Saddar (Urdu: صدر ‎) is a neighbourhood in Saddar Town in Karachi, Pakistan.[1] The neighbourhood serves as a major commercial centre in the historic British-era core of Karachi. The neighbourhood contains Karachi's largest concentration of colonial-era architecture.[2]

Central business districtEdit

Saddar is the central business district of Karachi. 'Saddar' generally means 'centre' (of the town) and also 'head' (of State or organization). Empress Market in Saddar is the central shopping area of Karachi.[3]

Karachi's central bus station Regal Bus Stop is also located in Saddar, thus connecting it with other areas of Karachi. A major street in Saddar is named Zaibunnisa Street, after the influential author and journalist, Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah. This street is one of the most modern and bustling in Karachi. Saddar is the hub of business activities in Karachi and is one of the oldest parts of the city. Many beautiful examples of British Colonial architecture can be found here; like the main building of Karachi Grammar School, Frere Hall and the Sindh Club. This was the centre of Karachi in the colonial era, and still is today.

Saddar also has the famous Karachi building called Rainbow Centre.

There are several ethnic groups in Saddar including Muhajirs, Sindhis, Punjabis, Kashmiris, Seraikis, Pakhtuns, Balochis, Brahuis, Memons, Bohras, Ismailis, etc. Over 85% of the population is Muslim. There are also Christian, Hindu, Parsis, Ahmadis, and other religious communities in Saddar. The population of Saddar Town is estimated to be nearly one million.

Main areasEdit

  • Rao Sheraz Khan
  • Preedy Quarters
  • Ratan Talao (Partial) (Muslim Public School, Saddar Branch )
  • Urdu Bazaar Area[4]
  • Rainbow Centre
  • Jehangir Park (A six-acre park donated to the people of Karachi in 1893 by a Parsi philanthropist, Behramjee Jehangirjee Rajkotwala) (recent park renovation completed in 2017)[5]
  • Gari Khata
  • Burns Road (Partial)
  • Bohri Bazaar (one of the oldest marketplaces of Karachi)[6]
  • Lucky Star
  • Aram Bagh (Partial)
  • Passport Office
  • National Accountability Bureau (Investigation Wing)
  • Sindh High Court Building
  • provincial assembly of sindh [7]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Saddar Town – Government of Karachi Archived 2006-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Pakistan's crumbling architectural heritage - The Peninsula Qatar". Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  3. ^ Nadir Siddiqui (2 March 2014). "Karachi Time Machine". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ Muhammad Umar (1 May 2015). "Bookless in Saddar: An adventure through time and traffic". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  5. ^ Imran Ayub (15 August 2017). "Back to life, historical Jahangir Park awaits formal reopening". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  6. ^ (30 January 2011). "Bohri bazaar: Stepping back in time". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 13 February 2018.
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Coordinates: 24°51′40″N 67°01′41″E / 24.86111°N 67.02806°E / 24.86111; 67.02806