Sukkur District

Coordinates: 27°40′N 69°30′E / 27.667°N 69.500°E / 27.667; 69.500
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Sukkur District
  • سکر ضلعو
  • ضلع سکّھر
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Mir Masum's Minar and tomb Sukkur Sindh.jpg
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Sadh bela temple 1 - sukkur (asad aman).jpg
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Clockwise from top-left: Sateen Jo Aastan, Mir Masum's Minar, Sadh Bela temple, Landsdowne Bridge, Muhammad Bin Qasim Masjid
Map of Sindh with Sukkur District highlighted
Map of Sindh with Sukkur District highlighted
Coordinates: 27°40′N 69°30′E / 27.667°N 69.500°E / 27.667; 69.500
Country Pakistan
Province Sindh
HeadquartersShikarpur 1843 to 1883 Sukkur 1883 to continue
Number of Tehsils5
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerN/A
 • District Police OfficerN/A
 • District Health OfficerN/A
 • Total5,165 km2 (1,994 sq mi)
 • Total1,488,372
 • Density290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)

Sukkur District (Sindhi: سکر ضلعو, Urdu: ضلع سکّھر) is a district in Sindh Province in Pakistan. It is divided into 5 administrative townships (tehsils, also called "talukas"), namely: Sukkur City, New Sukkur, Rohri, Saleh Pat and Pano Aqil. Among them Sukkur City and New Sukkur are urban centres, while Pano Aqil is famous for having one of the largest military cantonments of the country. Rohri is the smallest tehsil of Sukkur District, both in area and population, but it has an important railway junction. Two districts have been split off from the territory of Sukkur: Shikarpur in 1977 and Ghotki in 1993.[3]

Administrative subdivisions[edit]

Tehsils, UCs and Villages in District Sukkur
Tehsil Population
Sukkur City 231,589[4] 150 11 25
New Sukkur 319,768[5] 150 09 25
Rohri 371,104 1319 12 400
Saleh Pat 129,619 2339 03 250
Pano Aqil 435,823 1233 12 450
Total 1,487,903 5191 54 1150


A historic image of Rohri - Sukkur

The East India Company occupied Sindh in 1843; They formed three districts in Sindh administratively: Hyderabad, Karachi and Shikarpur. In 1883 British Government shifted the district headquarter from Shikarpur to Sukkur and in 1901 again British Government shifted the district status from Shikarpur to Sukkur. At the time of Pakistan's independence in 1947, Sukkur district comprised approximately 200,000 inhabitants, mostly engaged in agricultural pursuits and fishing industry. Over time, Sukkur has seen a moderate rise in population (2 to 2.5% per annum) as compared to Pakistan's, except in late 1960s and early 70s when population growth rate reached 4.43% (1972 census) due to internal migration and establishment of some large bridges on river Indus.

A drawing of Railway Bridge over Indus - Sukkur (Published in The Engineer)

Sukkur district is chiefly populated by Muslims that constitute 96% of the total population. The minorities include: Hindus 3.28% and Christians about 0.51%. Hindus are mostly settled in urban areas and are engaged in the trade and services sectors. The independence of Pakistan in 1947 saw the influx of Muslims which include Urdu-speaking Muhajirs, Bandhani-speaking Rajputs from Rajasthan, Memons from Bombay, Gujarat and Kathiawar were migrated from India and settled here, mostly in the aftermath of riots when Pakistan was carved out of India as the result of Muslim vote; the Muslim population of India voted for their separate homeland, the Pakistan. While some of the Bandhani, Memons, and Punjabis were settled here before partition, i.e., the independence of Pakistan in 1947. Traditionally Memons were associated with trade and retail business but during last two decades they have ascended as an active social and economic front. Sukkur is noteworthy in Sindh and Pakistan generally for its comparative tolerance towards religious and ethnic minorities. City is a multi-ethnic and has a mix of Sindhis, Punjabis, Brahuis, Balochis and Pakhtuns. Sindhis are native to the area and speak its various dialects, including, Utradi, Lari, Thari, Dadhki, etc. A large number of Punjabis were attracted to the city after the Indus treaty settlement and are settled around the downtown and chowk Ghantaghar in central part of the city. Most Pakhtuns are distinct and separately living near the railway station and its vicinity. The city therefore has cosmopolitan atmosphere with multiethnic and multicultural communities.[6] Following are the demographic indicators of the district.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

At the time of the 2017 census, Sukkur district had a population of 1,488,372, of which 720,806 (48.43%) lived in urban areas. Sukkur had a sex ratio of 917 females per 1000 males and a literacy rate of 54.73%: 65.62% for males and 42.75% for females.[2]

Religions in Sukkur district (2017)[2]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated
Religion in present-day Sukkur district[a]
Religion Population (1941)[8]: 54–57  Percentage (1941) Population (2017)[2] Percentage (2017)
Islam Star and Crescent.svg 185,249 63.46% 1,430,376 96.10%
Hinduism Om.svg 102,072 34.97% 52,902 3.55%
Sikhism Khanda.svg 3,794 1.30% --- ---
Others [b] 778 0.27% 5,094 0.35%
Total Population 291,893 100% 1,488,372 100%

The majority religion is Islam, with 96.10% of the population. Hinduism (including those from Scheduled Castes) is practiced by 3.55% of the population.[2]

Languages of Sukkur district (2017)

  Sindhi (83.63%)
  Urdu (9.19%)
  Punjabi (3.11%)
  Saraiki (1.39%)
  Pashto (1.02%)
  Others (1.66%)

At the time of the 2017 census, 83.63% of the population spoke Sindhi, 9.19% Urdu, 3.11% Punjabi, 1.39% Saraiki and 1.02% Pashto as their first language.[2]

List of Dehs[edit]

The following is a list of Sukkur District's dehs, organised by taluka:[9]


  1. ^ PCO 1999, p. 1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "District-wise Tables - Sukkur". Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 2017.
  3. ^ PCO 1999, p. 11.
  4. ^ "Pakistan: Tehsils and Talukas (Districts and Subdistricts) - Population Statistics, Charts and Map".
  5. ^ "Pakistan: Tehsils and Talukas (Districts and Subdistricts) - Population Statistics, Charts and Map".
  6. ^ Umair, Bisma (13 July 2013). "Sukkur".
  7. ^ "Population of administrative units" (PDF). Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 1998.
  9. ^ "List of Dehs in Sindh" (PDF). Sindh Zameen. Retrieved 22 March 2021.


  1. ^ Pano Aqil, Rohri and Sukkur taluks of Sukkur district
  2. ^ Including Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Ad-Dharmis, or not stated


  • 1998 District census report of Sukkur. Census publication. Vol. 41. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1999.