Larkana District

Larkana District (Sindhi: ضلعو لاڙڪاڻو; Urdu: ضلع لاڑکانہ) is a district of the Sindh province of Pakistan. Its main city is Larkana which sits on the banks of the Indus River. It is the home district of the influential Bhutto family. The Larkana Bulls cricket team was established in 2013.

ضلعو لاڙڪاڻو
ضلع لاڑکانہ
Graveyard in front of the tomb.jpg
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Top: Tomb of Shah Baharo
Bottom: Ruins of Mohenjo-daro
Larkana is located in the North-West of Sindh
Larkana is located in the North-West of Sindh
Coordinates: 27°33′36″N 68°13′35″E / 27.56000°N 68.22639°E / 27.56000; 68.22639
Country Pakistan
Province Sindh
Established1st August 1901
Founded byBritish Government
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerTariq Manzor chandio since 2019
 • District Police OfficerSSP Muhammad Nawaz shaikh
 • District Health OfficerN/A
 • Total1,948 km2 (752 sq mi)
 • Total1,521,786
 • Density780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
Number of Tehsils04

Other towns of the district include Ratodero, Dokri, Bakrani, and Naodero. In 2005, the Government of Pakistan under Pervez Musharraf bifurcated the district, forming a new district called Qamber and Shahdadkot, with two towns of Qambar Khan and Shahdadkot.


The District came into existence on August 1, 1901, when it was formed out of the Karachi and the Shikarpur districts. The Sehwan, Johi, and Dadu talukas were taken from the Karachi district, and the Mehar, Kakar, Warah, Larkana, Labdarya, Kambar and Ratodero talukas were taken from the Shikarpur District, which since has been known as the Sukkur District. Three divisions were formed, the Sehwan division comprising the Sehwan, Johi and Dadu talukas, the Mehar division comprising the Mehar, Kakar and Warah talukas, and the Larkana division comprising Larkana, Labdarya, Kambar, and Ratodero talukas. By 1911 it had been recognized that the Larkana division was too heavy a charge for one officer, even with the assistance of an attached Deputy Collector, and a new division known as the Ratodero division was created out of it. Twenty-two dehs from Ratodero, four from Larkana, and forty-four from Kambar were combined to form a new Taluka in the north-west extremity of the District with headquarters at the village of Miro Khan. The limits of the new taluka approximated to those of the old Sujawal Taluka of the Shikarpur District which was abolished in 1883-84. This new taluka and the reduced Ratodero Taluka were combined to form the new division. A minor feature of the change was the transfer of the ten western deaths of Larkana Taluka to Kambar. Ratodero division has since been absorbed into Larkana and Mehar Sub-division. Each of the four divisions is in charge of an Assistant Collector or Deputy Collector. In 1:0 to give relief to both the Sub-Divisional Officers and the Mukhtyarkars, Resident Magistrates were appointed to hold courts at Larkana, Mehar and Dadu. Dadu Court has since been abolished as a result of retrenchment. Ratodero Sub-Division was also absorbed into Larkana and Mehar Sub-divisions.

Larkana district comprises three divisions: Larkana, Mehar and Sehwan.

Larkana Division now comprises Larkana, Ratodero, Mirokhan and Kambar.

Mehar Division comprises Labdaria,Mehar, Kakar and Warah talukas.

Sehwan Division comprises Sehwan, Johi and Dadu talukas.

In 1931 Larkana district was spelt and created new Dadu district.


The district of Larkana is administratively subdivided into the following tehsil:[2]


Some 10 km away from Larkana city, sugarcane is cultivated and processed at the Larkana Sugar Mills (Pvt) Ltd. which was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on January 30, 1974.[3]

Larkana's guava and berries are famous both nationally and internationally, the annual output of the district stands at thousands of tons. All the villages of Larkana on the right bank of River Indus have vast guava orchids spread over thousands of acres, located in Dodai, Mahotta, Naudero, Chooharpur, Agani, Metla, Izzat Ji Wandh, Phulpota and other villages.[4][5]


Govt Pilot School Pilot School was built in 1926, being the oldest education institution in District. Cadet College Larkana, was inaugurated by the former prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto in 1994, first planned by her late father Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1975. The College is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) away from Larkana, and some 3 kilometres from Moen-jo-Daro.[6] Now there are colleges universities

  • Govt. Pilot School Larkana
  • Govt. Degree College Larkana
  • Shaheed Zufiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology Larkana
  • Govt. College of Technology Larkana
  • Sindh Science College Larkana
  • Global Science College Larkana
  • Govt. Chandka Medical College Larkana
  • Benazir College of Nursing
  • QUEST Larkana
  • Allama Open University Larkana


Moenjodaro Airport is located near Mohen-jo-daro, 28 km away to the south of the city of Larkana, about 5 kilometres away from Dokri. The main users of the airport are Pakistan International Airlines, the country's national flag-carrier. The outdated infrastructure of the airport prevents the use of large, advanced aircraft, with the PIA largely using Fokker aeroplanes for flights.


At the time of the 2017 census, Larkana district had a population of 1,521,786, of which 775,934 were males and 745,530 females. The rural population was 822,888 (54.07%) and urban 698,898 (45.93%). The literacy rate is 53.80%: 65.33% for males and 41.89% for females.[1]

Religions in Larkana district (2017)[1]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated

The majority religion is Islam, with 98.45% of the population. Hinduism (including those from Scheduled Castes) is practiced by 1.45% of the population. Sindhi was the predominant language, spoken by 97.25% of the population.[1]


The Larkana Bulls cricket team in Larkana, team was established in 2013

Larkana Cricket Stadium alternatively called as Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto International Cricket Stadium was built by Pakistan Cricket Board in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh near the tomb of Benazir Bhutto.[7][8]

List of DehsEdit

The following is a list of Larkana District's union councils, organised by tehsil:[9]

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "District-wise Tables - Census 2017 Final Results". Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 2017.
  2. ^ "District Larkana Online! [] - First Official & Commercial website on District Larkana... Complete guide to Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan. Larkana, Chandka, Moen jo daro, benazir Bhutto, Zulfiqar Bhutto, garhi khuda baksh, murtaza bhutto, bhutto,". Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  3. ^ "LARKANA SUGAR MILLS (PVT) LTD". Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  4. ^ the Newspaper. "Berries and guava of Larkana". Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  5. ^ Web Desk (15 January 2015). "Chilly weather badly affects guava orchid crop". Pakistan Times. Archived from the original on 8 October 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  6. ^ Official, CCL. "Cadet College Larkana". Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  7. ^ Larkana. "Larkana Stadium". Dawn. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto International Cricket Stadium - Pakistan - Cricket Grounds - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  9. ^ "List of Dehs in Sindh" (PDF). Sindh Zameen. Retrieved 23 March 2021.