I had written a few posts earlier about killings in Karachi and if anyone is interested in serious study or resources about it, I refer you to my earlier post Resources on Karachi Killings. Its has links to very rich and in-depth studies on violence in Karachi. But they all miss the angle that has come to light recently while I was browsing through a Karachi food forum on Facebook.
Karachi is a dichotomous city and probably Pakistan is dichotomous as well. There is a part of society that though complains of violence and inflation yet throngs to new food outlets in Karachi that “are popping up like windows on Macbook screens.” and has no qualms spending 5 to 10 thousand rupees on a lunch/dinner or even a snack out for four. It is customary to add here —> for 5 to 10 thousand rupees, a poor family of four can manage to feed themselves for a month.
One of those outlets is Sattar Buksh, a play on Starbucks. Sattar and Buksh are pretty common names in parts of the country.
The owners even got the low standard newspaper Express Tribune to report on its opening as a news.
Sattar Buksh is the latest addition to the list of cafes opened up to cater to the insatiable Karachi appetite, which is ready to engulf everything as people reach new heights of desperation in the entertainment-starved, terror-stricken metropolis. The new place has opened up in Clifton Block 4, that is fast picking up as the next swanky lane catering to the discerning and privileged. It has restaurants such as China Kitchen, Hook, Line & Sinker and the newly opened, Monte Cristo. The Sattar Buksh team says it wasn’t their first venue choice; the cafe was supposed to be in another location in Clifton.
You can read the whole article by clicking on the header. It makes for interesting read. Do not miss the comments as they provide an interesting perspective.
There is also a very active food forum on Facebook known as SWOT’s Guide for Karachi’s Restaurants, Cafes, Dhabas, Khokas and Take-outs and where people critique these food outlets. They can be brutal. Probably Sattar Buksh received one such brutal review which resulted in this
But probably that wasn’t enough. So he went on defending it with these arguments
All this time we have been looking for political, ethnic or financial reasons for people being killed mercilessly in Karachi. But now we find out that its rich entrepreneur kids who are opening eating outlets for rich people but upon receiving negative reviews go on a killing spree.
Post script: I didn’t know Pakistanis were giving HEADs to foreign outlets. That is why service at recently opened Burger King in Karachi was so bad as all the servers were busy receiving head.
- Resources on Karachi Killings (2paisa.wordpress.com)
- Karachi Is a Sweltering Gangland (world.time.com)
- Violence booms despite Karachi operation; criminals kill 9 (thenewstribe.com)