Diamer District

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Diamer District
District
Map of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, showing the districts and tehsil boundaries.
Map of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, showing the districts and tehsil boundaries.
Country Pakistan
Capital Chilas
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Diamer District is one of the nine districts of the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It is the district in which the Karakoram Highway enters that territory from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the capital of the district is Chilas.[1]

Diamer District is bounded by Astore District in the east, by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the southwest (separated by the Babusar Pass or Babusar Top), Neelum District of Azad Kashmir in the south, the Ghizer District in the north and northwest, and the Gilgit District in the north and northeast.[1]

Before the Karakoram Highway was opened in 1978, the only road reaching Gilgit town from the south was a rough track north from Balakot to Babusar Pass (via Kaghan, Naran, Besal, and Gittidas) and further north through Babusar Gah to Chilas. The road up to Besal is now in better condition, but from Besal to Babusar Pass, the road is still a rough track.

The literacy rate in Diamer district is 10 per cent and of females never above 0.02 per cent.[2]

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Coordinates: 35°26′5.78″N 73°56′31.59″E / 35.4349389°N 73.9421083°E / 35.4349389; 73.9421083