The entire area of Bakhar Fort including the wall and tomb of Hazrat Khatib Sadaruddin Muhammad, Rohri – Sukkur
The ruins of the past are located in an oval shaped island in River Indus between the towns of Sukkur and Rohri. The fort was constructed in 787 A.D. by Shaikh Abu Turab during Arab rule in Sindh. During the reign of Akbar it remained as a regional Headquarters. According to legends the fort got its name Bakhar the down from Syed Muhammad Maki of religious memory who uttered this word on his entry into the town early in the morning some years after its foundation.
The island which is irregular in shape is about 600 m in the north-south directions and about 900 m in east – west directions. The entire area of island falls within the Fort as the fortification wall runs all around the outer periphery of the island touches the Indus water around. The western portion of the fort is inhabited and has backs and parade ground devoid of any monument except for a shrine and ruined mosque but there are indications that this part once contained many building etc. as the whole area is littered with brick-bats, pottery shreds and heaps of earth collected over, collapsed structures.
The fortification wall which used to go round the entire island has disappeared except for a few portions here and there in the southern and north-western side. It is made from burnt brick tiles, though there are many different sizes of bricks which have been used in it probably for repair purpose. A number of bastions of semi-circular and elliptical shape are still standing there. Also along with them can be seen gate-ways of different sizes which are now looked with rubble. The fortification wall is about 5’ thick but at places it reduces to only 2’ and at various places it is only 10’ high.
The Railway line divides this fort into two equal parts. The western part has only two buildings, one modern shrine or tomb and the other a mosque built of burnt bricks in mud. The eastern part, however, only contains foundations of walls, here and there.