ABOUT MALIR TOWN KARACHI
Malir Town is surrounded by Malir Cantonment and Memon Goth. Jinnah International Airport is just a 7-minute drive from Model Colony in Malir. The area has been divided into 7 union councils: Model Colony, Saudabad, Kala Board, Khokrapar, Gharibabad, Jafar-e-Tayyar and Ghazi Brohi Goth. Model Colony is a renowned neighbourhood of Malir Town. Fatima Jinnah, Quaid-e-Azam’s sister, contacted a town planner, Mr Makki, to design a Model Muhajir Colony. It was an upscale society until around 1980s, but property in the area is now fairly affordable.
Kala Board, Malir City 15, Muhabbat Nagar, Saudabad and Darakhshan Society are some other popular neighbourhoods in the area. Almost three decades ago, many dignitaries and government officials used to live in Saudabad. Khokhrapar, which neighbours Saudabad, is famous for connecting Pakistan with India through its train service, ‘Thar Express,’ which passes through the Indian village, Munabao. However, this isn’t the only connection Khokhrapar shares with India. Following the independence of Pakistan from the British Raj in 1947, muhajirs, or mostly Muslim immigrants from India, who had settled in Malir, found the area similar to a border town in Tharparkar District named Khokhrapar. So, they named a section of Malir after that town. It was later named ‘Azam Colony,’ to honor the governor of West Pakistan at the time, Muhammad Azam Khan. However, locals still use the name Khokhrapar to refer to the neighbourhood.
AT A GLANCE
- A large town in Karachi
- Malir Town borders Malir Cantonment
- Properties at affordable rates
- Accommodation best-suited for middle-income groups
FACILITIES, SCHOOLS AND HEALTHCARE
Public Transport in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town is a housing area where you find many middle-class families residing. This is one of the major reasons why public transport in Malir Town is readily available. The bus stations include 7-Star bus stop, Khokhrapar No.1, Saudabad Square, Urdu Chowk bus stop, Muhabbat Nagar bus stop, Malir Kala Board bus stop, Malir 15 bus stop, Hasnain bus stop, Liaquatabad Square bus stop and Zaid Manzil bus stop, to name a few. Malir Expressway is a 38 km long route that Sindh government has planned to develop which will connect it with the city’s centre. According to a report in a local newspaper, this motorway, “would provide speedy access to key real estate schemes along the route, reducing commuting time from KPT Flyover to Motorway in only 25 minutes.”
Markets in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town is a large town, having many supermarkets and bazaars in the area. Liaquat market, as some residents claim, is the largest market in Asia. You can find everything here from wood to furniture, wrought iron frames and auto spare parts. Muhammadi market on Khokhrapar road has everything like clothes, vegetables, household items, fruits and meat. Makki superstore, Saleem general store and Makkah general store in Saudabad are most-visited when it comes to grocery shopping. You can also see fresh juice stalls, where you can get sugarcane juice at reasonable rates. Jaffery market is a large area in Jaffar-e-Tayyar having lots of shops, including various book shops and general stores.
Mosques, churches and temples in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town has numerous mosques at close vicinity. Markazi masjid Jafar-e-Tayyar society, Masjid-e-Hasnain, Masjid-e-Zehra, Imamia masjid, Masjid-o-Imambargah Bab-ul-Hawaij, Jamia masjid Farooq-e-Azam are few names of the places of worship for muslims in Jafar-e-Tayyar society.
For members of Christian community, St. Joseph’s church is a catholic church in Jafar-e-Tayar. Christians find spiritual solace in Divine Mercy church in Sabir Colony, Khokhrapar. In Malir, you will find people, belonging to different religions and sects, living together in harmony.
There are temples for hindus as well. For example, Malir Mandir in Malir City is a popular place of worship for the Hindu community. According to a report in DAWN, Malir Mandir “was built as a sanatorium on Dec 10, 1914, by “Dedhar Pragji, in the memory of Tekar Lakshmidass and Shivaji Kanji Pragji Somaya”. The same is stated on the left of the entrance in Hindi. A temple inside the sanatorium was built before that.”
Schools, Colleges and Universities in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town has many schools in different neighbourhoods. Qamar Bani Hashim school, Bright Career grammar school, Sindh public school, Little Genius grammar school (Campus-1), CDG Boys and Girls Elementary school and Govt. Boys secondary school are present in Jafar-e-Tayyar society. Al Kamran public school is imparting quality education since 1982. Hydri public school in Khokhrapar is an old school of Malir. Govt. Girls Secondary school and Innovative public high school are some of the notable names. Fauji Foundation Model School No.1 is considered to be one of the best schools in Model Town, Malir.
Monte Carlo grammar school, Anum Bright high school, Hazrat Shah Jahangir school, Apex school and Junagadh Ghanchi Academy are prominent schools in the area. Muhammadi Girls primary and secondary school has a huge playground and provides a congenial learning environment for girls. It is a popular school in the vicinity.
Malir Town has few colleges and universities for higher learning. Sindh Institute of Management and Technology provides diploma from Sindh Technical Board. There are renowned universities located in close proximity to Malir Halt. Habib University is only 12 minutes away. Iqra University (Airport Campus), Sunrise Junior University, Virtual University (Malir campus) and KEMAN – an institute of technology is in Malir.
Banks in Malir Town Karachi
There are a number of banks in Malir Town. Habib bank Ltd., Meezan bank, MCB Bank Limited, Soneri bank, UBL bank (Kausar Town), National Bank of Pakistan, Allied bank Ltd. and First Women Bank Ltd. (Malir branch) are some of the popular banks in Malir Town.
Clinics and Hospitals in Malir Town Karachi
Hassan General hospital in Malir Colony, Atia general hospital in Darakhshan society, Naeem hospital, Sindh Government hospital in Kala Board are some of the renowned medical institutes in the country.
Nehal hospital, Al Murtaza medical complex, Deeba Memorial Malir Eye hospital, Govt. Maternity home and TB Chest hospital are popular hospitals in Malir Town. Fatimah Eye hospital, Dr. Amanullah Baloch clinic, Dr. Sharif clinic, Malir Skin clinic, Kosar clinic, Khursheed clinic and Dr. Shabeena Shakeel clinic for female and children are the most-visited clinics in the area.
PROPERTIES IN MALIR TOWN KARACHI
Sales Price Trends in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town, Karachi offers a number of houses, flats and plots for sale.
Houses for Sale in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town consists of many neighbourhoods that offer affordable residential units. Properties in Malir Town are available in different sizes. You can find numerous single-unit, double-unit houses, cottages and bungalows. While choosing a house, you will find different low-cost and high-priced options. The most sought-after property is that of a 120 sq yd house for sale in Malir, which is priced at PKR 37 lakh going as high as PKR 8.5 crore. A 240 sq yd house can be bought in between a price range of PKR 83 lakh and PKR 6.5 crore.
Flats for Sale in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town has a blend of old and contemporary apartments. Prices vary according to imported fixtures and modern interiors. For a small family looking to buy a 2-bed apartment, prices vary in between PKR 17 lakh and PKR 1.3 crore. When it comes to purchasing a 3-bed flat, the price range is in between PKR 15.5 lakh and PKR 3.6 crore.
Plots for Sale in Malir Town Karachi
Plots up for sale in Malir are mostly available in areas where basic facilities, like water, electricity and gas are provided. A 240 sq yd plot is up for sale with a starting price of PKR 10 lakh and going as high as PKR 3.5 crore.
Rental Price Trends in Malir Town Karachi
There are many rental options in Malir. A number of houses and flats are available for rent.
Houses for Rent in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town comprises many older localities and neighbourhoods. Properties are available for rent here with American style kitchens, furnished houses and modern fittings – ensuring a comfortable lifestyle for all. If you are looking to rent a 240 sq yd house, prices are not very high, ranging in between PKR 10 thousand and going as high as PKR 95 thousand for a 10-bedroom house.
Flats for Rent in Malir Town Karachi
There are a few flats available for rent in Malir. Saima Jinnah Avenue is a popular location when it comes to renting a flat in Malir. Furnished flats, expansive parking spaces and spacious rooms are a feature of apartments available for rent in Malir. A 2-bedroom apartment will cost you anywhere in between PKR 18 thousand and PKR 40 thousand per month. Rental cost of 3-bed flats is between a price range of PKR 19 thousand and PKR 55 thousand per month.
Most Popular Areas in Malir Town Karachi
Model Colony is the most popular block in Malir Town as it is located only 9 minutes away from Jinnah International Airport. Also, Faisal Cantonment is a cantonment area and is Pakistan Air Force base. Therefore, security of the area is also good.
Model Colony tops the list when it comes to renting property in Malir Town. It provides affordable rental options to the tenants, that is why it is popular. Also, it is at close proximity to Jinnah International Airport, markets and schools.
SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES
Malls in Malir Town Karachi
There are no upscale shopping malls in Malir Town. Lucky shopping mall in Ghazi Brohi Goth is a local spot that offers a limited variety of consumer goods. Masood Alam’s shopping centre in Saudabad is another popular shopping destination for women. Omega mall Airport, in Jinnah Avenue, Model Colony, is expected to be a major project. As of March 2019, it is under construction. It will be a multi-storied mall, having hypermarkets, food courts, retail shops and an ample car parking space.
Restaurants in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town is a large residential area, offering its residents access to a number of food outlets and eateries. Gevini food in N-5, Malir offers steaks, BBQ items, handi dishes. Anwar Baloch restaurant and fast food is a good place to have dinner. Allah Malik Karahi restaurant in Malir Halt is a popular restaurant. Kuchi’s Chicken House, Al Basit fast food centre and Pizza Max are some of the popular restaurants in Marlir Town.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, FITNESS AND BEAUTY
Outdoor activities abound in the area. You will find numerous cricket and football grounds, fitness centres, play grounds, parks and walking tracks. This helps people adopt an active lifestyle.
Sports Facilities and Fitness Centres in Malir Town Karachi
A number of sports facilities are available in Malir Town. Pak Star Cricket ground in Sabir Colony, Khokhrapar is a well-managed ground with grass pitch for cricket-lovers. Azad cricket academy is managed by Mr. Saeed Azad, who played 9-international one day matches under Javed Miandad’s captaincy. Khokhar ground for cricket/football and Khokhrapar National football club ground is in Khokhrapar. RCD ground in Saudabad is a common ground for sports activities and many festivals and ceremonies also take place here. Fitness enthusiasts head to nearby fitness centres in Malir Town. Legend gym, Curves n Shapes, Gorgeous gym, Saeed health club, Salman health club & gym, Silver gym, Tiger gym, Body Project and Boss Health Club are popular health clubs in the society.
Beauty salons in Malir Town Karachi
For a quick beauty fix, residents head to nearby beauty salons. Ashna beauty parlour, Sunny beauty parlour, Laaj beauty salon, Hollywood beauty parlour & slimming centre, Medora beauty parlour and Sukain’s beauty salon are the most sought-after beauty salons in Malir Town.
Parks in Malir Town Karachi
Malir Town has many parks in the area. Al Mustafa park Khokhrapar number 1 has a public park and a huge ground. For spending a good time in the evening, mothers take their children to Golden Ground park, Khulfa-e-Rashideen park, Aqsa park, Saudia park and Adda park.
Enjoying a central location, Malir Cantonment, aka Malir Cantt, is around 40 minutes away from Malir Town. As is evident by its name, Malir Cantt serves as a military base. Cantonment Bazaar area, Combined Military hospital are nearby locations. Jinnah International Airport is roughly a 5 minute drive from Malir Halt. Karachi University is around 10 km away from Model Colony.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Since it is located near Malir Cantt, residents have to face traffic jams, sometimes, whenever an important official pays a visit to the area. Water scarcity is also an issue here, however, residents are increasingly obtaining water via drilling bores, aka deep water boring.
RESIDENT'S TAKE ON MALIR TOWN KARACHI
A resident living in Malir Town since 10 years has to say something about the location:
Model Colony, Malir Town is just a 5-minute drive from the airport. It is an affordable housing area. Two routes get to the main city: a) via Jinnah Avenue and Airport Road to Sharah-e-Faisal, b) Jinnah Avenue and Superhighway to University Road. Public transport is also readily available via Malir Halt. Several hospitals, including an AKUH clinic, at Kalaboard is roughly a 10-minute drive away. Load-shedding level is bearable. There are no major security concerns, robberies and/or cellphone snatching for nearly five years.
Importance of Malir Town Karachi from major locations nearby
- Just a 6-minute drive away from Jinnah International Airport
- 17 minutes away from Gulshan-e-Iqbal
- 10 km away University of Karachi
- Malir Halt is approximately 12 km away from Malir Cantonment