By sweat and toil

Workers in Pakistan strive hard to make a living, facing cumbersome obstacles including electricity outages, extreme weather conditions and lack of safety measures.

A baker makes traditional biscuits. ? Photo by AFP
A baker makes traditional biscuits. ? Photo by AFP
Noor Jan, a fisherman waits for customers at to sell his catch. ? Photo by AP
Noor Jan, a fisherman waits for customers at to sell his catch. ? Photo by AP
A Pakistani man uses a candle to light his grocery store due to a power cut reads. ? Photo by AP
A Pakistani man uses a candle to light his grocery store due to a power cut reads. ? Photo by AP
A Pakistani camel owner looks for customers. ? Photo by AP
A Pakistani camel owner looks for customers. ? Photo by AP
Labourers work on a portion of a boat in a shipyard in Karachi's Fish Harbor. The yard is used mainly for building and repairing cargo and fishing boats. ? Photo by Reuters
Labourers work on a portion of a boat in a shipyard in Karachi's Fish Harbor. The yard is used mainly for building and repairing cargo and fishing boats. ? Photo by Reuters
A day laborer sits near his tools as he waits for work along a road early in the morning. ? Photo by Reuters
A day laborer sits near his tools as he waits for work along a road early in the morning. ? Photo by Reuters
A labourer mixes water and sand that will later be moulded into bricks by his family takes a break from his chores. ? Photo by AFP
A labourer mixes water and sand that will later be moulded into bricks by his family takes a break from his chores. ? Photo by AFP
A man makes bird cages at a workshop. ? Photo by Reuters
A man makes bird cages at a workshop. ? Photo by Reuters

Comments (2) (Closed)


Jaffer
Sep 01, 2012 02:45pm
I read the same stories over and over since I was born in 1980. Pakistan as a country and its government are failing due to failure to realize that the world has moved into a new direction. The pillars for a minimally functioning country in no particular order are : - Rule of Law - Education - Medicine - Technology - Work ethic - And last but not least the people should have to want a better life. When you want something bad enough, you get it! While other countries are adopting these practices and industrializing, we are failing to compete globally and now paying the price for it. If you're an elitist Pakistani who feels that they are secure then you are mistaken! the discontentment of the people will soon enter our backyards!
BRR
Sep 02, 2012 12:01am
The lack of automation shows the current level of sophistication (or lack thereof) of the society. Human labor is still the main ingredient in the economy, thus requiring physical labour of all kinds. If in 50 more years, things are still the same, then clearly the society will have failed to provides means to eleviate poverty and means to educate people.