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On my way to work a few days ago, I saw a new sort of ‘artistic’ scribbling or in our ‘local terms’ I would say wall-chalking, which read “Karachi is ours, not yours” by a committee claiming to ‘save’ Karachi. Initially spotted in just a few parts of the city, now these messages have taken over the walls of houses in DHA, office buildings and other boundary structures around Karachi.

They mostly read, “Stop taking over our city, this behaviour wont work now”.

Who is taking over the city and who is this committee? They are slowly taking over the walls of Karachi, threatening the people who are trying to ‘take over Karachi’. Ironic? I think so.

If we must display our artistic skills over public walls, must they be restricted to political slogans and ambiguous threats? Taking ownership of a city or area means maintaining it and beautifying it, not scrawling sloppily-written threats on public spaces. - Eefa Khalid/Dawn.com

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