Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Rickshaws, Motorbikes, Taxis, Buses and Trucks

Public transport is very much a private enterprise thing in Karachi. Chugging around town in rickshaws is a fun, if noisy and often cramped way to get around.

Alternatives modes of transport in Karachi include taxis (think Datsuns from 1966) and buses and motorbikes with entire families.

Shireen Jinnah is home to the city's Pashtoon truck drivers. The trucks, buses and even rickshaws come made up in all colours, painted slogans and tin dressings - beadwork, hangings and ribbons to ward off evil. Nothing less than a contemporary form of art. Way cooler than anything you see in other places. That said road discipline is not a high priority, comfort doesn't come into it and safety is something that has not yet been thought about.

My regular commutes from Shireen Jinnah to Gulshan-e-Iqbal meant that I was regularly stuck in the constant fight-for-a-space traffic for an hour or more. The pictures here show some glimpses of how people get around.


  1. Amazing transportation photos! I discovered your blog off my friend's blog in Herat, Afghanistan. Kind regards from EAGAN daily photo in Minnesota, USA

  2. Dear Leif - you and I share something in common! I lived in Eagan, Minnesota for about a year back in 2002!

    Beautiful place.

  3. I Love My PAKISTAN


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