It won’t be that bad.. afetr all, we have survived a few decades in the same condition haven;t we?

  16. BoZz (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    Yes we certainly have ‘survived’ – but the essence of life should be – to have ‘lived’. That we have NOT done so far. There is a considerable difference between survival and living.

    Some of you have illusions about other cities being no better than our own. It is time to wake up even if it is at a gradual pace. At least, they have electricity and running water all the time and even if it stinks, sewers certainly do not flow out on to the streets and it is most definitely not allowed to mix with portable water and supplied to the general populace. Please spare us with this self serving sanctimonious sermons.

    Maybe when most of us collectively and eventaully realize that the bubble we exist in, is pretty farty, than maybe we will end up tackling issues to make life better for all.

  17. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 1st, 2007 @ 6:48 pm

    World is getting smaller as more people are travelling. There wont be any secrets specially with Internet. Girls close your eyes for a second.News for guys “Hooters” just oppened its branch in Dubai.Yes in Dubai.

  18. MB (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

    “Maybe when most of us collectively and eventaully realize that the bubble we exist in, is pretty farty, than maybe we will end up tackling issues to make life better for all.”

    No no, you are wrong BOZZ . Even then we shall hear that it was a Jewish & American conspiracy or may be it was an INDIAN conspiracy or its because of Not enforcing Shariah and such stupid statements we here once in a while when people comment on our failures instead of looking into own collar.

  19. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    So what happens is people had to Dubai.Intelligent people open their buisnesses in Dubai.No I am not saying Alcohol should be open in
    karachi. Specially when I see how pakistanis or others consume alcohol in foriegn countries.Alcohol is a root for all evils.But what I am saying is, there are no (debatable) secured and decent recreational facilities for young men and women to socialize.Be creative. Police plays very important role in the society. They should be edcated,impartial,decently paid, noncorrupted individuals.

  20. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    I salute your optimism but wait a minute, did you just say that parts of New York and Paris are as dirty as Karachi.. sorry ma’am you are WRONG.. i love Karachi more than any other city in the world but the bitter truth is that when it comes to hygiene, the dirtiest sections of Paris and New York (havent been to Venice) are still cleaner than the cleanest sections of Karachi. wanna bet on this?

  21. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

    She was probably thinking of Bankok.I saw the open sewerage there. Nasty!

  22. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    And yes Venice water is dirty that its green. (Algae may be)Hopefully when you have boats,hope you choose a better name than what Italians call to their boats :-)

  23. Arifa (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2007 @ 11:36 pm

    @Salman A: I am excited about the betting part :)….I work/studied/lived in Manhattan/NYC I know the city inside out…
    Paris… first hand experience.. can’t provide pictures of Paris but NYC I can try. So how much are we betting?

  24. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 2:19 am

    you excited about betting or LOSING? i have been to harlem and bronx as well, in search of witnessing a place dirtier than Karachi but haven’t had any luck.. may be i can get your help this time.. hehehehehehe………….

    as for the prize, last time i took the “runner up” (i don’t call anyone loser) to this coffee shop located ba ma place on the upper east side.. however, i don’t that anymore so you are good…….

  25. Arifa (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 2:51 am

    @Salman A: I was hoping there was money involved in the bet…Harlem is actually one of the nicer areas… so is Bronx.. I was thinking of Chinatown and the area behind Herald Square….. infact, why forget Jackson Hieghts if we are talking NY in the broader sense. I am pretty sure if we bet on it I won’t be THE RUNNER UP :p

  26. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

    Last time I was in Bronx I was scared to death. Blacks everywhere. Chinatown is dirty but fun to hang out (Good food). Is there a China town in Karachi?

  27. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:34 am

    congrats on being the runner up :)
    check this one out:

    there is a chinese restaurant called China Town in KHI..

  28. Arifa (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:39 am

    @salman a: Seems like you went through a lot of trouble to win this one..:p

    @ShahidnUSA: Got scared of Blacks? hawwww? That’s racism…. kinda sorta…..

  29. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:53 am

    oh yeah you were a tough contestant.. :)
    email me if you come across any NY-Specific info or just hi if you feel like it:

  30. Arifa (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 12:58 am

    @SALMAN A: Who said you’ve won? …… I just said you tired very hard :P Those were just statistics, I bet I can prove these wrong….

  31. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    u sound like one of my professors who was never pleased with my work.. hahaha… ok, i will seek more info and then come back again.. until then, adios!!

  32. Arifa (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 1:12 am

    @SALMAN A: Maybe I am one of your professors :P

    seriously, those results were based on statistics and we were talking about a one-off case which I know are aplenty in NYC.

  33. Ujala Ali Khan (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 12:48 am

    Shahidunisa: Dubai has no ‘hooters’. Some guy got a license, but the opening is yet to be done, or cleared even. Just setting the record straight.

  34. Ujala Ali Khan (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 12:51 am

    Sorry, that’s for ShahidNusa .. I thought it was some girl called Shahidunisa … LOL … my bad.

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