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About Voice of Karachi
The Voice of Karachi is a US-based advocacy group that is committed to raise global awareness about the plight of the Pakistan’s largest, and the world’s second most populace city, Karachi.
Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city and is the capital of Sindh; it lies on Pakistan’s southern coast, on the Arabian Sea just northwest of the Indus River Delta. Karachi also happens to be Pakistan’s main port-city and its chief economic center. Even though Pakistani authorities have wiped off nearly half of its population in recent census, most independent organizations admit that Karachi has more population than most countries in the world.
At the time of Pakistan’s creation, Karachi was a small coastal town with a population less than one hundred thousand. The partition of India caused millions of Muslims to migrate to Pakistan from India, and the majority of these Urdu-speaking Mohajirs (immigrants) made Karachi their new homeland, though a large number of Mohajirs also settled in other urban areas of Sindh province. These highly educated and skilled Mohajirs soon turned Karachi into a vibrant city with a strong business, economic and industrial base. Mohajirs continue to remain the majority population group in Karachi.
Just a few years after the death of Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the assassination of one of the co-founders Mr. Liaquat Ali Khan, Pakistan’s Punjabi-dominated military started to target Karachi’s economic progress. Pakistan’s founder Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah had chosen Karachi as the capital of the new nation, but the first military dictator, General Ayub Khan, shifted capital of Pakistan to Punjab soon after taking over in 1958. More punitive measures against Karachi and Mohajirs followed that included expulsion of hundreds of high ranking Mohajir bureaucrats from civil service. Important government offices were also moved to Punjab, leaving tens of thousands of Mohajirs jobless. read more →
Why an autonomous Karachi is vital for peace and stability in South Asia?
The people of Karachi pay the highest taxes in Pakistan but have no say in the administrative affairs of their own city
“No taxation without representation” was the rallying cry that united all Americans in the eighteenth century against the British control of North America. The Founding Fathers of the United States had, for all the right reasons, argued that British had no right to collect taxes from their North American colonies because people in those colonies had no representation in the British Parliament. The founding fathers, declared “taxation without representation as tyranny,” issued Declaration of Independence, and demanded freedom from British colonial control.
Today, Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city, with a population of around 33 million, is facing the same injustices that European colonists in North America faced in the eighteenth century. Pakistan runs on taxes collected from Karachi, yet Karachi is the most neglected metropolitan area in Pakistan: it is almost impossible to find ethnic Mohajirs, its majority population, in city administration or in law enforcement agencies. Every year, hundreds of thousands of the city’s young students are refused university admission in their own city in favor of Sindhi and Punjabi-speaking non-Karachiites. read more →