Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road

Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road (Urdu: شاہراہ محمد على جناح‎), frequently abbreviated as MA Jinnah Road, is a major thoroughfare in central Karachi, Pakistan. The road was originally named Bandar Road (بندر روڈ ;"Port Road"), owing to the fact that it linked the city to the Port of Karachi,[1] but was later renamed in honor of Pakistan's founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. MA Jinnah Road stretches 6.1 kilometres from Jinnah Bridge in the south, near the Port of Karachi, to Gurumandir Chowk, north of Mazar-e-Quaid.[2] It is one of the city's oldest roads,[3] and passes through much of the colonial era historic core of Karachi, with numerous landmarks along its route.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road
شاہراہ محمد على جناح
MA Jinnah Road
M. A. Jinnah Road, Karachi.jpg
Muhammad Ali Jinnah Road passes through part of Karachi's colonial core
Former name(s)Bandar Road
Length6.1 km (3.8 mi)
LocationKarachi, Pakistan
South endJinnah Bridge
I.I. Chundrigar Road
Numaish Chowrangi
Gurumandir Chowrangi
North endGurumandir Chowrangi roundabout


During Talpur rule, the Rah-i-Bandar road was built to connect the city's port to the caravan terminals in what is now the Serai Quarter.[4] The Rah-i-Bandar in the 1860s would eventually be further developed by the British into Bandar Road.[5][6] In 1949, the road was renamed after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.[7]


MA Jinnah Road stretches 6.1 kilometres from Jinnah Bridge in the south, to Gurumandir Chowk, north of Mazar-e-Quaid.[2] Numerous landmarks are sited along this road,[8] including (from southwest to northeast): the Karachi Port Trust Building, Merewether Clock Tower, New Memon Masjid, Denso Hall, City Courts at Nanakwara, Karachi Municipal Corporation Building, Swaminarayan Mandir, Khaliq Dina Hall, NJV Government Higher Secondary School, and Mazar-e-Quaid (Jinnah Mausoleum).[9][10] It terminates at the Gurumandir Chowrangi roundabout, where several major roads converge, including: Business Recorder Road, Jehangir Road, Jamshed Road, Jigar Muradabadi Road, and Clayton Road.


The following are heritage buildings along MA Jinnah Road which are protected by the Government of Sindh.[11] Buildings are listed from southwest end of the road to its northwest end.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The changing faces of Bunder Road". Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  2. ^ a b Steve Inskeep (25 September 2012). Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi. Penguin Publishing Group. pp. 43 and passim. ISBN 978-0-14-312216-6.
  3. ^ Nandita Bhavnani, "Kalachi, Kurrachee, Karachi: biography of a metropolis.", Marg, A Magazine of the Arts, September 1, 2008  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ "Preserving cultural assets". DAWN.COM. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  5. ^ Sampark: Journal of Global Understanding. Sampark Literary Services. 2004.
  6. ^ The Herald. Pakistan Herald Publications. 1993.
  7. ^ Balouch, Akhtar (2014-03-31). "The unwashed Bandar Road". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2020-04-13.
  8. ^ Akhtar Balouch, "The unwashed Bandar Road", Dawn, September 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Nandita Bhavnani, " City on the edge", The Hindu, March 14, 2004.
  10. ^ Hasan, Shazia (2018-06-03). "Minarets, alcoves, domes and devotion". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  11. ^ "Karachi Heritage Building Re-Survey Project". Retrieved 2020-04-13.