Defence is a neighborhood located within Clifton Cantonment of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Although part of Karachi City District, Defence is actually governed directly by the Clifton Cantonment Board. The neighbourhood is divided into several subdivisions or “phases”. It was originally established for military personnel by the Armed Forces of Pakistan Welfare Department in 1980. Today Defence serves as one of Karachi’s most affluent neighbourhoods.
Defence is sometimes incorrectly referred to as Defence Housing Authority. The DHA serves as the administrative authority only.
Defence is divided into 8 subdivisions (or phases), which each phase being subdivided further into blocks and sectors. Each phase also has a central commercial area to cater to the local community. Housing construction began from Defence I and proliferated east and south towards what is today Defence VIII. Housing plots range from five marla (approx. 1361 square feet) to 2 kanals (approx. 10890 square feet). The Karachi Defence Housing Authority building is located at 2-B, East Street, Defence I.