Dinga

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Dinga
Coordinates: 32°38′28″N 73°43′27″E / 32.641°N 73.7243°E / 32.641; 73.7243Coordinates: 32°38′28″N 73°43′27″E / 32.641°N 73.7243°E / 32.641; 73.7243
Country  Pakistan
Province Punjab
Elevation 218 m (715 ft)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of towns 1
Number of union councils 2

Dinga is a city of Gujrat District in the Punjab province of Pakistan.[1] It lies between the rivers Jhelum and Chenab. The main highway that runs from Lahore to Rawalpindi is about 25 km northeast of Dinga. Dinga is about 100 km from the border that separates Pakistan and India, the city is famous in Pakistan for meethi saunf (sugar-coated aniseeds).

History[edit]

Dinga is an historical town. In 997 CE, Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, took over the Ghaznavid dynasty empire established by his father, Sultan Sebuktegin. He conquered the Shahis in Kabul in 1005, and followed it by the conquests of Punjab region. The Delhi Sultanate and later Mughal Empire ruled the Punjab region. The Punjab region became predominantly Muslim due to missionary Sufi saints whose dargahs dot the landscape of Punjab region.

After the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Sikh invaded and occupied Gujrat District. The Muslims faced severe restrictions during the Sikh rule. During the period of British rule, Gujrat District increased in population and importance.

The actual name of that town was Deen Gha (hub of Islamic education) but with the interval of time during the British empire its name became Dinga. Many people say that the name of this city called on a Gurjar family, the Dinga family. Nowadays you see Dinga names in other areas like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh provinces. There is evidence that this town was established in the 16th century, by Chaudhary Muqeem Khan. He came from the nearby village of Bhalaisranwala and laid the foundation of a settlement. He started raiding the Dacoits who at the time which were a persistent danger and established both peace and order.

The predominantly Muslim population supported Muslim League and Pakistan Movement. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India while the Muslims refugees from India settled down in the Gujrat District.

Administration[edit]

The city of Dinga is part of Kharian Tehsil (a subdivision of Gujrat District) and is administratively subdivided into two union councils, Dinga-I and Dinga-II.[1]

Transport[edit]

The easiest way to reach Dinga from abroad is to fly in to the airport at Islamabad, and then take a bus or some other means of transport to Dinga. Dinga is about 135 km from Islamabad. It takes 2 hours to reach Dinga from Islamabad by road and 3 hours from Lahore. Dinga is connected to Islamabad by the Grand Trunk Road - the main highway that runs from Rawalpindi to Lahore. At the city of Kharian on the highway, you will take a right turn onto Rasul road towards Dinga. Dinga is about 25 km from this point, which would take about half an hour to reach. The condition of the GT road from Rawalpindi/Islamabad to Kharian is excellent, and the road from Kharian to Dinga is reasonably good for travel. An alternate way to reach Dinga from abroad is to fly in to the airport at Lahore, and then take a train or some other means of transport to Dinga.Lalamusa-Dinga Road via JauraKarnana.Lalamusa-Dinga railway link via Akhtar Karnana.

Dinga is a junction of many important roads. It is itself located on Kharian-Mandi Bahauddin Highway. While many roads take off the city,i.e, Dinga-Gujrat road, Dinga-Phalia road, Dinga-Lalamusa road, Dinga-Kunjah road, Dinga-Mangowal road, Dinga-Mandi Bahauddin road. Dinga railways station is situated on Lalamusa-Khanewal railway line.

Educational institutions[edit]

An old high school named Sardar Hakam Singh High School was replaced by Govt. Higher Secondary School Dinga in 1926 by a wealthy Indian man named Rai Bahadar Sundardas. The new school is situated in the same building with a new infrastructure.

Other schools in Dinga include Govt. Degree College for Boys Dinga, Govt. Degree College for Women Dinga, and Dar-ul-uloom-Jamia-Rizvia Zeya-ul-Quran and Kidsbeacon school Dinga (Abdullah Campus) [1] (an institute for Islamic education).Pakistan high secondary school. The Grammar School Dinga. VEGA school system. SIRAAT E MUSTAQEEM HIGH SCHOOL DINGA(GUJRAT) Gazali School System and The Educators (Mian Ghulam Ghous Campus). Islamic model high school Dinga.

Main markets[edit]

Dinga is a major economic hub for the nearby villages and has a very old Ghala Mandi, providing local farmers a platform to sell their products. The Main Bazaar is the main town shop street of around 200 shops.

Local media[edit]

Local weekly publications include Apna Dehat, Deehat Times, Nai Haiqiq, Times of Dinga, Dinga Post and Muqabil. Monthly publications include Nawa-e-Mashhood, Mata-e-ilam (for children), and Gohar Guzashat.

Nearby villages[edit]

Nearby villages include: Khori Alam, Attowala, Jaura Karnana, Amra Kalan, Bajjarwala, Barnali, Beknawala, Bahoo Gaseet Purr, Sango, Karariwala, Chillianwala, Mojianwala, Bhlaisranwala, Dhakranwali Chak Jani, Buddhuwal, Channan, Dhakarr, Dhandala, Dhandali, Dhuleyan Sharif, Fatah Bandh, Ismaila Shareef, Gakhar, Chanan, Khokhara, Kolian Shah Hussian, Dhandala Sharif, Noor Jamal, Rajo Bhand, Rakdand, Sandanwala, Shekhu Chak, Sikeryali, Sivya, Jhandu and Traduanwala, Mirkhani and bgalasranwala Chakori miani

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