January 12, 2010 |
In most places, newspaper headlines about a cease-fire between rival political parties tend to be about policy squabbles. In Karachi, such references are more often literal. More than 40 people have died here in the last five days in so-called targeted killings, most of the victims slain because of their political affiliations. Some were executed with shocking brutality -- three of the bodies found Sunday had been decapitated. "Think of Chicago or New York a century ago," said Ikram Sehgal, a political analyst and longtime Karachi resident.
December 15, 2011 |
Rome dominated the ancient world. Paris starred as the cultural diva of the 1800s. And New York soared as the steel-and-glass incarnation of the American Century. So what metropolis best defines our restless, rickety present age — Shanghai; Mumbai, India; São Paulo, Brazil? In his first book, "Instant City," Steve Inskeep , co-host of NPR's "Morning Edition," constructs a compelling case for bestowing the title on Karachi, Pakistan, a destination that usually rates higher among battle-hardened news correspondents than pleasure-hunting tourists.
September 9, 1986 |
Police officers and agents of the federal investigative agency searched Palestinian dwellings and student dormitories here Monday for clues to last Friday's hijacking of a Pan American World Airways jetliner. An estimated 3,000 Palestinians live in Karachi, about two-thirds of them students. Four men identified as Palestinians were captured after they raked the cabin of the Boeing 747 with gunfire and hand grenades, killing or fatally wounding 17 passengers and injuring about 127 others.
June 28, 2009 |
Pakistani security forces raided a Taliban hide-out in the southern city of Karachi and pounded suspected militant training camps in the northwest, killing at least 20 people and underscoring the nationwide challenge of eradicating insurgents. Police officials said the foray in Karachi thwarted plans for terrorist attacks in the country's largest city, while the bombing and shelling of targets in South Waziristan on the border with Afghanistan further weakened the Taliban as the military prepares for a new offensive there.
September 25, 2011 |
Raunchy. An inspiration. A sex kitten. Pakistan's Paris Hilton. TV host Mathira Mohammad has been called all that and more. Love her or hate her, she's making waves, as critics in Pakistan accuse her of immorality and supporters laud her willingness to tackle taboo subjects such as sexuality, love and HIV/AIDS. "A lot of people judge me by what I wear, say I'm not a good woman," she said, loping through the lobby of a five-star hotel in Karachi wearing leopard-skin shoes and a sleeveless Ali Baba outfit, as jaws dropped and necks swiveled.
July 21, 1986 |
Given a choice between a camel and a truck, Arslar Khan says he would take a truck. Khan, 35, a Karachi camel cart driver, appeared to be astonished that anyone would even ask such a stupid question. "A truck," he said patiently, "is a machine. A camel is an animal. A truck is 10 million times better." The only good thing about a camel, he said, glaring at his own camel, a 16-year-old gray dromedary, is that Mohammed the Prophet had one.