Karachi alone contributes 70% of Pakistan’s revenue. Karachi has a share of 70% in GDP. But, does it?

Mainstream print media continues to publish unverified data

If you have not heard this, or something on those lines, you surely have been living under a rock. None knows the source of this information, none has attempted to verify its accuracy but everyone keeps throwing them in your face as an 11th commandment — from mainstream media to Karachi’s genuinely neglected awaam. But leaving charged emotions aside, what’s the reality? Let’s decipher objectively with bias for transparency and data.

The GDP contribution

First, let’s get to the GDP contribution. To set the record straight,

Second, this is not unusual — several global cities have a much higher contribution to their respective…


Like most cities, Karachi had humble beginnings and the modern shape of it started off as a small fishing village on the Arabian sea coastline in the 18th century when the main port in the region became dysfunctional. A 18th century historian Seth Naomal recorded that:

20–25 huts were setup in the mid 18th century by Baloch settlers from Makran and Kalat along the harbour and the place was known as Dibro — literally, a place of entry.

The Arab historic records of the time also refer to a place called Dibro on the Arabian Sea, as a place of…


In a highly controversial, but totally unsurprising move, world famous Tunni cleric Maulana Oay Dallay has filed a blasphemy case against Allah Mian and Prophet Muhammad through his organisation Ahle Shiddat wal Fasaad Bara Hi Sawaad.

The 6386380277763 page long report submitted by Maulana Oay Dallay, also known as Maulana Pain Di Sirri, refers to a number of verses of The Quran and Hadees of Prophet Muhammad as evidence that the two had blasphemed, disrespecting the Sahaba, and must be charged under 295-C. …


A lot of people who start their career as a Business Analyst are left wondering where to go from here a few years down the road. This is because (a) the industry doesn’t really have a good definition of business analyst role and it differs greatly organisation to organisation and (b) the role is extremely dynamic and has been ever-changing as the methods to develop software have and finally (c ) the BAs usually end up reporting to leaders with no experience in relevant domains. …


Everyone knows engineers deliver code, testers deliver test plans and scripts, designers deliver mockups but what do Product Managers deliver? Well, quite a few things, but a lot of that boils down to one thing: delivering decisions.

Product Managers must deliver good decisions

When a Product Manager is working on roadmap for the next year, they are essentially making decisions on what to include and what not to include. When they are facing a wall with limited engineering capacity, they again make decisions on prioritisation. While building the product, they are making important decisions about requirements, solution options, standards for…


Being a history buff, I have been travelling extensively in Eastern Europe in the last few years and always take the walking tours of the cities I visit. Every single tour I have been on sounded like scripted liberal propaganda on socialism — as if nothing good has ever come out or will out of the idea of socialism. Meh.

This always reminded me of…

Waterfall has become socialism for the millennial tech generation — the catch-all term to absorb all the blame; while Agile being the magic cure for all ills.

Like every other thing in life, there are…


Disclaimer: If you can’t stand politically incorrect opinions, I’d recommend leaving it here.

Have you noticed the rise in tuition centres around you? The last ten years I have been in the UK, I have personally noticed of at least a dozen new ones open up in areas I have lived in.

Politically Incorrect Question #1: What percentage of Asian kids attend these centres? Empirical evidence will tell you well more than two-thirds while their population share is less than one-tenth.

Politically Incorrect Question #2: What percentage of Asian kids attend the highly sought after grammar schools? Again, take a…


Once a week, I leave for work really early in the morning so I have a spare hour on the way. I stop by a random station on the way and spend the hour at a coffee shop reading a book. I find the change of scenery and the break from the scripted pattern really useful.

Last week, I was sitting in this little coffee shop from where I can see this junction across the Green Park station:

A horde of people talking on the phone while chewing a croissant running to catch a train because the next one is…


Every year on this day as Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day, where I lived 25 years of my life, I take a moment to reflect back and see what went right. I may have lost trust in the Pakistani state but have my belief in the people of Pakistan — extremely resilient people, facing the harsh realities of life in that part of the world and managing to pull through that with a smile.

Reflecting back on the last few years, I’m pleasantly surprised at the pace at which women empowerment has come to the forefront of agendas in the…


Earlier this month, Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) interim Chief Executive Officer, Asadullah Khan claimed that Afghanistan cricket is better than Pakistan in all aspects. I can take that — everyone likes their own mangoes, and there is no doubt that Afghanistan Cricket has come a long way and they have some good talent in the team, which is great for the sport. Afghanistan doing well has received great appreciation across the board, including Pakistan Cricket followers. Even the Prime Minister of Pakistan publicly applauded the Afghanistan Cricket Team.

But Asadullah Khan further added that Pakistan should seek technical help…

Ale Natiq (Ali Mashhadi)

blogger, technologist, foodie, vagabond, avid reader, cricket-lover, and an activist focused on human rights and the case for the environment.

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