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City Walk – Around Old Slaughterhouse, Lyari

The Dark side of the city. The Old Slaughterhouse was one of the worst hit areas during infamous gang wars of Lyari. You can see it on the walls. You can sense it on the faces. Old Slaughterhouse has been home to Hindus and Christian workers of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation for almost a century now. […]

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City Landmarks – Bedil Library, Sharfabad, Bahadurabad

Had Ghalib found himself in present day Karachi, he probably would have taken refuge in Bedil Library. At a walking distance from Char Minar Chowrangi,the library on second floor of Sharafabad Community hall transports you to a different era when people had different priorities and sensitivities. The library is named after Abdul Qadir Bedil, Persian […]

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City Landmarks – Mulla Fazil Hall Library

The building looks like it was built sometime in 70s. The recent renovation makes it difficult to make an educated guess. The contractors trusted with renovations in the city have started giving the same treatment to every building. Shinning tiles, gaudy false ceilings and misfit fixtures are a common theme that you find across the […]

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City Landmarks – Kumar Cinema, Napier Road

Kumar Cinema looks like a residential block from the main Napier Road. It has been painted in a peculiar green shade and does not have imposing look that you will expect from a single screen cinema. It is tucked between a tea stall and dentist shops on the other side. The people at cinema put […]

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City Landmarks – M. A. Sobaidar Building, Aath Chowk, Lyari

There are certain buildings in each neighborhood which become very important because of the role that they play in local social scene. Memories are associated with these landmarks and they live in our conversations long after they have disappeared physically. Such is the position of Muhammad Ali Sobaidar building in Aath Chowk (literally eight (lane) […]

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