The recent spate of killings in Karachi is indicative of institutional breakdown and also the fact that Karachi is largely run by the informal sector. It is also about ownership of the city with all the stakeholders including those in the government using the street to demonstrate their power potential. It has ethnic, political, economic and religious underpinnings but I still think all is not lost and Karachi can be saved provided the political will to do so is demonstrated in tangible terms.