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The Colonial Present – Weekly Readers Club Meeting on 22nd Jan @ Shah Jehan Auditorium

Weekly Readers Club in Karachi, is a voluntary, non-profit, informal group committed to the promotion of reading culture in Karachi.

The club has been regularly hosting book discussions every week on one book or another, I was introduced to this club by Mubeen Sirhindi back in October and am guilty of not being able to attend any of their weekly meetings but feel this is a great community service for the people of Karachi. If you are interested in being kept updated of the activities of this club join their mailing list which they update regularly every week and be a part of the group activities. I also will hope and promise to keep KMB readers updated of the latest book review on a regular basis as well – Generally all book lovers are welcome

The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq - Derek Gregory

The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq - Derek Gregory

Book: The Present Colonials: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq
Author: Derek Gregory
Facilitator: Dr. Abu Bkar Shaikh

Description: In this powerful and passionate critique of the “war on terror” in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq, Derek Gregory traces the long history of British and American involvements in the Middle East. He argues that the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11 activated a series of political and cultural responses that mapped a profoundly colonial perimeter of power. The Colonial Present traces the connections between political, military, and economic power – the grand strategies of geopolitics – and the spatial stories told by the lives of ordinary people. It also shows the intimate connections between events in Afghanistan, Palestine, and Iraq. Packed with empirical detail, and shot through with arresting arguments, The Colonial Present is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand a world riven by a war on terror that is also a war of terror. (Quoted from

Date: Friday, 22th January 2010
Time: 18.00 to 19.30 hours
Venue: Shah Jehan Auditorium,
SMF Centre,
ST-3, Block – 4, Clifton, Karachi.
(Foundation Public School Bldg., On 26th Street, DHA,
Near Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mazaar)

Latest Update: Schools and Colleges will open tomorrow

I just came to know (via Daily Jang’s latest update) that Provisional Minister, Pir Mazhar Ul Haq announced School and Colleges will open tomorrow as per schedule regardless of tomorrow’s strike.

I don’t know what kind of decision it is… and what is the reason behind such late night announcement.. weird!

MA Jinnah Road, the day after


Youth of Pakistan to visit MAZAR-e-QUAID on 25th to pay hommage

Give Tribute to Quaid-e-Azam on 25th Dec

Give Tribute to Quaid-e-Azam on 25th Dec

To evoke national spirit and patriotism, a large group of citizens have planned to head over to the Quaid-e-Azam mazar at 11am to pay hommage and offer fateha at the monument. This even not only marks an important national event but is a show of unity and strength that there are patriotic pakistanis willing to struggle foe peace in this country of ours.

RSVP at the Facebook event and show up at the Mazar-e-Quaid to show your support

A brief message generally encompasses the true spirit of the organizers

We welcome the youth to make an Assembly behind our team & supporters and pay their rich tribute to the man who changed our fate. From a SLAVE-NATION to a PROUD NATION, we owe to our great leader QUAID-e-AZAM “THE GREATEST LEADER”.

Pakistan Zindabad

Routable GPS Maps for Karachi

Routable Karachi Map courtesy of

Routable Karachi Map courtesy of

Its been a long time coming but independent efforts by a group of volunteers have finally paid off to present a fully routable GPS map for Karachi available FREE to the general public. Ali Ahmed and his team of GPS enthusiasts at PKMaps has been doing a remarkable job updating and mapping the entire city of Karachi (& Pakistan) in full detail. Their latest release Karachi Map 0.85 has yet again built upon their great effort. Boasting n impressive stats of 9,500 POI, 36,000 roads (10,500 km), 2,500 addresses, 40 POI with contact numbers

The zip files available for download on the site are custom made for Garmin GPS units. To install this map on your Garmin device you can either download the Mapsource version or copy the gmapsupp.img directly on your supplemental map file. If you have a non-Garmin device there are a few help files on the forums to help install the same Karachi map on alternate devices.

Routbale Map of Karachi available for free

Routbale Map of Karachi available for free

Generally all Pakistan wide maps are available for free but a more detailed Pro version can be accessed for free if you join the team of contributors helping them to either map or even correct and fix the existing map. The Pro version generally has quite a detailed index of house numbers and an elaborate POI index [Points of Interest]

Attached are a few screen shots of this amazing routable map navigating through the streets of Karachi

Allah Chowrangi Pepsi’fied

Newly painted monument - seemingly looks better then the old cement grey look

Newly painted monument - seemingly looks better than the old cement grey look

ITCN Asia 2009.

ITCN Asia 2009ITCN Asia turned out to be the most happening Information technology event, the real crowd puller so far, this year. Yesterday the exhibition was open to the general public so I decided to spent more then a few hours and tweet teh exhibition from morning till evening and cover the events live.

I stationed my self at the Dell Pakistan booth in hall number one, and unfolded my laptop but much to my surprise there was not a single free Wifi network available and I had to borrow a WiMax device from a friend (Muneeb) to connect to the internet. I surveyed this hall, visited a few other stalls, came across the CIO WebStudio‘s booth where they were preparing themselves for video recording public opinions, interviews and product reviews. The idea sounded promising and I was sure I wont be getting bored today. (more…)

Blood Needed AB+

Blood required at Aga Khan Hospital, Any one can donate blood. A Lady admit in Aga Khan hospital and she is suffering from blood cancer and she is on Ventilator please help. She has already gotten several bags of blood but she needs even more on daily basis so you can sense the urgency.

Patient name : Mrs. Gulshan Mushtaq Khowaja
MR # : 0023981
Blood Group: AB+
Please Note down the MR # Specially if you are going to donate Blood.

Inauguration of First Parking Plaza

Pakistan’s First multistory vehicle parking plaza, located in Saddar, inaugurated by Governor of Sindh Dr.Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan and City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal. You can find other images of parking plaza at Mayor Syed Mustafa Kamal’s Photos Album on Facebook.
CDGK Parking Plaza

New Generation!

How powerful is our new generation :)

How powerful is our new generation :)

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