Sethi Town (Haji Camp)
|Sethi Town , Haji Camp
|Population (1998 Census)|
|• Total||34,000 (3% growth rate)|
Sethi Town is the first Union Council of Pakistan because it is represented in the legislative assembly as UC1,PK1,NA1. The township is located at the east of Peshawar city, exactly at its entrance. At its South-East, the three main routes GT Road, Ring Road, Peshawar and Motorways of Pakistan join. This rendre the township as strategically important area.
Ethnic groups and cultural diversity
Ethnic groups in SethiTown (Haji Camp) includes Pakhtuns, Hindkowans& Afghan refugees specially Hazaras & Tajiks. More than 99% of the population of Sethi Town is Muslim. This endows the township with a substantial cultural diversity. In a single street, it is often to find people speaking Urdu, Pashto, Hindko and Farsi.
This township was mainly developed in early 90s after the settlement of Afghan refugees in this area. This also resulted in an increase of the rent in the region. Howevere, most of the residents of this township are now Pakistanis.
Several distinguished professional resides in the township e.g., at least four faculty members working at University of Agriculture, Peshawar.
As for cultural diversity, the area has a large diversity for the political support, mainly for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and ANP with limited support JUI-F. However, currently majority of the young and most of elders are strong supporters of the PTI. Several senior PTI leaders has visited the area.
Hand-made Carpet Industry
During 90s, most of the Afghan refugees settled in the area were the craftspeople weaving the handmade carpet. This became a major livelihood for these refugees in Sethi Town. However, the current law and order situation has adversely affected the industry. This industry is also reduced due to returning of Afghan refugees from Peshawar.
- Hussain Chawk - Ghalib Street - Pakistan International Public School - Nasim Masjid (main mosque of the township) - Khan Colony
- Mughal, Owais. "Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway M1 is now Open for Traffic".
- Ali, Hassan. "Real estate woes: No shelter from rising property prices in Peshawar".
- PTI. "PTI Peshawar Jalsa at Sethi Town (14-Oct-2011)". PTI website.
- Central Asia Online. "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa militancy hurts carpet industry". CAO.
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