Vol. 5 No. 2 (2022): Pakistan Journal of International Affairs


Published 2022-06-29


Karachi is the financial and commercial hub of Pakistan. Karachi has the highest literacy rate in the nation (up to 90 per cent in downtown Karachi), as well as the biggest number of individuals employed in manufacturing, retail, and service industries. Both the city's cosmopolitanism and its economic success are hindered by violence. Thousands of lives have been lost and the city's economy has been devastated as a result of the violence in recent years. The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LT) and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have established themselves in these regions. Despite the extensive and varied nature of the violence in Karachi, this holds true. Karachi was not affected by the terrorist onslaught that struck Pakistan between 2002 and 2010, which claimed the lives of over 30,000 people. In the years 2011 and 2010, over 1,800 individuals lost their lives in Karachi. In 2011, Karachi was responsible for 9.6 per cent of all fatalities that were caused by violent crime in Pakistan. The political elite of Pakistan is aware of how important Karachi is to Pakistan's national security. In March 2012, Karachi's security crisis overshadowed the Pakistani parliament's strategic assessment of security issues. U.S. authorities and the international community recognise Karachi's role in stabilising Pakistan. This study describes the sorts of violence in Karachi, their origins, and the ramifications for Pakistan's stability