Ironically, Salahuddin and another peace rickshaw driver interviewed by The Associated Press couldn’t read the slogans painted on their vehicles because they are illiterate — a common problem in a country where the literacy rate hovers near 50 percent.
Mohammed Younis, a bus driver sipping a cup of tea in the Sohrab Goth truck yard, said he thought the message of peace sent by the rickshaws was vital.
‘‘If people understood the culture of peace, they wouldn’t be killing 50 people every day,’’ said Younis.
Zaidi said he is also in discussions with Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., Sherry Rehman, about possibly putting a peace rickshaw in front of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.
‘‘We know that the rickshaws are not going to solve the problem of violence in Karachi, but hopefully they will play their part in building a culture of peace,’’ said Zaidi. ‘‘On the tree of peace building, we hope they will be a leaf.’’
Associated Press writer Adil Jawad contributed to this report.