I also loved Karkand and Jalala in BF2, but the BF3 Karkand just doesn't come close to the BF2 one for me either. The missing flags on the East side of the map really eliminate the possibility of multiple fronts as was common back in BF2. Seems like a wasted opportunity.
Karkand is weird for me. I couldn't stop playing it on BF2 - along with Road to Jalahahahbad. But BF3 Karkand just leaves me confused. I'm ashamed to say I spend most of my time shooting it up in Seine crossing. I have no class.