Stories about Mustafa Kamal

Making Afridi nazim: Are cricketers our only hope?

A recent letter to the editor in a newspaper suggested that Shahid Afridi be made the nazim of Karachi because: “(he) is a proud son of Karachi and is a typical Karachiite. He would make a great Karachi nazim too as and when he chooses to retire. He will also help defuse the unrealistic ethnic tensions.” I will not refute this gentleman’s opinion but am forced to wonder at the serious dearth of options in the country that have led him to this conclusion. Regardless of Afridi’s rash shots which can either lead to a boundary or being dismissed, I am a ...

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Ramazan without traffic jams

Prolonged traffic jams in Karachi had been the order of the day and used to get worse during Ramazan. Even this year, Ramazan began with jammed roads and people controlling the traffic on their own due to the absence of traffic police. However, once again the city wardens – a system put in place by former city nazim Mustafa Kamal – were soon mobilised and since then, there have hardly been any reports of major traffic problems in the city. The introduction of city wardens is one of the many good initiatives taken by the former city government. Though Kamal is no longer in power, most of the systems introduced during his ...

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Development in Karachi? Not really

From completing work on Signal Free Corridor 1, inaugurating the third corridor on August 14 to the current work on corridor 4, the City District Government of Karachi has built over a dozen flyovers and underpasses to revamp the city – something it takes much pride in. While former nazim Mustafa Kamal and his team at the CDGK have worked full speed ahead to develop Karachi during his tenure, I have resevations about the impact it will have. All I see is a very short term solution to an ever worsening problem. Billions are being dished out to facilitate an absolute waste of hard-earned ...

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Mera Karachi

I know things haven’t exactly been very rosy in Karachi of late, but I was out and about yesterday, and couldn’t help but notice how drastically travel times across the city have been reduced. Although admittedly, it was a working day and I was not exactly out at a rush hour (it was 4pm-ish), but kudos to the city government for doing a great job of planning and maintaining the infrastructure in the city. And thanks to the signal-free corridors, I was able to get from North Karachi to Malir Cantt in a mere 25 minutes. Imagine that! I’m sure ...

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