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Kunri (Urdu: كُنرى), (Sindhi: ڪنري) is a tehsil and a town located in the Umarkot District, Sindh province in southern Pakistan. It is located about 270 kilometres (170 mi) east of Karachi. It is the red chili capital of Asia. Kunri's red chili is important to domestic and international markets.
It has a population of 218,493 (according to 2017 Census of Pakistan) that speaks many languages.
The population is composed mainly of Muslims.Local dervishes (waliullahs[what language is this?] or walis) are prominent.
Small numbers of Christian, Ahmadis and Hindus (typically descendants of people who decided not to move to India during the independence of Pakistan) because of Kunri's Sufi and tolerant culture. Kunri has a population of Arain tribesmen from Punjab and the Sindhi Arain. Bhatti, Marwari, Pakhtuns, Baloch and other communities also live there.
Kunri's economy is mostly based on agriculture. The region produces red chilies (approximately 88,000 acres around the Kunri area), cotton, sunflower, sugar cane, and Sindhri mangoes. The most popular crop is the red chili, which sustains the town. Kunri is the biggest red chili market in Pakistan. Cooking oil plants are located in Kunri, most of which provide employment only to needy people. The manufacture Sindhi embroidery such as Hurmacho (interlacing stitch), mirror work and applique quilts called rillies.[what language is this?] Balochi Kharek embroidery is added to dresses made by locals.
Culture is not caste-based. Talking back or replying to a bad comment is considered bad manners in Sindhi culture.
Bibi Mithi Cemetery is a burial area, named after the prominent dervish matriarch of the local Hashmani Kazmi clan of Syeds. She had a black tongue tip, and could not lie. Her shrine is located in this graveyard. The other shrine is that of Shah Bilawal a few miles away.
Transport consists mostly of private cars, rickshaws, three-wheeled motorcycles and bicycles. Buses enable locals to travel to Karachi. Public transportation is limited. The only road joining Kunri to Mirpurkhas is in bad condition and requires constant repair.
A railway station is present.
Kunri is relatively cold in winter, around 3-12 Celsius. In summer the temperature reaches 46 Celsius, and dust storms are frequent. Average rainfall is about 100 millimeters. It rains heavily in the Monsoon season, sometimes inundating the lands and the unprotected chili crop as well as other cash crops.