Toba Tek Singh

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Toba Tek Singh
ٹوبہ ٹیک سنگھ
A Haveli in Toba Tek Singh district
A Haveli in Toba Tek Singh district
Coordinates: 30°58′34″N 72°28′48″E / 30.976°N 72.480°E / 30.976; 72.480Coordinates: 30°58′34″N 72°28′48″E / 30.976°N 72.480°E / 30.976; 72.480
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
 • Total 3,252 km2 (1,256 sq mi)
Elevation 149 m (489 ft)
Population (1998)
 • Total 1,621,593
 • Density 498/km2 (1,290/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of towns 6
Number of Union councils 3

Toba Tek Singh (Punjabi(Shahmukhi)/Urdu: ٹوبہ ٹیک سنگھ‎) is a city and tehsil of Toba Tek Singh District in the Pakistani province of Punjab.


During British rule Toba Tek Singh was a tehsil of Lyallpur District. The population of the town in 1998 was 2549000[1]

Toba Tek Singh originates its name from a Sikh Saint, Tek Singh. Tek Singh helped travelers by providing them shelter and food, regardless of their race or religion. In Punjabi, "Toba" means 'pond of water.'.[2]

Toba Tek Singh has several institutions of higher education, including Agriculture University, Faisalabad Sub Campus, COMSATS University, Govt. College of Commerce, Govt. Postgraduate College and National College of Commerce.


Punjabi is the most spoken language.


It is located at 30°58'0N 72°29'0E.,[3] southwest of Faisalabad, north of Multan, and South West of Dera Ismail Khan.

Energy shortages[edit]

As of June 2012 Pakistan's electricity problems were so severe that violent riots would even take place across Punjab. According to protesters load shedding in Toba Tek Singh was depriving the city of electricity 20 hours a day. The Faisalabad Electric Supply Company is responsible for providing electricity to the city.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

Saadat Hasan Manto, an Urdu Novelist [5] wrote a short story entitled "Toba Tek Singh" which is a satire on the independence; in the story, an inmate in an asylum frets over the question of whether his home town Toba Tek Singh is now in India or Pakistan. It was adapted into a short movie of the same name [6] directed by Afia Nathaniel[7] in 2005.


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