History and origin
According their traditions, the community are a branch of the Manka community. According to their tradition, the community was nomadic until they came to an agreement with the rulers of Kutch to settle down. The local word in the Kutchi language for agreement is sangh, and their initial settlement was at Gandhavi, near Porbandar. They are now found mainly in Mandvi taluka of Kutch, where they are found in twelve villages, namely Vandh, Bidada, Pipri, Ratodia, Bhojay, Undot, Khojachora, Asani and Serdi, all along the coast. In addition to these settlements, they are also found in the village of Mota Jakh in Nakhatrana Taluka as well as in Abdasa Taluka.
The Sanghar are divided along religious line, with majority being Vishnuvi Hindu, and a minority are Sunni Muslim. They are a community of farmers, with a minority involved in cattle rearing. Many also serve in the Border Security Force, as their settlements are close to the Pakistan border. In Pakistan the majority of the Sanghaar community is settled in Province of Sindh though they are residing in different part of Sindh whereas the majority is settled in Karachi, mostly in District Karachi (South), (West), (Malir) but majority of population residing in Karachi District (South). Here in Karachi and rest part of Pakistan the community is Muslim and the headquarters of Sanghaar Community is in Kalri (Lyari Town) Karachi District (South) wheres the branches is situated in Nawabad Branch as well as in District Malir.
- People of India Gujarat, Volume XXI Part 3, edited by R.B Lal, P.B.S.V Padmanabham, G Krishnan & M Azeez Mohideen, pp. 1246-1251.