Few years back, I was driving my way to office I came across huge congratulation hoardings on the Shahrah E Faisal " Congratulations to City Nazim “Mayor” Karachi for taking second slot in the best global mayor list". The moment I read, fragile infrastructure of city came in my mind, only 50 millimeter rain could create havoc, electrocution related deaths in rainy season, pollution, violence, street crimes, traffic and ugly unsafe billboards. I ignored congratulation message because of doubts in my mind.
Today, I came across Economist Intelligence Unit 2010 livability rating, it assesses the livability of 140 cities world wide. Karachi ranked 135 out of 140; the 5th worst city to live in the world.“The Economist Intelligence Unit’s livability rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide. Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: Stability, Healthcare, Culture and environment, Education and Infrastructure".
At times I wonder, billions of rupees are spent on infrastructure development of Karachi, still status is no more than a global slum. It is easy to get answers, everyone can see level of short sightedness, poor quality of leadership, tunnel vision, ethnic tension, street crimes, sleepy civil society, lack of planning, and land grabbing. It seems it is a city run by robber barons and no one owns it!!!!!!
One may wonder why 5th place !!! the way things are going it is not far when Karachi would be ranked the top worst city.
Is there anything we can be proud of??? Except running intolerant jihad factories and nuclear weapons!!!!