Shikarpur, the city known as the Paris of Sindh is a district present in the Upper Sindh. Shikarpur is an ancient and historical city of Sindh and had great importance before the creation of Pakistan.

The city was famous for trade of clothes in the world, as Shikarpur had big and famous bazaar which was one of the four famous bazaars of the world.

People used to come from different cities to enjoy the beauty of Shikarpur. Itars of Shikarpur were also famous and were identity of this city. People used to buy Itars as gifts and for trading purposes as well.

Shikarpur has a history of being a prominent city in the region. During the Kalhora Rule in the 18th century, Shikarpur was one of the financial capitals of Central Asia. It remained a centre for culture, trade and literature till the partition. It was referred to as the financial and commercial centre of Sindh during the British era.

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Street and home based libraries were common. However the Hindu culture was dominant, because Hindus were active in trade and they dominated in almost every field.

Shikarpur is also famous for their seven forts (gates) Lakhi Dar, Hazari Dar, Hathi Dar, Khanpur Dar, Karan Dar, Wagano Dar, Shavi Dar which are still around the Shikarpur.

The old buildings Such as Rai Bahadur Udhaus, Tara Chand hospital, Chella Ram and Seetadal college, Hiranand Gangabhi ladies hospital living example of this domination.

After independence mostly Hindu population migrated to India and Muslim took over the city, which resultantly nourishes the Muslim culture.

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Shikarpur was also cradle of education in past and now its habitants are just cast away in search of good education. The city which was famous for its beauty and other activities has lost its attraction, beauty and its title Asia’s Paris.

However, today Shikarpur’s pickle and sweets of Deewan are famous in all over the Sindh, people come here to eat these sweets and ice creams.

Shikarpur is also famous for their seven forts (gates) Lakhi Dar, Hazari Dar, Hathi Dar, Khanpur Dar, Karan Dar, Wagano Dar, Shavi Dar which are still around the Shikarpur.

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Shikarpur is gripped with several issues these days. These include educational issues, social issues, law and order situation, lack of recreational spots, lack of infrastructure, lack of job opportunities.

These days Shikarpur is a disowned, crumbling city, gripped with poverty, illiteracy, corruption, mismanagement, ignorance and lawlessness. Education is in a deplorable state, historical buildings destroyed, infrastructure destroyed, streets getting narrower due to encroachment, temples devastated, wood work sold or taken away, heritage not maintained and immense pollution.

I request the Sindh government to take corrective measures to save the city from further deterioration.

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