20 September, 2020

Karachi Diary

More than 3,200 people died due to violence in Karachi in 2013, making it the city’s deadliest year

Karachi Diary
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Bilawal’s Party

As soon as the explosi­ons go off, everyone looks up nervously. I’m in Pakistan for the Sindh Festival, and for the second night in a row, the fireworks displays rattle people around me, as they wonder if it’s bombs or guns going off. More than 3,200 people died due to violence in Karachi in 2013, making it the city’s deadliest year. At a cousin’s place, I hear of an SMS service that lets subscribers know where in the city there’s been violence that day, so they can avoid that area. It’s in this environment that PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tries to inject some cheer with music, an art and film festival, kite-flying, even a donkey derby!

There’s a lot of criticism for Bilawal’s non-serio­usness, as he appears in an advertisement with the tag-line...

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