“On the first morning he took us on a tour. But everything had already changed. He stared into the distance again and again, and in long silences tried to situate and orient himself. He tried to project a memory against a new landscape: a ghost geography. But there were roads everywhere...”
"Today, as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, also known as CPEC, launches its own frontier-making project, a 62 billion dollar adventure in infrastructure, we see a resurgence of colonial designs in Pakistan. The railways, now broken, neglected, degrading, encroached upon by surrounding communities and ecology, are once again subject to a colonial gaze with grand plans to restore and upgrade this abandoned infrastructure. In these emergent and degraded ecologies, the same set of issues and questions are presenting themselves to us, as phantoms of colonial violence..."
They drew a map of the city from above. A fragmented city seen through borders and lines, red zones and no-go zones. Flattened and enclosed in a map the city was still and silent. A corpse of a city. The city, cut up and cross-sectioned. This is called the Karachi Operation...”
"Memories ghosts traces of water across a city."
"As Karachi's landscapes are gouged with the violence of raids and encounters, land-grabbing and resource extraction, entire communities, histories, and ways of life are erased to create the blank slates upon which urban modernity can be built. Borders, the primary technology for both urban expansion and war, proliferate across these cauterised landscapes, structuring and saturating the city..."