Lasbela

Lasbela (State / Province)

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Lasbela is a coastal district of Balochistan province of Pakistan. It became a separate district in Kalat Division on 30 June 1954. The name is derived from the words Las which signifies a plain, the greater part of the area being a flat plain, and Bela which means "jungle" and is also the name of the principal town of the district. Uthal is the district headquarters. The district is divided into 9 Tehsil and 21 union councils.[1]  Lasbela 

Title Description
Information
Location: Balochistan Pakistan
Nickname: Lasbela
In Urdu: لسبیلہ‎‎‎
Type: Coastal District
Local Language Name: Balochi (65%) and Sindhi (24%)
Coordinates : 20°13′38″N 66°18′22″E
Website: http://www.balochistan.gov.pk
Union Councils: 22
Province : Balochistan
Headquarters : Uthal
Number of Tehsils : 5
Basic Information
Established: June 1954
Government
Deputy Commissioner: Mujeeb-ur-Rehman
Commissioner: Muhammad Hashim Ghilzai
Area
Total Area: 12,574 km2 (4,855 sq mi)
Population
Latest survey: 2017
Total: 574,292
Density: 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Languages
National: Urdu
Other: Balochi and Sindhi


History

Lasbela Chowk

Lasbela Chowk

Alexander the Great passed through Lasbela on his way back to Babylon after conquering Northwestern India. In 711 CE, the Arab general, Muhammad bin Qasim passed through Lasbela on his way to Sindh.[2]  History 

Lasbela District

Lasbela was notified as a district on 30th June, 1954. In October, 1955 the unification of the former provinces of Punjab, NWFP, Sindh and Balochistan took place. The Balochistan States Union was formed into Kalat division. But in December 1960 Lasbela became a separate district and was placed as a part of Karachi division. Later on it was transferred to Kalat division of Balochistan Province.

Derives Its Name

The district of Lasbela derives its name from the words LAS which signifies a plain, the greater part of the area being a flat plain, and Bela, the principle town of the district. Uthal is the district headquarters.[3] Derives Its Name 

Geography

Lasbela Industrial Estates Development Authority (LIEDA)

Lasbela Industrial Estates Development Authority (LIEDA)

The main river is the Porali with its tributaries, Winder and Wirhab rivers. Other rivers are the Phor and Hingol which rise in Awaran District before flowing through Lasbela on their way to the Arabian Sea.[4]  Geography 

Lasbela Tehsils

The district consists of nine tehsils, Bela, Uthal, Hub, Lakhra, Somiani, Dureaji, Lairi, Gaddani and Konnaj. The district has 27 patwar circles and 293 mauzas (villages). [5]  Lasbela Tehsils 

Population and Languages

The population of Lasbela was estimated to be over 574,292 in recent servey 2017. In 1998, the overall population was 98.33% Muslim. Of the remaining, 1.37% were Hindus and 0.14% Christian, with the rest belonging to various other religions. In 1998, about 37% of the population resided in the urban areas. In 1998, 22.3% of the population was literate with 32.16% of the males and 10.46% of the females.The majority of population speaks either Sindhi or Baluchi. Much of the population also speaks a language called Lasi, which is derived from Sindhi or Jadgali.[6]  Population and Languages 

Tribes

The population of Lasbela presents many features of special interest to the ethnologist. The first historical reference to the ancient population of Lasbela and Makran is to be found in Arrian, who divides the population into two distinct classes. The people of the coast whom he names the Ichthyophagoi or fish-eaters and the population of the interior, the Arabi, the Oreitai and the Gadrosia of Gadrosia or Gedrosia. Several other authors have described the strange race of the Ichthyophagoi who are undoubtedly identifiable with the present fishermen of the coast. The principal tribes among the Lasis claim to be descendants of the Sumras and Sammas who formerly resided in Sindh. Their tribal names certainly indicate that many of them are of Hindu origin.

Geographical Name

District Lasbela

District Lasbela

The term Lasi is a geographical name, which is applied to all the tribes other than Baloch and Brahvi, Med, Khoja and Hindus who are settled in Lasbela. The principal Lasi tribes are only five in number, namely Jamot, Ranjha, Sheikh, Angaria and Burraf. These are called the Panjraj or the five tribal confederacies. Under each Raj are a large number of heterogeneous groups.

Minor Tribes

The few Afghans are mostly nomads, except the Buzdars, who are flock owners and wander about in Niabat, and the Gichkis who are connected with the Jam of Lasbela. Minor tribes include the Gunjas, Sinars, Sangurs, Burfats, Chhuttas and Khojas. A good number of Hindus are also residing in Uthal, Bela and Hub. They are all of the Arora caste. The Hindus are mostly of the orthodox school, but they are not strict in the observance of their religious rites and have modified several of their ordinary daily customs. Among other tribes are the Babbar, Gadras, Langhas and Koris. [7]  Minor Tribes 

Education

LUAWMS University Logo

LUAWMS University Logo

Lasbela School

  1. Govt.Boys High School, Arif Wala,Address:Arif Wala, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  2. Govt.Boys High School, Muhallah Tareep Bela, Address:Muhallah Tareep Bela, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  3. Govt.Boys High School, Goth Abdur Rahim,Address:Goth Abdur Rahim, Hub, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  4. Govt.Boys High School, Daam, Address:Daam, Soonmiani, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  5. Govt.Boys High School, Dureji, Address:Dureji, Dureji, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  6. Govt.Boys High School, Gaddani, Address:Gaddani, Gaddani, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  7. Govt.Boys High School, Ismailani, Address:Ismailani, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  8. Govt.Boys High School, Jam Yousuf Abad,Address:Jam Yousuf Abad, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  9. Govt.Boys High School, Lakhra, Address:Lakhra, Uthal, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  10. Govt.Boys High School, Goth H.Muhammad Siddique, Address:Goth H.Muhammad Siddique, Dureji, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  11. Govt.Boys High School, Goth Mosani, Address:Goth Mosani, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  12. Govt.Boys High School, Sakran,Address:Sakran, Hub, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  13. Govt.Boys High School, Saniyan ,Address:Saniyan, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  14. Govt.Boys High School, Umar Goth,Address:Umar Goth, Hub, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  15. Govt.Boys High School, Wayaro,Address:Wayaro, Uthal, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  16. Govt.Boys High School, Windar, Address:Windar, Soonmiani, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  17. Govt.Boys Middle School, Akram Colony ,Address:Akram Colony, Hub, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  18. Govt.Boys Middle School, Mouza Awadan ,Address:Mouza Awadan, Uthal, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
  19. Govt.Boys Middle School, Balochi Goth ,Address:Balochi Goth, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan[8] Schools

Lasbela College

Government Degree College Lasbela,Government Degree College Lasbela is affiliated with University of Balochistan, Quetta.[9]  Lasbela College 

Lasbela University

Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences is chartered by Government of Balochistan, and recognized by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.[10]  Lasbela University 
  • Website: www.luawms.edu.pk

Lasbela Hotels

These are the most central hotels in Lasbela. Lasbela in Sindh (region) is a place in Pakistan - about 703 mi (or 1,132 km) South-West of Islamabad, the country's capital city.[11]  Lasbela Hotels 
  1. 5-Star Hotels (4)
  2. 4-Star Hotels (1)
  3. 3-Star Hotels (1)
  4. Unrated Hotels (1)

Administration of Lasbela

The district of Lasbela is divided in 5 tehsils and 22 Union Councils.[12]  Administration of Lasbela 
  1. Bela
  2. Dureji
  3. Hub
  4. Uthal
  5. Sonmiani/Winder

Cultivation

Lasbela City

Lasbela City

Cultivation depends upon flood irrigation, with jowār (sorghum) and oilseeds being the chief crops. Sheep, camels, and goats are bred extensively, and fishing is important along the coast. Sonmiāni is the principal seaport.[13]  Cultivation 

Famous Shrines

  1. Shrine of Shah Bilawal
  2. Lahut-i-Lamakan
  3. Kumb Shrine
  4. Shireen and Farhad
  5. Sassi and Punnu
  6. Pir Fida Hussain
  7. Pir Moosiani
  8. Pir Mohiuddin
  9. Mai Gondrani
  10. Hinglaj
  11. Pir koonana
  12. Pir shah bukhari
  13. Pir meeran
  14. Pir bukur
  15. Darga Baba Juman Shah Uthal

Famous Tomb

The tomb of General Muhammad-Ibn-Haroon, who accompanied Muhammad-Bin-Qasim. is a place of historical importance in the town of Bela. On the west-side of the Purali river, the tomb of Sir Robert Sandeman, made of granite and white marble and surrounded by beautiful gardens, bears a testimony to the cultural heritage of this town. The Jamia Masjid is an exemplary accomplishment of Islamic architecture. The caves at Mai Goudrani, hewed out of solid conglomerate rock situated 20 km. to the north of Bela town, are worth visiting.[14] Famous Tomb The tomb at Himidan is situated near the confluence of Himidan rivulet and Hub river about 85 km. from Karachi. The cemetery in which these tombs were placed contains a considerable number of  Muslims graves. 

Historical Buildings

  1. Shah Jamai Mosque
  2. Tomb of General Muhammad ibn Haroon
  3. Tomb of Colonel Robert Sandeman
  4. Karia Pir 

Others

  1. Sassi Waro-Chodo (Sassi's Spring), near Paboni Naka, about 68 km from Karachi.
  2. Bakkar Buthi, a small Harappan site located in the remote mountainous area to the east of the Las Bela plain.

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