ABOUT MALIR CANTT KARACHI
Malir Cantt is one of the best-gated communities in Karachi. Under the supervision of Pakistan Army, the area’s security is up to the mark. Residents have easy access to hospitals, schools, petrol pumps, banks and utility stores.
In the wake of World War II, Malir Cantonment was created by the British government as a Prisoner of War Camp in 1941. After 1947, Pakistan Army took over its reins. Since then, it has developed into one of the most coveted localities in Karachi. Cantonment Board Malir is the area’s administrative body, which falls under the supervision and jurisdiction of Ministry of Defence. The cantonment is autonomous and manages the area’s infrastructure, including electricity, and water supplies, and other administrative tasks on its own.
AT A GLANCE
- Well-established, gated community, offering world-class amenities
- Residents mostly comprise retired army families and bureaucrats
- Tight security
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in Malir Cantt Karachi
The residents of Malir Cantonment mostly travel via their cars. People also use pick and drop services for their daily commute. Apart from these two options, people can also hop on buses that are accessible via various bus stops in and near the area, including CMH Stop, Stop 3, Stop 5, Gadap Town Bus Stop and Hasnain Bus Stop.
Markets in Malir Cantt Karachi
There are many superstores, markets and utility stores located here. People do not have to go out of the gates of the community for buying daily life necessities. There are various markets within Malir Cantonment, e.g. Shaheen Market, PAF Market, Al Nisa Complex, Al Jannat Superstore, Malir Cantonment Bazaar, MES Bazaar and CSD Supermarket. CSD Superstore offers a special discount to military families. Also, Pakistan Air Force directly manages PAF Market and Shaheen Market. The famous Malir Cantonment Bazar is spread over a huge area, comprising many grocery stores, bakeries, sweet shops, mobile and accessories shops, hardware stores, mechanic shops, pharmacies and tailoring shops.
Mosques in Malir Cantt Karachi
Malir Cantonment is a well-planned community. The mosques in the area have been planned in a way that residents do not have to travel long distances for their daily prayers. The design of Garrison Mosque is heavily influenced by classical Islamic architecture. It has ample parking space and a well-manicured lawn. Masjid Al Furqan is a Jamia Masjid located in the middle of Malir Cantt Bazaar. Other mosques in the area are Al Khair Mosque, Gillanabad Mosque, Hafsa Masjid and Kausar Mosque.
Schools, Colleges and Universities in Malir Cantt Karachi
Malir Cantonment is ideal for families with children as it hosts some of the best schools in the vicinity. There are a number of elementary, secondary, O/A level schools — many of them top-rated institutions — located here. Army Public School, FG Public School, Cantonment Board Malir Model School, Karachi Public School (Malir Campus) and Beaconhouse School System (Malir Campus) are some of the most popular schools in the area. There are several notable institutes of higher education located within Malir Cantonment as well such as Army Public College, Government Degree College, Malir and Allam Iqbal College. Iqra University’s Airport campus is about 7 km away from Checkpost Number 6 of Cantt. Baqai Post Graduate Medical University, Habib University, University of Karachi and NED University can be reached within 30-35 minutes via car.
Banks in Malir Cantt Karachi
For the convenience of residents, branches of various banks, and their ATM services, are present in the area. Habib Metro Bank, Meezan Bank, MCB Bank, Askari Bank, National Bank of Pakistan, JS Bank, Habib Metro Bank and Bank Al Habib are located in the area. Some banking centres can also be found in Malir Cantt bazar. People do not have to go out of Cantt for their day-to-day transactions.
Clinics and Hospitals in Malir Cantt Karachi
Combined Military Hospital, aka CMH, is a renowned hospital in the area. It offers medical services to residents and is also a training centre for nursing cadets, post-graduate fellowship trainees and paramedical staff. As Malir Cantt is located adjacent to Gulistan-e-Jauhar, it has access to a number of hospitals and clinics located in the vicinity. There is a hospital and many consultation clinics of renowned doctors in Gulistan-e-Jauhar. Darul Sehat Hospital is located in Block 15. It is a 250-bed teaching hospital for Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry. Experienced doctors, working in various departments, provide quality healthcare services to patients here. Another nearby hospital, which is famous for its specialist doctors and good medical services, is Memon Medical Institute Hospital. It is only a 24-minute drive away from Malir Cantt.
PROPERTIES IN MALIR CANTT KARACHI
Sale Price Trends in Malir Cantt Karachi
Houses for Sale in Malir Cantt Karachi
Houses are available in various sizes: 120 sq yd, 240 sq yd, 300 sq yd, 400 sq yd and 500 sq yd. 240 sq yd houses are offered in single and double units, comprising at least 6 bedrooms with attached washrooms, a drawing/dining area, an American kitchen, a study area and a spacious lawn. The sale prices for 240 sq yd houses range from PKR 3.1 crore to as high as PKR 4.75 crore, while for 500 sq yd houses, prices tend to be even higher, starting at PKR 5.25 crore, going up to PKR 9 crore.
Plots for Sale in Malir Cantt Karachi
Malir Cantt offers a large number of 80 sq yd, 120 sq yd, 200 sq yd, 400 sq yd and 500 sq yd plots on sale. There is a wide variety of plots, offering corner, park-facing, road-facing, east open and west open plots.
Flats for Sale in Malir Cantt Karachi
There are a number of studio, 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed apartments on sale in Malir Cantt. Studio apartments are available for sale at a starting price of PKR 90 lakh, going up to PKR 4.15 crore. There are 3-bed flats also up for sale, with fully furnished bedrooms featuring wooden cabinets, tile flooring, a servant’s quarter, basement, an American-style kitchen and standby generators. Prices for 3-bed flats range from PKR 65 lakh to PKR 4.5 crore.
Rent Price Trends in Malir Cantt Karachi
Houses for Rent in Malir Cantt Karachi
Houses on rent in Malir Cantt are available in 120 sq yd, 240 sq yd, 400 sq yd and 500 sq yd. Rental prices are high for 500 sq yd houses, starting from PKR 60 thousand, going up to PKR 1.5 lakh per month.
Flats for Rent in Malir Cantt Karachi
There are 2 and 3-bedroom flats available on rent. For those wishing to rent 3-bedroom flats, prices range between PKR 45 thousand-PKR 75 thousand per month.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in Malir Cantt Karachi
Shopping habits of Karachiites are changing dramatically as they are not only interested in buying products anymore, but also in the different experiences shopping malls have to offer. Mall operators are bringing in new international food franchises as they believe those would help attract more consumers. Askari Shopping Mall is a prominent example in this regard. Home to a wide variety of international brands, a play area for children and a food court, this shopping centre aims to provide great retail, entertainment and dining experiences to its customers. Other popular shopping spots in the area are Falcon Shopping Complex and Pakistan China Shopping Complex.
Restaurants and Bakeries in Malir Cantt Karachi
Residents of Malir Cantt have access to various fine dining and fast food options in the area. Garrison Mess Restaurant, Bar B Q Restaurant, Cantt Broast and Damascus Restaurant are some of the popular food venues located in the area.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in Malir Cantt Karachi
Members of the armed forces are keen on maintaining their overall agility and health. Therefore, you will find a number of fitness centres and sports complexes across Malir Cantt. Karachi Garrison Sports Complex is an exclusive facility, offering sports and leisure activities. It is managed by qualified trainers. People can enjoy a game of snooker, squash or tennis at the facility. Health aficionados flex their muscles at the fitness centre, elaborately designed and well-equipped with the latest machines to keep your body in shape. There is also Army Sports Complex on Tufail Shaheed Road. Gul Mohar Golf Club is a 9-hole course. It is affiliated with Sindh Golf Association and Pakistan Golf Federation. Polo, the sport of kings, is also played at Malir Garrison Polo and Saddle Club. It has a well-maintained polo ground, which is an attractive feature for visitors, especially for military personnel. Other sporting facilities in the area include APS Cricket Ground and Cricket Ground DOHS Phase 1.
Salons and Spas in Malir Cantt Karachi
For a quick beauty fix, residents of Malir Cantt have a number of beauty salons at their disposal. MahRose beauty parlour, Ideal Shades, Image Beauty Salon, Paradise Ladies Spa and Salon and Rejuve Beauty Salon and Spa offer almost all kinds of beauty-related services.
Parks in Malir Cantt Karachi
Ixora Park is a famous park in the area. It is a huge park in Defence Officers Housing Society Phase 2, comprising a big jogging track. There is FC Rovers Football Club inside Ixora Park, where footballers play tournaments and regular practice sessions. Other notable parks in the area are Fatima Jinnah Park, Cantonment Board Park and Askari 5 Park.
Residents of Malir Cantt have easy access to the main city through a number of routes. Surrounding areas include Gulistan-e-Jauhar and Gulshan-e-Maymar. Jinnah International Airport is a little over 6 km away from Checkpost Number 6 of Malir Cantt.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Malir Cantt is a gated community that has a robust security system in place, however, the downside is that visitors have to wait in long queues to submit their NICs at the check-points before entering Cantt’s premises. People prefer living in Malir Cantt to any other residential area of the city primarily because of the wide range of amenities it offers. However, as it is an upscale community, it is quite expensive.
Importance of Malir Cantt Karachi from major locations nearby
- Jinnah International Airport is a 27-minute drive from Checkpost Number 6
- Only 37 minutes’ drive away from Gulshan-e-Maymar
- Malir Cantt is situated only a 28-minute drive away from University of Karachi