Dating places in karachi
The renting out of the Founder’s grave room has been an organized operation, the whole thing implied, with cuts divvied out to colluders from top to bottom.
The administrators had thought perhaps that no one would know, save the dead founder—and he, of course, could not tell on them.
If he could talk, he would of course have a lot else to say about Pakistan.
There are few public spaces in Karachi where couples, even if they are married, can have moments of privacy.
The real grave is underneath the visible one, in a subterranean chamber that is kept continually locked.
Only the caretakers of the mausoleum have access to that area, and can be opened only by them.
It was the end of February 2014, a time when Karachi’s winter, which also passes for Karachi’s spring, slips unsmilingly into its thankless summer.
A whistle-blowing television show on one of Pakistan’s news channels obtained a cell phone video taken by one of its staffers. In the recorded conversation, one of the caretakers of the shrine and the man in question haggle over the price of renting the private locked room below the public shrine.
These are a legacy of the British for whose dead colonial officers the simple subcontinental practice of scattering petals was deemed inadequate, or perhaps too messy.
Rising up from a marble platform, the mausoleum is flanked on each of its four sides by cadets of the Pakistan military.
Erect and stern, they stare ahead into space, as little kids skitter about them, trying to make them laugh. Inside, under the high-ceilinged central chamber, the grave of the founder of Pakistan is encircled by a black fence.
In public everything intimate is illicit and this attack on the intimate, makes intimacy itself homeless, in both public and private.
It isn’t the only place in Karachi with secret uses.
The strip is only big enough for a patch of lawn, some bushes of bougainvillea, Karachi’s faithful flowering beauty.