An Overview of Different Districts in Sindh

An Overview of Different Districts in Sindh

Sindh is a province with a rich history and diverse population. It is divided into 30 districts, each with its unique features, tourist attractions and traditions. provides a detailed overview of some of the most significant districts in Sindh below.


Historical Background of District in Sindh

Sindh has been a centre of civilisation for thousands of years, with an extensive history that dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization. The district system in Sindh was established during the British colonial era, and the district boundaries have undergone several changes since then.


Lists of Districts in Sindh

Sindh has 30 districts, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, and Khairpur. The complete list of districts in Sindh is given in the table below.


Sr. No. District Headquarters Area (km2) Population (2017) Division
1 Badin Badin 6,858 1,804,958 Banbhore
2 Dadu Dadu 7,866 1,550,390 Hyderabad
3 Ghotki Ghotki 6,083 1,648,708 Sukkur
4 Hyderabad Hyderabad 993 2,199,928 Hyderabad
5 Jacobabad Jacobabad 2,698 1,007,009 Larkana
6 Jamshoro Jamshoro 11,204 993,908 Hyderabad
7 Karachi Central North Nazimabad 69 2,971,382 Karachi
8 Karachi East Gulshan-e-Iqbal 139 2,875,315 Karachi
9 Karachi South Saddar 122 1,769,230 Karachi
10 Karachi West Orangi Town 370 2,077,228 Karachi
11 Kashmore (formerly Kandhkot) Kashmore 2,580 1,090,336 Larkana
12 Keamari Mariro Mirbahar (Site) 559 1,829,837 Karachi
13 Khairpur Khairpur 15,910 2,405,190 Sukkur
14 Korangi Korangi Town 108 2,577,556 Karachi
15 Larkana Larkana 1,948 1,521,786 Larkana
16 Malir Malir Town 2,160 1,924,346 Karachi
17 Matiari Matiari 1,417 770,040 Hyderabad
18 Mirpur Khas Mirpur Khas 2,925 1,504,440 Mirpur Khas
19 Naushahro Feroze Naushahro Feroze 2,946 1,612,047 Shaheed Benazir Abad
20 Qambar Shahdadkot Qambar 5,475 1,338,035 Larkana
21 Sanghar Sanghar 10,728 2,049,873 Shaheed Benazir Abad
22 Shaheed Benazirabad (formerly Nawabshah) Nawabshah 4,502 1,613,506 Shaheed Benazir Abad
23 Shikarpur Shikarpur 2,512 1,233,760 Larkana
24 Sujawal Sujawal 8,785 779,062 Banbhore
25 Sukkur Sukkur 5,165 1,488,372 Sukkur
26 Tando Allahyar Tando Allahyar 1,554 838,527 Hyderabad
27 Tando Muhammad Khan Tando Muhammad Khan 1,423 677,098 Hyderabad
28 Tharparkar Mithi 19,637 1,647,036 Mirpur Khas
29 Thatta Thatta 8,570 982,138 Banbhore
30 Umerkot Umerkot 5,608 1,073,469 Mirpur Khas


Larkana District


Larkana District in Sindh


The Larkana district is well-known for being the home district of the influential Bhutto family. The district’s primary city, Larkana, is situated along the banks of the Indus River, while other notable towns in the area include Ratodero, Dokri, Bakrani, and Naudero. 

The district was established on August 1, 1901, through the amalgamation of the Karachi and Shikarpur districts. The Sehwan, Johi, and Dadu talukas were obtained from the Karachi district, while the Mehar, Kakar, Warah, Larkana, Labe Darya, Kambar, and Ratodero talukas were acquired from Shikarpur District, which is now known as Sukkur District.

This merger led to the formation of three divisions: the Sehwan division comprising Sehwan, Johi, and Dadu talukas; the Mehar division comprising Mehar, Kakar, and Warah talukas; and the Larkana division comprising Larkana, Labe Darya, Kambar, and Ratodero talukas.

In 2005, the Government of Pakistan, under the leadership of Pervez Musharraf, decided to bifurcate the district, creating a new district called Qamber and Shahdadkot.


Sukkur District


Sukkur District in Sindh


The Sukkur district comprises five administrative townships, locally referred to as “talukas” or “tehsils”. These include Sukkur City, New Sukkur, Rohri, Saleh Pat, and Pano Aqil.

While Sukkur City and New Sukkur are urban centres, Pano Aqil is known for hosting one of the largest military cantonments in the country. Rohri, although the smallest in terms of both area and population, boasts an essential railway junction.

Over time, the territory of Sukkur District has been divided, and two new districts have been formed. Shikarpur became a separate district in 1977, while Ghotki was established as a district in 1993.


Hyderabad District


Tomb of Mirs in Hyderabad


This is the second most urbanised district in Sindh after Karachi, with approximately 80% of its residents living in urban areas. The Hyderabad district has undergone several administrative changes throughout its history.

When Sindh was occupied by the East India Company in 1843, Hyderabad was one of the three districts established in the province, along with Karachi and Shikarpur (now Sukkur district). In 1912, the northern part of the district was separated to form the Nawabshah district and, in 1975, the southern part was separated to create the Badin district.

In 1982, the eastern part of the district was bifurcated to create the Thar and Parkar district, which now has its headquarters in Umerkot.  Two new talukas were added to the district in 1998 – Hyderabad city and Latifabad talukas – and, after the 2002 elections, another taluka was created named Qasimabad from Hyderabad City taluka.

The district headquarters were located in the city of Hyderabad until the early 1970s, and the district government used to operate from there as well.

However, former president Pervez Musharraf introduced a local body government in 2001 that abolished this administrative setup. In 2005, three new districts – Tando Muhammad Khan, Matiari, and Tando Allahyar districts – were created from the Hyderabad district.


Karachi Central District

The district of Central Karachi, also known as Karachi Central, is an administrative district located in the Karachi Division of Sindh. It was previously abolished in the year 2000, and four towns were created as its subdivisions.

These included Liaquatabad Town, North Nazimabad Town, Gulberg Town, and New Karachi Town. However, on 11 July 2011, the Sindh Government restored the district of Karachi Central again.

As of 2022, the district has been further divided into five towns, which include Liaquatabad Town, North Nazimabad Town, Gulberg Town, New Karachi Town, and Nazimabad Town.

Additionally, the district encompasses the dehs (administrative subdivisions) of Gujhro (P), which are located in the talukas (subdivisions) of Liaquatabad and Gulberg, and Kari Lakhi, which is located in the taluka of North Nazimabad.


Karachi East District

The Karachi East district, which falls under the administration of Karachi Division in Sindh, has a long and diverse history. It was initially established in 1972, but later abolished in 2000.

Following its abolition, the district was divided into four separate towns: Gulshan Town, Jamshed Town, Gulzar-e-Hijri Town, and Faisal Cantonment, with Firozabad Town becoming a part of the Karachi West district.

On 11 July 2015, the Sindh government decided to restore the Karachi East district again. Following this restoration, three eastern towns of Karachi East district separated from the district in November 2013 to form a new district named Korangi.

In addition, Jamshed Town of the Karachi South district was added to the Karachi East district. It now comprises two towns: Jamshed and Gulshan.

Recently, in 2022, the Karachi East district was restructured and divided into five towns: Sohrab Goth Town, Safoora Town, Gulshan Town, Jinnah Town, and Chanesar Town. With this restructuring, the district now has 43 union councils and 172 wards.

The division has brought positive changes to the district, and the new towns and wards have improved the management of the region while also facilitating better governance for the residents.


Karachi South District

Complete Map of Karachi District


The Karachi South district is the financial hub of the country. It houses the head offices of numerous corporations, banks, and companies, along with important government offices such as the Chief Secretary House, Governor House, Chief Minister House, Commissioner House, Commissioner Office, Sindh Assembly, Sindh High Court, embassies and consulates of different countries.

The district was abolished in 2000 and divided into two towns, namely Jamshed Town and Saddar Town. However, the Sindh government restored the Karachi South district on 11 July 2011.

In November 2013, Jamshed Town was incorporated into the Karachi East district after three eastern towns were split up to form a new district named Korangi. Currently, Karachi South comprises Saddar, Clifton, and the Defence area, and is widely regarded as the most affluent area of the city. 


Karachi West District

The Karachi West district in Sindh is an administrative district of the Karachi Division. It was abolished in 2000 but was later restored by the Sindh government on 11 July 2011. It was originally divided into five towns, namely Lyari Town, Kemari Town, SITE Town, Baldia Town, and Orangi Town.

In 2020, Kemari Town, SITE Town, and Baldia Town were separated from the district to become a part of the Kemari district. In 2015, Lyari became a part of the Karachi South district.

The population of the district is diverse, which includes Sindhis, Balochis, Punjabis, Pashtuns, and Muhajirs, and no single ethnic group forms a majority in the district.


Badin District

The Badin district covers a total area of 6,726 square kilometres of Sindh. It shares borders with the Tando Allahyar district to the north, Hyderabad district to the northwest, Mirpur Khas and Tharparkar districts to the east, Kutch district of India to the south, and Sujawal and Tando Muhammad Khan district to the west. 

It is centred around the city of Badin, which has a rich history dating back to the ancient Indus Valley civilisation. The region came under Islamic rule in 711 CE and was subsequently ruled by the Ghaznavids and Mughal emperors.



The districts of Sindh are important in terms of governance, development, and representation. Each has its elected officials and administrative structures responsible for the welfare and development of the people.

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