Pictures of the Day: Identity, Lyari-style

Posted on June 26, 2006
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I had first thought of making this another ATP photo-quiz but given previous ATP blogposts, it would have been too easy. So, no mystery this time. Just surprise!

Yes, this is Lyari, Karachi. Where identity and pride of identity cannot be separated from football. They may not have much under their roofs, but on top of the roof they fly with pride the emblem of team they identify with. This is an entirely merit-based sense of identity. They identify with the game, with the skills, with the style, and above all with the passion. Hence, the flags you see. And do not see! Ronaldo, in case you are listening: this may be your biggest fan anywhere in the world!

Thanks to Adnan Siddiqi’s blog, from where I picked up these pictures; he got them from Jang Online Urdu Edition.

24 Comments on “Pictures of the Day: Identity, Lyari-style”

  1. June 26th, 2006 7:17 pm

    Brazil and Argentina certainly rock when it comes to football. In some ways, Lyari has some other features as well that it shares with the latin American countries. Next to the other better-endowed districts of Karachi, Lyari exists in poverty a bit like the Latin American countries next to the rich and all-consuming US of A. Brazil’s socialistic inclinations (at least in health care, for example) despite pressures from its mighty neighbor also reminds me of the proudly independent traditions I remember of Lyariites. For example, while all of Karchi voted for MQM (almost in a block vote), Lyari stood its ground and voted for PPP (too bad the party never really rewarded them for their support). Would love to learn the history behind Lyari support for the Bhuttos. Anyways…great photos!

  2. June 27th, 2006 1:07 am

    Well thanks for mentioning my blog:)

  3. iFaqeer says:
    June 28th, 2006 2:23 am

    In my rather short career as a human rights activist actually active inside Pakistan, what impressed me most was the community work going on there, which included things that were unheard of in the “better” neighbourhoods of Karachi, like community libraries!

  4. January 7th, 2007 12:35 pm

    [...] According to reports in Aaj TV news and The Nation, legendary football superstar Zinedine Zidane – perhaps the greatest player of modern football – will be visiting Pakistan in March this year. [...]

  5. baber says:
    April 16th, 2007 12:18 am

    I am from Liyari, but don’t know much of its history,because things haven’t really changed in last 20 years there, but let me quote what the great leaders of PPP had to say about Liari.

    Z A Bhutto …”Lyari wahlay meray ladlay hain”
    Benazir Bhutto…”Liari Pakistan kah Paris banaygah”

  6. kashif balouch says:
    December 8th, 2007 11:26 am

    people of balouch balouchi peoples are really bravefull in all over the world specily in sports i only cosider with the balouch peoples

  7. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    December 8th, 2007 3:35 pm

    Ghareeb kay din ne badlay Phir bhi !

    @Baber’s reminder about Lyari
    thanks for such reference,
    Zulfi: “Lyari walay meray ladlaiy hein” (in 70s)
    BB : “Lyari Pakistan ka Paris Banay ga” (80s-90s)
    arz hay:
    (70) (74)
    Sattur say Chauhattar tak, Ladlaiy bantay rehay, lyari kay
    Assiaon, Nuvayon mein Bhi, French bantay rehay, lyari kay
    Chal seki phir bhi na, ladlon ki, ne wo Paris ki Tauppe Bhuttoaun ki Tauppe kay, Golaiy bantay rehay, lyari kay

  8. January 16th, 2008 3:51 am

    i can only say one thing. Apna Lyari mast hai.

  9. January 16th, 2008 3:57 am

    Apna lyari teachs us love. lyari is only area where u find all nations of Pakistan and Non Muslims ,Like Christians,Hindus,Sikhs,Parsi. Lyari is mast with karachi.

    Jiyeeeeeeeeeeeeee Lyari.

  10. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    January 16th, 2008 6:04 pm

    @ lyari jo khosh hay, mast bhi hay
    lyari kay Gadhay bhi mast hein
    koi puchay to in jiyalon say kabhi
    lyari kuon si mastion mein gum hay
    lyarion ko gar koi ghum nehin hay
    Goya mushkil bhi surkh hogai’i hay
    Sikh, Isaai, Parsi Hindu hein mast
    hay kuon jo wahan mast nehin hay
    fareb-e-nazar hay ya fun ki karamat
    Qismat Ghareeb ki bhi to ik masty hay

  11. February 8th, 2008 12:20 pm

    I have seen a lot of countries. but never saw about Pakistan of lyari . i love Karachi beacuse it is the bigest city of Pakistan. and a beautiful city. after all it is my Country.

  12. February 8th, 2008 12:27 pm

    Agar Pakistan ko dekhna hai tou Lyari me visit kar ke dhekaiN. sachay or dil waley gareeb log aap ko pakistan dehka-ain ge.

  13. AKASH says:
    February 14th, 2008 5:41 am

    AAJ JO MAY LYARI KI HALAT DEKHTA HOO TO DIL KHOON K ANSU ROTA HOO, AAJ LYAR MAY WO HALAT PAIDA HO GAYE HIA, JO HUM NE KABHI NAHI DEKHA THA HAR TARAF LOOT MARI, FIRING, DACATING, GREEB LOGO KA REHNA AB MUSHKIL HOGAYA HIA, YEH KAB TAK HOTA RAHEGA, NA JANE IS LYARI KI AWAM MAY KAB SHAOOR PAIDA HOGA , MAY ALLAH SE YAHI DUA KAROONGA K A ALLAH YEH TERE GUNEHAGAR BANDE HIA TU HI UNE NEK RAASTA DIKHA….. AMEEN.

    AKASH.

  14. Dishti Baloch says:
    April 3rd, 2008 1:27 am

    A bit about Lyari that is “mother of karachi” it’s a mini-Pakistan. All kinds of people can be seen in Lyari. It is a lovely area of karachi.

  15. SIRAJ says:
    April 24th, 2008 4:58 am

    If you want see the lyari then meet some particular person and oragnization. such as Mr.Mohammad Naeem (Sindh Govt. press) and Mr. Mohammad Share Mohammad Rais and such as Orgnization of Eduction, In Bahgdadi Sefi lane and also Gulmohammad lane kalakot and Nayabad kalry also.
    Street school Arm’s Education, Baloch Free Tustion center .

    Our Mission is Get Eduction and Teach Eduction.

  16. London_gangsta_baloch says:
    July 2nd, 2008 9:32 am

    please people i beg you we give vote to our leaders to make the lyari better place and finish the gang war and everyone can live peacefully but shame our leader not willing to do that. thats a request to our leaders like Mr Gabool and Mr Rafiq if you cannot control the area please resign from you post and Ministery.when you need vote than we see you in lyari afta election look for Mr Gabool he’s in Islambad.wah wah tu balocha ni nama baaz mazan kana gai.come on guys we all are baloch brothers why we killing eachother .Allah wasta band bekaney janga

  17. July 4th, 2008 9:59 am

    Beyond the scene fact is that we are proud of being Lyariets.

    we were from Lyari , we are from Lyari and we will be from L:yari,Lyari gave us the Name , Lyari gave us the status in society,we are from lyari working for Multinationals,its only because of Lyari.

    We should be proud of it that we are from Lyari.

  18. July 4th, 2008 10:03 am

    REQUEST :

    Please Please Please …..Dont be ashamed of being LYARIAN.

  19. July 4th, 2008 10:14 am

    Rest of the story i’ll tell you about lyari that there is no any Gangwar , this only because of our goverments policies,
    if goverment provide us jobs,education,health facilities,electricity,water and most of all security so there is no reason that we will fight.

  20. July 4th, 2008 10:23 am

    We should follow :

    Pakistan. Pakistani. Pakistaniat.

  21. Hamid says:
    December 10th, 2008 7:51 am

    Hamid BrohiForm Lyari Visited this web page on
    10 December 2008
    Thanks

  22. Arman says:
    March 31st, 2009 7:07 am

    Salam w All my brother and sisters

    first of all i want to tell . lyari is the one of best area in karachi which is have world champion Boxier . footballer. cycling racer
    old culture of pakistan . Woman wear very tradition dress Called Chola. and famous of lyari are.
    Best is Boxier
    best is cycle racer
    best is football
    best is fighting
    best is loving
    best is waja
    best is baloch

    just pray for our new Paris
    bhutto shaheed said this our Paris
    lyari should be like paris
    Inshallah

  23. MIR FARAZ AHMED says:
    September 22nd, 2009 5:13 pm

    Hey Brothers,
    I am Proud to be Lyarian, Lyari’s Peoples are very Friendly and loving, It’s all the Agencies and establishments are Involved to make unpeaceful Lyari.
    I have Just one message for Lyarian’s Please Must get Education and Prove yourself as a Great Lyarian.

    My All Best Wishes for All Lyarian’s.

    Thanks

  24. December 18th, 2010 6:11 pm

    we love pakistan,we were born here, fed and educated in pakistan,pakistan is our identity in the world,foods of pakistan are very delicious and tasty,pakhtoon make tasty pratha and nan,fish snacks of karachi are very delicious,people of karachi prefer to eat spicy and hot foods,stall foods are available at affordable price in every corner of karachi,enjoy also pulses dal every type from jhompra hotels, biryani…rice food and pulaow
    of karachi is most popular dish, almost every type of fresh fruit is available throughout the year in the city,people are very friendly, specially with westerns tourists.

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