Amin H. Karim
In this article we will present small family owned businesses in Karachi that have survived the changes of Karachi. It will be work in progress as we add more businesses that are discovered by the members of the Karachi Past and Present forum on FaceBook.
Karachiites remember many a small business that did an excellent job in their field. It is a personal observation that many family owned businesses in Karachi came to an end for one of the three reasons: (1) competition from large corporations as happens in many parts of the world (2) family disintegration due to one reason or another (3) and most importantly, I think, emigration of children to other countries a direct result of unfortunate violence in the city but also children simply not returning once they were prospering in other countries. There may be other reasons as well.
Here are some businesses that have survived the above causes and continue to serve Karachiites, in fact have grown with time and spread to the suburbs with branches.
- KAUSAR MEDICO:
Started on Bunder Road (Now I.I. Jinnah Road) in 1948 and owned by a Mr. Hussain Kausar. It now has branches in Defense Housing Society. The original shop is located across from Khaliq Dina Hall and Dow University of Health Sciences, in the neighborhood of old Majestic Cinema. Majestic Cinema is now gone and replaced by Allahwala Cloth Market built by Mr.Abdul Khaliq Allahwala who was a Member of National Assembly in 1960’s in the Ayub Khan era.