The last time I visited Karachi I was 9 and till today I can recall the madness of the city, the claustrophobic traffic and the air thick with the whiff of curries from food stalls. I finally managed to revisit Karachi after 26 years because of a family wedding. Childhood memories emerged once again, as I stepped foot into this magnetic city.I’m not saying this because I’m part Pakistani but here is something about this country that is so mystifying. Pakistan is filled with so much soul. And it is an absolute shame that our leaders and governments are just incapable of fulfilling the potential that this country has.
Even though it was my cousin’s wedding, I made sure I sneaked off early enough in the day to tour and explore Karachi as much as I possibly could. I was fortunate that an old school friend had moved back to Karachi from Dubai. It’s a no-brainer that I insisted, as most tourists would, to take me to the most historical places this city had to offer. This touristy request is generally met with a lot of sarcasm from Karachi-ites. They teased me that the city itself was a historical site. Not much had evolved from the 60’s with Karachi’s infrastructure with the exception of new wedding halls sporadically popping out . Luckily my insistence in finding proved them wrong, and we all managed to discover something new and old about Karachi.
There are definitely more parts of Pakistan that are more scenic and historical however, for a city that has conquered much, it’s still worth a visit. Bare in mind, applying for a visit visa to Pakistan is no easy feat. It’s almost easier for a foreigner to get an American tourist visa as opposed to the Pakistani ! The several trips back and forth to the Pakistani embassy was definitely worth it to be able to revisit Karachi again. Luckily I was able to take time some timeout from the madness of my cousin’s wedding to enjoy this city for myself.