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Omar Shahid Hamid’s Novel on Karachi’s political/mafia past being adapted into films for Netflix

ISLAMABAD: The novel written by a senior police officer about the Karachi’s trouble is reportedly being adapted into a film for Netflix.

Omar Shahid Hamid is a senior police officer in Sindh Police and his father and former Managing Director of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) was murdered by MQM workers in the late 90’s.

In a cryptic tweet, Omar Shahid Hamid hinted that his third book The Party Worker is being adapted into a film/series for Netflix.

“Funny you should mention it. Just signed a film/series deal for The Party Worker. #ThePartyWorker #netflixherewecome #ifallelsefailsHumtvzindabad,” Hamdi tweeted.

Released in 2017, The Party Worker is a pace thriller revolving around a political party’s chief hit-man having betrayed ‘the party’ is getting ready for a meeting. Even thousands of miles away from the city ‘the party’ holds in its grip and the ‘party worker’ is afraid for his safety. The book explores the inextricable link of politics and violence in Pakistan’s busiest city, Karachi.

Hamid’s first novel The Prisoner (2013), inspired by the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015. His second novel is The Spinner’s Tale (2015).


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