Pervez Saleem (Producer/Director)

A city that always sinks – By Rafia Zakaria

It is difficult for the taxpaying citizens of Karachi to understand why none of these measures have ever been place. Year after year, articles just like this one appeal for the need to create proper storm water drainage systems in the city. Yet more list the public health emergency that is created when animals are sacrificed, and their entrails are left to rot in the streets. The fact that everyone knows what needs to be done and that millions pay taxes in the city hope that it will be done makes the situation extremely frustrating.

Such is the poor state of the infrastructure and municipal management of the city that demanding all these things seems like a fever dream. Optimism in rain-doused Karachi amounts to the simple hope that this round of rains does not deal too heavy a blow, that the power is interrupted only for a few hours, that the flooded street somehow drains. Given these small dreams, the people of Karachi, used to getting only the bare minimum, may celebrate.

The writer is an attorney teaching constitutional law and political philosophy.

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