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Cultural Safe Haven

BY Allison White

Sheltered from Pakistan’s civil unrest, Karachi emerges as a vibrant, bustling metropolis for artistic experimentation. 

Museum of Non Participation banner in Karachi. Courtesy Vasl, Karachi.

An ethnically diverse metropolis of 15 million, the port city of Karachi lies on Pakistan’s southern coast. Geographically and socially removed from the northwestern tribal areas that Western commentators call “the most dangerous place in the world” because of its reputation as a hotbed of militant fundamentalism, Karachi is the country’s financial capital. The city breeds a steely, enterprising spirit that has…

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