Kaleemullah Lashari

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Kaleemullah Lashari
Lashari addresses in International Makli Conference
Born(1953-06-03)3 June 1953
Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Karachi
Known forResearch on the Indus Valley civilization
Scientific career
FieldsArchaeology, history, literature, conservation science (cultural heritage)

Kaleemullah Lashari (Sindhi: ڊاڪٽر ڪليم الله لاشاري) (Urdu: ڈاکٹر کلیم اللہ لاشاری, b. 3 June 1953) is a Pakistani archaeologist,[1] historian[2] and author.[3] In March 2019, the government of Pakistan awarded him the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the third highest honour and civilian award in Pakistan.[4] He works to preserve the cultural heritage of Pakistan.[5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 3 June 1953 in Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan. His father Mohammad Ali Johar was a teacher and a Sindhi-language poet.[citation needed]


Lashari got his primary education from a government school in Larkana. He obtained a master's degree in Arts from the University of Karachi in 1993. In 2002 Lashari got a DAAD Fellowship (post doctoral research) at the Museum of Islamic Arts, Berlin, Germany in Islamic Period Archaeology. In 2006 he got a post-doctoral fellowship from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, United States.[3]


Lashari started his professional career in 1985 as assistant commissioner after passing the Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan. He occupied administrative posts in various provinces of Pakistan.[8] He retired in 2013, when he was provincial secretary to the government of Sindh in the department of antiquities.[9]


Lashari is serving as chair of committees of heritage and conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, including: Technical Consultative Committee, National Fund for Mohenjo-daro,[10] Central Records Management Committee, Government of Sindh, Management Board for Antiquities & Physical Heritage, Government of Sindh,[11][12][13] Advisory Committee for Museum of Epigraphy, Karachi, Sindh Exploration and Adventure Society; and is a Patron of Sukkur Historical Society. He is a member of boards and committees that protect the physical heritage of Pakistan.[citation needed]


Lashari has written books on archaeology, history and literature. His books are:

  • Epigraphy of Makli, SEAS Pakistan, Karachi (2018) (ISBN 9789699432033)[14][15]
  • Something of Past, Committee for International Conference on Mohenjodaro; Culture, Tourism & Antiquities Department, Government of Sindh, Karachi. (2017)
  • Study of Stone Carved Graves, Directorate of Archives, Sindh (R) (2012) (ISBN 9789699310065)[16][17][18]
  • Chaukandi aur Qabaili Qabrain, Department of Antiquities, & SEAS Pakistan, Karachi (2012)
  • Unees Sau Tirasy, Academy Bazyaft, Karachi. (2011)
  • Ishq Qayum Azhar: (Edt.) An anthology on Bedil, Yadgar Committee, Sukkur, (2001)
  • Sukkur: History and Society, (Edt.), Sukkur Historical Society (2001)[19]
  • Study of Mural Ceramics of Sukkur, Sukkur Historical Society (2001)[20]
  • A Study of Stone Carved Graves, published by SEAS, Karachi, Pakistan (1996)[21]
  • Nineteen Eighty-three A collection of Sindhi Short Stories, published by the Mahran Publishers, Karachi, Pakistan.(1999)
  • Study of Biographic Element in Letters, Sindhika Academy, Karachi, Pakistan (1994)[22]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ "New horizons" (PDF). www.greenwich.pk. 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  2. ^ "[Un]documenting the past: Everything you know about Makli is wrong, says historian". The Express Tribune. 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari". www.kaleemullahlashari.org.
  4. ^ a b "15 distinguished individuals get awards". Dawn (newspaper). 25 March 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Restoration of Ranikot Fort bears fruit". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 28 June 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Restoration of Frere Hall begins even as Sindh govt cries foul". The Express Tribune. 15 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Sindh govt bans burials in Makli cemetery | Pakistan Today". www.pakistantoday.com.pk.
  8. ^ "KARACHI: Archives dept lacks essential facilities". DAWN.COM. 16 March 2004.
  9. ^ "Archaeologists from Italy dig deep to preserve Pakistan's archaeological sites". The Express Tribune. 7 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Welcome to the Website of Mohenjodaro". Mohenjodaro.
  11. ^ "Notification" (PDF). sindh.gov.pk. 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Sindh govt opposes mayor's move to hand over Frere Hall". The Express Tribune. 7 April 2018.
  13. ^ Ilyas, Faiza (27 January 2014). "Sindh awaits enactment of law to protect historical sites". DAWN.COM.
  14. ^ Lashari, Kaleem (10 August 2018). "Epigraphy of Makli". Karachi: Culture Tourism & Antiquates Department Government of Sindh – via catalog.princeton.edu.
  15. ^ Khawaja, Ghulam Hussain (14 January 2018). "Experts at world moot propose ways to preserve Makli necropolis". DAWN.COM.
  16. ^ Lashari, Kaleem (10 August 2012). "A study of stone carved graves". Karachi: Sindh Archives – via catalog.princeton.edu.
  17. ^ Tarkhan Dynasty at Makli Hill, Thatta, Pakistan History and Architecture of Selected Monuments
  18. ^ Lashari, Kaleem (10 August 1996). "A Study of Stone Carved Graves". Kaleem Lashari for Sindh Exploration and Adventure Society – via Google Books.
  19. ^ "Study of Mural Ceramics of Sukkur and Other Papers". Sukkur Historical Society. 10 August 2001 – via Library Catalog (Koha).
  20. ^ Pakistan) (2001, Lashari, Kaleem Sukkur Through Centuries National Seminar Sukkur (10 August 2001). "Study of mural ceramics of Sukkur and other papers". Sukkur Historical Society – via Amazon.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  21. ^ Lashari, Kaleem (10 August 1996). "A Study of Stone Carved Graves". The Archaeological Review – via Amazon.
  22. ^ "Dr. Kaleemullah Lashari". www.kaleemullahlashari.org.
  23. ^ President to confer 127 civil awards to Pakistan and foreign nationals on March 23 Business Recorder (newspaper), Published 10 March 2019, Retrieved 22 May 2020

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