Liaquatabad

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Liaquatabad (Urdu: لیا قت آباد‎), also known as Laloo Khait or Lalukhet, is a neighborhood of Liaquatabad Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Liaquatabad was named after Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan.[1]

Liaquatabad is a densely populated area surrounded by several commercial zones. Its markets are known for a range of products including furniture, clothing, shoes and jewellery.

History[edit]

Liaquatabad, formerly known as Lalukhet because it was once the agricultural land along the Lyari River belonging to a man named Lalu.[2] The land was purchased by Pakistan Public Works Department from Lalu to settle the Urdu speaking Muslim refugees fleeing from the anti-Muslim pogroms from India to Pakistan. The Government planned an orderly settlement but the Muslim refugees started haphazard and arbitrary construction after delays.[3]

Demographics[edit]

There are several ethnic groups in Liaquatabad including Muhajirs, Sindhis, Kashmiris, Seraikis, Pakhtuns, Balochis, Memons, Bohras and Ismailis. The population of Liaquatabad Town is estimated to be nearly half a million. Muhajirs constitute the overwhelming majority of the population of Liaquatabad. Liaquatabad is located in the centre of karachi.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bin Qasim Archived October 3, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ CITIES: A KARACHI BY ANY OTHER NAME by Sibtain Naqvi, Dawn Newspaper, July 30, 2017
  3. ^ A story behind every name

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Coordinates: 24°54′01″N 67°02′41″E / 24.9002°N 67.0446°E / 24.9002; 67.0446