Pakistan: Defenders of Karachi

Channel 4: Unreported World

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Correspondent Peter Oborne and Producer Edward Watts provide a snapshot of life in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi.


With a population of 20 million and high unemployment, the city has been engulfed in ethnic and political killings - gangland violence claimed 1,300 lives last year. Within this maelstrom which the state seems largely powerless to quell, individuals are working to try to help the victims; people like Saleem Mohammad, who risks his life driving an ambulance (which are often targeted by gangs) and police chief Nasrullah Khan, who reveals that at least 100 of his officers have been killed during the past year.


'A terrifying portrait of a nation on the verge of collapse into a failed state
- The Observer


'Oborne is knowledgeable and sympathetic as ever, but leaves us in no doubt that this is a city - and a nation - in perilous straits'
- The Sunday Telegraph
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