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