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|Lalamusa - لالہ موسیٰ|
It is located 143 kilometres (89 mi) away from Islamabad and 139 kilometres (86 mi) away from Lahore. It is midway city between Lahore and Islamabad on Grand Trunck Road. Postal code of Lalamusa is 50200. The neighboring towns are Gujrat, Kharian and Karnana.
In 997 CE, Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi, took over the Ghaznavid dynasty empire established by his father, Sultan Sebuktegin, In 1005 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 region. The Punjab region became predominantly Muslim due to missionary Sufi saints whose dargahs dot the landscape of Punjab.
After the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Sikh invaded and occupied Mansehra District. The Muslims faced severe restrictions during the Sikh rule. During the period of British rule, Mansehra District increased in population and importance.
The city was named after a person named Musa, (the word Lala means "elder brother"). People of Lalamusa have rich history.Till 1880, Lalamusa was a village only, now called Purana [old]Lalamusa. Other nearby villages were Paswal,Kotla Qasim, Khawas Pur Miana Chack and Budo Kalas Kazian,Kulewal, Gakhri,Miana Chak,ETC,. In 1887,British government of India constructed a beautiful railway junction at a deserted area but this installation played a key role in the development of this region. Several English families settled in railway colony Lalamusa. We can still find an old English graveyard near railway station of Lalamusa.
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 Mansehra District. People of Lalamusa are right to be proud of welcoming the Muslim refugees from Indian side. Hospitality of Lalamusains is excellent. They are now the back bone of Lalamusa.
After independence, villages like Saida Gol, Dhama,Kaira, Verowal, Khawas Pur, Kazian,Budo Kalas and some others became part of Lalamusa City. Dozens of villages and towns are directly linked with Lalamusa. Bhimbher Stream flows in the north of Lalamusa.
Lala Musa was a historical town before independence but now it has become a city of about 300,000 people. People of Lalamusa are known to be very hardworking and intelligent. A lot of people are working overseas and many of them have settled abroad with their families. Kaira family and Sadat family are main political actors of this city. But in elections of 2013 both have lost their position. Chaudry Jaffer Iqbal (Fateh Bhand) and Ashraf Deona have become national and provincial representatives in respective assemblies.
The main railway line of Pakistan Railways passes through Lalamusa, linking Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi. Lalamusa railway station is the junction for Lalamusa-Shorkot branch railway line which passes through Mandi Bahauddin, Malakwal, Sargodha and Jhang. The Lalamusa–Dinga Talhah road passes through Jaura Karnana. The Lahore–Islamabad GT Road also passes through Lalamusa.Lalamusa is directly linked with district Gujrat and Tehsil Kharian.Lalamusa is linked with Azad Jamun and Kashmir by Defence road via Kotla to Bhimber. Another road links lalamusa with Dinga. A couple of years ago, Lalamusa was linked by road of a standard highway from Ganja to Sarghodha road. Bhimber stream is in north of Lalamusa.
Lalamusa has the following educational institutions:
- Government Islamia High School Lalamusa
- Government College For Elementary Teacher
- Government College for Elementary Teachers (women)
- Government I.D Janjua Girls Degree College
- Government Kotla Boys Degree College
- Local Government Training Academy
- New Angelo School
- Government high schools are Model School, Pakistan High School, Ghosia School, M.B Girls High School, Shamim Girls and Sir Syed Girls High School.
- Kinza Higher Secondary School(First English Medium School of Lalamusa)
- LINC School System, SM College of IT, Naved-e-Sehar School, , Kinza School, Allied School, Dar-e-Arkam School, The Educators, Alghazali School, City Public School, Kinza School, The little angels school are some private schools in Lalamusa.
- Montessori Happy Home
- City Degree College (Boys&Girls).
Notable people from Lalamusa
- Alam Lohar
- Arif Lohar
- Mian Muhammad Afzal Hayat
- Qamar Zaman Kaira
- Roshan Ara Begum
- Rohans Mum And Dad
- Ali Raza Ramzan