Fields of millet.
The fields are irrigated by small streams.
A pathway between the millet plantations.
During early summer, the fields of Malir turn gold with the wheat crop.
The golden crops.
Fields of wheat.
Smoke rises as farmers burn their old plantations.
Water being pumped out from a well.
Most of these plantations are sent to various Bakra mandis (goat markets) to feed livestock.
Imli (tamarind) leaves.
An Imli tree blooming in summer.
The farmers begin harvesting their crops at first light of the day.
Plantations of vegetables fading into the mist.
Malir, situated on the outskirts of Karachi, is the area which supplies most of the fresh vegetables and fruits to the city. – Text and photos by Asad Aman
Beautiful Photograph, Masha'Allah. I hope Malir remains the same way, its so beautiful!
Col.Ram Gulrajani (Retd) – Sir, I liked your comments your family left everything behind. But your attitude is very positive you still remember good time in Malir and praying for your childhood town.
Allah/God bless you and your family.
Very nice effort. We need such impressions to portray our beautiful city which has been hijacked by wolves and foxes.
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been there many times and there are beautiful spots. But, take a closer look…. untreated sewage is used to grow fruits and veg is some parts, especially near populated area. Is that acceptable?
I live and work in Malir I have traveled a lot in and around Malir like Kohe goth, Jam kunda, Meman goth. I must say that these areas are naturally beautiful but these photos have been greatly photoshoped and worked on.
Truly spectacular phographs.
Care to share what your camera settings and filters were ?
Outstanding photographs, specially the last one where it seems you climbed a date palm to capture the shot. Your hardwork paid off. I had no idea, there was so much natural beauty so close to Karachi. Would love to visit this place and take some photographs of my own. Thank you for showing us a beautiful corner of our country.
I need to know just one thing…ROAD DIRECTIONS FOR THE PLACES IN THESE PICTURES!!!!!!!
Pakistan is tourists paradise,from Gilgit to the Arabian Sea …our politicians have ruined our country…they rather fill there own pockets..thank you dawn for bringing out beautiful pictures. we are so close yet we do not see beauty around us.keep up the good work dawn group!.lets pray our country becomes free of corrupt politicians..may ALLAH brings prosperity to our beautiful nation..and these farms keep producing fruits and vegetables until the end of the world… PAKISTAN ZINDABAD
Absolutely amazing photographs! I have known for years about the vegetables being grown in Malir, (and who can forget the Malir ke jaam or guava or amrood as the fruit is commonly known.) but never had the chance to visit the area. This feature might just take me there anytime soon.
I would say Heaven For Karachiites… Allah Bless Malir …
Absilutely amazing pictures and what a discovery for all of us though ot was known that the area had vegetables being grown.
I live in Malir Cantt.. This place is a few miles away from MC..Have been there.. nice to see, but I think photos have been greatly photoshoped and worked on..
i grow up in malir ,all farm land,my ant use to live there,1969 when we move from e pakistan my ant take care me for 5 years.last time i was malir 1990 i love it. ez life,they use to cook food in the fire woods and food great.
How great you are still remember your native place with good thoughts. I came to Karachi
when I was 18 years old. Then I migrated to North America when I was 35 years old with
my family consisting of wife,two daughters and a son of 1 year old. I still want to go back to Pakistan to see my old good friends but scared to walk around in Saddar, Karachi which used to be my hang out cafe. Prara cafe, George Cafe .I appreciate good life in Karachi at that time. I do not see anger in your words about Pakistan where you left your land. God bless.
If this place becomes a tourist destination, forget the food. Development will occur and you will lose a precious food producing area. Couple this with Pakistans immense population you will have a making of a disaster.
Protect the farm lands as they will feed the nation.
Its so good see the present natural beauty of Malir. I lived in Malir soon after my father bought a huge tract of land near Malir river. Our house was near the Dargah of Baba Vilayat Ali. I had my first schooing in a Masjid in Malir where a Maulvi taught me the first Sindhi alphabet Alaf for Allah. It was never as green as it seems now. All around there were Kikar and other thorny trees. The place was full of goats and sheep as most of the area was used for grazing. The Malir river used to be flooded only during rains … rest of the time it was dry where camels used to frolic. Commuting within Malir was mainly on camels. Later years we lived in Karachi for our education but visited Malir every fortnight to meet folks looking after our lands. Commuting between Karachi city and Malir was always by train. There was Army's Ack Ack School from where guns fired at a sleeve towed by a Dakota aircraft (practice shooting). I was 14 years old in 1947 when we migrated to India leaving behind our lands and other property. May Allah keep Malir prosperous and ever green as it is now
Nice to hear your association with malir, I can feel touch of pain you had leaving the place where you spent your early childhood. I pray for peace for humankind and no more division.
I highly appreciate sharing the beautiful Malir. A long time back, we used to make trips from Karachi to Malir once a while. However, the Malir’s beauty started eroding because of lack of water that the farmers used to pump from wells. I know one prominent farmer tried very hard and approached the government to bring a water canal system may be from the Indus river. However, he was not successful. Last time I heard that the fertile land of Malir was declared as a residential area instead of farmland. I am very pleased to see the beautiful green Malir again. I wonder how the farmers get the water for the cultivation? Is the water problem is addressed?
GOOD TO SEE U PEOPLE LIKE U AROUND. GOD BLESS U TOO. TK CARE.
Malir could become a tourist destination after this. Every photo is beautiful beyond words!