The provincial assembly has approved the Sindh Laws Amendment Bill 2012, which calls for the change in spelling – the “H” has now been added to the province’s name. — PPI/File Photo

KARACHI: Following the passage of a new bill approved by the provincial assembly on Tuesday, Sind province will now officially be referred to as “Sindh”.

The provincial assembly has approved the Sindh Laws Amendment Bill 2012, which calls for the change in spelling – the “H” has now been added to the province’s name.

The bill, presented by opposition lawmaker Arif Mustafa Jatoi, is the first private bill to be unanimously approved in the provincial assembly in the past five years.

According to the bill, the spelling for the province will be ammended with the addition of an "H" in all legal acts and ordinances.

“Sindhu” was probably the original name of Sindh, which was also likely the original name for the River Indus. The Greeks changed the name of the River Sindhu to the River Indos when they conquered Sindh in 125 BC under Alexander the Great – hence, the modern name, the River Indus.

A previous version of this news item erroneously reported the new spelling as "Sind". The error is regretted.

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Comments (27)

Owais Mughal
February 12, 2013 12:47 pm
The province was called Sind from the British times. During Zia's era alphabet 'H' was added to make it Sindh, which is how it is pronounced in Sundhi and Urdu. Taking it back to the word 'Sind', in my opinion does not makes sense because this is not how it is pronounced in local languages.
raakshasa
February 12, 2013 10:01 pm
They forgot the Al in Al-Sind
Mian Mithu
February 12, 2013 10:13 pm
Sindhu was the name of the name of the river Indus given by Indo-Aryan speakers. In the Harrapan civilization it had another name which is now lost. Sindhu was the land around the the river. The present day province is only a small part of this land, which really start in what we today call the Northern Areas. Punjab, KP, Kashmir, Sindh and the Eastern parts of Baluchistan are all part of the land of Sindhu. The Persians called it Hindu and all the peoples around the this mighty river were Hindus (not a religion but a number of related civilisations/cultures) mainly of what we today call Northerne India and parts of Pakistan. Al-Sindhi/al-Hindi in arabic is anyone who originated in land of the indus river. The Greeks changed Hindu/Sindhu to Indos, which is the source of the word India, the name given by Westerners to the whole of the Subcontinent from the time of the Greeks. So Sindh, Sind, or Sindhu no differnce all equally acceptable. Even Hind or Indos...perhaps?
Umar
February 12, 2013 7:34 pm
ummm... why is the URL and Title of this webpage (not the article title) saying the opposite. Currently the URL is: http://dawn.com/2013/02/12/same-territory-new-name-sindh-drops-its-h/ and the webpage title says: Same territory, new name: Sindh drops its ‘H’ Way to go Dawn! causing more confusion.
Veer
February 12, 2013 6:14 pm
Hindus were referred as Sindhus who lived across the river banks in 125 BC.
Liberal
February 12, 2013 11:08 am
This is very very wrong. This is an insult to Sindhi who joined Pakistan
umair
February 12, 2013 11:01 am
Well it does not make a difference to drop H in Sindh to make it Sind.....................need of the hour is to make laws to curb lawlessness in Pakistan, particularly in Karachi. I hope our Elected representatives have some time for this.
Macedon
February 12, 2013 1:17 pm
“Sindhu” was probably the original name of Sindh, which was also likely the original name for the River Indus. The Greeks changed the name of the River Sindhu to the River Indos when they conquered Sindh in 125 BC under Alexander the Great – hence, the modern name, the River Indus. It is interesting to note .that history and accuracy do not go hand in hand in this report. Firstly Alexander the Great was not a Greek. The conquered the tribes of what is now known as 'Greece'. Greece is a fiction created by the west to co-opt the great achievements of Alexander who conquered but brought enlightenment and peace. This is why there are so many cities in the sub-Continent, Middle East and North Africa bearing his name. I wonder how cities will be named after Obama or indeed Bush when the west is finally defeated. And by the way Alexander the Great wa long gone by 125BC. Macedon.
Haseeb
February 12, 2013 12:39 pm
RIP 'H' Sind. :)
Soomro
February 12, 2013 1:44 pm
Good. it looks more cool without H sound.
shah
February 12, 2013 1:29 pm
I even suggest to drop 'D', as she has become a 'Sin' of political parties.
G.A.
February 12, 2013 1:02 pm
In a province full of joblessness and hunger, changing names is the highest priority for these geniuses. Lets just call it Sindbad and hope that people's lives improve majically.
Mandeep
February 12, 2013 2:33 pm
why this name change?
shuaib
February 12, 2013 1:53 pm
Wow... Sindh...err...Sind assembly is changing name and outside this Assembly people are being killed.... Good joke by the SIND parlimentarians.
Owais Mughal
February 12, 2013 4:39 pm
The news story has probably changed in the last couple of hours. I thought it earlier said that 'H' was dropped from the name but now it looks like its been corrected with 'H' being added to the name. Refering to my earlier comment above. This is old story then. This 'H' was added long time ago - in mid 1980s - during Zia time and since then all official naming of province had been going on with an 'H' included.
Atif
February 12, 2013 11:57 am
It's all in the names, KP and now Sind. So all those poor villagers of Sind dancing or what?
Mariam
February 12, 2013 3:36 pm
Please correct: It is now infact added with H i.e. "Sindh" (substitued of word Sind)
Muhammad Ahmed Mufti
February 12, 2013 2:23 pm
Finally the Sindh assembly gets some legislation passed. Great job! all the issues faced by Sindh are not Sind's problems :)
Sthaneshwar Mysore
February 12, 2013 11:45 am
The author of this article may want to verify the year that Alexander conquered Sind(h)...it's probably around 330 BC
zeeshansyed
February 13, 2013 1:22 am
Excuse me but are you guys reading the same article as I am? They are ADDING the "H" and not taking it out. Regardless how idiotic that is, but your and comments from some other people are trying to imply that they are removing the "H". Or am I the one missing something here?
Shahryar Shirazi
February 13, 2013 3:12 am
Amazing. What an achievement. Congratulations to the people of Sindh. All issues of the country and the province will be resolved now. Thanks again. What a delightful feeling ... Shahryar
Abeera Ilyas
February 13, 2013 4:29 pm
what's the big deal in a " H"... wud tht effect anythg goin on over there :/... useless at all
Mohsin
February 13, 2013 4:12 am
OK, now that the "H" is gone.......time to lay back relax and let the festivities begin. Wait a minute.....
a.k.lal
February 13, 2013 4:37 am
good, now change the name of your country to its original name
Chandio
February 13, 2013 5:04 am
Jeay Sindh!!!
khanm
February 13, 2013 5:14 am
People are dying every day in our province all we care is to drop or not to drop The BIG H. you can take the politicians to the assembly but you cannot make them think
shakil
February 13, 2013 8:12 am
H is added. there is correction in news. please modify your comments accordingly.
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