US magazine terms Karachi 'most dangerous megacity' in the world

Reports city has a homicide rate over 25 percent higher than any other major city.


Web Desk September 08, 2013
"From 2000 to 2010, Karachi's population grew more than 80 percent. That's roughly equivalent to adding more than New York City's entire population in just a decade. PHOTO: FILE

A US magazine 'Foreign Policy' has termed Karachi "the most dangerous megacity" in the world.

In a piece on Karachi's role in the global trade of methamphetamine -- an illegal psychostimulant -- Foreign Policy cited a murder rate of 12.3 per 100, 000 residents, "some 25 percent higher than any other major city".

Commenting on the recent pace of change in Karachi, the report states:
"From 2000 to 2010, Karachi's population grew more than 80 percent. That's roughly equivalent to adding more than New York City's entire population in just a decade."

The article says that "gangs tied to political parties have long operated in the poorer parts of the city, running extortion rings and land-grab schemes", asserting that these factors have helped turn conditions in the city to one of the most fertile hotbeds for meth trade.

COMMENTS (56)

David | 7 years ago | Reply

@Skhan: Mexico City not bad. I been there a couple times. There are many museums, ancient Aztec ruins, lots to see and do. But it's a maze and I get lost without a gps map. There have been kidnappings and murders. But it's not a daily news story there. Mexico and USA are a pleasure to visit actually. I recommend anyone visit any city in either country. I have driven over 7000 miles thru Mexico on vacation there for a bit over a month. I would bet you will not only survive your visit but really enjoy your stay.

Sexton Blake | 7 years ago | Reply

@numbersnumbers: Dear Numbers, And I suppose you will require credible, documented evidence, provided by the US Lahore Embassy, that Mr. Raymond Davis murdered two men by shooting them in the back. Also, you will want credible evidence that Chicago had a murder rate of 30 per 100,000 in 1992, whereas Karachi has a murder rate of only 12.3 per 100,000. However, it is easy to find out for yourself. All you have to do is sit in front of a keyboard and type your request. After that press enter, and voila the results will come up on your screen. You see, it really is quite simple, and that way you do not have to keep bothering people.

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