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Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan (1905-1990)

As International Women’s Day is celebrated today, this is the ideal time to pay homage to The All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA) Girls College – Pakistan’s first higher educational institution for girls. The College was the brainchild of Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, one of Pakistan’s most well-respected women’s rights activists, who founded The All Pakistan Women’s Association in 1949.

Quality education for girls… Generations of Pakistani women have been educated at APWA Girls College; it was established in the 1950s as a single-storey building with about a dozen students. Today, it is considered to be one of the most highly reputed and affordable higher education institutions in north Karachi. The main campus building consists of several floors that accommodate increasing student admissions.

APWA College

The APWA Girls College was established in the 1950s

Calling shopaholics and foodies… The nearby Meena Bazaar is a shopping haven; it is best known for its signature Arabic, Indian and Sudani henna designs, imitation jewellery, bags and accessories. Faisal Bazaar, a few minutes’ walk away, is a go-to place for intricately embroidered fabric and Banarsi saris. Foodies can stop at the myriad eateries nearby for gol gappas and chaat, or the Hussainabad Food Street, famous for its nihari, chargha and siri paya.

The real estate take… Residential property options in F.B. Area include houses which are built on large plots (among the most expensive in Karachi) and apartments. Large houses are increasingly being demolished to make place for apartment buildings or repurposed as commercial spaces. Commercial property options include standalone shops and retail spaces in low rise buildings. Property is in high demand; prices and rentals increase by 10 to 15% every year.


Tantalising gol gappas

In a nutshell… Despite offering plenty of recreational, shopping and foodie options, it is APWA Girls College that continues to be F.B. Area’s best known landmark.

– Shaikh Mohammad Yousuf

First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on March 8, 2015.