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Karachi, a city of up to 25 million people and Pakistan's economic center, is working to contain the violence that has driven away business from the country.   © Reuters
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Can a revival in Karachi spark change in Pakistan?

Violence is declining sharply, but poor basic services plague businesses

HENNY SENDER, Nikkei Asian Review columnist | Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan

KARACHI -- The Pakistani port city of Karachi used to be an easy place to love. Just over a half century ago, it was considered more cosmopolitan and wealthier than Mumbai, India's thriving business capital about 900 km to the south.

Its skyline was dominated by graceful minarets, while down below a circular railway offered mass transit. Residents had a choice of edgy theatrical performances or more traditional music and poetry recitals, reflecting the culture associated with the great Mughal court.

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