Palijo

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The Palijo (Sindhi: پليجو) is a Sindhi tribe of Sindh province, Pakistan. Palijo is a Sammat tribe. During the Talpur dynasty and before, this tribe held lands on the banks of the Indus River when that area was under official administration of the Palijo tribe and was called Palijar'pargana, ranging from Choriya Jagir, now in Tando Muhammad Khan District, to Pinyari Phat, in Thatta District.

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Most of this tribe live mainly in the Bannu, and Daro areas of Sujawal District and Jungshahi and Mirpur Sakro areas of Thatta District. However some families are settled in Nasarpur in Matiari District, Sunn in Jamshoro District, Bangaldero in Larkana District, Hingorja in Khairpur District, Norai in Tando Muhammad Khan District and in the cities of Hyderabad and Karachi

The Total population of Palijo tribe is around 15,000. The head (Sardar) of this tribe is called Arbab and current head of Palijo tribe is Arbab Abdul Hai Palijo son of late Arbab Noor Muhammad Palijo.

Some well known personalities from the Palijo tribe are: Mr Rasool Bux Palijo politician, senior advocate and writer; Mr Ghulam Qadir Palijo businessman and former Member of Sindh Assembly (twice elected MPA from Mirpur Sakro, Thatta- 1993 - 1999); Ms Sassui Palijo, daughter of Ghulam Qadir Palijo, former member of Sindh Assembly (twice elected MPA from Mirpur Sakro, Thatta 2002-2008 and 2008-2013) and Former Minister for Culture Sindh (2008 -2013); Sarmad Palijo, son of Ghulam Qadir Palijo, CEO Josh FM 99 Media network, Edward S Mason Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Barrister Asad Latif Palijo, younger son of Ghulam Qadir Palijo; Ayaz Latif Palijo President Qaumi Awami Tahreek (QAT), Human Rights Lawyer and writer; Dr Naeem Akhtar Palijo, Manager Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality Assurance department of Sui Southern Gas Company; Abdul Qadir Palijo, Senior Engineer, flood controller and focal person of Sindh Irrigation Department; late Hamzo Khan Palijo businessman, Senator 1985-1989 and Chairman District Council Thatta 1987-1989; Shaheed Mehtab Ali Palijo, martyred in Kargil War with India in 1999, soldier of Pakistan Army-36-Baloch Regiment Army Public School Thatta is named Mehtab Shaheed Army Public School Thatta in the memory of Shaheed Mehtab Ali Palijo.

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