Lasbela – An Important and Historical City of Balochistan

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Lasbela is situated at the coastline of Balochistan province of Pakistan. It got its identity as separate district in Kalat Division in June 1954. The name Lasbela has been acquired from the word Las which in Sanskrit language represnts a settlement or lived in or lively abode and Bela means "The shore of a Sea" Lasbela is the district headquarters. The district has been divided into 9 Tehsil and 21 union councils.

The district of Lasbela is divided into four tehsils, namely, Bela, Dureji, Hub, Uthal. Alexander the Great did pass through Lasbela on his way back to Babylon after having conquered Northwestern India. In 711 CE, the great young Arab general, Muhammad bin Qasim passed through Lasbela while going to Sindh. The district region was a princely state of British India as Las – with Bela as capital, which later was merged with Pakistan.

The main river which flows through is Porali having tributaries, namely Winder and Wirhab rivers. Other rivers are the Phor and Hingol which emerge from Awaran District before flowing through Lasbela on their route to the Arabian Sea. In 2013 the population of Lasbela was over 900,000. In 1998, the ratio of population religion wise was 98.33% Muslim. Of the remaining, 1.37% were Hindus and 0.14% Christians, with the remaining belonging to many other religions. The language of the majority of population is either Sindhi or Balochi. A considerable size of the population also speaks the language called Lasi, which has been derived from Sindhi or Jadgali.

The famous shrines located in the area are: Lahut-i-Lamakan, Shireen and Farhad, Kumb Shrine, PirMoosiani, Sassi and Punnu, PirFidaHussain, Shrine of Shah Bilawal, Darga Baba Juman Shah Uthal, PirMohiuddin, Mai Gondrani, and some others.

The Historical buildings and archaeological sites include: Shah Jamai Mosque, Tomb of Colonel Robert Sandeman, Tomb of General Muhammad ibnHaroon, KariaPir
SassiWaro-Chodo (Sassi'sSpring), near Paboni Naka, about 68 km from Karachi. BakkarButhi, a small Harappanarcheoligical site located in the remote mountainous area to the east of the Las Bela plain.

There located at the site of Uthal, the Lasbela University of Water Agriculture and Marine Sciences. Labela is one of the important cities of Balochistan and worth visiting with regards to its scenic beauty and mountainous terrain.

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