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.
|Local Language Name:||Balochi (65%) and Sindhi (24%)|
|Coordinates :||20°13′38″N 66°18′22″E|
|Number of Tehsils :||5|
|Commissioner:||Muhammad Hashim Ghilzai|
|Total Area:||12,574 km2 (4,855 sq mi)|
|Density:||46/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Other:||Balochi and Sindhi|
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Govt.Boys High School, Arif Wala,Address:Arif Wala, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Muhallah Tareep Bela, Address:Muhallah Tareep Bela, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Goth Abdur Rahim,Address:Goth Abdur Rahim, Hub, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Daam, Address:Daam, Soonmiani, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Dureji, Address:Dureji, Dureji, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Gaddani, Address:Gaddani, Gaddani, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Ismailani, Address:Ismailani, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Jam Yousuf Abad,Address:Jam Yousuf Abad, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Lakhra, Address:Lakhra, Uthal, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Goth H.Muhammad Siddique, Address:Goth H.Muhammad Siddique, Dureji, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Goth Mosani, Address:Goth Mosani, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Sakran,Address:Sakran, Hub, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Saniyan ,Address:Saniyan, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Umar Goth,Address:Umar Goth, Hub, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Wayaro,Address:Wayaro, Uthal, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys High School, Windar, Address:Windar, Soonmiani, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys Middle School, Akram Colony ,Address:Akram Colony, Hub, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys Middle School, Mouza Awadan ,Address:Mouza Awadan, Uthal, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
- Govt.Boys Middle School, Balochi Goth ,Address:Balochi Goth, Bela, Lasbela, Balochistan, Pakistan
Government Degree College Lasbela,Government Degree College Lasbela is affiliated with University of Balochistan, Quetta.
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.
- Website: www.luawms.edu.pk
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.
- 5-Star Hotels (4)
- 4-Star Hotels (1)
- 3-Star Hotels (1)
- Unrated Hotels (1)
Administration of Lasbela
The district of Lasbela is divided in 5 tehsils and 22 Union Councils.
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.
- Shrine of Shah Bilawal
- Kumb Shrine
- Shireen and Farhad
- Sassi and Punnu
- Pir Fida Hussain
- Pir Moosiani
- Pir Mohiuddin
- Mai Gondrani
- Pir koonana
- Pir shah bukhari
- Pir meeran
- Pir bukur
- Darga Baba Juman Shah Uthal
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.
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.
- Shah Jamai Mosque
- Tomb of General Muhammad ibn Haroon
- Tomb of Colonel Robert Sandeman
- Karia Pir
- Sassi Waro-Chodo (Sassi’s Spring), near Paboni Naka, about 68 km from Karachi.
- Bakkar Buthi, a small Harappan site located in the remote mountainous area to the east of the Las Bela plain.