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    Karachi : Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City

    With a population exceeding twenty million, Karachi is one of world’s largest ‘megacities’. It is also one of the most violent. Since the mid-1980s, Karachi 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 ethnicised. In the process, Karachi, often referred to as a ‘Pakistan in miniature’, has become increasingly fragmented, socially as well as territorially.

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