Author

Yousuf Sajjad

Degree

Master of Science in Journalism

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)

Supervisor

Ayesha Azhar, Lecturer, Centre for Excellence in Journalism

Project Type

MSJ Capstone

Abstract / Summary

This is a thesis about the Water Tanker Mafia in Karachi. The citizens of Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi suffer from an acute lack of water for drinking and domestic use. To cover for this lack of water, there is a network of tankers, run illegally but also with a large degree of connivance with parts of the state in Karachi, that provides water to the citizens of this city. This paper seeks to explain this network, its history, organization and the infrastructure in Karachi that it supports or in many cases, supersedes. This paper places the Karachi water tanker mafia in the matrix of corruption and utilities that exist to try and sate the city’s need for the basic infrastructure that it lacks.

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