Shikarpur District

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ضِلع شِكارپُور
Shikarpur District
Country Pakistan
Province Sindh
Headquarters Shikarpur
 • Total 2,640 km2 (1,020 sq mi)
Population (1998)
 • Total 880,438
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Website Shikarpur Sindh

Shikarpur district (Urdu: ضِلع شِكارپُور‎), (Sindhi: شڪارپور), is a district in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The city of Shikarpur is the capital, there are four (04) Sub-Divisions Lakhi Ghulam Shah, Garhi Yasin, Khanpur and Shikarpur itself. It is spread over an area of 2,640 km2, according to the 1998 census of Pakistan it had a population of 880,438 of which 23.51% were urban.[1]

The famous poets of Shikarpur are Saami, Shaikh Ayaz &Moulana Abdul karim chishti. The famous personalities of the Shikarpur are Maulana Deen Mohammad Wafai, Shaheed Allah Bux Soomro, Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah, Junaid Ahmed Soomro, Iftikar Ahmed Soomro,Mir Ghulam Qambar Abro, Imtiaz Ahmed shaikh, Bedal Masroor, Mir Abdul Nabi Khan Mengal, Mir Abdul Ghafoor Khan Mengal, Mir Ghulam Rasool Khan Brohi, Aftab Shahban Mirani, Mr. Barkat Ali Brohi, Dr. Ibrahim Jatoi, Sardar Ali Akbar Khan Kalhoro, Mughal Brohi, Babal Khan Bhayo, Maqbool Ahmed Shaikh, Sardar Ghaus Bux Khan Mahar & many others.

The Shahi Bagh, was known for its thriving vegetation and scented flowers. Shahi Bagh had zoo with number of lions, cheetahs, bears and wild boars. These animals were later shifted to Karachi Zoo. The garden had a wooden pavilion that was designed by Perston Phel and constructed by Sir W. Merewether on September 1871. Many other public and private gardens and open spaces of Shikarpur have vanished.

The Covered Bazaar, Contemporary cities of that time - Bukhara, Samarkand, and Istanbul - had bazaars with covered streets. Shikarpur's main bazaar too was covered. The long, narrow bazaar lined with shops on both sides almost pass through the centre of the old city.


The district is sub-divided into four talukas these are:[2]


As per the 1998 census of the country, Shikarpur had a population of 880,000 out of which 212,000 (24%) was urban. The most common religion is Islam (98.03%) with small populations of Hinduism (1.80%), Christianity (0.01%), Sikhism (0.05%) and other or undefined (0.04%). Hindus are 6.14% from the urban population of district. The most spoken language is Sindhi with 75.77% followed by Saraiki (10.01%), Brahui (7.45%) Balochi (6.6%) Urdu (1.81%), Punjabi (0.24%) and Pashto (0.22%).


an old building architecture of Shikarpur.

Shikarpur was an important place as commanding the trade route through the Bolan Pass, and its merchants have dealings with many towns in central Asia. Shikarpur was a city closed within a fort, that fort had seven gates like Hathi Gate,Lakhi Gate, Hazari gate, Khanpuri gate, Suwi gate, Wahgan gate & Kiran gate.


Shikarpur district borders Larkana, Jacobabad, Khairpur and Sukkur. Two National Highways (N-65 & N-55) intersect the city of Shikarpur making it the junction points of 4 provinces.

Chak, Beechandi a town in taluka Lakhi has an important place in the district politically, socially and economically besides the main Shikarpur city.



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Coordinates: 28°00′N 68°40′E / 28.000°N 68.667°E / 28.000; 68.667