Tugging Rope at Gadani Ship Breaking

Posted on October 24, 2007
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Photo of the Day
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Owais Mughal

This photo is courtesy of Mr. Raja Islam. The place is Gadani’s Ship Breaking area some 40 km west of Karachi. Ships of all sizes and shapes are broken down into small pieces of scrap here using mostly the hand tools. It is a work of sheer labor. When I first saw this picture in Raja Islam’s collection it was titled as ‘Egyptian slaves at work’. Breaking a ship into small pieces by using simpe hand tools is probably very close in effort to building a Egyptian pyramid.

16 responses to “Tugging Rope at Gadani Ship Breaking”

  1. Rafay Kashmiri says:

    Stereotype “rona pitna ” instead of getting the culprit

    somebody was paid for stranding ship for scrap, why are u

    guys so classique old style bavardeur, delateur, don’t u
    have courage to denounce MQM’s Ghori, denoucing mullah
    is very easy, worry for the day when they will react.!!!

  2. Owais Mughal says:

    Viqar, perfect choice of ‘sher’. very appropriate

  3. Viqar Minai says:

    taQdIr ke QAzi ka yeh fatwA hae azal sE
    hae jurm’e za’Ifi ki sazA marg’e mafAjAt

  4. DIn says:

    Big health and safety concerns with the dismantling of thse ships as well:

    http://www.greenpeaceweb.org/shipbreak/

    “Shipbreaking takes place in poor countries, where once pretty beaches in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Turkey are turned into ship graveyards.

    At the end of their sailing life, ships are sold for their valuable steel. However, old ships contain hazardous substances such as asbestos, lead paint and PCBs. During scrapping these poisons are released into the environment and the workers’ bodies. Greenpeace urges the shipping community to take immediate action and develop international legislation on ships-for-scrap”

  5. MQ says:

    Tu Qaadir-o-Adil hay magar tere jahaN maiN
    HaiN talkh bahut banda-i-mazdoor kay auqaat

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