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This article is about the city of Karachi. For other uses, see Karachi (disambiguation).
ڪراچي  ‎/  كراچى
—  Metropolitan City  —

Counterclockwise from top: Karachi SkylineM.A. Jinnah TombKarachi Sunday Textile MarketKPT headquartersSindh High CourtKemari Boat Basinand Nagan Interchange

Nickname(s): The Gateway to Pakistan, The City of Bright Lights, Mini Pakistan
Karachi is located in Sindh


Location of Karachi in Sindh and in Pakistan.

Coordinates: 24°51′36″N 67°0′36″ECoordinates24°51′36″N 67°0′36″E
Country Pakistan
Province Sindh
Metropolitan Corporation 2011
City Council City Complex, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town
 • Type Metropolitan City
 • City Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed[2]
 • Municipal Commissioner Matanat Ali Khan[3]
 • Metropolitan City 3,527 km2 (1,362 sq mi)
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2010)[5][6]
 • Metropolitan City 13,050,000
 • Density 3,700/km2 (9,600/sq mi)
 • Metro 13,205,339
Demonym Karachiite
Time zone PST (UTC+05:00)
Postal codes 74XXX – 75XXX
Dialling code +9221-XXXX XXXX
Website KarachiCity.gov.pk

Karachi (About this sound Karācī (help·info)Sindhi: ڪراچي, Urdu: كراچى‎) is the largest city, mainseaport and financial centre of Pakistan, as well as the capital of the province of Sindh. The city has an estimated population of 21 million people as of April 2012. Results in that census show that the district is home to over 21 million people, at a density of nearly 6,000 people per square kilometre (15,500 per square mile).[7] Karachi is themost populous city in the country, is the world’s largest city in terms of population[8]and also the 11th largest urban agglomeration in the world.[9] It is Pakistan’s centre of banking, industry, economic activity and trade and is home to Pakistan’s largest corporations, including those involved in textiles, shipping, automotive industry,entertainmentthe arts, fashion, advertising, publishingsoftware development andmedical research. The city is a hub of higher education in South Asia and the Muslim world.[10]

Karachi is ranked as a Beta world city.[11][12] It was the capital of Pakistan untilIslamabad was constructed as a capital in order to spread development evenly across the country and to prevent it from being concentrated in Karachi.[13] Karachi is the location of the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, two of the region’s largest and busiest ports. After the independence of Pakistan, the city population increased dramatically when hundreds of thousands of Muhajirs from India and other parts of South Asia came to settle in Karachi.[citation needed]

The city is located in the south of the country, along the coastline meeting the Arabian Sea. It is spread over 3,527 km2 (1,362 sq mi) in area.[citation needed] It is locally known[by whom?] as the “City of Lights” (بتين جو شهر) and “The Bride of the Cities” (عروس البلاد) for its liveliness, and the “City of the Quaid” (شہرِ قائد), having been the birth and burial place of Quaid-e-Azam, the Great Leader, (Muhammad Ali Jinnah), the founder of Pakistan, who made the city his home after Pakistan’s independence from the British Raj on 14 August 1947


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