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Location in Pakistan

Karachi (Urdu: کراچی‎; ALA-LC: Karācī, IPA: [kəˈraːtʃi] (About this sound listen); Sindhi: ڪراچي‎) is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the most populous city in Pakistan, and fourth-most-populous city proper in the world. Ranked as a beta world city, the city is Pakistan's premier industrial and financial centre. Karachi is also Pakistan's most cosmopolitan city. Situated on the Arabian Sea, Karachi serves as a transport hub, and is home to Pakistan's two largest seaports, the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, as well as the busiest airport in Pakistan.

Though the Karachi region has been inhabited for millennia, the city was founded as the fortified village of Kolachi in 1729. The settlement drastically increased in importance with the arrival of British East India company in the mid 19th century, who not only embarked on major works to transform the city into a major seaport, but also connected it with their extensive railway network. By the time of the Partition of British India, the city was the largest in Sindh with an estimated population of 400,000. Following the independence of Pakistan, the city's population increased dramatically with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from India. The city experienced rapid economic growth following independence, attracting migrants from throughout Pakistan and South Asia.

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Abdul Sattar Edhi, Nishan-e-Imtiaz, (Urdu: عبد الستار ایدھی), or Edhi, as he is often known, is one of the most active philanthropists in Pakistan. He is head of the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan. Edhi foundation branches are spread all over world. His wife Begum Bilquis Edhi, heads the Bilquis Edhi Foundation. They both received 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. He is also the recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize. Maulana Edhi, as he is often referred to, is of the Memon community. According to the Guinness World Records, Edhi Foundation has the largest private ambulance service network in the world. Edhi was born in 1928 in Bantva in the Gujarat state of present day India. His father was a textile trader and earned a modest income for his family. He was a natural born leader and would encourage his friends to hold tiny circuses and perform gymnastics for the locals. Edhi is to Karachi what Mother Teresa was to the poor of Calcutta. (More...)

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Karakoram Express departing to Lahore from Karachi Cantonment Railway Station. Cantt. Station is one of the oldest and busiest railway stations in Pakistan. It is located in the Karachi Cantonment, in Sindh, Pakistan. It was earlier known as Frere Street Station. The construction of Karachi Cantt. Station was started in 1896 and was completed in 1898 at a total cost of Rs. 80,000.

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In the news

Today is July 21, 2018

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 Minister 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:

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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