The VICE Guide to Karachi

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Karachi is the biggest and fastest growing city in Pakistan. In a country riddled with violence related to the never-ending war against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, Karachi still manages to stick out.

In the West, it's probably best known as the place where the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl had his head chopped off. We wanted to see the seedy underbelly of this ultra-violent metropolis of more than 18 million people, so VICE's co-founder Suroosh Alvi went to meet the key players who make Karachi one of the craziest cities on Earth.

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While there, Suroosh visited the largest garbage dump in the world (and alleged home to many kidnap victims), tagged along on a police sweep for suspected Taliban members, spent some time with a hit-man who claims to have murdered 35 people, and paid a visit to the "don" of Lyari, one of the most violent slums in one of the most violent cities in Pakistan.

He did other stuff too, all of which will drop your jaws in this five-part series, The VICE Guide to Karachi.

Watch the full documentary now (playlist - 44 minutes)