Naimatullah Khan

Naimatullah Khan (1 October 1930 – 25 February 2020) was a Pakistani politician who served as the City Nazim (Mayor) of Karachi from August 2001 to June 2005.[1][2]

Naimatullah Khan
Naimatullah, Muneeb ur Rehman and Hanif Tayyab.jpg
Naimatullah with Muneeb ur Rehman.
26th Mayor of Karachi
In office
14 August 2001 – May 2005
Preceded byFarooq Sattar
Succeeded bySyed Mustafa Kamal
Personal details
Born(1930-10-01)1 October 1930
Ajmer, British India (now India)
Died25 February 2020(2020-02-25) (aged 89)
Karachi, Pakistan
Political partyJamaat-e-Islami
ResidenceKarachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma materUniversity of the Punjab, Lahore
Karachi University
OccupationPolitician

Early life and careerEdit

He graduated from Punjab University with a Masters in Journalism and a Law Degree from Karachi University. He was a lawyer by profession. He was the chairman of the biggest NGO of Pakistan, Alkhidmat Foundation. As Mayor of Karachi, in 2005, he was selected to be a contesting candidate in the Top-20 Mayors of the World list.[3]

Mayor of KarachiEdit

He was the first Nāzim of Karachi after the devolution plan under President Pervez Musharraf regime in Pakistan. He belonged to Jamaat-e-Islami being inspired by the thoughts of Abul A'la Maududi and Naeem Siddiqui. Naimatullah Khan was elected City Nazim (Mayor) in 2001. Naimatullah Khan succeeded in getting an amount of Rs.2900 Million for reconstruction of Karachi, city council approved various projects such as 18 flyovers over major roads, six underpasses, two signal-free roads and a huge water supply scheme for the people of Karachi. It was for the first time in the history of Karachi that all the stake holders in Karachi were incorporated for the developmental work in Karachi. The Karachi development plan comprised signal-free main roads, many fly overs, underpasses and the replacement of many water and sewerage lines.[4] One of his projects, as the city mayor, was the Green Line Bus Project for Karachi where he imported buses from Sweden.[5]

Another publicly well-admired idea that he introduced was to involve local boys from the villages situated near the Arabian Sea surrounding the 64 km coastal belt of Karachi. These local village boys, familiar with the sea, were good swimmers and were hired on a contract basis as lifeguards to help protect common beach visitors and picnickers when they attempted to swim in the sea for fun. In September 2017, Karachi beaches had to be sealed by authorities in the wake of 55 people drowning in the three months period.[6]

Naimatullah Khan resigned from his office in June 2005, and was not re-elected in Pakistan's next 2005 local city elections.

DeathEdit

He died 25 February 2020 in Karachi, which is the capital of Sindh, Pakistan.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Governor appreciates role of Naimutullah Khan in Karachi development samaa.tv website, Published 19 October 2016, Retrieved 12 November 2017
  2. ^ The world's best mayor? The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 12 June 2010, Retrieved 12 November 2017
  3. ^ "Worldmayor.com's list of World's top mayors" Retrieved 12 November 2017
  4. ^ President Musharraf praises Naimatullah Dawn (newspaper), Published 8 August 2003, Retrieved 12 November 2017
  5. ^ Karachi transport failures The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 15 September 2016, Retrieved 12 November 2017
  6. ^ Karachi beaches sealed in the wake of Saturday's drowninigs The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 11 September 2017, Retrieved 12 November 2017
  7. ^ "Daily 92 Roznama ePaper | Urdu Newspaper | Pakistan News | روزنامہ ٩٢ نیوز". www.roznama92news.com.
  8. ^ "Ex-Karachi mayor Naimatullah Khan passes away at 89". www.thenews.com.pk.