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Naimatullah Khan
26th Mayor of Karachi
In office
14 August 2001 – May 2005
Preceded by Farooq Sattar
Succeeded by Syed Mustafa Kamal
Personal details
Born (1930-10-01)1 October 1930
Ajmer, British India (now India)
Died 25 February 2020(2020-02-25) (aged 89)
Karachi, Pakistan
Political party Jamaat-e-Islami
Residence(s) Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma mater University of the Punjab
Karachi University
Occupation Politician

Naimatullah Khan (1 October 1930 – 25 February 2020) was a Pakistani politician who served as the City Nazim (Mayor) of Karachi from August 2001 to June 2005.

Early life and career

He graduated from Punjab University with a Masters in Journalism and a Law Degree from Karachi University. He was a lawyer by profession. He was the chairman of the biggest NGO of Pakistan, Alkhidmat Foundation. As Mayor of Karachi, in 2005, he was selected to be a contesting candidate in the Top-20 Mayors of the World list.

Mayor of Karachi

Naimatullah, Muneeb ur Rehman and Hanif Tayyab
Naimatullah with Muneeb ur Rehman

He was the first Nāzim of Karachi after the devolution plan under President Pervez Musharraf regime in Pakistan. He belonged to Jamaat-e-Islami being inspired by the thoughts of Abul A'la Maududi and Naeem Siddiqui. Naimatullah Khan was elected City Nazim (Mayor) in 2001. Naimatullah Khan succeeded in getting an amount of Rs. 2900 Million for reconstruction of Karachi, city council approved various projects such as 18 flyovers over major roads, six underpasses, two signal-free roads and a huge water supply scheme for the people of Karachi. It was for the first time in the history of Karachi that all the stake holders in Karachi were incorporated for the developmental work in Karachi. The Karachi development plan comprised signal-free main roads, many fly overs, underpasses and the replacement of many water and sewerage lines. One of his projects, as the city mayor, was the Green Line Bus Project for Karachi where he imported buses from Sweden.

Another publicly well-admired idea that he introduced was to involve local boys from the villages situated near the Arabian Sea surrounding the 64 km coastal belt of Karachi. These local village boys, familiar with the sea, were good swimmers and were hired on a contract basis as lifeguards to help protect common beach visitors and picnickers when they attempted to swim in the sea for fun. In September 2017, Karachi beaches had to be sealed by authorities in the wake of 55 people drowning in the three months period.

Naimatullah Khan resigned from his office in June 2005, and was not re-elected in Pakistan's next 2005 local city elections.


He died on 25 February 2020 at the age of 89 in Karachi, Pakistan.

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