Thursday, November 13, 2008

#2 or #57 doesn't matter !

I receive an email in reply to my previous post:

One of the most highlighted news by several media entities reported the nomination of Mustafa Kamal as the World’s Second Best Mayor by the Foreign Policy Magazine.

Based on a quick investigation, it was revealed that this story was a misleading and was actually fabricated to be used as a propaganda tool by MQM. In fact, Karachi has been ranked at 57th out of 60 global cities by the Foreign Policy Magazine at their website.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4509&page=1

Please also note that Mustafa Kamal’s name was only mentioned as the “Mayor of City Ranked at 57? in the world and there was NO ranking of any Mayors by the the FP Magazine.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4509&page=3

Query for Misreporting in Pakistan
http://pkpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/fake_karachi_mayor.jpg


From: xxxxx@pkpolitics.com
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:35 PM
To: xxxxx@foreignpolicy.com
Subject: Verification of News item Referred to FOREIGN POLICY

Dear Sir/Madam,

It has been reported in some media entities in Pakistan that Mustafa Kamal (Mayor of Karachi) has been 'Ranked' as # 2 in the best Mayors of the world by your organisation. Can you please verify this news item. Also what is the criteria for Ranking of Mayors ?

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=best+mayor&btnG=Search+News

Thanks and Regards,
Admin PKPolitics

-----Reply from Foreign Policy Magazine-----

Dear Sir/Madam,

To clarify, the mayor's mention in our magazine was not a ranking. Although Kamal was mentioned in a sidebar called 'Mayors of the Moment' in the article, 'The 2008 Global Cities Index,' this mention was not meant as a ranking per se. Rather, we meant to highlight city executives doing innovative things against enormous odds. While we applaud Kamal's efforts, his mention in our magazine was only a small part of a larger article that ranked the world's most global cities (Karachi ranked #57).

I hope this explains your question. Please feel free to reach me with any concerns or comments.

Sincerely,

xxxx xxxxxxx
Media & Public Relations Coordinator
FOREIGN POLICY magazine

I don't care what ranking our mayors get world over because I know the two mayors I mentioned in that post are true leaders, they work hard, day in & day out to improve living conditions in the city we live. So, it doesn't matter if the number is 2 or 57, as far as Karachi is concern, they are #1.