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Mayor calls for unity among citizens to address Karachi’s challenges

By Our Correspondent
February 22, 2024

Karachi Mayor Barrister Murtaza Wahab delivered a keynote address at a seminar on Digital Sindh and the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected office bearers of the Sports Journalists Association Sindh (SJAS) at the Karachi Gymkhana on Wednesday.

Karachi Mayor Barrister Murtaza Wahab delivered addresses at a seminar on Digital Sindh and the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected office bearers of the Sports Journalists Association Sindh (SJAS) at the Karachi Gymkhana on February 21, 2024. — Facebook/Barrister Murtaza Wahab
Karachi Mayor Barrister Murtaza Wahab delivered addresses at a seminar on Digital Sindh and the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected office bearers of the Sports Journalists Association Sindh (SJAS) at the Karachi Gymkhana on February 21, 2024. — Facebook/Barrister Murtaza Wahab

During his speech, the mayor highlighted the prevailing atmosphere of discrimination in the country and expressed concerns about government institutions being unfairly defamed as part of a well-planned conspiracy.

He emphasised the need for a peaceful and prosperous city for future generations, reflecting on his own generation’s experience of a city marred by strike calls.

Wahab underscored the importance of preserving the city’s historical heritage and called for unity among citizens to address Karachi’s challenges. He stressed that solutions to the city and province’s issues lie in fostering connections and solidarity among its people, rather than relying on external aid.

Sindh Minister for Sports and Culture Dr Junaid Ali Shah, along with central office-bearers of SJAS and representatives of sports associations, attended the event alongside a significant gathering of sports journalists.

The mayor expressed optimism about the newly elected governing body of the SJAS, expecting them to elevate sports journalism to higher standards and safeguard the interests of journalists associated with sports coverage. He anticipated a boost in sports activities at the provincial level, leading to the emergence of new talent.

Highlighting the underappreciated assets of Karachi and Sindh, Mayor Wahab mentioned the establishment of a Metropolitan Museum in the historical Denso Hall. This museum would showcase historical materials and documents related to Karachi, offering visitors a glimpse into the city’s rich heritage.

He recounted a significant historical event, where the Queen of England visited the KMC Building in 1961 and was welcomed by Karachi’s deputy mayor. The mayor expressed his determination to unveil such hidden treasures of the city to the public through the museum, fostering a sense of pride and appreciation for Karachi’s heritage. He expressed hope for a brighter future for Karachi, Sindh, and the country as a whole, buoyed by efforts to showcase and celebrate the city’s assets and historical significance.