- Dadu, Pakistan
Dadu Coordinates: Coordinates: Country Pakistan Province Sindh Government – District Nazim Karim Ali Jatoi – District Naib Nazim Ali Muhammad Soomro Elevation 24 m (79 ft) Time zone PST (UTC+5) Number of Union councils 4
Dadu (Urdu: دادو) is a town in Sindh, Pakistan. Dadu is the capital of Dadu District. The town is located at 26°44'0N 67°47'0E with an altitude of 24 metres (82 feet) and is administratively subdivided into three Union councils.
Dadu district was created in 1933 by the British Indian administration by merging Kotri and Kohistan tehsils from Karachi district and Mehar, Khairpur Nathan Shah, Dadu, Johi, sita road and Sehwan tehsils from Larkana district. The population of the district is 1,688,810 according to 1998 census report. The rural and urban population of the district constitutes 79% and 21% of the total population respectively. The area of district is 19,070 square kilometers divided in seven talukas yielding population density of 88.6 persons per square kilometer. The average household size of the district is 5.5 persons, which is higher in urban areas at 6.3 as compared to that in rural areas at 5.3 implying more congestion in urban areas. More than 73% of the housing units in Dadu district are single room houses. The average annual rainfall in the district is about 120 millimeters. The total area under forest is district Dadu is 217,000 hectares yielding timber and firewood. . In 2004 another district by the name of Jamshoro was carved out of District Dadu which comprised Taluka Kotri, Taluka Sehwan and Taluka Jamshoro which is the headquarter of the new district.
Tribes & Clans
The majority of the population is Muslim. It includes: Jatoi, Soomro, Syed, Palh, Khushk, Kalhoro, Dawachh, Channah, Panhwar, Solangi, Qazi, Jamali, Shah, Mirani, Babar, Mallah, Vighio, Mirbahar, Chandio, Brohi, Shahani, Gabol, Lund, Khero, Magsi, Bozdar, Leghari, Unar Bahota, Charan, Babar, Memon, Abbasi, Bhatti, Joyo and others. Many of these tribes have a great role in the Politics of Pakistan.
Notable Politicians in Dadu District
- Liaquat Ali Khan Jatoi - Former Chief Minister of Sindh, Ex Federal Minster
- Mr. Justice Ghulam Nabi Soomro - Hon'ble Justice, High Court of Sindh, Presently Chairman of Sindh Services Tribunal
- Haji Zaffar Ali Khan Leghari - Ex MPA
- Rafiq Ahmad Jamali - State Minister for Food
- Pir Mazhar-Ul-Haq - Provincial Minister for Education, Sindh
Following are the demographic indicators of the district as per the 1998 census of Pakistan (including Jamshoro District which was a part of Dadu at that time):
Places of interest
- Gorakh Hill - First Ever Hill Station in Sindh
- Manchar Lake - Largest Lake in Pakistan and one of the Largest Lakes in Asia
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