Soon after independence, Quaid-e-Azam declared Karachi the capital of Pakistan, and until 1959, it remained the capital. Later General Ayub Khan moved the capital to Islamabad. The reason cited for changing the capital to Islamabad was that the new capital city would reflect the diversity of the Pakistani people. In addition, the new capital would be separated from the business and commercial activity of Karachi. It was believed that the new capital would also be easily accessible and the rulers thought, by making Islamabad the capital, socio-economic development could take place evenly as opposed to being concentrated in Karachi alone.

But Karachi remains the financial hub as it is more economically important, it is home to Pakistan’s largest corporations related to textiles, shipping, automotive industry, entertainment, fashion, advertising, publishing, software development and medical research. This historical city contributed a lot to the country’s economic development and it would have been better if Karachi had remained the capital. Above all, when our Quaid had declared Karachi as the capital, there was no need to switch the capital from Karachi to Islamabad.

WAQAR UMAR MEMON,

Karachi, February 19.