Regional Background, Sukkur

Pakistan has a rich cultural and ethnic background going back to the Indus Valley Civilization, 2800 BC – 1800 BC, a civilization remarkable for its ordered cities, advanced sanitation, straight roads and uniquely structured society. Pakistan has been invaded many times. it has been occupied and settled by many different peoples each of whom have left their imprint on the current inhabitants of the country.

There are many distinct ethnic groups reflecting these many different cultures as well as the influences of surrounding countries.  Pakistan was a part of British India when in 1947, the Pakistan Movement for a state for Muslims, resulted in the independence and creation of the state of Pakistan.  With the adoption of its constitution in 1956, Pakistan became an Islamic republic.

The Sukkur District is a district in the Sindh Province, mostly populated by Muslims that constitute 96% of the total population, of which the Sunni form a clear majority, about (80%). It also has a sizeable population of Shias (16%), Hindus (3.28%) and Christians (0.51%).

Even though Sukkur city is the third largest and most advanced city in the Sukkur district where our Chapter is located, rural people are stricken by great poverty and the education system is deplorable.