Sibi is 163
kms from Quetta. It has great historical importance. It
derives its name from Sewa race. The name of Alexander and the
Muslim conquers like Muhammad Bin Qasim, Mehmood Ghaznavi and
Nasir-ud-Din Kabacha are associated with this place. Mir
Chaker Khan Rind, the legendary Baluch hero, built a massive
fort in the 15th century near Sibi, the remains of which are
found near the town.
During the British rule a residency and Victoria Memorial
Hall known as Jigra Hall were built where annual Jigras were
held until Pakistan came into being. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ail
Jinnah also presided over the annual Darbar at Sibi as first
Governor General of Pakistan. The Jigra Hall is now converted
into a museum. It has a collection of pieces found at the
archaeological sites of Mehrgarh, Nasshero and Pirak.
Neolithic Mehrgarh is a 9000 years old site of settlement in
Karachi district at the foot of Bolan Pass near Sibi.
Supported by Pakistan's Department of Archaeology, French
archaeologists are carrying out extensive excavations, studies
and research have lead to pushing back these settlements to
some 9000 years. Thus the chronology of civilization in
Pakistan established through the study of Moenjodaro and
Harappa has been pushed back by over 4000 years.
Research shows that the people have lived in houses and
were involved in hunting, domestication of animals and farming
cereals like barley and wheat and later cotton too. This
hunting-farming society developed gradually and their pursuits
were creative. During the early period these people used stone
and bone tools. Subsequently they produces and wore ornaments
of beads, sea shells and semi-precious stones like Lapis
lazuli. A museum has been set up at Sibi where a wide range of
rare finds from the site of Mehrgarh are on display.
BALOCHISTAN COAST- LINE:
The Balochistan coast-line extends over 750 kms. For Hub near
Karachi to the Gwadar bye on Pakistan-Iran border. The whole
area is rich with long un spoilt golden sunny beaches and a
variety of sea fish. Because of the importance of this coast
Pasni, Jiwani and Gwadar, the three important coastal towns,
have been linked by air with Karachi and Quetta. Gaddani beach
near Karachi, is an industrial zone based on fisheries.
The coastal tribes are also as colorful as that of central
and upper Balochistan. Their colorful customs, songs and
dances are equally fascinating
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