Larkana District

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ضلعو لاڙڪاڻو
Larkana is located in the North-West of Sindh
Larkana is located in the North-West of Sindh
Coordinates: 27°33′36″N 68°13′35″E / 27.56000°N 68.22639°E / 27.56000; 68.22639Coordinates: 27°33′36″N 68°13′35″E / 27.56000°N 68.22639°E / 27.56000; 68.22639
Country Pakistan
Province Sindh
Headquarters Larkana
 • Total 7,423 km2 (2,866 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,563,040
Time zone PKT (UTC+5)
Languages Sindhi
Number of Tehsils 04

Larkana District (Sindhi: ضلعو لاڙڪاڻو) ; Urdu: ضلع لاڑکانہ‎) is a district of Sindh province of Pakistan . It is also locally called Larkano.

Its main city is Larkana. It is home district of two former Prime Ministers of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto and also the district of former Chief Minister of Sindh, Mumtaz Ali Bhutto. Other towns of the district include Ratodero, Dokri, Bakrani and Naodero. In 2005, the Government of Pakistan under Pervez Musharraf bifurcated the district, forming a new district called Qamber and Shahdadkot, with two towns of Qambar Khan and Shahdadkot.


The district of Larkana is administratively subdivided into the following talukas:[2]


Some 10 km away from Larkana city, sugarcane is cultivated and processed at the Larkana Sugar Mills (Pvt) Ltd. which was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on January 30, 1974.[3]

Larkana's guava and berries are famous both nationally and internationally, the annual output of the district stands at thousands of tons. All the villages of Larkana on the right bank of River Indus have vast guava orchids spread over thousands of acres, located in Dodai, Mahotta, Naundero, Chooharpur, Agani, Metla, Izzat Ji Wandh, Phulpota and other villages.[4][5]


Cadet College Larkana, was inaugurated by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto in 1994, first planned by her late father Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1975. The College is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) away from Larkana, and some 3 kilometres from Mohen-jo-Daro.[6]


Moenjodaro Airport is located near Mohen-jo-daro, 28 km away to the south of the city of Larkana, about 5 kilometres away from Dokri. The main users of the airport are Pakistan International Airlines, the country's national flag-carrier. The outdated infrastructure of the airport prevents the use of large, advanced aircraft, with the PIA largely using Fokker aeroplanes for flights.


The predominant first language of the district is Sindhi, which according to the 1998 census was spoken natively by 98% of the population in the talukas of Dokri, Larkana and Ratodero.[7]


Larkana Cricket Stadium alternatively called as Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto International Cricket Stadium was built by Pakistan Cricket Board in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh near the tomb of Benazir Bhutto.[8][9]

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  • 1998 District census report of Larkana. Census publication. 30. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1999. 

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