KARACHI: Members of the civil society marked one year anniversary of “I AM KARACHI” a city-wide movement for peace, launched last year on December 24 2014, in honor of the founder of the nation’s birthday Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
While giving a detailed presentation in a media briefing at local hotel here on Wednesday, a founder member and writer, Rumana Husain said that I AM KARACHI provides a platform for like-minded organizations and individuals to come together and promote socio-cultural activities and campaign for peace building through arts, culture, sports and dialogues.
She said since its inception, I AM KARACHI has engaged over 100,000 citizens across the different walks of life and neighborhoods of Karachi including Lyari, Korangi, Shireen Jinnah Colony, Gulshan, Orangi Town and others, supporting over 100 initiatives for the city with primary objectives of reclaiming and reviving Karachi’s reputation as the city of lights.
While telling about the activities and initiatives carried out by I AM KARACHI in the first year of its existence, Ms Husain said I AM KARACHI had achieved more than what they ever planned in span of one year. She said the most popular initiative of the I AM KARACHI is that it painted over 2000 walls across the city, removing hate graffiti, which has not only gained a lot of attention in the media but also created a sense of ownership among the public.
In her presentation, she announced that I AM KARACHI has ten core initiatives that would take place over the course of time of the coming year which would consist of I AM KARACHI Day, music festival, film festival, dialogues and debates, wall for peace, talks, sport festival, theater festival, awards and culture center.
I AM KARACHI President Jameel Yusuf said the project should be owned by every citizen. He said Lyari is the no-go area for the politicians but the people of Lyari welcomed them and they conducted football game there.
He said their aim at to create a wave of peace, tolerance, and diversity in the people. He said wall painting deeply affected and attract the people.