North Nazimabad —the most literate town
KARACHI: North Nazimabad Town enjoys the reputation of being the most literate town of the country, as out of its 700,000 population more than 90 percent are educated and compared with other towns of Karachi it is well developed.
In the early Sixties when Karachi was the capital of Pakistan, North Nazimabad was initially selected for the establishment of offices and residential area for federal government employees. On account of these two factors it is ranked as the most-planned town of Karachi. All thoroughfares and service roads of the town are designed in such a way that they allow movement of large volume of traffic without any interruption. Almost all roads are broad and running along them are parallel service roads that are also wide due to which in case of emergency or accident no traffic clogging is witnessed.
The North Nazimabad town, which stretches from Paposh Nagar up to Buffer Zone II at Nagin Chowrangi, has a total of 10 union councils. They are Paposh Nagar, Pahar Ganj, Khandu Goth, Hyderi, Sakhi Hasan, Farooq-e-Azam, Mustafabad, Shadman town, Buffer Zone-1 and Buffer Zone-11.
The town is largely inhabited by Urdu-speaking people besides it also has a sizable number of people from other linguistic groups, including Bohris, Gujratis, Memons, Ghanchis, Balochis and Sindhis.
The MQM, which commanded extensive popularity in the town, boycotted the 2001 local government elections and as a result the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) backed-Al-Khidmat group candidate, Fasihuddin Siddiqui, won the election for the post of nazim.