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|Bin Qasim |
بن قاسم ٹاؤن
Union Councilp pipri of Bin Qasim Town
|Established||14 August 2001|
|• Type||Town Council|
|• Town Nazim||lala munawer khan|
|• Naib Nazim||Yousuf Shah|
|• Municipal Officer||Manzoor Ahmed Abbassi|
|Office Location||Town Municipal Office Razzaqabad, Formerly UC Landhi, Karachi. 75120.|
|Website||Bin Qasim Town Page[permanent dead link]|
Bin Qasim Town (Sindhi: بن قاسم ٽائون', Urdu: بن قاسم ٹاؤن ) is a town located in the southeastern part of Karachi along the Arabian Sea and the Indus River delta. The town and the adjacent Port Qasim are named after Muhammad bin Qasim, an Arab general who conquered large parts of Sindh in the eighth century CE. Bin Qasim is bordered by Gadap Town to the north, Thatta District and the Indus River to the east, the Arabian Sea to the south and the Malir River and the towns of Landhi, Malir, and Korangi Cantonment to the west. The town had a population of about 315,000 at the 1998 census, of which 97% are Muslim and include several ethnic groups – Sindhis form majority in the town. The other ethnic groups inhabiting include Balochs, Kashmiris, Seraikis, Pakhtuns, Muhajirs, Punjabis, Memons, Bohras and Ismailis.
The federal government introduced local government reforms in the year 2000, which eliminated the previous third tier of government (administrative divisions) and raised the fourth tier (districts) to become the new third tier. The effect in Karachi was the dissolution of the former Karachi Division and the merger of its five districts to form a new Karachi City-District with eighteen autonomous constituent towns including Bin Qasim Town.
The port of Bin Qasim was built in the 1970s to relieve pressure on the Port of Karachi and is today the second largest port of Pakistan. The port is surrounded by a large industrial area which includes the Pakistan Steel Mills complex in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Pakistan Machine Tool Factory (PMTF) and the Zulfiqarabad Oil Terminal as well as the nearby industrial estate in Landhi Town. The two neighbourhoods of Ibrahim Hyderi and Rehri are focussed on the fishing industry, complemented by the nearby Korangi Fish Harbour.
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