Four new districts in Sindh
KARACHI: Despite objections by the opposition and nazims of 16 Sindh districts, the Sindh government on Monday created four more districts in the province.
The new districts were carved out of Larkana, Dadu, Jacobabad and Mirpurkhas districts, Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim said at a press conference at the Chief Minister’s House. The chief minister rejected the objections of the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) against the creation of the new districts, saying objecting government measures had become routine with the opposition parties.
He denied that the creation of the new districts was a political decision, insisting it was a totally administrative measure adopted according to the demands of the populations of the area, who would be facilitated by the new arrangement. Three of the new districts Qambar, Kashmore, and Jamshoro, were are newly created, and the fourth was Umerkot, which had been merged into Mirpurkhas in 2000 by former Sindh governor Muhammadmian Soomro. At the same time, four Karachi districts were abolished. Talking about the reasons behind the creation of the new districts, the chief minister said Jamshoro was created and Umerkot was restored because of their large areas, which was creating administrative difficulties for people.
Similarly, Larkana and Jacobabad districts were the most populated districts, with populations of 2 million and 1.4 million respectively. Most of the other districts of Sindh had populations of 600,000 or 700,000. Mr Arbab said that under the new arrangement, people would have access to greater facilities, there would be more development projects and job opportunities would increase.