Karachi is the biggest city and seaport of Pakistan. It was a small village when Mohammad bin Qasim conquered Sindh some thirteen years ago. Now it has become the biggest city of Pakistan, having 75 lakh population. People from different parts of Pakistan have come to settle here.
Life in Karachi has its charms and attractions but is has its own peculiar problems too. The city is never quiet and throbs with life all through the day. All are extremely busy. They have a machine life. They have no time to stand and stare. They work round the clock and find no time to enjoy life. Man has become selfish. Friendship has lost its charm. Old values of life are in decline.
When I was a kid, the city of Karachi then was really far peaceful, clean and less crowded than it is now. It is expanding by leaps and bound. All around the proper city, we find suburban localities sprouting without an end. Fashionable plazas and squares have sprung up at every nook and corner of the city. Individuals have also built thousands of small and big buildings for themselves. In Karachi we find large crowd everywhere. City bazars look like colour ful fairs. It would not be unfair to say that Karachi has turned into a city of shopping centres.
Karachi is infact a city of problems. People face a host of problems at every step. Transport is so pressing that it effects everyone. Proper water supply, sewerage and sanitation pose another serious problem to the Karachites. The supply of power is also inadequate and far from satisfactory. Housing is yet another problem in Karachi. The bulk of population is poor and they are the worst effected due to exorbitant rent. It is very unfortunate that even after thirty nine years of our independence; we have not been able to overcome any of the fore mentioned problems. Above that, we don’t get fresh fruits and vegetables here. People inhale smoky air. This has a very bad effect on their health. In Karachi there are problems everywhere — in all walks of life.
Inspite of these shortcomings there are many attractions in this city. Karachi is blessed with some excellent schools and colleges. One may find facilities in all branches of education — medicine, engineering, technology etc. Medical facilities are also available in abundance. There are hundreds of big and good hospitals. It is a city where thousands of doctors cure the diseased bodies and minds. Karachi also provides recreational facilities. There are more than a hundred cinema houses. There are also interesting places of excursions like the Hawks Bay, Manchar Lake, Manora etc. Karachi is also a centre of brisk activity in the field of game and sports.
Karachi is a cosmopolitan city. Here one may find people from all parts of Pakistan. The city presents a composite picture of a real Pakistani culture. Many foreigners also visit this city. In short, life is Karachi is full of clamour and glamour.