Lyari Town (Sindhi: لیاری ٽاؤن, Urdu: لیاری ٹاؤن ) is one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated town. It is bordered by the towns of SITE Town to the north across the Lyari River, Jamshed and Saddar to the east, and Kemari to the west across the main harbour of Karachi.
Union councils of Lyari Town
|Established||14 August 2001|
|• Type||Town Council|
|60% are baloch|
|Office Location||Main Lyari Town Off. (Old KMC Zonal Office) Shahrah-e-Abdul Rahim Baloch (Chakiwara Road) Lyari Town, Karachi.|
Lyari is one of the oldest places in Karachi. There are many schools, college, and a university, along with two national standard hospital & some mini hospitals. Lyari is now a stronghold of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) . Lyari is also the centre of Karachi's Baloch people which are oldest people in Lyari, a large populations of Pashtuns as well as the Kutchi & Memons community.There is also a large Zikri Muslim community residing in Lyari Town as well as many Siddi people
The universities in Lyari Town include:
▪ Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari (BBSUL)
▪ Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College (SMBBMC)
• lyari degree govt sci, art n commerece boys college
• zulfiqar ali bhutto boys college
• chakiwara girls college
• Abdullah haroon science & com boys college
• nusrat bhutto science & com girls college
• lyari general hospital medical & nursing training institute
Lyari is known as a football hotbed in Pakistan. Many of the nation's top players come from the area. Football is very popular & Lyarians were excited about the FIFA World Cup . During the World Cup season, people raise flags of every country especially Brazil. Lyari is also known for bodybuilders, boxers and wrestlers.
The federal government introduced local government reforms in the year 2000, which eliminated the previous third tier of government (administrative divisions) and raised the fourth tier (districts) to become the new third tier. The effect in Karachi was the dissolution of the former Layari Division and the merger of its five districts to form a new Karachi City-District with eighteen autonomous constituent towns including Lyari Town.
The very first inhabitants of Lyari were Sindhi fishermen and Baloch nomads. Lyari Town is home of the majority Kutchi speaking people. The ethnic groups include: Balochs, Brahuis, Kutchis, Zikris, Gujratis, Muhajirs, Memons and others.
- Yamini Narayanan (19 November 2015), Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising Sustainable Cities for South Asia, Routledge, ISBN 978-1-317-75542-5