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Published: October 17th 2009
Apart from being the prime city of Pakistan and Jinnah's final resting haven, Karachi is driving the economy of the homeland on the smooth sail since its independence. Not only its dwellers enjoy beating the heat by heading towards the beaches it also holds a rich cultural and historical importance. Coronologically, 700 years back Mohammad bin Qasim, a young muslim warrior entered through the famous Gharo Creek or Bhambore City to conqure the whole of Sindh province and spread the religion Islam. Bhambore now situated at the northern outskirts of Karachi. On his way back he threw some of the date seeds which to this day stand tall as only landmark left of his arrival. Story of tragic love affair of Marvi also happens to originate in Bhambore. It is believed that she ran away with her object of interest who was accidently drowned in Gharo and with the Jarirdaars men hunting for her to be returned to Jagirdaar who had his own vile interests she prayed to God for the river to swallow her alongside her love and God granted her wish and she was engulfed within the soil of Bhambore, leaving back nothing except remains of her Chaddar (a piece of lengthy cloth wrap over by women of east as a sign of modesty and dignity). There is an oldest ever graveyard of Chokundi situated on the National Highway, adjacent to the B.C.C.I FAST Institute, (one of the best I.T Institutions of the city to date). The unique and everlasting yellow stone carvings on the tomb stones in Chokundi Grave yard are everything to marvel over for these carvings are engraved even before the arrival of Jesus Christ. Salt Winds from the sea are one reason among many whay they are slowly fading away. It is believed that the carvings were made from the Yellow Lentils by local architects of that time practicing unique antics and techniques that scientists and archeologists look upon with stupor even today. A closer inspection of each Tomb Stone shows that for a male corpse the carving engraved were the tools, depicting their profession, and axe for a woodcutter, a sword or arrow and knives of all sorts for a warrior and adornments such as necklaces, earrings and bangles for a woman corps. Karachi has one of the oldest resturants and oldest food street, dating back to more than 50 years at the famous Burns Road. MCB Building being Pakitan's highest sky scrapper is in Karachi. Pakistans oldest Convent, the Convent of St. Joseph's is 200 years old, and has educated countless female students, is also located in the Saddar area of this metropolis. St. Patricks Church, The Parsi Aatishkada, The Bohri Bazar oldest market, The Kalri Jheel, The Kothari Stairs are some of the places worth checking out.
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