Kiamari Town

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Keamari
Town
Karachi boating harbour in Kemari
Karachi boating harbour in Kemari
Union councils of Kemari Town
Union councils of Kemari Town
Country Pakistan
Province Sindh
City District Karachi
Established 14 August 2001
Union Councils 11, Baba Bhit, Bhutta Village, Gabo Pat, Kakapir, Keamari, Machar Colony, Maripur, Salehabad, Shams Pir, Shershah, Sultanabad
Government
 • Type Town Council
 • Town Nazim Humayun Khan
 • Naib Nazim Ameer Hamza
 • Municipal Officer Muhammad Latif Lodhi
Population (1998)
 • Total 383,778
Website Keamari Town Page

Kiamari Town (also spelt Keamari and Kemari) (Sindhi: ڪياماڙي ٽائون Urdu: کیماڑی ٹاؤن ‎) is the main coastal town of Karachi, located in the central and western parts of the city, including the Port of Karachi and an extensive coastline with sandy beaches, small islands and mangrove forests. It does not include the southern island of Manora which is under cantonment administration because of the naval base located there. The town forms a large triangle with highly defined boundaries: the RCD Highway and the Lyari River form the northeastern border, the Hub River fors the northwestern border, and the Arabian Sea forms the southern border.

There are several ethnic groups represented among the population of Kiamari Town, with the Kutchi in the majority. Other groups include Sindhis, Balochis, Muhajirs, Punjabis, Pakhtuns, Kashmiris, Seraikis, Memons, Bohras and Ismailis.

Kiamari Town is represented by Constituency NA-239 in the National Assembly of Pakistan, and by PS-89 and PS-90 in the Sindh Assembly.[1]

History[edit]

Kiamari is one of the oldest areas of Karachi. The federal government introduced local government reforms in the year 2000, which eliminated the previous third tier of government (administrative divisions) and raised the fourth tier (districts) to become the new third tier. The effect in Karachi was the dissolution of the former Karachi Division and the merger of its five districts to form a new Karachi City-District with eighteen autonomous constituent towns including Kiamari Town.

Neighbourhoods[edit]

Most of the Kiamari neighbourhoods are densely populated with two exceptions. Baba Bhit is composed of three small islands in Karachi harbour that are home to about 5% of the town's population. Further west, Gabo Pat is mostly rural with about 10% of the town population but half of the total town area. There are small villages in the rural area of Kiamari.

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Coordinates: 24°49′06″N 66°59′01″E / 24.8183°N 66.9836°E / 24.8183; 66.9836