Ormara: The Stunning Port City of Balochistan, Pakistan

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Ormara: The Stunning Port City of Balochistan, Pakistan

Ormara is a port city in the district of Gwadar in Balochistan province. It is situated in the Makran coastal region, 360 kilometers (220 mi) west of Karachi city and 230 kilometers (140 mi) east of Gwadar. This port is also highlighted in Periplus of the Erythraean Sea as Oraea. The population of this city is assumed to be almost 40,000, with majority Baloch – 50 percent are Sunni Muslim, 50 percent are Zikri Muslim.

Ormara is an ancient coastal town. Its historical routes are associated with Alexander the Great, who stayed here with his army for some days on his way back from the Indus region after conquering Sindh province, Punjab and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions in the time period of 400 BC. One of his generals, Ormoz, passed away there, and the current-day city was named after him. For a few centuries, Ormara sustained to be a battle field between the Baloch Sardar (local feudal) and foreign aggressors. Before independence, it was part of the State of Lasbela and afterward it became part of Makran Division.

This city has a significant port and fish harbor. The Jinnah Naval Base of the Pakistan Navy is situated at this place.

After the development of Makran Coastal Highway and the Jinnah Naval Base, several local industries have established here with jobs for locals. This also integrated the area more with the mainstream Pakistani economy and major urban centres permitting for more convenient transport of goods, commerce and people. Most inhabitants make their livelihood from fishing, while a few work in the regions of Middle Eastern countries.

 

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