Saddar: A sea of contradictions

Published February 3, 2011

Everyone in Karachi has a soft spot for Saddar – be it the electronics (or paper, bottle, Zainab, Lea or Empress) market, Burns Road or M. A Jinnah Road – Saddar gives Karachi personality. Swimming in a sea of contradictions from its burqa stalls to sexologist clinics – there is something in Saddar for the individual and conformist in us.

Unrest during the Second World War made many Chinese flee their homeland and settle in Pakistan – mostly in Karachi. To earn a living they started working as beauticians, shoemakers, chefs and dentists.

Dawn.com takes a look at the variety of Chinese dentists, sexologists and health practitioners operating in Saddar. – Photos and text by Tooba Masood for Dawn.com

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