Larkana has given identity to Sindh: moot told

LARKANA:Larkana has given identity to Sindh for which character of two families is most important in the history of Larkana which include Bhutto and Rashdi families.

This was stated by noted writer and researcher Imam Rashdi while presenting his paper at ‘Larkano History Seminar’ during celebration of Shahar-e-Benazir Festival at Arts Council of Pakistan late last night.

He urged the district administration to name any building after noted historian, researcher and writer Pir Hisamuddin Rashdi. He also urged that a memorial might also be built after his name in recognition of his services rendered in the fields of history, literature and research as his contribution to Sindh was matchless.

Young researcher Essa Memon said that Government Municipal Higher Secondary School Larkana was established in 1867 in which education was imparted at that time up to 6th class and about 50 students were enrolled. He said the number of students increased to 208 in 1951 most of them were Hindu students. He said that despite the fact that the population of Muslims was more than Hindu community but the Muslims had no interest in education at that time.

He said at the very outset the building of this school was Dakh Bungalow but after some time the Dakh bungalow was shifted to present Civil Hospital and then whole building was given to school. He said in 1926, the rights of this school were handed over to municipal committee. He said that the authorities of municipal committee had this school under the supervision of noted educationist Dewan Esrani who remained head master of the school till 1947 and the school name was Dewan Pribhdas Tolani.

Noted poet Anwar Dingrai said in his paper that old name of Dokri was Lab-e-Darya and in 1936 this town was granted status of a taluka headquarter. He said before that Dokri town was in Tagar taluka, adding this town always faced threat of floods. He said in 1906, protective dykes were built over Indus River due to which this historic town was saved.

Another researcher Zulfiqar Rajpar said that Larkana city had several historical buildings, but nobody had paid any attention to them. He said those ancient buildings were either occupied by habitual grabbers or nobody was taking care of them which should be looked after properly.

Additional Deputy Commissioner-1 Yasir Bhatti said that a book on Larkana’s history would be published to preserve the research papers. The chief guest Ahmed Sultan Khoso said that holding of such seminars regularly was indeed a fruitful endeavour to collect Sindh’s history which will greatly benefit their future generations. Shields were also given away to Anwar Dingrai, Essa Memon, Zulfiqar Rajpar, Malhar Sindhi and District Historical Society.