Nowshera District

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Nowshera District
District
Nowkhaar/Nowshaar
Location of Nowshera District (highlighted in yellow) within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan
Location of Nowshera District (highlighted in yellow) within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
Capital Nowshera
Area
 • Total 1,748 km2 (675 sq mi)
Population (1998)
 • Total 874,373
 • Density 500/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Nowshera (Pashto: نوشار/نوشہرہ) is a district in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, its Capital is Nowshera.

The district was a part of Afghanistan as Nowkhaar Province till it was annexed into British India via the Durand Line Agreement.

The district was also part of the Peshawar Division until the reforms of The Government of Pakistan.

Area[edit]

Map of Nowshera district

1,748 km² total area. The population density is 608 persons per square kilometre. Total agricultural area is 52,540 hectors. The main source of income of the region is agriculture. Until 1988 Nowsehra was a tehsil (sub division) of Peshawar; in 1988 it became a district.

It is bordered by Peshawar District to the West, Mardan District to the North, Charsadda District to the North West, Swabi District to the North East, Kohat District to the South, Orakzai Agency to the South West & Attock District to the East.

Languages and demography[edit]

Languages of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.jpg

Historically locals use to speak Hindko (a Punjabi Language dialect) which is spoken in areas of Nowshera Kalan, Akora Khattak, Shaidu, Jehangira and several other villages situated along the Grand Trunk Road. After demographic changes in recent decades due to arrival of Pashtuns, Pashto is the official language of the district. Urdu being the National language of Pakistan is also spoken and understood.

According to the 1998 census of Pakistan the population was 87, a population density of 500.2 persons per km². The annual growth rate was 2.9% and the proportion of urban dwellers was 26%. The literacy rate was 89%.

Religion[edit]

  • Islam is followed by 99% of the population.
  • Christianity is followed by 0.5% of the population.
  • Ahmadiyya is followed by 0.3% of the population.
  • Hinduism is followed by 0.1% of the population.

Cities and towns[edit]

Villages[edit]

Tribes[edit]

Grand trunk road[edit]

The world famous Grand Trunk Road runs through the district.

Rivers[edit]

These rivers flow through Nowshera District

Parks[edit]

  • Kund Park
  • Mangloot Wildlife Park
  • Aza Khel Park
  • Jinnah Park

Trains and railways[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Famous buildings[edit]

Hospitals/medical facilities[edit]

There are many other Government Health Care Facilities, Rural Health Care Centres, Basic Health Units & Civil Dispensaries all over the district.

Highways and motorways[edit]

Shrines[edit]

Kaka Sahib the most well respected saint of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa hails from Nowshera. His real name was Syed Kasteer Gul also known as Sheikh Rehamkar. He was descendant of Imam Jafar as Sadiq and his forefathers settled in this area some four generations ago. His descendants are known as Kakakhels. The family is highly revered in the Pastun tribes and are respected even in the wildest tribal clans. They are big landlords and have an impressive presence in politics, military and civil bureaucracy.

Sheikh Bahadur Baba shrine is in kanakhel and is visited daily by hundreds of devotees. He was father of Kaka Sahib and a very pious saint of his time.

Wars and battles[edit]

Cantonments[edit]

These cantonments were created by the British Raj during British rule. There are three cantonments in Nowshera District:

Union councils[edit]

Nowshera District is divided into 47 Union Councils.

The councils are:

The largest by area is Nizampur & the smallest by area is Pabbi.

Provincial and National Assembly Seats[edit]

The district has 5 Provincial Seats in The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

They are:

  • PK-12
  • PK-13
  • PK-14
  • PK-15
  • PK-16

The district has 2 National Assembly Seats in The National Assembly of Pakistan.

They are:

  • NA-05
  • NA-06

The District is currently represented by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf who won all 7 Seats in the recent elections.

Military installations in Nowshera District[edit]

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 33°56′N 71°59′E / 33.933°N 71.983°E / 33.933; 71.983