This darzi shop in Karachi was set up in pre-partition Pakistan
“When we moved here in 1947, it was like a beautiful dream,” shares Mr. Hassan, owner of the store. Tucked away among pre-partition buildings in Pakistan Chowk in Karachi is a small one-room shop run by Masoodul Hassan called Tailor De Pak.
“After he became prime minister, he was in the area after doing a round at the Civil Hospital. On his way back, he decided to say hello to his friend — it was funny because the protocol went one way and Bhutto sahib came this way instead. Unfortunately, his friend was not there but he came into the shop and met us.” Talking about Pakistan Chowk, which is being renovated, Mr Hassan remembers when the chowk used to just be a tree. “The area was expanded after an MPA stood for elections in the 1980s,” he explained. “When we moved to the area, it used to be very peaceful and quiet. In the evenings, you could see the women bring their chaddars and dinner to the chowk where they would wait for their husbands, sons and brothers.” “After having their meal, the men would move to the other side to play cards and other games while the women would talk to each other. Those truly were wonderful days.”