Who is Hazim Bangwar, uber cool new assistant commissioner of Karachi’s North Nazimabad?

12:21 AM | 3 Feb, 2023
Who is Hazim Bangwar, uber cool new assistant commissioner of Karachi’s North Nazimabad?

Who could've thought a singer would become an Assistant Commissioner? It may sound like a rather unlikely situation but it's true that an uber cool, fashionable, gen-z figure is looking after the administrative affairs of Karachi's North Nazimabad area.

Hazim Bangwar, with his mixed ethnicities, is embarking on a journey to change the face of bureaucracy in Pakistan. The 30-year-old officer comes from a rich background with a mother of Iraqi descent and his father already having served as a deputy inspector general (DIG) in police. It is safe to say that Bangwar had no problem being awesome and authoritative. The New York-returned bureaucrat is excited to serve the Karachi neighbourhood.

Bangwar recently tweeted, "North Nazimabad, it’s a privilege to serve you as your new Assistant Commissioner."

Being utterly different from his peers, many people are eager to know more about Bangwar.


Born on December 30, 1993 in Karachi, Bangwar moved to New York where he attended Midwood High School. His mother, Feroze Akbar, an architect by profession, is from Iraq. His father, Ali Akbar Bangwar, has served as a DIG in Pakistan.

Bangwar moved to London for six years where he finished his first degree in Fashion Design & Marketing from AIU London and later a second degree LLB from University from London. 


During his academic days in London, Bangwar spent his free time in the studios where his demos were heard by Evan Rogers and later shipped out to Interscope Records where Jay Brown, an A&R executive at the record label, was one of the first to hear the demo. After Jimmy Lovine, the CEO at Interscope Records, heard the demo and he signed a two-year deal with Bangwar.

In 2013, Hazim released his first mix tape under Interscope records “One Man Army” with the leading single 'Run Em’, which later served many artists, including Havana Brown.

Having written for artists such as Jessie J, Future, Ciara, Juelz, T-Pain, Jason Derulo and Nicki Minaj, Bangwar was offered a deal by Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr under Young Money Entertainment as a singer/songwriter.

In November 2019, Bangwar released his first single titled "Haram", which charted #5 in South Korea, #1 in Hungry, #2 in Egypt and #5 in India. This feat made Bangwar the first Pakistani singer to reach the international charts with an English song.

In February 2020, Bangwar released his second song "Hell Ya", which earned him a #1 spot in Ghana music charts, #2 in France, #1 in South Korea and #1 in Austria. In 2021, he released his first Urdu song "Tujhko Bhulaya."  

The accomplished singer also attended major music awards in Hollywood.

Upon his return to Pakistan, Bangwar qualified SPSC Examination and secured the spot as a PMS Officer. He is currently serving as the Assistant Commissioner of Karachi Central. 

The writer is a staff member.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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