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Clockwise from top: Karachi Skyline, KPT HQ, PRC Towers & PNSC, Karachi Market, Manora Lighthouse, Nagan Interchange and MA Jinnah Tomb.
Official seal of Karachi
Nickname(s): The Gateway to Pakistan, The City of Lights, Mini Pakistan, Capital of Sindh , The City Of Quaid
Karachi is located in Sindh
Location of Karachi in Pakistan
Coordinates: 24°51′36″N 67°0′36″ECoordinates24°51′36″N 67°0′36″E
Country  Pakistan
Province Sindh
Metropolitan Corporation 2011
City Council City Complex, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town
Districts [2]
 • Type Metropolitan City
 • City administrator Sajjad Hussain Abbasi[3]
 • Metropolitan commissioner Samiuddin Siddiqui [4]
 • Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui[5]
 • Total 3,527 km2 (1,362 sq mi)
Elevation 8 m (26 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 23,500,000[1]
 • Rank 1st (Pakistan)2nd (World)
Demonym(s) Karachiite
Time zone PKT (UTC+05:00)
Postal codes 74XXX – 75XXX
Dialling code +9221-XXXX XXXX
Website www.kmc.gos.pk

Karachi (Sindhiڪراچي‎, Urduکراچی‎ / ALA-LCKarācī IPA: [kəˈrɑːˌtʃi]) is the capital of the province of Sindh, as well as the largest and most populous metropolitan city of Pakistan. It is main port city of the country. It is the 2nd-largest city in the world by population.[8] It is also the main seaport and financial centre of the country. Karachi is also known asCity of Lights mainly due to city's night life, for which it is famous as the city which never sleeps. Karachi metro has an estimated population of over 23.5 million people as of 2013,[1] and area of approximately 3,527 km2(1,362 sq mi),[9][10] resulting in a density of more than 6,000 people per square kilometre (15,500 per square mile).[11]

Karachi is the 7th largest[12] urban agglomeration in the world and thelargest city in the Muslim world.[13] It is Pakistan's centre of banking,industry, economic activity and trade and is home to Pakistan's largest corporations, including those involved in textilesshippingautomotive industryentertainmentthe artsfashionadvertisingpublishingsoftware development and medical research. The city is a hub of higher education inSouth Asia and the Muslim world.[14]

Karachi is also ranked as a beta world city.[15][16] It was the capital ofPakistan until Islamabad was constructed as a capital to spread development evenly across the country and to prevent it from being concentrated in Karachi.[17] Karachi is the location of the Port of Karachiand Port Bin Qasim, two of the region's largest and busiest ports. After the independence of Pakistan, the city population increased dramatically when hundreds of thousands of Muslim Muhajirs from India and from other parts of South Asia came to settle in Karachi.[18]

The city is located on the Arabian Sea coastline. It is also known as the Uroos ul Bilaad "The Bride of the Cities" and the "City of Lights",[19][20] for its liveliness,[citation needed] and the "City of the Quaid", having been the birth and burial place of Quaid-e-Azam, the Great Leader, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who made the city his home after Pakistan's independence from the British Raj on 14 August 1947. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, In 2009 Karachi had a total GDP of $78 billion with conservative projections expecting it to rise to $193 billion in 2025.[21]

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