Gazdarabad (Urdu: گزدر آباد ‎), also known by its former name Ranchore Line, is a neighbourhood in the Karachi South district of Karachi, Pakistan.[1] The neighborhood is one of the oldest in Karachi,[2] and has a predominantly Muslim Marwaris population who hailed from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan from 19th century.[3] Gazadarabad is also home to Karachi's largest Hindu-dominated neighborhood, Narayan Pura.[4]

گزدر آباد

Ranchore Line
DistrictKarachi South
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)


Gazdarabad was formerly called Ranchore Line until around the 1950s. The name of the area was associated with a Hindu named Ranchor. The area was first built in the early days of the British Raj. With time, it became one of the most densely populated areas in the city. Before the independence of Pakistan, the area was home to a majority of Hindus.[citation needed]

After the independence of Pakistan, the Karachi population increased dramatically when hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees (Muhajirs) from India moved to Pakistan and settled in the city. The minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India while many Muslims refugees from India settled in the Karachi.[5]

The name was changed in the honour of Muhammad Hashim Gazdar, who belonged to the Muslim Marwaris community and resided in the locality. Mr. Gazdar had been Mayor of Karachi and one time deputy speaker of the Constitutional Assembly. Gazdarabad is home of Muslim Marwari Community who migrated from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan at and around the beginning of British Raj.[6] These people perfected the art of yellow stone masonry. Their artistic skills can be seen in all the British era buildings in Karachi.

Silawat communityEdit

The Silawats have their own constitution and a democratic system where the election is held after every (2) year and an estimated registered voter of this community are more than 10,000 which are the part of NA-249,PS-110 and UC-21.

Management Committee of Muslim Marwari Silawata Jamat (2019-2021)

Dr.Jamil Bhojani-President

Jawwad Narinja-Vice President

Taimoor Zahoor Gulsher-General Secretary

Konain Chohan-Joint Secretary

Riaz Pardar-Honorary Treasurer

Noman Jahangir-Chairman Education Committee

Irshad Chohan-Chairman Hospital Committee

Ubaid Hoti-Chairman Housing Committee

Shajahan Narinja-Chairman Consultation Committee

Yousuf Rajpoot-Chairman Industrial Home

Maulana Yaseen Bhojani-Chairman Deeni(Religious) Committee

Taha Zaka Bhojani-Chairman Sports Committee

Alhaj Shamshad Ali Kaliya-Chairman Qabristan(Graveyard) Committee

Notable peopleEdit

Muhammad Hashim Gazdar (Former Mayor Karachi British India and Deputy Speaker Sind Assembly)

Abdul Latif Dino(Khalifa of Pir Sahab Pagara and Translator of Quran into Sindi)

Alhaj Hanif Soldier (Former Minister)

Bostan Ali Hoti (Former Senator)

Mir Muhammad Baloch (Freedom Leader)

Professor Shamsoon Fareed (PhD)

Abdul Ghani Gazdar (Session Judge)

Professor Ameer Bux Fareed (Director Board of Intermediate)

A.U Fareed (Former Vice-Chancellor Szabist)

Hanif(Film Actor also Known as Lollywood's Dileep Kumar)

Liaquat Soldier(TV and Stage Artist)

Majid Fareed Sati(Writer and Adventurist)

Khubaib Rehan Chohan(National Level Boxer)

Tamim Faheem(National Level Table Tennis Player)

Abdul Moid Fareed(National Level Table Tennis Player)

See alsoEdit

Saghir shah Bhojani old Kmc contractor builders & DevelopersEdit

  1. ^ Saddar Town - Government of Karachi Archived June 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Siddiqui, Ahmed Husain (1996). Karachi: The Pearl of Arabian Sea. Mohammad Husain Academy.
  3. ^ Balouch, Akhtar (2014-05-12). "Karachi's Ranchor Line: Where red chilli is no more". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  4. ^ Gayer, Laurent (2014-07-01). Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-023806-3.
  5. ^ "Port Qasim | About Karachi". Port Qasim Authority. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  6. ^ Karachi's Ranchor Line: Where red chilli is no more

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