BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award


Date of Submission



Dr. Nausheen H. Anwar, Professor, Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

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Restricted Access


Football is one of the most popular sports in the world with approximately 3.5 billion fans across the world. In Pakistan however, cricket is the most loved sports but football is gradually spreading across the country. Lyari, one of the densest areas of Karachi with approximately population of 600,000, mostly comprised of Baloch ethnicity, are in love with football. It is called Pakistan’s little Brazil because of its resemblance with favelas of Brazil. Lyari is a working class neighborhood which has been continuously marginalized by the state and society in multiple ways. This thesis explores the mechanisms, tools and discourses deployed by state to marginalize Lyari which in turn made sports, especially football, a political identity marker. Consequently, sport is not only a leisure activity now but a kind of political connotation is now attached to it as well. In this context, sport has been politicized and is now used by all the important players to further their own scoail and political agendas in the context of Lyari.



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