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Badin

Badin District is a district in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The total area of the district is 6,726 square kilometres, according to the 1998 census of Pakistan, it had a population of 1,136,636 of which 16.42% were urban.

Headquartered at the city of Badin the district is situated between 24°-5` to 25°-25` north latitude and 68 21’ to 69 20’ east longitude and is bounded on the north by Hyderabad District on the east by Mirpurkhas and Tharparker districts, on the south the Arabian Sea and Rann of Kutch, which also forms part of the disputed boundary with India, and on the west it is bounded by Thatta and Hyderabad districts.

Administration:

The district is administratively subdivided into the following talukas:

* Badin
* Matli
* Shaheed Fazil Rahu
* Talhar
* Tando Bago

With the introduction of the devolution System the talukas have been sub-divided into the Union Councils numbering 49, Tapas 109 and Dehs 511.

Demographics

The population of the district is mainly Muslim constituting 79.43 percent of the total population, more in urban at 82.17 percent as compared to 78.89 percent in rural areas. However Hindus form an important minority at 19.93 percent in the district with larger concentration at 20.67 percent in rural areas compared to 16.16 percent in urban areas. Presence of other minorities in the district (Christians at 0.25% and Qadianis at 0.24%)as well as in rural and urban areas is quite insignificant.

Sindhi is the major mother tongue in the district which is spoken by 89.82 percent of the total population in the district. It is more predominant in rural areas at 92.20 percent as compared to 77.69 percent in urban areas. The next prominent percentage is of Punjabi speakers at 5.62, more than double in urban areas at 11.30 percent as compared to 4.50 percent in rural areas. Urdu speakers are next with 1.21 percent almost completely concentrated in urban areas at 4.65 percent compared to only 0.53 percent in rural areas. Pashto (0.73 percent), Seraiki (0.59 percent) and Balochi (0.21 percent) are other communities in the district


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