Kunhar River

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Not to be confused with Kunar River.
Kunhar River in Naran Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
Kunhar River in the Kaghan Valley, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

The Kunhar River (Urdu: دریائے کنہار‎, also known as Nain-Sukh "eye's repose") is 166 kilometres (103 mi) long river, located primarily in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northern Pakistan. It is in the Indus River watershed basin.


The river originates from Lulusar Lake, nearly 48 kilometres (30 mi) upstream from Naran Valley. Waters of Dudipat and Saiful Muluk Lakes feed the river besides glacial waters from Malka Parbat and other high peaks in the valley. The Kunhar river flows through the entire Kaghan valley, Jalkhad, the Naran valley, Kaghan, Balakot, Garhi Habibullah and Dalola.


On 2 June 2014 Naib Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi, Nasrullah Shaji, drowned in Kunhar River Mansehra district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa while attempting to save the life of a student

According to initial reports, the JI leader, who is principal of Karachi’s Usman Public School, brought a group of students for an educational trip to Mansehra’s Balakot town.

Eyewitnesses said students came to visit Kunhar River for a picnic where Sufiyan, a student of 10th grade fell into the river.

“Some students were taking a dip in Kunhar River when Sufiyan fell into deep water. Shaji tried to save him but both of them drowned,” an eyewitness tells.

Rescue teams reached the spot and began search for both.

The Kunhar River's confluence with the Jhelum River is outside Muzaffarabad, in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir province, Pakistan.

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Coordinates: 34°17′N 73°29′E / 34.283°N 73.483°E / 34.283; 73.483