Sind province (1936–1955)

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Government of Sindh

Sind was a province of British India from 1936 to 1947 and Pakistan from 1947 to 1955. Under the British, it encompassed the current territorial limits excluding the princely state of Khairpur with the capital at Karachi. After Pakistan's creation, the province lost the city of Karachi, as it became the capital of the newly created country.

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Location

The province was bordered by the Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan to south and east, the princely states of Bahawalpur and Khairpur to the northeast and Karachi and the princely states of Kalat and Las Bela to the west. On the southwest lay the Arabian Sea but the coast was mostly composed of the Indus delta.

History

1936-1947

After conquest by the British in 1843 Sind had been part of the Bombay Presidency, however on 1936-04-01 Sind Division was separated from the Bombay Presidency and made into a province of British India.

1947-1955

The Partition of India and the departure of the British in 1947 led to the province of Sind becoming part of Pakistan. The province was merged into the province of West Pakistan in 1955 under the One Unit policy announced by Prime Minister Chaudhry Mohammad Ali.

Demographics

By the time of Partition in 1947 Sind had had a Muslim majority for centuries but there were significant minorities of Hindus throughout the province. In 1947 due to communal tensions and the influx of two million Muslim refugees from India many Hindus fled to India[1]

The refugees from India were mostly Urdu speakers, and although the official language of Sind was Sindhi, the military government of Pakistan closed down Sindhi schools in big cities of Sindh and replaced those with Urdu schools.

Government

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