Karachi: Ordered Disorder – Review (Part 1)
History, Politics / March 19, 2015

Published in 2014, Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City is a political and historical account by Laurent Gayer as part of his academic research in the field of Political Science. Spanning a period of 12 years, author has extensively traveled and interacted with stakeholders of Karachi city to gather and verify information while discounting rumors, busting myths and ignoring propaganda along the way to finalize this book. Note: Because of the sheer depth of information and various angles, this post contains review of only the first half of the book that includes Karachi’s general history, student politics and MQM’s political role. Part 2 will be published after sometime which will be based on Lyari (history, gang war and politics) and Taliban (incursion in Karachi and subsequent supplanting of ANP). Synopsis With an official population approaching fifteen million, Karachi is one of the largest cities in the world. It is also the most violent. Since the mid-1980s, it has endured endemic political conflict and criminal violence, which revolve around control of the city and its resources (votes, land and bhatta-“protection” money). These struggles for the city have become ethnicized. Karachi, often referred to as a “Pakistan in miniature,” has become…