Saturday, October 28, 2006

Photo Essay: Street Walking and Jinnah Watching in Karachi

Karachi is Pakistan's New York City - its biggest and most important commercial metropolis. After Pakistan came into existence in 1947, Karachi was the new country's capital until it was replaced by Rawalpindi in 1959.

These snapshots of Karachi were taken by Mr. Usman who describes himself as an amateur photographer. Mr. Usman, through his blog, is bent upon debunking the myths, often derogative and insulting, that foreigners tend to carelessly associate with his country Pakistan.

Karachi Express in Making?

This child works as a servant in the residential complex of Karachi’s Mohammad Ali Society. He was stilled in these frames while playing cricket with the privileged children of this neighborhood.

Preaching Love, Sketching Heart and Playing Cricket in Karachi

Mr. Usman, the photographer, found this child "to be the most interesting subject of all the kids".

And Here Sleeps the Man Who Created Pakistan

Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876-1948), one of the greatest statesmen of contemporary history, is buried in this mausoleum in Karachi. Founder of Pakistan, he gave a voice to the aspirations of millions of Muslims in the Indian subcontinent.

In his address to the future legislators of Pakistan on August 11, 1947, Mr. Jinnah had laid out the governing philosophy of his new nation in the following words:
"You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, or caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the State ......We are starting with the fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State.......".


1 comment:

Usman said...

The subject was interesting because it was nice how cricket transcends socio-economic differences.