The Malir Cantonment is a cantonment town of the city of Karachi, in Sindh, Pakistan. It serves as a military base and residential establishment. It was established by the British Indian Army in 19th century British India, and taken over by the Pakistan Army in 1947. The cantonment maintains its own infrastructure of water supply, electricity and is outside the jurisdiction of City District Government of Karachi.
Declared a cantonment by the Royal British Government as POW Camp on 11th October 1941, in the exigencies of World War ll, Malir Cantt has evolved into one of the coveted posh localities of Karachi. Housing the Cantt Bazar Area, Defence Officers' Housing Schemes l & ll and approximately seventy Private Housing Schemes, Malir Cantt is stretched over an area of 42 sq km. Malir Cantt is an archetypal example of urban-rural assortment, where the charms of urban living are relished the peace, calm and serenity of the rural prerogative. Disparate to the main frame city, Malir Cantt is free of the nuisances of noise, air and water. Safe and secure, living in Malir Cantt is a privilege! The city being actively expanding to its northern-east, Malir sits virgin treasure-trove, as the future gateway of Karachi. Major residential, commercial, educational, medical and industrial concerns coming up around its periphery, Malir Cantt is the emerging down town.
Malir Cantt is administratively governed through Cantonment Board Malir, a Local Body by its charter, under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Defence, through the Military Lands and Cantonment Department (ML&C), headed by a Director General. The governance of the Cantonment Board derives authority from the Cantonment Act, 1924 and rules and regulations made there under.
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