Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Lyari - A City Under Siege By Gangs

By Sikander Hayat 

Lyari is one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated town. It is bordered by the towns of SITE Town to the north across the Lyari River, Jamshed and Saddar to the east, and Kemari to the west across the main harbour of Karachi. This town is infamous for its gangs and continuous violence among those gang to control the turf in the city.
Drugs & arms smuggling are the main reasons why gangs fight to the bitter end to control the profits. Many police operations have been conducted in this area but the issues still linger as these operations are not followed up by the economic development. Infrastructure in Lyari is creaking under the pressure of population and poverty is rampant. Pakistan Peoples Party has been the political party of choice for the people of Lyari for many years but the party has not delivered the better prospects that people of Lyari are looking for.
Lyari is one of the oldest places in Karachi. There are few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads.
Lyari is also the centre of Karachi's Sheedi community, who are now naturalized Sindhi of African descent.
Lyari is known as a football hotbed in Pakistan. Many of the nation's top players come from the area. Football is so popular that crime levels dip significantly during the FIFA World Cup season. Lyari Town is home of the majority Balochis speaking Baloch Muslim & Kutchi Muslim, Gujarati Muslim and Chhipa.
This place has strong connections with the Balochistan province of Pakistan and majority population is of Balochi heritage. A lot of animosities are a result of feuds in the old homeland of Balochistan and tribal nature of the gangs are an evidence of this influence from the old country.

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