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.
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 4:35 PM
Subject: Verification of News item Referred to FOREIGN POLICY
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 ?
Thanks and Regards,
—–Reply from Foreign Policy Magazine—–
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.
Media & Public Relations Coordinator
FOREIGN POLICY magazine