Stories about local transport

Were Qingqis banned to placate the bus mafia in Karachi?

The three-wheeler rickshaw, more commonly known as a qingqi, with its economical fares and private space, shielded the common man from a solitary walk on the tattered roads that are heaving with garbage and flies, congested buses and high fares. Qingqi rickshaws were launched by Pervez Musharraf in 1998, as a replacement of cycle rickshaws. In Sindh alone, approximately 0.3 million qingqi rickshaws were operational, out of which 65,000 qingqi owners were from Karachi. However, now the source of their livelihood has been completely eliminated. In lieu of this recent happening, the common man is back to ground zero, back to the ...

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Get off my seat!

It happened to me twice in a day. I was shocked and astonished for once. I had always acted very rude towards them, keeping this in mind, I always thought theirs was a bigger share in this world. A lion’s share, even when it came to clamped seats in a bus. There it was, 80 per cent of them and 20 per cent of us, poor women. Separate enclosures and separate seating arrangements. That was a joy ride in a bus. But not when the men came and sat in the compartment meant for women. How ugly I thought, how ...

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