Sindh, not Sind

Published: February 12, 2013
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File photo of the Sindh Assembly. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

File photo of the Sindh Assembly. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

KARACHI: The official spelling for the province Sind will now be Sindh.

Radio Pakistan had earlier erroneously reported that the spelling had been changed to Sind.

The provincial assembly approved Sindh Laws Amendment Bill 2012 which adds the letter “H” to the province’s spelling, as substituted by the Constitution (18th Amendment) Act 2010.

The Statement of Objects and Reasons on the bill says:

The 18th Amendment of the Constitution corrected the name of the Province of Sindh from “Sind” as the British Empire spelled it to “Sindh” to reflect more accurately the actual pronunciation of the word by the people of the Province. This Act shall bring all legal documents issued in the Province into conformity with the constitutional Amendment.

In 2010, the name of the province North West Frontier Province (NWFP) was changed to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Correction: A reporting error occurred wherein it was stated that Sindh will be written as Sind. The error is regretted.

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  • Huma
    Feb 12, 2013 - 2:54PM

    semantics, dont we spell it with a “hay” at the end in urdu?…. karachi is burning and this is the best they could come up with?

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  • Ss
    Feb 12, 2013 - 2:54PM

    Arabs spellings weight more than those of ancestors,shame!

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Feb 12, 2013 - 2:55PM

    What a remarkable achievement by “Sind” assembly !!! In all these last 5 years, they have come up with this glorious idea of benefiting common people in Sind.
    People! you know that I am joking? Ain’t I?

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  • true plus
    Feb 12, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Which one is correct, Sind or Sindh?

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  • Maher
    Feb 12, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Wah our assembly wasting time and money on spelling. Hey Ministers do some logical work

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  • Nathan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 2:57PM

    Ah..the purification continues!

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  • Kiran(Indian)
    Feb 12, 2013 - 2:57PM

    Shindudesh was a Hindu desh(country) ruled by Hindu Raja Dahir. The natives present were Hindus and the word Hindu also comes from Sindhu(Indus river).Before it was called as Sindhudesh by the natives later the Arabs called it Al-Sind later it was called by the British in English as Indus.People of Sindh assembly should not try to re-write history. Recommend

  • H. Khan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:00PM

    Now what: again print new stationary.
    Why can these members of Sind Assembly not discuss and solve the problems of law and order, un-employment.
    These MPAs continue to amuse me

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  • Vimal(Indian)
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:01PM

    Please forget you language too and accept Arabic as you have accepted Arabic script instead of Devanagari.Shameful act by the Sindh assembly and its the insult on the native Hindu minorities.Native Hindus in Sindh felt proud due to the name the province.Pakistan a most bigoted fundamentalism intolerant country on earth.

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  • IQ
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:03PM

    Doing such Insulting things to your minorities you want Aman Ki Asha with India.Shame on you Sindh Assembly.

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  • faisal
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:03PM

    Wow! what a big achievement. Dozens of people die every day and all they do is change the province name.

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  • Karachi
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:04PM

    Y U no stop target killing in Karachi?

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  • Munis
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:11PM

    Let there be a standing ovation for this work of greatness !

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  • Rashid
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:13PM

    big deal.. :(

    @IQ
    big deal? NO…

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  • Varun
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:13PM

    Highly disgusting.

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  • Caffeine Dose
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Karachi is burning and look what their priorities are

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  • Amir Nasiruddin
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:21PM

    Jeay Sind… Sadha Jeay

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  • Saeed
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:26PM

    And this takes precedence over other issues? People are getting killed everyday and all these odious representatives can think about is how to spell?

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  • SheeshaDude
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Brilliant !! Bloody brilliant !! What’s next ? Kolachi instead of Karachi ??

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  • Pakistan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:30PM

    What an achievement by Sind Assembly. They should make some policies for current law and order situation in Karachi,make some logical actions other then block mobile phone network or ban on pillion riding. But they are wasting time on such useless issues.

    Shame on you!

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  • Wolf
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:55PM

    Insulting minorities shame on Sindh Assembly.

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  • Zeeshan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:55PM

    I wonder why is everyone so disturbed at this. Sind has always been known to locals as sind, it was only after creation of Pakistan when urdu was made the official language of the country due to which many places lost the names that originally their native used to call them. Another case is Lahore. Its english and punjabi pronunciation is same but when it comes to its official name which unfortunately is in urdu it is pronounced as Laahore.

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  • Zeeshan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:56PM

    @Vimal(Indian):
    Lets not talk about things that we are not even remotely related to or don’t even have basic idea about.Recommend

  • Suman
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:58PM

    Arabanization & Islamization of Sindh,Insult to History, religion,culture,traditions of Hindu minorities.

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  • BlackJack
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:59PM

    Why not al Sind? Just Sind seems neither here nor there, kind of like the rest of Pakistan.

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  • ABC
    Feb 12, 2013 - 4:01PM

    What’s the point of this? Will we also change Urdu and Sindhi spelling? Will Sindhi language now be known as Sindi? Since our MP’s have so much time on their hands debate this issue as well.

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  • H
    Feb 12, 2013 - 4:05PM

    Wow talk about priorities!

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  • Yasir Hasan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 4:06PM

    Yipppppppeeeee… now all our problems are solved.. Hay Jamalo….

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  • waqas
    Feb 12, 2013 - 4:10PM

    Government top achievement, Now they get the time to focus on other issues.
    Democracy Wins.

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  • Gujjar
    Feb 12, 2013 - 4:19PM

    Brilliant… You can’t make this up… Hahaha…

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  • Buddha
    Feb 12, 2013 - 4:28PM

    Sindh assembly has Insulted Sindhi language and Insulted Hindu minorities by adopting Arabic name.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Feb 12, 2013 - 4:30PM

    I still remember that long time back there was a notification came from one of the PPP previous Government of Sind to change the spelling fron ‘Sind’ to “Sindh”.

    Now after so many years the sitting government of PPP again has changed the name from ‘Sindh’ to “Sind”.

    If this is the level of Government of Sindh/Sind, what will happen to Sind in the future.

    The government cannot stop target killings in Karachi and more keen to keep on changing the name of the Province from “Sindh” to ‘Sind’.

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  • Ali
    Feb 12, 2013 - 4:39PM

    IQ of most of the MPAs of Sind Assembly is no more than to duel for change of province and resist for construction of dams

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  • Feb 12, 2013 - 4:45PM

    For all the Indians without any knowledge. Please refrain from passing any negative comments here. SIND was the official name of the province till the early 90’s when ppp ( benazir) government has changed it to SINDH , now they change it back to sind . Do you have any problem with it . Pakistanis has not passed stupid comments when you guys change the name of Bombay to Mumbai or banglore to bangluru.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 4:46PM

    What is financial cost of the change? Looks like a small administrative change however have significant financial implications. For a country like Pakistan which begging in the world to make the budget this is criminal? These are the gimmicks and emotional tactics our politicians use to keep the people busy, while they loot and plunder.

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  • Feb 12, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Why my comment is blocked by express tribune?

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  • shahid
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:03PM

    hahahahaha wow what am important issue the have resolved? Great Legislators!

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  • Lala Gee
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:03PM

    I can tell you even the new spellings of Sindh (Sind) wouldn’t fit well in Sindhi (Sindi) language. Imagine writing “Sind” in Sindhi as a name, and you will feel it like an incomplete name/word.

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  • Pirzado Azhar
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:04PM

    Sindh, Sindhudesh, are the ancient/first names in Sansakrit and in English respectively which stem from sindhu or Indus river historically! later the English invaders called it Indus. Even later
    Arabs who attacked Sindh, called it Al-sind.
    So by removing h, the name becomes closer in semantics to its arabic name which is however disturbing and disrespecting the people who for thousands of years loved sindh and sindhu.
    The attempt is to remove all the signs which lead to history and culture of original Sindh which has remained multi-cultral though with Hindu majority but mostly peaceful, tolerant and progressive.
    As the original name of Karachi was changed from Kolachi to karachi a long ago and the historic graves of fish-farmers were demolished few years before, now it’s the purification of Sindh from its hisotic and cultural heritage to islamisation.

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  • Samo
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:18PM

    The province was a nation before the British annexed it. They named it ‘Sind’ province, & that name was changed to ‘Sindh’ in 1955. The fact that we’ve adopted the Arabic name for it is rather insulting to the native religious minorities. After all, these minorities do deserve more of a say in the affairs of their province than some Muslim migrants.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:20PM

    @true plus:
    Which one is correct, Sind or Sindh?

    Alas, nothing is correct in neither Sind or Sindh!!!

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  • Raj NJ
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:24PM

    Yesterday Mali Tombs, today Sindh to Sind – tomorrow what?

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  • vasan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Farhan : Pl note that in India, names were changed to their original Indian names which were tongue twisters for British. Just to get rid of that legacy, names of Indian cities were changed.
    For your info, “Madras” was changed to “Chennai”. These are not cosmetic spelling changes

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  • DevilHunterX
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:25PM

    @Pirzado Azhar:
    Sindhudesh is a man made nonsense. Have a nice day.

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  • Tanzeel
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:26PM

    Just wondering though – why in the picture on top, sind or sindh a part of India?

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  • Abdullah Choudhry
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:28PM

    @Wolf:
    its SIND

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  • Max
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:30PM

    Bravo! The Sind(h) government has finally delivered after all its hard work of last 5 years. Congratulations to all Sindis.Recommend

  • Sindi
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:31PM

    Hi, I’m a Sindhi and I refuse to be called Cindy.

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  • Jack
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:40PM

    I urge the Sindh assembly to rename Sindh to Sindudesh(original name) given to it by the original inhabitants of Sindh.

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  • John B
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:40PM

    All the English texts of British India refers the region only as Sind. I prefer the spelling “Sindh” as the letters “DH” together brings out the ending hard native sound properly in English.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:43PM

    I want to see an advertisement from Information Ministry claiming achievement and service to Sindi people.

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  • Morons
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:43PM

    So whatever lawlessness we witnessed was in Sindh. Sind is a fresh start!!

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  • Wonder
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:48PM

    Sindhu,India,Indus,Hindu all of these are same it represents Hindustan.

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  • Sindhudesh
    Feb 12, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Don’t insult minority Hindus (original natives of Pakistan)click on the below link to know the truth.
    http://dawn.com/2013/02/12/same-territory-new-name-sindh-drops-its-h/

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  • peace
    Feb 12, 2013 - 6:08PM

    @Tanzeel:
    Once it was part of United India.

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  • raj786
    Feb 12, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Is urdu is dying in pakistan?

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  • Navaid
    Feb 12, 2013 - 6:21PM

    And how will they spell the Mohajir province….Mahajirstan or Mohajirstan or Muhajirstan?

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  • Nisar
    Feb 12, 2013 - 6:22PM

    For your kind information the assembly proceeding have been misreported. The amendment has been made to endorse the 18 Amendment which has officially declared Sindh not Sind.

    SIndh Assembly members following the spirit of 18 Amendment have also made a law to correct the name of the province from Sind to Sindh.

    It is SIndh not Sind, but do not confused the people. The notification was issued soon after promulgating 18 Amendment, but Sindh government has made the law now to endorse it

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  • NN
    Feb 12, 2013 - 6:31PM

    Great initiative by Sind sorry sindh Govt. Wht change it will bring to people of sindh.Punjab is constructing Rapid metro services for Punjab people and here thy r only adding just one alphabate.Recommend

  • Arbab
    Feb 12, 2013 - 6:35PM

    I even suggest to drop ‘D’, as she has become a ‘Sin’ of political parties.

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  • Danish Ghanghro
    Feb 12, 2013 - 6:44PM

    This is another attempt to islamize SINDH and another attempt to uproot the roots of indigenous peoples of SOIL.Condemnable Act.

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  • Saqib
    Feb 12, 2013 - 7:06PM

    HATS OFF TO YOU.

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  • Stranger
    Feb 12, 2013 - 7:17PM

    Pah !!! earthshattering change of heavy importance.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Feb 12, 2013 - 7:23PM

    Shahbaz Sharif made underpasses, hospitals, metro bus. and Qaim ali shah add “H” in the name of province in 5 yrs. ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  • Pirzado Azhar
    Feb 12, 2013 - 8:05PM

    DevilHunterX:
    -desh sounds to you man made nonsene and not -istan?
    Good evening to you as well!

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  • Solangi
    Feb 12, 2013 - 8:09PM

    Sindh in Sindhi and Dravidian languages, which means land of Sindhu river. it is more then 15000 years old word.

    Sind is in Arabic and English, bcoz couldn’t pronounce “dh”

    so Sindh is better.

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  • Solangi
    Feb 12, 2013 - 8:12PM

    @DevilHunterX:
    no dear. “Sapta Sindhudesha” was a kingdom in 700 BCE.
    which means “Sindhu country of 7 rivers”. but now Sindh do not have 7 rivers. so its only Sindhudesh.!

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Feb 12, 2013 - 8:58PM

    @Kiran(Indian):

    Excuse me: correction! The word Hind, Hindi, Hindvi, Indus and India are all variants of Sindh which was a separate country through much of history and gave India its name due to the speech limitations of Greeks. Not the other way around.

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  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Feb 12, 2013 - 9:01PM

    You are simply lost. I pity you all, sat sri akal

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  • Milestogo
    Feb 12, 2013 - 10:20PM

    Lets call it al-bin-Quasim-Stan after its founder.

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  • v
    Feb 12, 2013 - 10:27PM

    Good to see that Pakistan is seriously tackling those issues that matter the most. We must make it our duty to add that ‘H’ at any cost.

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  • Feb 12, 2013 - 11:14PM

    Democracy. And its Irony. Sigh

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  • Arif Jatoi
    Feb 12, 2013 - 11:28PM

    It seems trivial, but the name of the province as used in passing provincial laws must match the wording used in the constitution. Since the spelling was changed by the 18th amendment, it was a legal requirement to ensure uniformity. The other affected provinces have all passed similar legislation. It doesn’t seem like exciting legislation or directly affect the common man, but sometimes legislation such as this is required for legal and constitutional purposes.

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  • sam
    Feb 13, 2013 - 1:32AM

    why has there been a sudden increase in the number of Indian hooligans on tribune don’t they have there own news website which they can spam and cry on. vande mataram

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  • londonistani
    Feb 13, 2013 - 2:01AM

    whilst we enjoy our rides and commutes on metro bus, let the sindhis make progress and achievements by adding H to their name.

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  • Rashid
    Feb 13, 2013 - 2:45AM

    A sensible and honourable move. I always felt a bit uncomfotable with the ‘h’ in Sindh.
    It smelt ‘hindu’. With Sind, I have no such problem. I am now truly free from ‘h….’

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  • Arbab
    Feb 13, 2013 - 9:58AM

    @Rashid
    You are not free yet, you have a letter ‘H’ in your name, change it too

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  • Samo
    Feb 13, 2013 - 11:19PM

    The name has been changed from ‘Sind’, which was the spelling the British gave, to ‘Sindh’. Why exactly are all the Muhajirs bitterly commenting on this as if it applied to them?

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