Karachi’s challenge

Published: March 7, 2011
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The writer was the nazim of Karachi from 2005 to 2010

The writer was the nazim of Karachi from 2005 to 2010

“Karachi grows at a rate of a thousand new residents every day. How do governments ensure the health infrastructure can keep up? ”

This was one of the questions I was invited to answer at the Emerging Markets Symposium organised by Oxford University — an international gathering of former mayors, government ministers, urbanisation and health policy experts and economists — to discuss the best approach to the combined challenge of urbanisation and health in emerging market countries.

We know the balance of the global economy is tilting to new markets across the planet. Commentators are urging us to look beyond the so-called BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and to vibrant economies across Latin America, Europe and Asia — not in the least, Pakistan.

But we must look further than national economies and focus on the specific challenges posed by cities as drivers of growth. Cities will be the source of path-breaking economic and social innovation in the future global economy. Karachi is a prime example of this.

The overall concern we identified has to do with governments’ ability to respond to the evolution of health problems in their population. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Pakistan has four times the average rate of infectious diseases, with a particular prevalence of water-borne disease, but is simultaneously facing a rapid rise in non-communicable diseases, associated with the lifestyles developing in its cities.

Cities in emerging market countries are also the main source and catalysts of GDP. And with health transformations, described above, taking place at record speeds, governments must ensure they have the means to keep up.

On a global level, we see urban infrastructure gradually reorganising the planet: Half of the world’s population now lives in cities. By 2050, it is estimated that this will rise to 80 per cent.

Regional specifics also matter; many Latin American countries are more than 70 per cent urban with numerous small and medium cites. By contrast, in Pakistan, the urban population stands at a little more than 30 per cent — with concentrated pressure placed on individual cities, starting with Karachi. This makes the importance of developing healthy urban spaces even greater. In other words, the health of Karachi’s population carries the weight of the country’s growth on its shoulders.

This concept asks a host of questions, the first one being, ‘How should governments plan to tackle this challenge?’ And, of course, ‘What is to be done?’

A key point which emerged is how different cities are governed. The former mayor of Bogota, Enrique Peñalosa, explained the singularities of the city’s ‘Capital District’ status, which means the mayor wields the most governing powers over his city. Peñalosa told of his focus of getting the city to buy land to facilitate long-term infrastructure planning. I explained that the land Karachi sits on actually belongs to the provincial government — and that the city is governed, in one way or another, by thirteen different agencies!

City governance is the fundamental point, which underpins a central idea I took away from Oxford; every area of government has an impact on health. Education, road infrastructure, sanitation — all have a bearing on the wellbeing of populations and can remove pressure on healthcare services themselves by focusing on preventive, holistic solutions. A focus on health imperatives gives a compelling argument for better coordination at all levels.

Within a wider concern for public health, healthcare services themselves are an area where innovation will dictate the future shape, reach and cost of keeping millions of people healthy. In Pakistan, we have seen NGOs develop cash transfer systems to help the poorest afford basic healthcare and using mobile telephony as a way for individual project donors to track the use of their funds, allowing such systems to grow, become institutionalised and help an increasing number of people.

And that is the point — cities like Karachi, and countries like Pakistan must, above anything else, find their own way of doing things. The scale of the challenges faced, the shape of the cities to come, everything is daunting and unprecedented in global history.

We are at the forefront, and on the cusp, of a new global economy, led by our growth and our propensity to innovate.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 7th, 2011.

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  • Talha Masood
    Mar 7, 2011 - 9:33AM

    Nice article, but seems incomplete or may the starter of a series of such articles. Mustafa! please keep up the good work and keep enlightening us with your thoughts on this.Recommend

  • AnIndian
    Mar 7, 2011 - 10:25AM

    Karachi was the height of it’s glory in British India – was a truly prosperous, peaceful, secular, and Cosmopolitan city. It along with Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Madras and Hyderabad were the Jewels of India.

    Today, Sorry to say, it is the most violent City in south Asia: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reports 1981 deaths in 2010 alone.

    For me, the sadder thing is the chronic death of multiculturalism in Karachi – where different religions are no longer tolerated, different ethnic communities are no longer tolerated, and, different viewpoints are no longer tolerated.

    The BRIC countries have already fully expanded their premier cities and are building the second-tier cities, and third-tier cities. You have destroyed the former glory of Karachi and talking of re-building it.

    Full credit to the Author for highlighting the need to revamp Karachi…Recommend

  • ArifQ
    Mar 7, 2011 - 10:40AM

    Presently about 40% of the world’s population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, 3 Billion people i.e. about half of the world population live within 200 KM of the coastal region. Developing countries such as ours are under tremendous pressure because of economic collapse and lack of opportunities elswhere there has been a huge population migration towards the only source of income generation i.e., Karachi. As they would say in Urdu, Sonay pe Sohaga Pakistan jumped into Afghanistan and since the 1980’s has been a recepient of Afghan refugee influx, to make matters worse we have been forced to wage war in the tribal regions which again has been another source of population migration. Mr. Kamal, you have done a tremendous job in Karachi despite the odds, simply put Kamal kardia. But, this is just the begining and things are getting worse, there is no economic relief, Governments seems to be impotent when it comes to managing population migrations and state coffers have very little to support infrastructure spending. Bhai, Karachi ka Allah he hafiz. Recommend

  • Mar 7, 2011 - 10:40AM

    Excellent write-up Mustafa Bhai. Keep posting your master pieces.

    All the best in your blogging

    Your fans are looking forward to see more from you…

    MQM TelevisionRecommend

  • Farhan Danish
    Mar 7, 2011 - 10:56AM

    you are great man of Pakistan. Karachi & Karachiets needs you. We proud on you.Recommend

  • Q
    Mar 7, 2011 - 11:11AM

    Great understanding and a great write-up. God bless you. We hope to see you back soon at a position where you can bring change like you did. Thank you for your remarkable efforts for Karachi.Recommend

  • Najia Naqvi
    Mar 7, 2011 - 11:25AM

    First of all, I am so glad to see your article. Secondly, I am 200% in agreement with you. We should have some solid infrastructure for our health care system. We basically have no system at all and specially for poor people. I witnessed the situations where people related to the insiders getting all the benefits even when they can afford to pay for it and the necessitous have no access to their own rights. Also, the municipal government should have all the power to take the decisions related to the city. I salute you for whatever you done for Karachi in the circumstances you were facing as a Mayor but we are very unfortunate that since you left, Karachi is not in good hands. Recommend

  • Mazhar Abbas
    Mar 7, 2011 - 12:02PM

    Karachi should not be compared with other cities in the competition. Karachi shares 70% in the country economy by itself. The big city of the country with huge problems like terrorism, earth quacks, floods, corrupt leaders and the war against terrorism which reflect badly on country economy with a system leading to failure. In these conditions 36 years old Mayor of Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal delivered beyond expectations – Over viewing the development works of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) during MK tenure, This government was proud of completing almost 360 roads, 356 parks, 445 schools, 35 sports facilities, 16 cricket grounds, 145 health institutions, 373 transport related projects, 116 pedestrian bridges, and others. Besides, the works on almost 126 projects were going on, to be completed in the few months. The government has purchased 12 fir brigades including two snorkels while dozens of machinery for the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB). CDGK has also introduced the Command and Control System; Complain Center 1339, Karachi Development Funds and other projects for the first time in the history to facilitate the citizens of financial hub of the country.Recommend

  • Inqilabi
    Mar 7, 2011 - 12:09PM

    Excellent write up!! Vote for Mustafa Kamal as next Prime Minister of Pakistan Recommend

  • Ebad Mallick
    Mar 7, 2011 - 12:17PM

    Salute to you sir and your Quaid, You people are the true son of this soil. Happy to see your article and likes to see more from your side. We want you and your team back for the betterment of this city because if Karachi grows Pakistan grows.Recommend

  • Mar 7, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Very true. Those who never delivered any thing positive for the country are against him, because they have no such qualities.Recommend

  • Mohsin Ali
    Mar 7, 2011 - 12:55PM

    Nice Article anti Liyari mayors ??Recommend

  • Mar 7, 2011 - 1:05PM

    Mustafa Kamal Is pride of Pakistan not only Of Karachi see how he has worked in Karachi how bravely he fought with existing corrupt peoples in system. He has change the view of big part of Karachi. And done work in utilities with limited sources and powers. MQM has thousands of peoples like Mustafa Kamal. Now rest of Pakistan should think on that this kind of peoples should have more power and free hands. We thanks to Altaf Husain for giving us Mustafa Kamal.

    He knows how he is doing and hw knows from scratch how it works thats why he knows – and thats how it should be on every project all the HISTORY and WORKING things ! which previous RESPONSIBLE Persons dont even know how the system work

    Salute to Mustafa KamalRecommend

  • Yasir
    Mar 7, 2011 - 1:18PM

    Nice Article Mustafa bhai ! please keep up your good work, hope to read more type of these articles from you.Recommend

  • hassan
    Mar 7, 2011 - 1:28PM

    President Pervez Musharraf
    Prime minister Mustafa kamal..

    What an amazing combination it would be.. Pakistan would on top of the worldRecommend

  • Nasir Jamal
    Mar 7, 2011 - 1:31PM

    While there is a clear shift of population in Pakistan from rural to urban areas, our planners do not seem to take important factors such as health, education and availability of fresh drinking water into consideration while making plans. Karachi is the largest and most populous city of Pakistan and more and more people throng this city in the hope of getting jobs and earning livelihood for their families.

    While everyone is welcome but most of the people end up living in slums because of limited resources and civic and housing facilities available in the cities. This has also resulted in the increase in rate of crimes such as snatching of mobiles and robberies because in the absence of opportunities desperate people turn to desperate steps in order to survive and make money.

    The healthcare facilities in the city have always been in shambles. The government hospitals are particularly in deplorable condition because of the large number of patients which they have to deal with in the absence of proper funding from the government. Health, education, and other such necessary concepts still remain alien to our governments.

    Mustafa Kamal did a lot during his tenure as the Nazim of the city and his efforts were universally acknowledged throughout the country and abroad. Karachi could not make real progress because of the inefficient mechanism of government that has clogged the entire system. It is unimaginable that such a big city should be run by so many different agencies that are all running in different direction.

    What is needed is a unified chain of command and sincerity of purpose if this city has to be saved. What Mustafa Kamal did during his short tenure as Nazim is being washed away by the corrupt scavengers of bureaucracy. I can only wish that Mustafa Kamal is called upon once more to take up the helm of affairs and make this city into a really vibrant, progressive and modern city at par with the developed cities of the world. A wish that may not come true.Recommend

  • merium azmi
    Mar 7, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Dear Mr. Mustafa Kamal,
    You have done a lot for karachi and really has helped the few educated people who are here not to leave this country, so thank you for that.
    I feel the biggest issue in Pakistan is the population and even though the government has been trying for ever to do something about it, such as the campaign ‘du bachay he achay’, but unfortunately it has not worked.
    I feel a law needs to be imposed, that each family needs to have a certain amount of income to have a certain number of children, the employers and doctors all over Pakistan need to get involved and check this before hiring any one. The reason why we cannot make strict laws like china is because of the religion, although the religion says that you need to make sure that every child gets education and equal rights, which obviously is not happening. A huge population is uneducated and is used as labor by their families and if one gives them any job which requires minimum intelligence they are not able to do it as they have no capability to think. The flood victims who already had 10 or more children each, were still having more kids in the camps, they have NO understanding of the impact of it on a larger scale.
    Thank you
    Warm Regards,
    MRecommend

  • Mar 7, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Worth read especially highlighting the need for health sector reform, most of the katchi abadis of Karachi did start receiving clean water in your era, though on the other hand as far as urban infrastructure reorganizing, in my opinion we as Pakistani’s should not look at overall role model of latin america and other countries and start putting more burden on one city for holding in one way or another for accommodating legal or illegal migrants or in other word influx in urban areas , Karachi is linked to Pakistan and Pakistan is in dire need to create more karachi’s with in Pakistan in term of Financial hub and so on. Larkana should be next which has been neglected since 60 years in the name of slogan politics, South Punjab is in dire need of development which can lead to it’s urbanizing and if somehow we are able to create peace in Balochistan, Gawadar port and Quetta might be standing on same front as Karachi is, that’s how we can share the burden which Karachi and Pakistan is facing in term of illegal activities, land grabbing and increase of criminal activities, your article was worth read and highlighted a great solution for challenge Karachi is facing keeping in mind to accommodate the rising population of Karachi and at same end development should continue for the prosperity of Pakistan.Recommend

  • M. H. Hussain
    Mar 7, 2011 - 3:27PM

    Launching a large-scale operation in Sohrab Goth and Lyari should be the part of revamping KarachiRecommend

  • Riaz Khan
    Mar 7, 2011 - 4:32PM

    Mustafa, You are simply superb! God bless you. If we have ten Mustafa Kamal’s this country can progress but unfortunately we have one million who are trying to stop Mustafa doing good deeds for Karachi & the country. If MK is made the PM, he will change the destiny of the country. Recommend

  • Ed
    Mar 7, 2011 - 4:47PM

    Dear Mustafa Kamal,
    Please keep writing. In times like these, an average Karachiite feels so lost. So much development had been carried out in the tenor of the last elected CDGK. Unfortunately, it appears as if all in now crumbling under the “administratorship” of zombies. We are a living breathing people of a very organic, accomodating and lively city. We need a more active and well-directed leadership to govern over the city.
    Thankyou for all that MQM in general and you in person have done for the city.
    Please keep writing. The citizens need to be reminded that there is hope and that you have not faded away in oblivion.
    regards,
    EdRecommend

  • Ali
    Mar 7, 2011 - 5:11PM

    People of Karachi love Mustafa Kamal…thank you for your amazing work!Recommend

  • Wasti
    Mar 7, 2011 - 5:48PM

    Very true. No matter, where ever your leadership is, it is a part of identification,selection, confidence,training and grooming of a specific worker who can do miracles if given a chance to deliver.There is no comparison of Mr Kamal, his team and his excellent performance under the leadership of QET.

    Those who never delivered any thing positive for the country are against him, because they have no such qualities and abilities to perform as per party guidelines.Recommend

  • rizwan raja
    Mar 7, 2011 - 6:12PM

    Nice article….pakistan need only and only 10 mustafa kamal,then see how pakistan progress
    if like mustafa kamal 9 more people take the responsibility pakistan will challange the world,v all know there is no shortest of resources only need the leaders to utilize these..
    Gea mustafa kamalRecommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 7, 2011 - 6:45PM

    Thank you, Mustafa Kamal. Thank you for this piece, it’s informative and thought provoking —— there’s a thinking mind behind this work, irrespective of its owner. I find it reassuring that you do use good brains ——- congratulations! Let me add one more thing, it’s a good trend, get all your party leaders to larn from this —— make use of good brains, they help you achieve our common goals. Recommend

  • Mar 7, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Splendid article by a great man. Sir, your comprehension and command on this particular subject is amazing. I can’t help but say that you deserve to be appointed again. The city needs you and not someone who couldn’t even walk properly.Recommend

  • Ali
    Mar 7, 2011 - 6:52PM

    Would it not be a good idea to temporarliy cap the amount of migration in to Karachi? Only the affluent, well off, educated should be given the option to come to Karachi. There are already enough working class/labourers in the city. Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 12:23AM

    Awesome write up on identifying the most complicated issues of metro. Indeed Karachi’s case is extremely complex, this city is not as easy to handle as it looks. At one place we have 13 different agencies parallelly working to City Government, on the other hand different political parties trying to gain control over this city, as soon as Mustafa Kamal completed his tenure, other political parties emerged in the city like hawks and hoisted their flags from pedestrian bridges to traffic signals. They have messed up with this city just because Mustafa Kamal worked for its betterment and enjoyed fame through-out the nation.
    I 100% agree with the idea MK shared with Karachites, unless we own this city nobody can make difference.
    Since MK is no more a Mayor of this beautiful city but his constructive philosophy is always with us. If administrators are not performing and other political parties are engaged in deteriorating this city we need to have complaint center kind of thing to ensure beautification of this city.
    Its high to realize the difference between MQM and any other party that claims loyalty to this city. If Nazim of Pakistan’s most educated party can do wonders in such messed up city, I am sure MQM team will definitely bring about positive change in rest of the nation. Our fate is in our hands. Wake up Pakistanis! Recommend

  • Syed Junaid Ali
    Mar 8, 2011 - 1:08AM

    Mustafa Kamal proved that MQM can give more best ability person to karachi city and others. Who is Mustafa Kamal this all about by MQM. By MQM’s platform any citizen of Pakistan can be a Mustafa Kamal or better than it. MQM rocks..Recommend

  • khanman
    Mar 8, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Basic health care is achievable. Like they have done in Latin America. Cities are divided into smaller communities where community health care is provided to the registered resident. Resident of these communities pay yearly fee for the service for basic health care. Recommend

  • MUQEET MASOOD
    Mar 8, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Dear mustafa Bhai…

    Pleased to see your article…

    The very first need is to ensure the local goevrnment would come back and their is the important need to decehntralize the authorities from Provincial to the local city level and gave the police and traffice under Mayor JurisdicaTIONRecommend

  • Muslim
    Mar 8, 2011 - 1:09PM

    First thing comes in my mind after reading this article is why you was not able to start a medical infrastructure in your tenure as you gets the maximum city budget ever.
    Truly your efforts and American money in return of missing persons does make better change in this city but how come you could not endorse law and order in this city …

    The political party you belongs gets the maximum share of bhatta from this city and you never noticed
    Few points you missed intentionally or been asked for are :

    1- Illegal plotting in some blocks of City as called Shuhada Plots project.
    2- No mass transit infrastructure was developed as you claimed to work in the first go.
    3- Still the situation of city is so fragile by target killing and political bullies
    4- No educational and medical infrastructure available
    5- Mayor with no home has 2 in Malaysia and 1 at another part of world … strange

    It is easy to claim power on the basis of blood, but people will love you more if you will be able to give peace to this city by crooking Recommend

  • VoK
    Mar 8, 2011 - 4:53PM

    @Muslim:

    Read the comments and you will know how much the people love and admire MK. Recommend

  • Maria
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:17PM

    @VoK: Unfortunately some people are blinded to support a political party without caring about the facts or ground reality. As for the scourge of extortion or Bhatta, this is a reality and explains why so many people are scared into supporting such a party.Recommend

  • Moshin Ali
    Mar 8, 2011 - 9:00PM

    “President Pervez Musharraf
    Prime minister Mustafa kamal..

    What an amazing combination it would be.. Pakistan would on top of the world ”

    We are not Indian man ???
    this is Pakistan ??Recommend

  • khan
    Mar 8, 2011 - 10:33PM

    Mustafa you should run for the PMs spot. I swear I’ll be the first in line to vote for you.

    A combo of musharraf + imran khan + mustafa kamal can change Pakistan for the betterRecommend

  • Uza Syed
    Mar 9, 2011 - 2:13AM

    @Maria:

    This is becoming a bit too boring now —— let your imagination be stimulated a little, try fantasizing some more —— surely you can cook up some more charges like your masters do.Recommend

  • Cheema
    Mar 9, 2011 - 8:45AM

    Maria, you smell bad..open your eyes and see what this young mayor has done for his city.Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Mar 9, 2011 - 10:53AM

    MK is backed by phenomenal propaganda machine of his party and pliant media. All that glitters is not necessarily gold. He had no concern about downtrodden people of some areas of Karachi where his party had no hold. He claimed one of the best mayors in the world referring to a journal which came out denying his claims.

    I recently heard him on a private channel where he swore at someone who was criticising his supremo Altaf.

    He is arrogant and intolerant.

    Despite spending billions and billions of rupees Karachi is still a third rate city compared to many other cities.

    If he thinks he is an honest person, he should present all the expenses during his tenure be audited. If he accepts that then I will congratulate him.Recommend

  • Mar 9, 2011 - 11:02AM

    Here are the couple of shots of signal free corridor III @ Empress Market Karachi to give you a true picture of post Mustafa Kamal Karachi. ANP flags are visible on traffic signals, buildings and even atop empress market.

    1- Pic 1

    2- Pic 2 Recommend

  • Slaman Orangiwla
    Mar 9, 2011 - 2:20PM

    Viva la Mustafa Kamal

    Kamal tou ne waqai Kamal Kar diya .

    BTW , me trying to read between the lines , but the sheer fact has been delibarelty kept oblivious in your writing , If 1,000 souls are migrating to Karachi @ each day , shouldn’t the Federal Govt
    share the booty with Karachi from those corrupt-to-the-core Provincial Gvernments of Punjab , KP and Baluchistan

    Though provoking , right ?Recommend

  • Slaman Orangiwla
    Mar 9, 2011 - 2:26PM

    @ Maria Bibi

    Leave the comfort zone @ Defence , Clifton ( ie the other side of Kala Pool )
    visit the real Karachi , meet the local people , you will find out who the real “extortionists” are ?

    @ Independent from UK Bhai

    The pothole of dillema is you are in UK and me in Karachi , Shed the binocualars and get your vision updated .Recommend

  • Abdul Mannan Lodhi
    Mar 9, 2011 - 4:49PM

    Mustafa Kamal…One of the very great great personnalities of Pakistan.He will be always remembered by the people of Karachi.People of Sindh and of couse of Pakistan for the services he has done to Karachi.Some areas in Karachi were being deprived of water for the last forty years and it was because of his tenure as chief of the Karachi city that these areas were provided with water .Thank you Mustafa and all those of the Sindh government ,our representatives in the assemlies and who ever has contributed his effors in this project.When ever we hear his name we feel a sense of gratitude for him.Pakistanis are a agrateful nation for all who help them,who serve them ,whether they are Pakistanis or foreigners.Some times I wonder why we have to thank people for what they have done as their duty.Oh..This is because no body here in our dear country cares for his duty except few Mustafa Kamals and they are not many.May Allah bless all those who do their duties for this land of ours.I thank our forign friends also who have helped us in one way or the other.But please help for cooperation from us and for for our gratitude and not to humiliate us or try to enslave us.I admit our foreign friends are sincere people and I solute them for their help to our people.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 9, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Karachi is better without him and would be alot better when every member of MQM is gone.Recommend

  • billo
    Mar 9, 2011 - 10:04PM

    Too bad about your political affiliation. But Mr. Kamal, you were an incredible mayor for Karachi. Thank you for your hard work. Your enlightening perspective on Karachi is proof positive of your ongoing commitment to the great city. Recommend

  • Salman Ahmed
    Mar 10, 2011 - 3:02AM

    Gr8 piece of Work Mustafa Kamal bhai. What Karachi searches today for its new life is only u. We All love and Respect u alot. TcRecommend

  • SJ
    Mar 10, 2011 - 6:55AM

    @ Merium Azmi
    Dear M, according to our Mullahs children bring their ‘Risq’ with them and they will even read some Quranic verses to these poor people who believe everything coming from Mullahs. Secondly, we use marriage in our society as fix all remedy as well. Haven’t you heard this, ‘Nikumma hai, Shadi kar do sub theek ho jai ga’.
    I mean, what the …… Recommend

  • Qasim H
    Mar 11, 2011 - 1:40AM

    Good Article which really focus on todays need of any developing urban city.
    I think Mustafa Kamal has done a tremendous job of face lifting karachi’s appreance.
    What we really need is more focus on our education system for our future generation to really learn the socio-economic responsiblities.
    Good Job Mayor.Recommend

  • Muhammad faisal siddiqui
    Mar 11, 2011 - 3:15AM

    like all others i am agreed to his point of view and all we know this as a matter of facts that we have so many problems in Pakistan .but being a Pakistani we all known this too 90 percent of politicians are corrupt, they always asked from people to sacrifice but they live with comfort, travelling with there tons of body gaurds having all the privellages being a member of parliments having get paid all the salaries but only to do bayan bazzi…………. its time to do practical work instead of just talking………. so many of past town nazimeens who were nothing just an ordinary middle class people now travelling in luxry cars and holding positions in paty and there life styles being very well accomodate as well..we started the cause for the betterment of people for the peple to the people with our beloved Quaid e Theriek Altaf bhai……he knows everything if he is quiet that doesn’t means he d’ont know whats going on………..sooner or later Inqallab aaien gain Altaf bhai party key unnder or bahar jald tabdelli aaien gain……….Recommend

  • Rizwan Hashmi
    Mar 11, 2011 - 9:13AM

    An excellent article. I think another might be on it’s way since this article just touched the tip of iceberg. It is the time for authorities and the establishment to think about the future of better Pakistan. They should let the sincere and devoted people like Mustafa Kamal, Altaf bhai, and several like them to work for the prosperous and justly balanced country.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2011 - 1:24PM

    Dear Mr. Mustafa Kamal,
    You have done a lot for karachi and really has helped the few educated people who are here not to leave this country, so thank you for that.
    I feel the biggest issue in Pakistan is the population and even though the government has been trying for ever to do something about it, such as the campaign ‘du bachay he achay’, but unfortunately it has not worked.
    I feel a law needs to be imposed, that each family needs to have a certain amount of income to have a certain number of children, the employers and doctors all over Pakistan need to get involved and check this before hiring any one. The reason why we cannot make strict laws like china is because of the religion, although the religion says that you need to make sure that every child gets education and equal rights, which obviously is not happening. A huge population is uneducated and is used as labor by their families and if one gives them any job which requires minimum intelligence they are not able to do it as they have no capability to think. The flood victims who already had 10 or more children each, were still having more kids in the camps, they have NO understanding of the impact of it on a larger scale.
    Thank you
    Warm Regards,Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2011 - 4:17PM

    Dear Mustafa Kamal
    What you have done for Karachi was not enough for the people to appreciate you and your party.
    People will target you for what You have not done, they don’t have courage to appreciate what you have done.
    We don’t deserve a person like you who actually done something for our city we don’t need you, we only need people who have done nothing from last 64 years except filling their own pockets.
    Please don’t mind but We Don’t Need You Mustafa Kamal.

    http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/3294/we-dont-need-you-mustafa-kamalRecommend

  • waseem
    Mar 11, 2011 - 8:24PM

    19 hours ago
    Reply Good Article which really focus on todays need of any developing urban city.
    I think Mustafa Kamal has done a tremendous job of face lifting karachi’s appreance.
    What we really need is more focus on our education system for our future generation to really learn the socio-economic responsiblities.
    Good Job Mayor.Recommend

  • Mar 11, 2011 - 9:25PM

    Mustafa Kamal proved Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Mar 12, 2011 - 11:10AM

    @Slaman Orangiwla:
    BTW I am not a Bhai. This title best be adorned on the lot who claim Karachi belongs to them. MK is not an outstanding personality. He is a minion who has a myopic vision and as I said in my comment is portrayed as a statesman by the propaganda machine par excellence of the MQM. If he is honest he should come out and declare his tenure open to the audit. The whole thing will come out crystal clear about his honesty. Imagine him being from a poor/middle class strata and yet his frequent visits to London to visit his supremo and to other cities of the world are affordable by poor MK. Recommend

  • Jeetender kumar
    Mar 12, 2011 - 7:25PM

    well dear
    You have given the new look to karachi ,which is very much luxurious for common man !!!!!!! we ish you to be a karachi city nazaim again in future .Recommend

  • Sayed Waqar Haider
    Mar 12, 2011 - 8:41PM

    Excellent write-up Mustafa Bhai. Keep posting your master pieces.

    All the best in your blogging

    Your fans are looking forward to see more from you…
    may allah alway keep you…………….

    Sayed Waqar Haider
    Punjab,Jehlam PakistanRecommend

  • Syed Atif Ali
    Mar 13, 2011 - 12:38AM

    Just i would like to say this was the excellent article written by Mr.Mustafa Kamal.
    Now this is the time where we have to follow the leadership like these kind of people.

    He knows exactly what are the needs of Pakistani’s youth now and could be in future as well.Let me say one thing “Mustafa Kamal is the best leader because he learnt all things from his great leader”.

    .Recommend

  • Mar 13, 2011 - 12:53AM

    Mustafa Kamal bhai, thanx for owning the city of Karachi, proving you are the real son of this city. The PPP-PML-N alliance are looting whatever was built upon during your tenure, but the physical infrastructure that you developed will ensure your legacy, whatever the jealous people from other provinces and the naysayers say, your contribution won’t be matched for a long time to come.Recommend

  • Mar 13, 2011 - 1:21AM

    Salam,
    Mustaf Kamal
    I woud like to share the som idea to stand on own leg if we want stand.
    if answer yes is good. we do not have to depende on any goverment or any countery.
    we have to do every thing him self. just we done in the past 16 Oct, Earth Quick in
    Kashmier. just only way we solved over problem. Just we have to creat the sence
    of community or give them out put with the honesty.If manage the earth quick or help
    Kashmire pepople we have to make same cmetment. There is no Politice.Recommend

  • Muhammad faisal
    Mar 13, 2011 - 5:37AM

    I am glad to discuse about the second honest,talented, and sinsere mayor of my city KARACHI,i would like to thanks to mr altaf hussain who was chose Mr Syed Mustafa Kamal for us, for betterment of my home town. he was done more than aspectation i am thanks all the team of (CDGK), but as a petriotic pakistani as a citizen of metropolition KARACHI.i demand that please, mr altaf hussain and his team think about whole PAKISTAN. Mr Mustafa Kamal should be the prime minister of pakistan and please lets togather with great peaples of pakistan like Mr Imran Khan, he is brave, he is talented.we can bring change quaid-e-azam MUHAMMAD ALI JINNAH’S PAKISTAN. so please shake hands and find the ways of success in the whole corners of pakistan.in order to,our up coming generations can say that we are the nation who can bring ravolution by the real sons of pakistan. i admire mustafa bhai work
    i would like to see Syed Mustafa and Imran Khan of key post of pakistan.
    pakistan zindabad proud to be pakistani……………………………………….Recommend

  • AZFAR
    Mar 14, 2011 - 12:36PM

    It was funny to read the comments , as when people praise Mustafa Kemal , they should also praise General Musharaf to give the most funds for the development of Karachi, It was General Musharaf who identified that Karachi is the vein of Pakistan and it needs to be developed every hour. Mustafa Kamal should thank more than his Quaid , General Musharaf…for the funds and sole authority he was provided , as his position was consolidated by Musharaf , cuz dictators as history of Pak tells need LG bodies , for the number game..

    Secondly Mustafa Kemal since was an mayor that doesn’t make him a good politician but more of a good administrator. He should avoid coming to political talk shows as normally he gets to hyper and intolerant, we see no difference in Jialaya of PPP and MQM , he should understand there is inner politics in every party too , and he is send deliberately by his colleagues to malign his own image , by him self. ..

    Anyhow Mustafa Kemal, your contributions will overshadow everything , the precedent set by you must be acknowledged. Good luck Recommend

  • Kashif Hussain
    Mar 15, 2011 - 4:15PM

    “Nothing to write Nothing to say”
    “God Bless you its our pray”Recommend

  • Apr 10, 2011 - 12:10PM

    @Maria:
    Just reading the news and watching TV will not make you an expert. Live it before you comment on it. It is not blind faith it is the quest for truth from your own. Have you lived it? I have and it gives me the strength to spread the message of the cause with conviction.Recommend

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