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|District||Rahim Yar Khan|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
The city is a centre for sugarcane and cotton agriculture. It is one of the largest Tehsils of the Rahim Yar Khan District, in terms of its area. The famous Cholistan Desert is mainly located in the Khanpur area. There are many places in Pakistan named Khanpur, but only two of them have the status of Tehsil, and the other one is in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Khanpur is a strong candidate for becoming a District, as it had the status of District in the British Era until 1938.
Language and Demography
According to the census of 1998, the city population was 117,764 with an annual growth rate of 2.6%. The majority of the population is Muslim and speaks Riasti and Majhi dialects of the Punjabi language. As of 2009, the recorded population of Khanpur was 156,152.
Khanpur had the status of district headquarters in British Era till 1938. but later on this status was given to the city of Rahim Yar Khan. Khanpur (Khanpur Katoora) is one of the oldest cities of the Punjab. Its old large market areas and Bazaar are clear evidence of the old saga of this city. Its long adjoining Shahi Road leads to many cities such as Rahim Yar Khan on one side and Liaquat Pur and Bahawalpur on the other side. In the old times Khanpur is famous for its bowl makers. Khanpur is also known as "Sahipur" named before the great scholar Gil Sahi (Late). Chachran (Sharif) is a small town (a Kasba) located in tehsil Khanpur along with Indus River and approximately 35 km away from Khanpur city is the birthplace of Khawaja Ghulam Fareed (The national poet of saraiki). Only Urban Town of Tehsil Khanpur namely Zahir Pir is situated about 22 kilometres (14 mi) from Khanpur city on National Highway (N-5)(KLP Road), having population of more than 50,000.
|Climate data for Khanpur|
|Record high °C (°F)||29.4
|Average high °C (°F)||21.8
|Daily mean °C (°F)||13.1
|Average low °C (°F)||4.4
|Record low °C (°F)||−3.3
|Precipitation mm (inches)||4.4
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||261.3||244.3||269.9||287.1||310.4||283.5||274.9||293.8||289.7||307.2||287.9||260.5||3,370.5|
|Source: NOAA (1961–1990)|
Agriculture is the main livelihood of Khanpur's residents. The major crops grown in the region are cotton, sugarcane, wheat, rice, and vegetables. Although Khanpur was originally a major cotton growing area, it has now shifted towards being a major sugarcane growing region. The Average yield of Sugarcane crop is 748.15 Mnds/Acre (2011–12), which is greater than the average yield of World and Pakistan. Mr. Muhammad Haroon Ashraf is one of the progressive farmer in the area, he done Post-Graduation, MSc (Hons.)Agriculture-Agronomy from University of Agriculture (2012). Vegetables are grown widely in scattered areas, and the number of greenhouses is increasing every year. Among the pioneers was the Al Arabi farm run by Khalid Amin (Arabi), who helped most of the new greenhouse growers with his skills and expertise.
Khanpur has many public and private educational institutions. A campus of university of education Lahore is located here for B(ed) and M(ed) studies. The Government Post Graduate College for Boys and girls provides education in many disciplines. There are three High schools in Khanpur . central public school is only a school who got two first and one second positions in matric.this was a record in khanpur
- Government Model High school
- Government TT high school
- Government colony high school
- Faizan-e-Madinah, Jamiat-u-Madinah, Madrassa tul Madinah
- Iqra Public School
- The Educators (Al-Saade Campus)
- Central Public School
- Jauhar Model School
- Jauhar Trust School
- Jauhar Homoeopathic Medical College
- Jauhar Para Medical College
- Rangers public school,
- Alpine college, Brain college,
- Khanpur College of Technology
- Naqas college and superior college
- Alpine school of sciences * Misali Hira Cadet school, Islamic Model School Ghareeb abad, Shama Model School Ghareeb Abad,
- The Smart School (Zainab Campus)
Al Waheed Educational & Art School Khanpur M. Yousuf Waheed Khanpur 0306-5210901
- Brain college of science Model town
- Muslim Higher Secondary School Model Town Khanpur.
and much more are also present here. The students of Khanpur are studying in different popular Universities and Institutes of Pakistan.
Khanpur is also known as Khanpur Katora; The Urdu word "Katora" is defined as the English word for bowl. This name is used as a common term because Khanpur has a long history of producing clay bowls. The city is also well-known nationwide for its sweets specially for its Peras, Khoya, and Sonahalwah.
Officers club: all Pakistan ranking tournament won by aamer kamal and nadeem qurashi are trained in officers club. This club also won divisional-level trophies.
Sports are widely played in the city and the community of the city thoroughly enjoys sport as an enjoyable alternative in terms of recreation. The city is home to many talented football players of Pakistan and abroad who have achieved high levels and later gone on to represent national first-class teams as well as top state-wide clubs. The city once used to host a large football ground, which was generally maintained by the mayor of the city and the town committee as well as prominent members of the city community. However, the municipality later demolished the ground and constructed a Rahi Football Ground, Government High School, Khanpur, Rahim Yar Khan-64100, much to the dismay of some people and their demands.
Football has become the most popular sports of the city and elder and younger take special interest in it. Several tournaments are held after regular intervals. In hockey, Rasheed Junior, Jan Mohammad and Sana-ullah represented Pakistan National team for many years.
The city is home to many talented cricketers of Pakistan who have achieved high levels and later gone on to represent national first-class teams as well as top state-wide clubs. The city once used to host a large cricket ground, which was generally maintained by the mayor of the city and the town committee as well as prominent members of the city community. However, the municipality later demolished the ground and constructed a central park, much to the dismay of some people and their demands.
The major cricket clubs are in Khanpur Matchless Cricket Club founded in 1977. This club did a lot in regional cricket under the president ship of M Afzal Ch advocate and Ikram-ul-Haq (Gama).
Then from two younger brothers Naveed Akmal, who played U19 at district level, and Tauseef Bukhari, who took the charge of captaincy of Matchless cricket club for a long period. Tauseef Bukhari represented Bahawalpur Division in Wills Cup 1998. Later he moved to Hong Kong and achieved another honour to become team manager of Hong Kong U19 Cricket team in ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 in New Zealand. Mr Shahid Amin, Amer Manzoor Played first class cricket also SM Umar Naqvi (Grandson of Dr. Syed Masood Ahmed Naqvi renowned journalist, social activist and politician) played from Rahim Yar Khan Cricket Association PCB Under-19 tournament 2001. Hockey is also played in Kpr.
Telefilms and dramas
Dramas and Telefilms are very popular in Khan Pur. In past Riaz-ul-Hassan & Faiz-ul-Hassan of Makhan Bela in Khan Pur were very popular Sarieki drama writers. They wrote many Srieki dramas for Pakistan Televisions (PTV). There are many producers, actors and actresses that play a key role in making Sarieki Telefilms and Stage Dramas.
- Saraiki people
- Punjabi people
- Liaquat Pur
- Rahim yar Khan
- Bahawalpur (princely state)
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