Panjgur District

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Panjgur
District
Panjgur District
Map of Balochistan with Panjgur District highlighted in maroon
Map of Balochistan with Panjgur District highlighted in maroon
Country Pakistan
Province Balochistan
Headquarters Panjgur
Government
 • Current Member of Provincial Assembly Rehmat Baloch (NP), Haji Islam Baloch (NP)
Area
 • Total 16,891 km2 (6,522 sq mi)
Population (2005-Projection)
 • Total 243,149
 • Density 14.4/km2 (37/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of Tehsils 3

Panjgur (پنجگور) is a district in the west Balochistan province of Pakistan. Panjgur was one of three districts of Makran Division until 1 July 1977, when the district became a part of Makran Division. The other two districts of Mekran Division are Kech (Turbat) and Gwadar.

Panjgur (literally: Five Graves) is home to several archaeological sites, including centuries-old tombs, an old dam called Band-e-Gillar, remnants of a fort at Khudabadan (the historical fort of Nawab Kharan) and some remnants of the old port of Issai. The seasonal Rakshan River flows right in the middle of Panjgur, dividing it into two parts, the northern and southern Panjgur.

The Postal Code of Panjgur is 93000. The telephone code of the area is 0855.

etymology[edit]

the word Panjgur is complexion of Irani Linguastic word "Panj" means "Five" and Gor means "Graves". There are Five popular Graves in this district therefore its called Panjgur or Panjgor.

Administration[edit]

The district is administratively subdivided into three tehsils which contain a total of 16 Union Councils:[1] Paroom, Panjgur and Gichk.

Education[edit]

In Panjgur, there are forty-eight primary schools (40 for girls, 8 for boys), 18 middle schools (3 for girls), 26 High schools (16 for male and 10 for female), a teacher training College ( Government College of Elementary Education Panjgur ), a cadet college, Inter college for Girls, Degree College for girls, a degree college for boys and there are some new private colleges (co-education) also.

Demographics[edit]

The population is about 480,001. Over 99% of people in the area are Muslims. Balochi is the local language. There is no Sardari system in Panjgur. No tribe is considered to be superior than the other. Major tribes are Kenagzai, Mullazai, Kashani, Gishki, Badini, Reki, Balochzai, Nosherwani, Mallokzai, Rodini, Zahrozai, Naqeeb, Sorwani, etc.

Economy[edit]

The primary occupation is agriculture, revolving around dates, fishing and poultry. While being a border city a lot of people have started doing their own business.

Transport[edit]

Panjgur Airport (IATA: PJG, ICAO: OPPG) is a domestic airport. Its short runway stretches only 1524 meters. While PIA has started flights to Sharjah from 2013 but recently it has been suspended by PIA.

Geography[edit]

The towns within the Panjgur District are Chitkan, Issai, Tasp, Kallag, Paroom, Washbood, Gramkan, Sarawan, Khudabadan, Tar-Office, Sarikoran, Bonistan, Hiraap, Sare-kalat and Surdoo. During the British Raj, the British Army used Tar-Office as the headquarters of Makran.

Many small rivers cross Panjgur. The main ones are the Rakshan, Niwan and Gwargo.[citation needed]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 26°40′N 64°15′E / 26.667°N 64.250°E / 26.667; 64.250