Umer Kot District

Area:      km2
Population:  663,100 < est.1998
National Assembly Seats: 1
Provincial Assembly Seats:  2
Talluqas/ Subdivisions: 4
  • Kunri
  • Pithoro
  • Samaro
  • Umerkot

Current Party Position

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Party Ranking:

PPP

1

PML-F  

2

MQM

3

PML-N

4

Most Influential Politician: Nawab Yousuf Talpur

Historical Umerkot fort

Formerly known as Amarkot, was the capital of Greater Sindh Province, including some parts of present Rajasthan state of India. It also became prominent during the time of the Mughals and during the British Raj. The Mughal king Akbar was born in Umerkot when his father Humayun fled from military defeat at the hands of Sher Shah Suri. Rana Prasad, a Hindu Sodha Rajput ruler of Amarkot, gave refuge to Humayun. Umerkot has many sites of historical significance such as Mughal emperor Akbar’s birthplace at Umarkot Fort. His birthplace been preserved the federal or provincial governments could have earned the district enough tourist dollars to cover several of its budgets. Umerkot Fort has also been left unattended by the authorities.

Rana Chandra Singh Sodha(1931–2009) was the Rana of the former Amarkot jagir, and remained member of National assembly many times and also a federal minister

Umerkot was a part of Mirpurkhas before Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, in his capacity as the provincial chief minister, granted it the status of a district in the early 1990s. Years later, Governor Mohammad Mian Soomro reversed the decision and stripped Umerkot of its new designation. Again Arbab Rahim restored the district, apparently to appease Pir Sahab Pagaro.

National Assembly Constituencies:

NA-228  Umerkot – i   Umer Kot Talluqa, Kunri Talluqa, Part Samaro Talluqa  

 

Notable Politicians:

  • Nawab Yousuf Talpur
  • Kishan Chand Parwani
  • Mohammed Qasim Soomro
  • Pir Noor Mohammed Shah Jilani
  • Mohammed Taimur Talpur
  • Syed Ali Mardan Shah
  • Dr. Dost Mohammed Memon
  • Rajveer Singh