I tried very hard to get to Pakistan by train, but there was no information available from Indian Railways about the Thar Express. The new “Peace Train” started running between Jodhpur and Karachi in February after having been shut down since partition in ‘47, but for some reason, India is keeping it a secret. The only other alternative was to take the train up to Amritsar, then cross the border at Wagah, a short bus hop to Lahore, and then a 16 hour bus ride to Karachi. So after two days of wrangling visas and plane tickets in Delhi, I flew into the beautifully austere Jinnah Airport at Karachi, population 15 million. Upon exiting the airport, one’s first view of Pakistan is of a flashy McDonald’s joint, which the new airport surrounds like a crescent moon.
Sindhi Women Demonstrate in Karachi