Ali Bhutto

Cruelty and chaos in Karachi

Two journalists report on the violence simmering beneath a city where the lines between crime and law enforcement are constantly blurred

A mother mourns her six-year-old daughter who was raped and murdered in Karachi in April 2018. Credit: Getty Images

Karachi, Pakistan’s troubled heart, is known to cast a seductive spell over residents and visitors alike. In Karachi Vice, the award-winning journalist Samira Shackle writes that the city’s penchant for extremity and eccentricity kept luring her back from London for almost a decade. During these visits, made between 2012 and 2019, she navigates the darkest corners of the metropolis’s maze and documents some of the lives that exist on the peripheries of society.

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