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Gangs, politicians and troops fight to control Karachi's ordered disorder.


There's this rising appetite for authoritarian retrenchment in Pakistan - the military is definitely on the ascent because the last 10 years of civilian governance has been so unstable and corrupt, and has lead to waves of violence.

Journalist Matthieu Aikins explores the intersection of crime and politics in Karachi - where gangs fight for territory and revenue, backed by political parties and targeted by a military crackdown - and explains the stresses of violence and corruption on democracy and daily life in a rapidly growing metropolis.

Matthieu's latest writing is The Gangs of Karachi for Harper's Magazine.

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Matthieu Aikins

Matthieu Aikins is a journalist who has been reporting from South Asia and the Middle East since 2008.


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