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Explore Pakistan | Cities | Jacobabad  جیکب آباد

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Distric Police Head Quarter, DPO, OfficeJacobabad District (Urdu: جیکب آباد) is a district of Sindh, Pakistan. According to the 1998 census it had a population of 1,425,572 of which 24.10% were urban. The city of Jacobabad is the capital of the District.

Jacobabad is located at 2816'37.32?N 6827'05.04?E? / ?28.2770333N 68.4514E? / 28.2770333; 68.4514. The city is crossed by the Pakistan Railways and many main roads of the province. Jacobabad has the reputation of being one of the hottest places in the world from April until September


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Following are the demographic indicators of the district (including Kashmore Dist) as per the 1998 census of Pakistan:


  • Islam  96.30%
  • Hinduism  3.56%
  • Christianity  0.06%
  • Ahmaddiya  0.04%
  • Others  0.04%
    Hindus and Christians are mainly concentrated in the urban areas


  • Sindhi: 94.14%
  • Baluchi: 3.15%
  • Urdu:0.54% (mainly concentrated in the urban areas)
  • Punjabi:0.53%
  • Pashto:0.45%
  • Others:1.19%

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During British rule, as part of British India, the town was the administrative headquarters of the Upper Sind Frontier District of the Bombay Presidency; with a station on the Quetta branch of the North-Western Railway, 37 m. from the junction at Ruk, on the main line. It was famous for consistently having the highest temperature in the Sub-Continent. During the month of June the thermometer ranges between 120 and 131F (49 to 55C). The town was founded on the site of the village of Khangarh in 1847 by General John Jacob, for many years commandant of the Sind Horse, who died here in 1858. It has cantonments for a cavalry regiment, with accommodation for caravans from Central Asia. It is watered by two canals. An annual horse show is held in January. The town was founded near the village of Khangarh in 1847 by Brigadier General John Jacob, for many years Commandant of the Sindh Horse. Jacob who died and was buried there in 1858, and left a marvellous Victoria Tower in his remembrance in the heart of the city.

The commercial airport at Jacobabad, about 300 miles north of Karachi and 300 miles southeast of Kandahar, is located on the border between Sindh and Balochistan provinces. The Shahbaz Air Base is co-located with the commercial airport in Jacobabad. The Shahbaz Air Base was one of three Pakistani air bases used by U.S. and allied forces to support the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign in Afghanistan. Pakistan agreed to an American request for a long-term, logistics and support base presence at the Shahbaz Air Base in Jacobabad following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The US forces, mainly from the United States Air Force, were stationed there from Oct 2001 to Nov 2004. Units active during this period included a Predator UAV squadron, a C-130 airlift squadron, a CSAR detachment, and associated support units.

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Notable People

Farhan Ali Qadri, Most Famous Great Naat Khuan of Pakistan
Muhammad Mian Soomro, Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan since 2003
Elahi Bux Soomro, former Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan
Allah Bux Soomro, former Chief Minister of Sindh
Members of the Cabinet of Pakistan:
Justice(r) Abdul Razzaq Thahim, Federal Minister of Local Government and Rural Development
Sardar Manzoor Khan Panhwar, Provincial Minister 2002-2007
Dr Sohrab Khan Sarki, Provincial Minister 2002-2007
Raja Ghulam Hussain Panhyar, Director Technical Education Sindh 1999-2007
Members of the District Council Jacobabad:
late Haji Imam Bux Kehar, Member District Council Jacobabad

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