Episode 133- Karachi’s Water Crisis

In this episode, Uzair talks to Dr. Erum Haider about her research on Karachi’s water crisis. We talk about how people in the city get access to water, how this is a regressive system, and what are the political implications of this crisis.

Dr. Erum Haider is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and Environmental Studies at the College of Wooster. Dr. Haider received her PhD from Georgetown University, Department of Government in 2020. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Mahbub ul Haq Research Center in Lahore, Pakistan and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, DC.


0:00 Introduction

1:30 How do citizens get their water?

10:10 Regressive impact of water pricing

16:10 Political impact of the crisis

23:10 Is this leading to a grassroots movement?

32:20 Can Karachi force Sindh government to change?

43:10 How to change these structures?

49:10 Reading recommendations

You can read the blogpost about the reserach here – https://www.theigc.org/blog/line-tank…

Reading recommendations:

– Pakistan’s Political Parties: Surviving between Dictatorship and Democracy by Mariam Mufti, Sahar Shafqat, and Niloufer Siddiqui

– In Search of Lost Glory: Sindhi Nationalism in Pakistan by Asma Faiz

– The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka