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About this sound Karachi  (Sindhi: ڪراچي, Urdu: کراچی‎) is the largest city in Pakistan. It is the world's second largest city proper behind Mumbai in terms of population, which exceeds 10 million. In terms of metropolitan population, it is the twentieth largest city of the world, and is Pakistan's premier center of banking, industry, and trade. Karachi is also the home of Pakistan's largest corporations that are involved in entertainment, arts, fashion, advertising, publishing, software development, medical research. It also serves as a major hub of higher education in South Asia, and the wider Islamic World.

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Karachi's prominent position, due to its geographical location on a bay, makes it the financial capital of the country. It is one of the fastest growing cities of the South Asia. It was the original capital of Pakistan until the construction of Islamabad, and is the location of Karachi Port, one of the region's largest and busiest ports. The city's population increased dramatically after the partition of British India forced hundreds of thousands of Urdu speaking "Mohajirs" (Refugees from India) to settle in the city. Since independence from Britain in 1947, the city's vibrant economy has attracted migrants from all over Pakistan, surrounding countries such as Iran, Tajikistan, Burma, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and further beyond. Despite a history of political turmoil, the city continues to attract those seeking prosperity and has shown consistent growth.

Karachi is spread over 3,530 km² (1,363 sq mi) in area. It is locally known as the "City of Lights" (روشنين جو شهر) for its liveliness, and the "City of the Quaid" (شهرِ قائد), having been the birth and burial place of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who also made the city his home after Pakistan's independence.

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The University of Karachi (Urdu: جامعہ كراچى ) is located in the city of Karachi, Province of Sindh, Pakistan. It is the largest public university in the country with a student population of 30,000. According to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, it is ranked among the top ten universities of the country. The university has made itself known by producing the largest amount of research output in terms of patent, international peer reviewed, journals and organizing regular academic conferences. It was chartered by the Majlis ash-Shura in September 1950 via an Act of Parliament. The university was established in June 1951, the fourth oldest university in Pakistan and the first in Karachi. The campus of the university is spread over an area of nearly 1300 to 1700 acres. The university consists of 58 departments systemized into eight faculties: Arts, Commerce, Science, Pharmacy, Education, Medicine, Law, and Islamic Studies. In addition, there are 17 research centers and 130 affiliated colleges. It also offers morning and evening courses on Bachelors and Masters programs. There are approximately 25,000 students in the morning session and around 22,500 students have been enrolled as private candidates. The University of Karachi has had the distinction of producing major personalities of Pakistan such as internationally acclaimed Islamic scholar and historian, Dr. Ishtiaq Husain Qureshi, Dr. Mahmud Husain, Dr. Manzur Ahmad, Dr. Jamil Jalbi, Dr. Abdul Wahhab. The alumni are also recognized for their participation in national politics. (More about K.U....)

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A postcard from 1930 of Elphinstone Street, Karachi. In 1911, during the British raj when the capital was shifted to Delhi, Karachi became closer to being a gateway to India and by 1914, Karachi had become the largest grain exporting port of the British Empire.

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Today is March 27, 2015

28 February: Despite the termination order by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Home Secretary Sindh continued his work in office. He was dismissed by the prime minister of Pakistan due to his alleged involvement in corruption. Sindh government decided to take the matter with the Prime Minster of Pakistan to review the decision(The News) .

20 February: Civil society activists, led by Muhammad Jibran Nasir, in association with Pakistan Youth Alliance formed a human shield outside an Imambargah in Karachi to show solidarity protest against terrorism (Express Tribune)

11 September:

  • The 60th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was observed in Karachi, like other parts of the country, with due reverence and solemnity on Thursday. (Dawn.com)

10 September:

  • The Centralized Admission Policy (CAP) committee on Wednesday announced the placement list pertaining to HSC-I pre-medical (female) candidates’ admission to colleges. (Dawn.com)
  • The Sindh Government has decided to construct a concrete wall around the oil installations in Kemari after threats of terrorism and oil theft. {The News - Jang)
  • The City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has taken various measures to control the spread of the dengue virus and provide better treatment facilities to dengue patients. {The News - Jang)

9 September:

  • Residents of the city braved another day of prolonged and frequent power failures amid the hot and humid weather on Tuesday. {The News - Jang)
  • The city government has not allowed the Chinese company with the garbage removal contract to begin collecting garbage from the city and take it to landfill sites for disposal. (Dawn.com)

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