Historic Sheedi Mela begins at Mangho Pir, Karachi’s crocodile shrine

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Historic Sheedi Mela has started at Mangho Pir shrine in Karachi, where hundreds of Pakistani Sheedis sway barefoot to the rhythm of an African language they no longer speak. For many Sheedis, the swampy crocodile shrine to Sufi saint Haji Syed Shaikh Sultan — popularly known as Mangho Pir — is the most potent symbol of their shared African past

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