Shaheed Benazirabad District

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Shaheed Benazir Abad
Map of Sindh with Shaheed NawabshahDistrict
Map of Sindh with Shaheed NawabshahDistrict
CountryPakistan
ProvinceSindh
HeadquartersNawabshah
Government
 • D.CAbrar Ahmed Jaffar
 • District ChairmanSardar Jam Tamachi Unar
Area
 • Total4,502 km2 (1,738 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)[1]
 • Total1,612,847
 • Density360/km2 (930/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
WebsiteDistrict Govt. website
http://sba.gos.pk/index.php
Nawabshah City website

Shaheed Benazirabad District (Sindhi ضلعو بينظير آباد ), previously known as Nawabshah District (Sindhi نوابشاہ), is one of the districts in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. The district was renamed in September 2008 when most of MPAs of Nawabshah demanded the district be renamed to honour the late party leader. The renaming of the district was criticised by the family of Syed Nawabshah and others who, while saddened at the death of Bhutto , felt that Nawabshah was a historic district and ought to have kept its name.[2]


History[edit]

At the establishment of the district in 1912, the seven talukas were included in this district:

  1. Kandiaro
  2. Naushero Feroze
  3. Moro
  4. Sakrand
  5. Nawabshah
  6. Sinjhoro
  7. Shahdadpur

In 1953 the talukas of Shahdadpur and Sinjhoro became part of the newly established Sanghar District, while in 1989 another part of the district (the talukas of Nausehro Feroz, Kandiaro and half of the taluka of Moro) were cleaved out to form the new Naushahro Feroze District.[3]

In May 2014, a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck the district, killing one person and injuring 70.[4]

Administrative divisions[edit]

Shaheed Benazir Abad formerly formed part of Nawabshah District. The Deputy Commissioner is responsible for overall administration of the district. The district is sub-divided into four Talukas:

Demographics[edit]

The population counted in the 1998 census was 1,072,000,[5] which according to estimates from 2011 has increased to 1,585,000.[6] 96.3% of the population are Muslim, and 2.77% – Hindu.[7] The major first language is Sindhi, accounting for 79% of the population. Urdu was the first language of 8.7%, Punjabi – 7.9% and Balochi – 1.8%.[8]

Education[edit]

District Shaheed Benazirabad is ranked at the 125th position in the education score index of the Pakistan District Education Rankings 2017 published by Alif Ailaan.

Low learning outcome issues remain a hindrance for district Shaheed Benazirabad. Issues reported by the residents via the Taleem Do! App complain of the lack of primary schools in the area. The debate on whether basic education should be provided in the regional, national or official languages has been a point of debate in Pakistan for several years.


Events[edit]

The H. M. Khoja Annual Flower Show was introduced by H. M. Khoja in 1954 at Khoja Garden. The celebrations take place for three or four days.[9]

Major educational institutions and schools[edit]

Educational institutions in district Benazirabad include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-29.
  2. ^ "Nawabshah renamed after Benazir Bhutto". Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  3. ^ PCO 2000, p. 10.
  4. ^ Magnitude 5 Earthquake Kills 1 In Pakistan Archived 2014-05-12 at the Wayback Machine, npr.org.
  5. ^ PCO 2000, p. 21.
  6. ^ "Sindh population surges by 81.5 pc, households by 83.9 pc". Thenews.com.pk. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  7. ^ PCO 2000, p. 24.
  8. ^ PCO 2000, p. 26.
  9. ^ The H.M Khoja Annual Flower Show[permanent dead link]

Sources[edit]

Coordinates: 26°35′N 68°10′E / 26.583°N 68.167°E / 26.583; 68.167