Saddar Town (Sindhi: صدر ٽائون; Urdu: صدر ٹاؤن), was a Karachi borough in the central part of the city that formed much of the historic colonial core of Karachi. Saddar Town was formed in 2001 as part of The Local Government Ordinance 2001, and was subdivided into 11 union councils. The town system was disbanded in 2011, and Saddar Town was re-organized as part of Karachi South District in 2015.
Saddar Town was divided into 11 Union Councils
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The word Saddar generally means the "centre" (of a settlement) and also "head" (of a group of people or an organisation).
Saddar Town is located in the colonial heart of Karachi. It is bordered by Jamshed Town and Clifton Cantonment to the east, Kiamari Town and the Arabian Sea to the south and Lyari Town to the west. The majority of the population were Gujarati and Sindhi Muslims. Among the Gujarati-speaking people were trading communities such as Memons and Marwaris.
Saddar Town contained much of the oldest parts of Karachi. The federal government under Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup d'etat, introduced local government reforms in the year 2000, which eliminated the previous "third tier of government" (administrative divisions) and replaced it with the fourth tier (districts). The effect in Karachi was the dissolution of the former Karachi Division, and the merging of its five districts to form a new Karachi City-District with eighteen autonomous constituent towns including Saddar Town. In 2011, the system was disbanded but remained in place for bureaucratic administration until 2015, when the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation system was reintroduced. In 2015, Saddar Town was re-organized as part of Karachi South.
Saddar Town was made up of the following:
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