A social worker in the Pakistani port city of Karachi has been shaming authorities into tackling civic problems by painting the face of the provincial chief minister next to open manholes and overflowing gutters.
Alamgir Khan, who is also a member of the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, initially stencilled the chief minister’s face near broken or overflowing gutters.
During his “awareness” campaign, Khan also stencilled the chief minister’s face next to piles of garbage and open manholes with a simple message: “Fix it.”
After Khan’s paintings appeared at several sites Karachi, there was a response from the government of Sindh province.
Chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, 83, warned officials to fix open manholes within two days or face the music. Seeing his face stencilled next to open manholes annoyed Shah, who expressed his anger to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) administration.
“Is it my duty to fix manhole covers?” Shah reportedly questioned KMC officials.
After a number of manhole covers were installed and overflowing gutters fixed, Khan received donations from several organisations in Karachi to continue his work.
But he has complained the local police station has started to harass him because he poked fun at the chief minister.
The police says it acted because Khan has disrespected the chief minister. Khan said that his campaign was only aimed at awakening the chief minister, who has been dubbed the “sleeping beauty” by his detractors.