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Judicial History of Shikarpur

Shikarpur Sessions court came into being on 1st December 1978. It was curved out of Judicial District Sukkur.It consists upon four Talukas viz. Shikarpur,Garhi Yasin, Khanpur and Lakhi Ghulam Shah. There are One court of District and Sessions Judge, Five Courts of Additional District & Sessions Judges, Two Courts of Sr. Civil Judges/Assistant Sessions Judges, 07 Courts of Civil Judges, Judicial Magistrates and One Family court at Shikarpur, two courts of CJ&JMs at Garhi Yasin, and one Court of CJ & JM at Khanpur and Lakhi.. Click here for View/Download Complete List of District & Sessions Judges

Serving and retired Judges of Higher and lower Judiciary Belonging to District Shikarpur

Sr# Name of Official
01 Honourable Justice (rtd) Ahmed Khan Bargazi
02 Honourable. Justice (rtd) Agha Saifuddin Khan
03 Honourable. Justice (rtd) Agha Munawar Ali Khan
04 Honourable. Justice (rtd) Wahid Bux Brohi
05 Honourable. Justice (rtd) Shah Nawaz Awan
06 Honourable. Justice Agha Rafique Ahmed Khan Ex- Chief Justice Federal Shariah Court.
07 Mr. Nazar Muhammad Shaikh (rtd) District & Sessions Judge
08 Mr. Noman Shaikh (rtd) District & Sessions Judge
09 Mr. Deedar Ahmed Soomro (rtd) District & Sessions Judge
10 Syed Irshad Ali Shah District & Sessions Judge
11 Mr. Hyder Ali Abro District & Sessions Judge
12 Mr. Riaz Ahmed Mughul Judge ATC

Prominent Lawyers of District Shuikarpur

Sr# Name of Official
01 Mr. A.K Brohi Sr.Advocate Supreme court of Pakistan
02 Mr. Ram Jeth Malani former law Minister of India
03 Mr. Shaikh Ayaz (famous poet)
04 Agha Baddaruddin Khan Pathan
05 Mr. Wajid Ali Khan Shaikh
06 Mr. Abdul Qadir Qazi (former chairman Sindh Public service commission)
07 Mr. Lal Mohammad Lal
08 Mr. Muhammad Hassan Ghumro
09 Mr. Yasin Khan .E. Babar
10 Mr. Atta Mohammad Soomro
11 Mr. Haji Ahsanullah Shaikh
12 Mr. Mazhar Ali Siddiqui
13 Mr. Ali Gohar Khan D.Balouch

History of Shikarpur

Shikarpur (Urdu: شكار پور‎) is small city and the capital of Shikarpur District in Sindh province of Pakistan. It is situated about 29 km west of the right bank of the Indus, with a railway station, 37 km north-west of Sukkur. HISTORY: According to a few historians the city of Shikarpur was revived during the Kalhora rule and that was what brought about a turnaround in making it the financial capital of not only South Asia but also of Central Asia. Some people think that the city was founded by Kalhoras' cousins Daudpotas --- and it was named Shikarpur because the TalpurMirs were fond of shikar (hunting). Another school of thought believes Shikarpur was admittedly there before the shikar-loving Talpurs arrived on the scene; for another, Shikarpur has always been a trading centre, and never a hunting lodge. Also, the Muslims named their cities as "Abad" --- and never "Nagar" or "Pur". These experts think that Shikarpur is really Shakaripur --- the "town founded by the vanquisher of the Shakas", the Scythians.[1] Shikarpur, the seat of civilization, culture, trade and commerce acquired political and economic importance because of its strategic location on the map of Sindh, being directly accessible to those who came from Central and West Asia through the Bolan Pass. In the early 17th century this emerald city in the northern Sindh province of Pakistan became the nucleus of a historical trade center on a caravan route through the Bolan Pass into Afghanistan. Shikarpur became the core of manufactures including brass and metal goods, carpets, cotton cloth, and embroidery. Its great bazaar (covered because of the summer heat) is famous throughout Turkistan and southern Asia. Cultural minded Shikarpuris were fond of and knowledgeable about classical music. There was a NatakSabha theatre on the bank of Beggary Canal surrounded by pipal trees where during the days of Holi (seven days) they used to organize 'Hando' of holi. Renowned and famous artistes from Sindh and India like Waman Rao, Patwardhan, Pandit Vyas, Omkarnath, Khan Sahib Mubarak Ali, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, singers like – KajariInayat Bai and Mukhtiar Begum, were invited to sing and the people used to listen to them for days together. They were duly respected and flooded with costly gifts. They were accommodated with due care in the bungalows of Hindu seths. Thakurdas Nagrani, Sessions Judge, Aga Sufi, Maharaj Tejbhandas and others established the first dramatic society - Dharamupkars Amateurs Society. Shikarpur was also forefront in the field of literature. It produced vedantic titans like Saami, one of the three pillars, 'TRIMURTI' - Shah, Sachal and Saami of Sindhi poetry. Saami wrote his slokas in popular idioms for the masses. 4000 such slokas were later found by Prof. Jhamandas, though earlier about 2100 were already published in Sindhi. Shikarpur has produced the greatest modern poet of Sindh, 'Sheikh Ayaz' whose contribution is also as unparalleled as it is unconventional. As regards education, Shikarpuris were marching ahead even in 1930. According to one Survey there were about 70 graduates in the city of Shikarpur in 1930; whereas, in the rest of Sindh there were only 7 graduates then. The first Sindhi college, Satramdas Chella Singh College, was also started in Shikarpur. Dawood Potan built a mud fort around Shikarpur in the ancient days. It had seven gates Lakhi Dar, Hazari Dar, Hathi Dar, Khanpuri Dar, Karan Dar, Wagano Dar and Sevi Dar. It had a deep channel around these gates, which was later filled up by the Britishers and a circular road was built over it. The remnants of the mud fort could be seen till 1940. The city was clean and well paved with bricks and surrounded by greenery. The areas with the names of these gates still exist in Shikarpur. The predominantly Muslim population supported Muslim League and Pakistan Movement. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the minority Hindus migrated to India while the Muslims refugees from India settled down in the Shikarpur District. 'Sindh-warki' Bhaiband: Mr. Pir Muhammad Ali Rashidi, in his book "UheDeenhanUheSheenhan" "(Sindhiاُهي ڏيهَن اُهي شيِهَن)"(Vol. I - pp 239–240) has described the city's historic splendor witnessed by him before the partition of British India. . (Translation by Ramesh Kateja) The first book written for the history of shikarpur named "suhno shaher Shikarpur" and it was written by the famour poet Habibullahbhutto, the father of Habibullah Bhutto was a famous poet named "Moula Bux Miskeen" who had written his all poetry for shikarpur. Shikarpur…..As I recollect from my early childhood memories, was a paradise for fun-loving wealthy people. The people of Shikarpur, their traditions and the way of life were different from people of other parts of Sindh. The grandeur of city was at its zenith. 'Sindh-warki' Bhaibands (A class of Hindu business community) were dominant; they were engaged in trade with far away regions right up to Samarkand and Bukhara. They would bring all the wealth earned overseas to Shikarpur and spent it there. They owned palatial houses. They would not spare anything to decorate the city and would not hesitate to indulge in charities. They had set up a very big hospital in Shikarpur. In their last days in Sindh, they had established the only medical college in northern Sindh, in Shikarpur only. All these charitable institutions were run with their finances. Their living was not an ordinary one; they lived a posh and majestic life. They had palaces in city, gardens on outskirts of city and bungalows therein Evenings were spent in luxury of music and dance; best of the dancers would be invited from Lahore, Bombay and Calcutta. Once in a year they would organize a grand musical feat, where artists from all over India would be invited for competitions where awards and rewards would be showered on them. Motor vehicles were non-existent those days; the rich would travel in Victorias (Big horse driven carriages or buggies), pulled by two mares. Those Victoria saloons and the horses were stunningly beautiful and worth looking at. Riding in those saloons they would pass through Lakhi Daar and reach their garden enclosed bungalows. Liquor (Daroon) would flow, eatables would be made available in abundance, bone-pieces of roasted meat and potato patties would be specially ordered from Hindu chefs of Lakhi Daar. Adequate arrangement of music program would be the order of the evening. Moonlit night, of flowers, light rhythm of drums, soft notes of Sarangi (An indigenous violin) and melodious voice of beautiful damsels would indeed recreate a scene out of paradise! Bhaibands would comfortably stretch themselves in swinging 'Peenghas' or cots; they would bring out gold guineas from the folds of their Dhotis (an worn waist downward by Hindus.) and offer to singing courtesans. Those days there was no paper currency; 'Bald' rupee coins were not generally appreciable. Rich Bhai bands would consider silver 'bald' rupee coins as an inferior currency. ('Bald' coins were called so, because picture embossed on the coins was that of Edward VII, who was bald) The only worthy currency for them was guineas or coins made of pure gold. Shikarpuri Bhai bands are the pioneers of the financial instrument called 'Hundi' or Promissory-Notes as known in banking arena. Famous Places in Shikarpur include: DHAK BAZAAR (COVERED MARKET) Located in the center of the old city, Dhak Bazaar or covered market is a long, narrow street with shops on both sides. It is covered with woodwork of pure teak. This served as a cool shade during the hot summers. Shikarpur along with other contemporary cities like Bukhara, Samarkand, and Istanbul at that time had a covered street market. SHAHI BAGH (ROYAL GARDENS) Shahi Bagh, literally translated to be royal gardens was built in 1871. These were the biggest and most beautiful gardens with thousands of varieties of flowers found in them. There was also a zoo present here which has a large population of lions, cheetahs, bears and wild boars. These animals were later shifted to Karachi Zoo. The garden also had a wooden pavilion that was designed by Perston Phel and constructed by Sir W. Merewether. THE 7 GATES OF SHIKARPUR The 7 gates of Shikarpur (Lakhi Dar, Hazari Dar, Hathi Dar, Khanpuri Dar, Karan Dar, Wagano Dar and Sevi Dar) signify and are a remembrance of the mud fort that was built here by the Daudpotas. District Shikarpur, with an area of 2640 square kilometers, has a population of 880,000. It is divided in four "talukas": Shikarpur, Lakhi, GarhiYasin and Khanpur. Its borders meet with districts of Larkana, Jacobabad and Khairpur & Sukkur. Two National Highways (N-65 & N-55) intersect in the city of Shikarpur, so it can well be termed as one of the junction points of the four provinces. District Shikarpur was once famous for education and other civic amenities throughout undivided India until the first half of the 20th Century. Rai Bahadur Udhau das Tara chand Hospital, Hiranand Gangabai Ladies Hospital, Chellaram & Seetaldas College, Two old High Schools now known as school No:1& 2 and Girls College here, are some dignified and marvelous towers, showing outstanding standards of Shikarpurians during that era. For security the city was then protected by seven gates & one window. Now, infrastructure being old, Shikarpur is experiencing a lot of problems. Heavy inflow of rural populace has further burdened this old system, needing immediate overhauling. District Shikarpur has a total road length of 920.0 kilometers, including 125.0 kilometers of National Highways and 195.0 kilometers of Provincial Highways. It is, thus, deficient in road density (0.35 km/Km2) compared with recognized international parameters of development (1 km/Km2). During the last few years, creeping development activity has taken pace and 71.0 kilometers of road, 94 schools and a number of schemes in drainage, health and other sectors have been completed, under various Programs. Basically, agrarian economy of district Shikarpur is dependent upon non-perennial irrigation system, so the district is always in semi-drought conditions. The last spell of drought is particularly notable as it created heavy unemployment and unsustainable poverty, which without doubt created serious law & order situations. SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shikarpur,_Pakistan

Welcome to Sessions Court, Shikarpur
Welcome to Sessions Court, Shikarpur