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Union councils of Lyari Town
|Established||14 August 2001|
|• Type||Town Council|
|almost all Balouch|
|Office Location||Main Liyari Town Off. (Old KMC Zonal Office) Shahrah-e-Abdul Rahim Baloch (Chakiwar Road) Liyari Town, Karachi.|
Lyari Town (Sindhi: لیاری ٽاؤن, Urdu: لیاری ٹاؤن ) is one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated town. It is bordered by the towns of SITE Town to the north across the Lyari River, Jamshed and Saddar to the east, and Kemari to the west across the main harbour of Karachi. Lyari name has been used as a name of tree which is called Lyaar.
Lyari is one of the oldest places in Karachi. There are few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. Lyari is a stronghold of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Lyari is also the centre of Karachi's Sheedi community, who are now Balochs of African descent. There is also a large Zikri Muslim community residing in Lyari Town.
The universities in Lyari Town include:
▪ Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, Lyari (BBSUL)
▪ Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical College (SMBBMC)
Lyari is known as a football hotbed in Pakistan. Many of the nation's top players come from the area. Football is so popular that crime levels dip significantly during the FIFA World Cup season. Lyari is also known for bodybuilders and boxers and wrestlers.
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 Layari Division and the merger of its five districts to form a new Karachi City-District with eighteen autonomous constituent towns including Lyari Town.
The very first inhabitants of Lyari were Sindhi fishermen and Baloch nomads. Lyari Town is home of the majority Kutchi speaking people. The ethnic groups include: Balochs, Brahuis, Kutchis, Zikris, Gujratis, Muhajirs, Chhipas and others.