Much has been written about Karachi and the glorious city it once was. The city may not be a legacy of the Mughal era but it did have quite a bit of architectural and urban planning evidence of its British, Parsi and the Gujarati residents. In the years following Partition, the British era ended as a logical conclusion but, subsequently, conditions were also created that had no respect for the diversity and richness of the city. That is how it became just another crowded mega metropolis and its rich heritage was thrown to the winds.
S.M. Shahid has managed to preserve some of that in photographs that he has been taking of the city and some of which are contained in his coffee table book ‘Vanishing Karachi.’ A selection of the pictures can be seen on this page.