Ghotki (Urdu: گھوٹکی; Sindhi: گهوٽڪي) is a city in northern Sindh, Pakistan, and the headquarter of Ghotki District. Its population as of 2020 is 110,000.[1] Ghotki is famous for its date palms.[2]

  • گھوٹکی
  • گهوٽڪي
Ghotki Park
Ghotki Park
Ghotki is located in Sindh
Ghotki is located in Pakistan
Coordinates: 28°06′N 69°11′E / 28.1°N 69.19°E / 28.1; 69.19Coordinates: 28°06′N 69°11′E / 28.1°N 69.19°E / 28.1; 69.19
Country Pakistan
72 m (236 ft)
 • Total111,321
 • Rank87th, Pakistan
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)

According to Mirza Kalich Beg, Ghotki was found by Pir Mohsin Shah during 1447 and had also constructed a glorious mosque. He has written that the previous name of Ghotki was loha sahiban.[citation needed]

Law and order situationEdit

The district of Ghotki is facing a serious law and order issue with numerous incidents of daily kidnappings, murders, and robberies. The challenging aspect of the problem is that these incidents are occurring in remote "Kacha areas" (Riverine areas) with difficult-to-access routes.[3][4]

The cabinet approved the proposal for the procurement of military-grade weapons and surveillance systems worth Rs2.79 billion to combat kidnapping and attacks on police forces in the riverine areas of Ghotki, Shikarpur, and Sukkur districts.The Home department was directed to seek an NOC from the Ministry of Interior for the purchase.[5][6]The Sindh police planned to procure drone technology to use the unmanned aerial vehicles not only for surveillance but also for targeting bandits in riverine areas of the province.

Outlaws found safe havens in the difficult terrain of four hard-to-reach districts - Ghotki, Sukkur, Shikarpur, and Kashmore. Drones were previously used by the army during Zarb-i-Azab, but now law enforcement agencies use them extensively in counter-terrorism and to combat urban terrorism. This marks a major shift in operational techniques used by law enforcement agencies, including the Counter-Terrorism Department.[7]

Gas reservesEdit

OGDCL has discovered gas from Umair South East-1 well in Guddu Block, Sindh. The well tested 1.063 MMSCFD of gas from Pirkoh Formation during drilling in May 2022.[8] The discovery of 1.063 MMSCFD of gas from Pirkoh Formation was a result of the Guddu Joint Venture Partners' exploration strategy. OGDCL operates the Guddu Block with 70% stake. About 1050 meters of drilling estimated 5.1 million square feet of gas, which would help overcome gas shortage in Sindh province.[9]

Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) has begun supplying gas from the Tipu compartment of the Goru-B reservoir, located in Sindh province's Ghotki district. Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) will initially receive 20 mmscfd of pipeline quality gas after processing at MPCL's Sachal Gas Processing Complex (SGPC), with an additional 90 mmscfd planned for supply later in the year.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "PAKISTAN: Provinces and Major Cities". PAKISTAN: Provinces and Major Cities. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Dynamics of date farming in Khairpur - Newspaper - DAWN.COM".
  3. ^ "'Operation clean-up' in kutcha areas on cards". The Express Tribune. 2023-03-10. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  4. ^ Ali, Imtiaz (2022-12-27). "Sindh police to add eyes in the sky to combat outlaws in riverine areas". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  5. ^ Desk, Web (2023-01-07). "Sindh police seek billions for operation against dacoits in Katcha areas". ARY NEWS. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  6. ^ "Sindh govt vows to wipe out dacoit culture". The Express Tribune. 2022-11-28. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  7. ^ "Law and order situation in Ghotki". Daily Times. 2020-07-23. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  8. ^ Report, Staff (2022-06-15). "OGDCL discovers gas reserves in Ghotki, Sindh". Profit by Pakistan Today. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  9. ^ "Maari Petroleum Explores New Gas Reserves In Ghotki". UrduPoint. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  10. ^ Report, Staff (2022-03-28). "MPCL starts gas supply from Goru-B reservoir at Ghotki". Profit by Pakistan Today. Retrieved 2023-03-15.