PASNI is located along the Makran coast on the Arabian Sea about 450km from Karachi. It is a small fishing port in Gwadar district. This small city has an interesting and twisted history. The city was named Karzanabad after Lord Curzon who stayed here for a while. It was much laterthat the city was renamed Pasni.
The city was used as a gateway to enter India by none other than Alexander. And due to its impressive fishing port, the city was once a target of many nations, including the Portuguese, who burnt down the entire city and looted its inhabitants in the 16th century. Some graves can be seen near the Deaghan area of Kalmati soldiers who sacrificed their lives while fighting against the invaders.
Today, the dwellers are mostly fishermen, but Pasni has a rich history of significant contribution to Baloch art and literature. When it comes to art, Zubair Mukhtar’s name comes to mind, who, with his God-gifted ability, has won hearts all over the country with his 3D art at the Pasni beach.
Pasni is an ideal destination for tourists, but, unfortunately, it does not get the recognition it deserves. Astola Island, which is situated in the Arabian Sea about 25km from Pasni, is absolutely worth visiting.
The Juddi, Zahrain mountains and Deghan are the heart of Balochistan and can attract tourists from all parts of the world. Some nearby areas, like Shadi Kor, Gurrani and Kulanch, with their unique date palm trees are famous sites.
Unfortunately, this worthy city has been neglected for a long time. The youth of Pasni has gotten into drug addiction owing to the indifference shown by politicians. The city does not have a single educational institution or library worthy its salt.
It is a pity that a city with such a rich history and tourism potential is receding into oblivion.
Published in Dawn, February 14th, 2021