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In 1864, the first telegraphic message was sent from South Asia to England from Karachi.
Public building works were undertaken, including the construction of Frere Hall in 1865 and the later Empress Market.
British development projects in Karachi resulted in an influx of economic migrants from several ethnicities and religions, including Anglo-British, Parsis, Marathis, and Goan Christians, among others.
Karachi's newly arrived Jewish population established the city's first synagogue in 1893.
Karachi is built on a coastal plains with scattered rocky outcroppings, hills and coastal marshlands.
Coastal mangrove forests grow in the brackish waters around the Karachi Harbour, and farther southeast towards the expansive Indus River Delta.
Karachi had become widely known for its high rates of violent crime, but recorded crimes sharply decreased following a controversial crackdown operation against criminals, the MQM party, and Islamist militants initiated in 2013 by the Pakistan Rangers.
Karachi was founded in 1729 as the settlement of Kolachi under the rule of the ethnically Baloch Talpur Mirs of Sindh.
A sea port called Barbarikon by the Greeks was situated in Karachi.
The Karachi region is believed to have been known to the ancient Greeks.
Under British rule, the city's municipal government was established.
Known as the Father of Modern Karachi, mayor Seth Harchandrai Vishandas led the municipal government to improve sanitary conditions in the Old City, as well as major infrastructure works in the New Town after his election in 1911.