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Devil's Point: The other side

Published Mar 21, 2013 09:08pm


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No one is sure why this place located in the Phase 8 Extension of the Defence Housing Authority, near the sea, is called Devil’s Point.  Some say that this a popular spot for dating couples, and according to the current wisdom in Pakistan, the devil is always present when couples date, and thus the name.

The following description of Devil’s Point, that appears in an internet car forum succinctly states what this place means to the rich and adventurous youth of Karachi.

This is the devil point our Karachi boyz loves to riding and driving dangerously this point is our heart and we doing anything what we want.

However, there is another side to the Devil’s Point. When the “Karachi boyz” are not doing their daredevil driving it is a beautiful and tranquil place where you can relax, away from the dust and noise of the city.  Here, Mother Nature provides the best free seats in town for viewing the sea and the sunsets by way of naturally carved rocks.  Just rent a fishing tackle and buy some bait from the serene man who sits on the dyke wall, then find a rock to your liking, plunk down on it and fish to your hearts content.  What better way to spend a day by the sea?

So, see you there soon – bring along your date but not your souped up Mazda Rx7.


Learn from nature and bring balance in your life.  Take a break from the hectic pace of Karachi.  Come to the Devil’s Point.


Transport is easily available, so what if you don’t have a car?


Buy some juicy bait from this very “cool” man.


Find a rock, stand there, and swing the bait into the big blue sea.


Too lazy to even fish?  Worry not, just sit there and enjoy the mystery of the sea.


Even the cats love this place.


Have a family picnic with the kids.


Watch a fishing boat go sailing by.


Or better still, hitch a ride in one


Watch the rocks from the sea.


Just dip your hands in the cool water like Mr. 58 here.


Time for prayers. What better place than the proximity of nature to say your thanks to God?


Time to go home after a restful day (but the wheel looks dodgy!)


The author is an engineer turned part-time journalist who likes to hang out at unfashionable places like shrines, railway stations and bus stops.


The views expressed by this blogger and in the following reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.


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Vaqar Ahmed is an engineer turned part-time journalist who likes to hang out at unfashionable places like shrines, railway stations and bus stops.

The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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Zeeshan Shamsi Mar 21, 2013 12:49pm
The "Point" of this blog is?
raika45 Mar 21, 2013 01:59pm
This remind me of Bombay's marine drive and the choupathy beach. Only there are hordes of people and the small stall sellers of food and such there.Yet you see couples having their own private space in this huge crowd.
Karachi Wala Mar 21, 2013 04:29pm
Thank you Vaqar Sahib for trying to show the "could be" side of Karachi.
arif faqeerana Mar 21, 2013 04:41pm
Loved the pics as usual. Wish I was there.
Ponka Mar 21, 2013 04:44pm
Yeah right.. and then you can see two men coming on a bike with guns at their disposal and the rest is history in making... So much for the peace and tranquility..
Imran Mar 21, 2013 07:15pm
Tell me that is the back of the bus in the last image. Although its possible that all that art work is allowed to be on the (front) windshield. Safety last ! As it goes in Pakistan.
Agha Ata (USA) Mar 21, 2013 07:23pm
The most beautiful feature, I ever read in Dawn. Simple, and beautifully described. If that is true that a picture is thousand times better than words, then this article is at least 13,000 times (With its 13 pictures) better than most articles published here. I loved it. :) Thank you Vaqar.
Shakeel Mar 21, 2013 08:58pm
Nice black and white pics bring up a contrived nostalgia of years gone by. However, lack of females or perhaps prohibition not to snap them makes it look more like Saudi than Karachi.
Ahsan Raza Mar 21, 2013 09:31pm
excellent collection of pics :)
M Hashim Mar 22, 2013 05:34am
what bus goes there from gulshan or north nazimabad?
Osman Mar 22, 2013 05:49am
Although I agree that this place is beautiful, the last time I went there I got mugged at gunpoint, along with 5 of my friends
Rashid Badar Sheikh Mar 22, 2013 06:06am
Devils Point is where a lot of muggings and robberies take place. A few friends and I had the pleasure of having pistols pointed at our foreheads there not so long ago. So keeping in mind the fact that Devil's Point is in the worst city of this planet, maybe the entire universe, its definitely not a safe place to go. It is however the best place to go if you have a death wish.
S. A. M. Mar 22, 2013 07:08am
Very Nice. reminder of the good old peaceful days. I don't find the guts in me to go to this place in the current circumstances. No Way.
S. A. M. Mar 22, 2013 07:10am
Hilarious. had a good heart laugh "go if you have a death wish"
K. Ali Mar 22, 2013 11:58am
go there almost every weekend..thankfully never been mugged or robbed there!! Absolutely serene place to be..and forget all ur worries for a while!! magnanimous sea in front, soothing wind, peaceful environ..what one need more to escape harsh realities of life for a little while! Can relate to the writer's mindset here. Good work.
Ahmed Zeeshan Mar 22, 2013 12:04pm
Superb article...
Chaudhry Mar 22, 2013 12:36pm
Gathering dating ideas for a safer place I guess! :) lol. Just kidding. The author is showing the nature, and the perspective must be, without dating and car race and robberies, this place is just awesome to relax.
Ali Vaqar Awan Mar 22, 2013 05:19pm
A great article written by a good friend of mine. Well analyzed and nicely described. Indeed devil's point is a nice place to visit in Karachi to enjoy peaceful and relaxing time. Moreover, along with magnificent of view sea.
Sud Mar 23, 2013 01:54am
What's wrong with dating??
Zeeshan Shamsi Mar 23, 2013 03:54am
There are better and nicer places in Karachi worth the explore. Too much has been said about "Devil's Point" or "Do Darya" as anglers knows it. While I like the photographs, I feel the bloggers should venture a little bit out of their safety zones of DHA and Clifton and explore the rest of Karachi. This place is far from safe to dedicate a blog to it to attract unknowingly souls towards snatched mobile situation.