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Sukkur is a town in the Pakistani province of Sindh, located on the western bank of the Indus River. It is the 12th most populous city of Pakistan, and the third largest city in Sindh province. The city was founded during British colonial rule at the head-works of the large Sukkur Barrage - used for controlling water flow through vast irrigation works in upper Sindh. Sukkur is located across from the important Hindu pilgrimage centre on Sadh Belo island, and is near the historic town of Rohri - located on the opposite bank of the Indus River.EtymologyThe word Sakhar means "superior" in Sindhi, and the spelling of the city's name in Sindhi suggests this is the origin of the name.HistoryModern Sukkur was built by the British general Sir Charles Napier in the 1840s, directly across from the historic city of Rohri.The chosen site for the city was near the old Fortress of Bhakkar, which was built in the beginning of 16th century by Shah Beg on Bukkur island in the Indus River between Sukkur and Rohri.This fortress was captured by the Pashtun king Sher Shah Suri when the Mughal Emperor Humayun was defeated by him but came again under Mughals in 1574 during Akbar's rule.
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