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Lyari (Urdu: لیاریSindhi: لیاري‎) is one of the neighbourhoods of Lyari Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is the oldest human settlement of Karachi city. The first inhabitants of Lyari were Sindhi fishermen and Baloch nomads. Lyari is Karachi's densest neighborhood where poverty, criminality, violence and despair prevails.[1]

Lyari was ignored for infrastructure development during the British colonial period, a policy that would continue well into Pakistan's "post-colonial" period when more resources were diverted towards resettlement of Urdu-speaking Muhajirs migrating from India. Successive provincial governments continued with this policy even after meeting the needs of migrants.[1]

There are several ethnic groups in Lyari including Muhajirs, Sindhis, Kutchi, KHALIFA , Pakhtuns, Balochis, Memons, Punjabies, Christians and Ismailis. The population of Lyari Town is estimated to be nearly one million.

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  1. ^ a b Yamini Narayanan 2015, p. 165.


  • Yamini Narayanan (19 November 2015), Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising Sustainable Cities for South Asia, Routledge, ISBN 978-1-317-75542-5

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Coordinates: 26°28′N 68°15′E / 26.467°N 68.250°E / 26.467; 68.250