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Beware Of Talibanisation

Mohammed Hanif never disappoints. Here he is, writing on his homecoming to Karachi for the Guardian:

...As a family we have come to appreciate the fact that we live in a world where the day a bomb doesn't go off somewhere in the country is a pretty good day. And even the power cuts become bearable. In Karachi, people discuss electricity in the same way we used to discuss weather in London; boasting about the capacity of their generators as if they are showing off their holiday snaps. Initially I liked not having electricity for part of the day, a mandatory media fast. I even started reading War and Peace. Then electricity started disappearing six times a day and the May heat slapped us around. We dropped our eco-friendly posturing and bought a generator...

Karachi is still a combination of oddities and surprises. It is the only city in the world where Pakistani cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan is banned. In an election where voters were British celebrity magazine editors, Khan could easily have become mayor of somewhere. However, Hello! has limited influence over public opinion in Karachi. But in a bizarre twist, Khan is barred from Karachi by someone who actually lives in London: Altaf Hussain, Karachi's favourite son and its most powerful politician, has been living in exile for more than 15 years. Since he left, his party has won every single election but he prefers to live in Edgware. Like an absentee landlord he runs Karachi as his personal fiefdom. So in a way my life here is still governed by someone who lives in a London suburb.

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Beware Of Talibanisation
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Mohammed Hanif never disappoints. Here he is, writing on his homecoming to Karachi for the Guardian:

...As a family we have come to appreciate the fact that we live in a world where the day a bomb doesn't go off somewhere in the country is a pretty good day. And even the power cuts become bearable. In Karachi, people discuss electricity in the same way we used to discuss weather in London; boasting about the capacity of their generators as if they are showing off their holiday snaps. Initially I liked not having electricity for part of the day, a mandatory media fast. I even started reading War and Peace. Then electricity started disappearing six times a day and the May heat slapped us around. We dropped our eco-friendly posturing and bought a generator...

Karachi is still a combination of oddities and surprises. It is the only city in the world where Pakistani cricket legend-turned-politician Imran Khan is banned. In an election where voters were British celebrity magazine editors, Khan could easily have become mayor of somewhere. However, Hello! has limited influence over public opinion in Karachi. But in a bizarre twist, Khan is barred from Karachi by someone who actually lives in London: Altaf Hussain, Karachi's favourite son and its most powerful politician, has been living in exile for more than 15 years. Since he left, his party has won every single election but he prefers to live in Edgware. Like an absentee landlord he runs Karachi as his personal fiefdom. So in a way my life here is still governed by someone who lives in a London suburb.

More here

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