Karachi Photo Blog

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Pakistanis are finding ways around the Basel Convention rules to pollute their own land

Pakistanis are finding ways around the Basel Convention rules to pollute their own land





A phone conversation with a prominent Pakistani Judge, Justice Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan, has revealed the extent of toxic colonialism happening in Pakistan.  For a few hundred dollars per consignment, Pakistanis are ready to accept hazardous waste generated by developed countries; the waste is then quietly dumped in Pakistan.  From used tires to electronic waste to expired insecticides and other chemicals, Pakistani importers are welcoming hazardous waste of all kinds and from all over.
And Pakistani importers involved in these shady transactions have ‘novel’ ideas of usage of this waste: used tires to be burned as fuel in factory ovens, electronic waste categorized as useful parts, and rejected chemicals called important ingredients, Pakistani importers are fighting with the overburdened customs force for the approval of their arriving shipments.  Meanwhile, Pakistan’s 18th amendment to its constitution is working in the favor of the waste importers.  With greater autonomy over its affairs on the passage of that amendment, each province is responsible for the protection of its own environment.  Importers are finding it easy to obtain NOCs (No-objection certificates) from the Environmental Protection Agencies of depressed areas—Balochistan EPA being most eager to issue such NOCs.
 

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Bay Fair BART Station




Oct. 31, 2015
Bay Fair BART Station

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Logistics in the Age of AI Artificial Intelligence at OPEN Silicon Valley Forum 2018




Logistics in the Age of AI Artificial Intelligence at OPEN Silicon Valley Forum 2018
Moderator: Raheel  Bodla, Program Manager, Bart Manufacturing
Panelists:
Bindia Vakif Founder and CEO of Regolin
Waheed Umerani, Supply Chain & Manufacturing Lead at Argo AI
Babar Yasin, Founder and CEO of Sourcing Ease

Sunday, May 13, 2018

OPEN Forum 2018 miscellaneous photos






"Kamran on bike"




Through a slide show of stunning photos, photographer, bicyclist, and traveler Kamran Ali--German citizen originally from Layyah, Pakistan--talked about the lessons he learned traveling through various countries of Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

'The IoT opportunity and pitfalls'



Ahsan Baig of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit; Jawad Tareen of AT&T Smart Cities; Farooq Anjum of GroGuru; and Supreet Oberoi of Oracle talked about 'The IoT (Industrial Internet of Things) opportunity and pitfalls', with Waqas Khan of TowerJazz moderating the discussion.