"You will yet be the glory of the East; would that I could come again, Karachi, to see you in your grandeur" - Sir Charles Napier.
These were the historical words by one of the earliest British officials visiting Karachi. He could foresee what this small, illiterate but lively community of fishermen would one day become. Today, Karachi has achieved the status of being the largest and most developed city of Pakistan. Whether it is being the economic and financial hub of the country, or being the major seaport and providing shipping and port facilities not only to Pakistan but to other landlocked Central Asian Republics as well, the modern Karachi has achieved high standards in all aspects of urban life, ranging from commerce and industry to education and cultural activities. It leads the country in provision of business services, infrastructure and transport facilities, media, publication and printing presses, institutes of technical and professional education, medical research and information technology.
Karachi is called the City of Lights. When all of Pakistan sleeps, Karachi is active and full of life. It is also known as the City of the Quaid, as it is both the birth and the death place of the Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder and Father of the Nation, and also contains various buildings and landmarks associated with him, including his birthplace (Wazir Mansion), the Quaid-e-Azam House Museum, and his mausoleum.
Side by side, like any growing urban metropolis, Karachi also faces a lot of challenges. The major issues are that of ever-increasing poverty and beggary, air pollution, traffic congestion, and lately, street crimes and other security issues.
But overall, Karachi is sure to please any visitor from abroad if a few of the negatives are overlooked.