It takes decades to build and settle any neighbourhood. The same is the case for Karachi’s Gulshan e Maymar. In 1964, two Civil Engineers Architects, Hafiz Sadiq Hussain and Syed Mazhar Ali from Karachi started working together and in 1966 they founded Maymar Consulting Engineers & Architects.
Seven years later, they incorporated the construction sector into their business and founded the Maymar Housing Services Pvt. Ltd. (MHSL) on July 7, 1973.
Between 1973 and 2000, MHSL built 300 bungalows,1300 apartments in different parts of Karachi, completed 225 low-cost apartments of Capital Development Authority Islamabad and 2,950 low-cost apartments. He also completed the construction of houses in Mamyar Abad (Surjani Town).
In 1980, MHSL initially laid the foundation of Gulshan-e-Maymar on 139 acres. Development work on the Gulshan-e-Maymar project was completed in 1985. Mr Syed Mazhar Ali was elected Senator from Karachi in 1985 and the scheme was formally inaugurated in 1986 by the then President of Pakistan, General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.
Due to the popularity of this society in the city till 2000, its area was spread over an area of 1,000 acres.
In 1982, Mr Hafiz Sadiq Hussain suddenly passed away. After his death, his family continued their business with Mr Syed Mazhar Ali. Mr Syed Mazhar Ali also died in 2004 after a car accident near his home. On 31-08-2007, the two main families of Gulshan-e-Maymar sold all the assets of (MHSL) and completely part their ways from the project.
Mr Hafiz Sadiq Hussain son of Muhammad Mazhar Hussain (1929 -1982) deceased at the age of 53 years, and Syed Mazhar Ali son of Syed Asghar Ali (1939 – 2004) deceased at the age of 65 years, were admirable personalities. Keeping in view the affiliation of both the dignitaries with Gulshan-e-Maymar, the corpses of these two gentlemen were buried in the park adjacent to “Gulshan-e-Maymar’s First Mosque”, Central Jama Masjid of Sector X-6. From the beginning of the settlement to the end of their lives, the two men, no matter how low the population rate, kept all the parks and all the basic amenities intact.
From the social aspect, the most beautiful characteristic of the personalities of these gentlemen is, in the decision of ten sectors and forty-six sub-sectors, that they did not divide the population into classes. But divided each area in such a way that every section of the population could live their lives happily in a happy environment with full developmental harmony. In this regard, they have provided mosques, central Eid Gah, wedding halls, dispensaries, petrol pumps, police stations, civil defence fire-fighting stations in different sectors for the availability of religious, cultural, law and order and civic amenities to the residents of Gulshan-e-Maymar, Family parks, playgrounds and rest houses were permanently included in the construction plan.
Gulshan-e-Maymar Housing Services Limited (MHSL) has its central records and business office in urban areas of Karachi from the beginning, but keeping in mind the concept of town community system MHSL renamed the regional office as “Town Hall”. Taking into account the cultural, social and health aspects of the residents, separate clubs for men and women, indoor games, tennis courts, swimming pool, hall for events and library have been set up in the town hall. Later, the new Chairman of MHSL, Mr Abdul Rasheed (late) revived this closed library and paid tribute to the services of “Mr Hafiz Sadiq Hussain” in respect of Gulshan-e-Maymar. The library was named after “Sadiq Hussain Library”. Similarly, the road between Sector X-2 and X-3 behind the town hall is also named after “Mr Hafiz Sadiq Hussain”.
The process of degradation in the quality of Gulshan-e-Maymar, which started after the death of Mr Syed Mazhar Ali in 2004, is still going on with all its intensity.
During Mr Abdul Rashid’s tenure, walls have been constructed around the boundaries of Gulshan-e-Maymar, making it a walled project. Due to his personal will and efforts, an agreement took place between Maymar and KESC (now k-electric) declaring Gulshan-e-Maymar as load shedding free zone. Considering the deteriorating law and order situation of the city, he took special measure to ensure the safety and security of residents through coordination with Sindh Rangers and other private security companies.
It was the vision of Mr Abdul Rashid which attracts many renowned builders of the city towards Gulshan-e-Maymar. It’s his policies which brought Gulshan-e-Maymar into limelight in national and international level. Commercial Sector of Maymar in particular, saw massive boom due to his policies. He also emphasized on the marketing of Gulshan-e-Maymar as a brand. Therefore, the logo of Maymar has been changed to the current one.
Senator Syed Mazhar Ali (1939 – 2004)
He was a civil engineer, businessman, politician, educator and above all a philanthropist. His father, Major Syed Asghar Ali, served in the British Army Education Department. He obtained his degree in Civil Engineering from Karachi University (1958) in the first class.
He was awarded a scholarship to Leigh University in the United States, from which he completed his MSc in Civil and Structural Engineering (1959-1961).
His construction plans included the construction of the Intercontinental Hotel Dhaka (East Pakistan).
He was also the chairman of the Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD). He was also the Vice-Chairman of the National Housing Authority, Government of Pakistan.
He was also the Chairman of the Resource Mobilization and Tax Reforms Commission of the Senate of Pakistan and introduced the IT system to improve tax collection.
He also chaired Computer Training and Testing Center, Karachi since 1997.
In 1998, he established the Karachi Institute of Information Technology (KIIT) in Gulshan-e-Maymar. He had a charming personality and will be remembered by all those who had the honour of working with his warmth, honesty and sincerity.
After his death, when his financial affairs were closed, his family realized the extent of his silence in giving alms and helping the weak and needy.
He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.
Abdul Rashid (1963 – 2020)
Experienced Chairperson with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Internal Audit, Analytical Skills, and Asset Management. Strong business development professional with a Chartered Accountant focused in Accounting , finance n management from The Institute of Chartered Accountant of Pakistan.