Mayor of Karachi

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Mayor of Karachi
ناظم کراچی
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation.png
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation
Waseem Akhtar

since 31st August 2016
Status incumbent
Residence 'Camp Office' KDA Scheme 1, Gulshan-e-Iqbal
Seat KMC Building
Appointer Electorate of Karachi
Term length 4 years
Constituting instrument Karachi City Municipal Act
Formation Nov 1933
First holder Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta
Deputy Dr. Arshad Vohra

Mayor of Karachi (Urdu: ناظم کراچی‬) is the Mayor who heads the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) which controls the Local Government system of Karachi.

Karachi Local Government System[edit]

Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Building (KMC) completed in 1932 houses the city counsel hall for seating of general counsel meeting for 304 elected counselors and the offices of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

The current Karachi Local Government System follows Sindh Local Government Act 2013 (SLGA 2013)

The Karachi Local Government consists of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation which is subdivided into of 6 District Municipal Corporations (DMCs) which are headed by Chairmen and Deputy Chairmen. the districts or Zila of Karachi Local Government as of Sindh local government act 2013 are District Central, District West, District East, District South, Malir and Korangi.Each district is further divided into Union Committees (UCs) which are headed by Chairmen and vice chairmen. Each Union committee is further sub divided into four wards. The Local government elections directly elect the UC chairmen/vice chairmen panel and the 4 ward members of each UC. the seats are reserved for women, non Muslim minorities, youth members and labours in a Union Committee all of which are indirectly elected by the direct election of chairman/vice chairman panel.

The chairman of a Union committee belongs to the City council/KMC and elects the Mayor/deputy mayor candidate, while the Vice Chairman of Union Committee elects the chairman/Vice chairman of District Municipal corporation (DMC) and works in District municipal corporation office.

The City Hall[edit]

The historic and iconic building of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) houses the offices of mayor and deputy mayor of the city and the city council Hall with 304 members (Union committee chairmen). The foundation of the building was laid in 1927 and the construction was completed on 1930. the cost of building was 1,725,000 RS.

Official Residence[edit]

KDA Scheme 1 in Gulshan-e-Iqbal 'Camp Office' is the official residence for the Deputy Mayor of Karachi.[1]

List of Mayors[edit]

Mayors of Karachi (1933 - 1962)[edit]

List of Mayors of Karachi[2]
No Name of nazim Starting term Ending term Notes
1 Jamshed Nusserwanji Mehta November 1933 August 1934 First Mayor of Karachi, 1st Parsi mayor
2 Teakum Dass Vadhumull August 30, 1934 May 3, 1935 First Hindu mayor of the city
3 Qazi Khuda Buksh May 3, 1935 May 9, 1936 First Muslim mayor of the city
4 Ardeshir H. Mama May 9, 1936 May 4, 1937 2nd Parsi mayor
5 Durgadas Advani May 4, 1937 May 6, 1938 Amil Sindhi business magnate
6 Hatim Ali Alvi May 6, 1938 May 5, 1939
7 R.K. Sidhwa May 5, 1939 May 7, 1940
8 Lalji Malhootra May 7, 1940 May 6, 1941
9 Muhammad Hashim Gazdar May 6, 1941 May 8, 1942
10 Soharab K.H. Katrak May 8, 1942 May 11, 1943 Parsi historian and author
11 Shambo Nath Molraaj May 11, 1943 May 10, 1944
12 Yousaf Abdullah Haroon May 10, 1944 May 8, 1945 son of Sir Abdullah Haroon
13 Manuel Misquita May 8, 1945 May 1, 1946 First Christian mayor of Karachi, Goan Pakistani [1]
14 Wishram Das Dewan Das May 9, 1946 May 9, 1947
15 Hakeem Muhammad Ahsan May 9, 1947 May 25, 1948
16 Ghulam Ali Alana (May 25, 1948 July 8, 1948 1st post- independence mayor of the city, Biographer of founder of Pakistan
17 Allah Bakhsh Gabol (1st term) Apr 1951 January 10, 1953 Grandfather of politician Nabil Gabol
18 H.M. Habibullah Paracha 1953
19 Mahmoud Haroon January 19, 1954 May 26, 1955 Founder Editor of Khaleej Times
20 Al-Haj Malik Bagh Ali May 26, 1955 May 29, 1956
21 Siddique Wahab May 30, 1956 December 14, 1956
22 S.M.Taufiq 1958
23 Allah Bakhsh Gabol (2nd term) May 1961 October 1962

Mayors of Karachi (1979 - Present)[edit]

1979 - 2005:Though the LBEs were, by law, held on a non-party basis, in reality the political parties were at the heart of the process. Political parties were openly supporting candidates, and the media was extensively reporting party involvement.[3]

2016 elections: were party based officially.

Party Legend

List of Mayors of Karachi
# Party Flag Name of nazim Starting term Ending term Deputy Mayor Notes
24 Jamaat e Islami Pakistan Abdul Sattar Afghani (1st term) November 9, 1979 November 7, 1983 non-partisan Local govt by Gen. Zia
25 Jamaat e Islami Pakistan Abdul Sattar Afghani (2nd term) November 7, 1983 February 12, 1987
26 Muttahida Qaumi Movement Farooq Sattar January 9, 1988 July 27, 1992 Abdul Razik Khan Youngest Mayor of the world at the age of 28
Administrator System was implemented during 1992 - 2001
27 Jamaat e Islami Pakistan Naimatullah Khan August 14, 2001 May 2005 Tariq Hasan non-partisan City District govt 2000-2010 by Gen. Musharraf, Sindh Local Government Ordinance (SLGO) 2001
28 Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan Syed Mustafa Kamal October 17, 2005 February 2010 Nasreen Jalil
Commissioner System was implemented during 2010 - 2016
29 Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan Waseem Akhtar August 30, 2016 incumbent Dr. Arshad A Vohra First party based Local elections of Pakistan, Sindh Local Govt Act (SLGA 2013). Arshad Vohra served as acting mayor Aug, 30 2016–Nov, 16 2016 before release of Waseem Akhtar

Mayor elections[edit]

Elections 2005[edit]

Mayor results 2005 [4][5][6]

Karachi Mayor Election, 2005
# Party Candidate CDGK Percentage
1 Flag of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.svg Muttahida Qaumi Movement Mustafa Kamal 1,490 64.5%
2 Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Flag.svg Jamaat-e-Islami Naimatullah Khan 800 34.5%
3 Others 24 1%
Total 2,314 100%

* All counsellors (13 from each 174 Union Council) participated in direct voting process for mayor election for CDGK). The election took place on October 6, 2005. Naimatullah Khan was fielded by Tameer-i-Karachi Ittehad of the combined opposition parties.

Elections 2016[edit]

Karachi Mayor Election, 2016
Candidate KMC Percentage
1 Flag of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.svg Muttahida Qaumi Movement Waseem Akhtar 208 68.2%
2 Flag of Pakistan People's Part.svg Pakistan Peoples Party Karamullah Waqasi 86 28.2%
3 did not vote - 11 3.6%
Total 305 100%

* The 308 directly and indirectly elected members of Union Committee of KMC voted for Mayor of Karachi on August 24, 2016. Waseem Akhter comfortably defeated 6 party alliance formed to contest against the city`s dominant political force, the MQM[7]

PTI Karachi leader Faisal Vawda submitted petition for the disqualification of Karachi mayor-elect Waseem Akhter few hours before his oath taking ceremony in the Sindh High Court.[8] Sindh High Court withdrew his production orders and all sessions judges in Karachi were stopped from administering the oath after not getting clearance from the Sindh High Court.[9] Faisal Wavda petition was later rejected and second production orders were issued.[10]

Waseem Akhter was crowned mayor of Karachi on August 30, 2016. Ceremony was held at Polo Ground.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KDA, KMC battle over deputy mayor's official residence". Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  2. ^ 'Karachi under the Raj 1843-1947'
  3. ^ "2005 Pakistan final report local elections commonwealth".
  4. ^ Ghori, Habib Khan (2005-10-07). "KARACHI: Mustafa Kamal is new city nazim". Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  5. ^ Ghori, Habib Khan (2005-09-14). "KARACHI: 12 file papers for nazim's slot: Third phase of LB polls". Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  6. ^ "KARACHI: Muttahida lays claim on Karachi, Hyderabad: Nazim, naib nazim slots". 2005-09-06. Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  7. ^ "Jailed MQM leader takes oath as Karachi mayor today | ePaper | DAWN.COM". Retrieved 2016-09-18.
  8. ^ "Faisal Vawda seeks Waseem Akhtar's disqualification as mayor Karachi". 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  9. ^ "Controversy over oath-taking of Karachi mayor | SAMAA TV". Retrieved 2016-08-30.
  10. ^ "SHC dismisses Vawda's petition to stop Waseem Akhtar from taking oath as Mayor". Retrieved 2016-08-30.

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