Tooba Hatif Farooqi

A Public Administration student and an aspiring marketer who is associated with several volunteering projects with different NGOs. She tweets @AamAwam (

Mustafa Kamal: Karachi’s superhero should return!

The Karachi we know today is nothing like the city many of us lived in a decade ago. In 2000, the local government system was introduced by former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, which was initially just an experiment. However, the way Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur made use of this opportunity to flourish and improve has no parallels; one cannot find similar examples anywhere else. When Karachi is discussed, one cannot omit the role of Syed Mustafa Kamal, as the mayor of Karachi, in its development. It has been almost four years since Mustafa Kamal has left office – and Karachi hasn’t been ...

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Azizabad blasts: When MQM puts your life before theirs

Recently, I was out with my cousin shopping for ingredients to bake a cake. Soon after we reached home, there was a loud bang and suddenly everything became silent for a few minutes. I could hear a roar of bikes outside the house rushing towards Block 4 of my area; everything was in a state of chaos. A few minutes later, we heard ambulance sirens. There was a blast as the news reported; it was in Azizabad Block 8 – a block away from where I was just a few minutes ago. There was panic in the entire area. Ambulance sirens were ...

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