Lahore ranked better than Karachi

General and overall performance of the Punjab and Lahore City Governments have achieved better ratings than that of the Sindh and Karachi City Governments in a recent survey by The American Business Council of Pakistan (ABC).


85% of the 61 high-profile US companies, that are members of ABC, took part in the survey out of which 28% believed performance of Sindh Government was poor – a figure that equaled only 3% in case of Punjab Government. Additionally, 13% of the members expressed their dissatisfaction with Karachi City Government while none of them thought Lahore City Government gave a poor performance by any means.

That’s an important opinion from a body that represents influential, giant US corporations, including Microsoft, Chevron, P&G, Wyeth, Pfizer, The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo International, Citibank, Intel, IBM, Cisco, Motorola and JP Morgan, in Pakistan.

Another reason for Lahoris to boast of our beloved city! ;-)

13 Comments so far

  1. Saim Baig (unregistered) on September 15th, 2007 @ 10:01 pm

    Thats good to hear but i dont know how they rank the cities.A city that generates 70% of Pakistan’s income is ranked less.And by the way who are americans to tell that we are not satisfied by a CDGK performance.I live in Karachi & i know the problems we know how to solve them.Although i dont like the politics of my city but i am very satisfied by my Governments performance.

  2. SELF (unregistered) on September 16th, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    Sami, can you break downs this “70% of Pakistan’s income” so we can see what is it that is generating this revenue… if it is in fact true? I have a feeling this figure is greatly exaggerated but I await your evidence.

  3. JayJay (unregistered) on September 16th, 2007 @ 7:01 am

    Self, I doubt you will get any Karachiite to answer your question. They pluck out the figure of 70 percent out of thin air and branish it as a weapon of ‘discrimination’. Somehow they think the federal revenues generated at ports also falls in the domain of the city of Karachi.

    Looking at last few years or even a couple of decades Lahore generally has been an island of economic and political tranquility. The business and economy of the city has been booming at a pace higher than the rest of the country. The survey of APBC rightly points out that Lahore is Pakistan’s economic house.

    Karachi needs to put its house in order. CMs, usually Sindhis, have no interest in developing the city, while the Mohajirs are more interested in settling scores with other ethnicities. They need to learn; “it is economy, not politics, stupid”, if they have to progress.

  4. JAYJAY (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 2:43 am

    World Bank has termed Karachi the most business-friendly city – I guess the World Bank is one institution which is universally accepted by all the business councils – all over.

    Nawaz Sharif & Co. had been one of the persons who economically damaged Karachi by trying to persude foreign airlines shift to Lahore – that didnt happen . Apart from the Urdu Speaking Community – happens to be the most economically and educationially superiour nation in Pakistan. Why would they take on other ethinic groups? And theres a reason why 3 out of 4 provinces happens to object to Punjab’s Share of NFC Award.

    Asian Development Bank recognizes that Karachi alone contributes to 70% of Pakistan(s) economy.
    Kindly Care to go through with the following links ( I tried not to post biased websites )

    any questions or discussions – kindly email me on :

  5. Lahoria (unregistered) on September 17th, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

    City-wise analysis showed that costs are 25 per cent higher in Karachi than in other cities. By removing the stamp duty requirement in 2004, Faisalabad, Lahore, Sialkot and Peshawar all eliminated one procedure, one day and considerable cost ? 16 per cent of income per capita ? from the start-up process. Start-up time did not vary significantly across cities, with two more days required to register with the Registrar of Companies in Quetta than in Faisalabad, Lahore, Sialkot and Peshawar.

    As a first step, it was proposed that Karachi and Quetta can follow their neighbours? example and eliminate the stamp duty for registration. Then the system for the different tax and social security registrations can be simplified.

    Pakistan ranks 89th in the world on the ease of dealing with licenses. Obtaining the necessary construction permits, licenses and inspections and securing utility connections for building a warehouse involves only 12 procedures, the fewest in the region after the Maldives. The process takes 218 days, fewer than only Nepal (424 days) and India (270 days) among the South Asian countries.

    The number of procedures and time needed to obtain construction licenses have increased in cities outside of Karachi ? particularly in Faisalabad, Lahore, Sialkot and Peshawar ? in part due to earthquake-related requirements and added environmental protections.

    Karachi, Sialkot and Faisalabad remain the more expensive cities in which to build a warehouse, but for different reasons. In Faisalabad and Karachi high costs for electrical connections made worse in Karachi by the high costs of water and sewage connections ? account for almost a fifth of total costs and are estimated at almost 10 times the costs in other cities.

  6. check_your_facts (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 12:26 am

    “They pluck out the figure of 70 percent out of thin air” … I hope our media is also not plucking figures out of thin air … “Karachi accounts for more than two-thirds of total revenue generated by the Central Board of Revenue each year. ”

  7. check_your_facts (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 12:42 am

    “Karachi needs to put its house in order.” That is 110% correct. But an equally important part is played by the trouble makers. Isn’t the GHUNDA GARDI of local residents (read MQM) not enough that trouble makers from all over the country come here to make fuss. Want to kill a SHIA Aalim (read SSP), find one in Karachi. Want to stop vehicles entering/exiting to/from Karachi (read ANP), block the Super Highway. Want to show “real” strength (read politicians), take out a rally of just 100 ppl to create traffic jams in the city center. The list goes on.

  8. Janealams (unregistered) on September 18th, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

    Could you please give us source of this news? As the ABC website do not have enough information.

    And those who says Karachi generates 70% of revenue give me breakup of that then I would love to share the real figures …

  9. Notonebuttwo (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 10:56 am

    Firstly, “better than” when comparing cities war is infantile. The city of Lahore has progressed in that it has a better infrastructure but then Lahore’s population though huge in its own right, pails in comparison to the Karachi numbers. The 70% figure has been a long standing figure, I doubt anyone will be able to give a breakdown. The fact is Karachi is still the industrial and economic hub of the country. The industry in Karachi pays taxes and that is what people refer to when saying 70% of the revenue comes from Karachi… its that 70% of the taxes collected in the country come from Karachi. The same cannot be said for the rest of the country as taxes are not levied on agriculture and “landowners”.

  10. rehman (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 3:49 am

    lahore is the best and there is no doubt abt it??karachi is sheer dirt and filthy blacky population…my lahore is clean ,,,developed and withour bomb blasts///did you know that the international fashion week is being held in lhr due to its serenity and karachi was rejected becuz of its politics

  11. blacky_paki (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    “filthy blacky population” … surely it shows that 4x4s dont have any racial/ethnic bias.

  12. V (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

    People, we Lahoris have our fair share of idiots as well. Please ignore Rehman’s comments.

  13. REHMAN (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 3:37 am

    who the FUCK r u to TELLL ME!!!!!!!
    soooorrry bhaiyon if ive hurt somebody’s feelings

Terms of use | Privacy Policy | Content: Creative Commons | Site and Design © 2009 | Metroblogging ® and Metblogs ® are registered trademarks of Bode Media, Inc.