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Wazirabad (Urdu: وزِيرآباد), is an industrial city located in Gujranwala District, Punjab, Pakistan. Wazirabad is situated on the banks of the Chenab River nearly 100 kilometres north of Lahore on the Grand Trunk Road. It is 45 kilometres from Sialkot, 30 kilometres from the district capital - Gujranwala and about 12 kilometres from Gujrat. The city of Wazirabad is the headquarters of Wazirabad Tehsil, an administrative subdivision of the district, the city is itself subdivided into 5 Union Councils. Wazirabad City is located near the south banks of the Chenab River near a village Chanawan where the picturesque Nala Palkhu, a snow stream from the Himalayas joins to this big river.
Wazirabad, literally the city of the Wazir, was first settled in 1542 CE. In 1636 CE Wazir Hakim Illmmudiddin, an amir of Shah Jahan constructed the first ever residential building of Wazirabad namely Musaman Burj on the bank of Palkhu Nala. During the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb another building namely Shesh Mahal at the east of Musaman Burj was built during 1705 CE. After the decline of the Mughal Empire, the Sikhs invaded and occupied Wazirabad. The Muslims faced severe restrictions during the Sikh rule.
The town saw a decline in its population at the beginning of Sikh rule when it was taken over by Charat Singh around 1760 together with other towns in the District. Maharja Ranjit Singh occupied the town in 1809 and Avitabile was appointed as the Nazim of the city. He built an entirely new town, with a straight broad bazar running through it, and side streets at right angles.
During British rule Wazirabad was the headquarters of the old Wazirabad District, broken up in 1851-2, and was the site of a cantonment removed to Sialkot in 1855 on account of the unhealthiness of the place.
The municipality was created in 1867, the population according to the 1901 census was 18,069. The income during the ten years ending 1902-3 averaged Rs. 20,800, and the expenditure Rs. 21,400. In 1903-4 the income was Rs. 20,800, chiefly from octroi; and the expenditure was Rs. 19,200. The town had a considerable trade in timber, which comes down the Chenab from Jammu territory, and in cloth, grain, and sugar. The smiths of Wazirabad had a reputation for the manufacture of small articles of cutlery, and the village of Nizamabad within a mile of the town is famed for its weapons. Wazirabad was an important junction on the North-Western Railway, as the Sialkot-Jammu and Lyallpur lines both branch off of here.
The Chenab river is spanned opposite Wazirabad by the Alexandra railway bridge, one of the finest engineering works of the kind in India, which was opened by Edward VII the King-Emperor when he was Prince of Wales in 1876. An important fair is held at: Dhaunkal, a short distance off. The town possessed two Anglo-vernacular high schools, one maintained by the Church of Scotland Mission, and a Government dispensary.
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 Muslim refugees from India settled in the Wazirabad.
Wazirabad city was divided into 4 Katras namely Ram Katra, Katra Mai, Katra Thatharian, Katra Dewanan beside a Chohatrah. Exactly in the front of the Musaman Burj Main Bazar of the City is located which is absolute wide and is about 2 kilometer long as the same ends in the south of the city at Lahori Darwaza. Beside the Main Bazar there are two more roads which are parallel to Main Bazar namely Circular Road and Collage Road with an outer road travelling beside the railway lines inside the city which starts from Lahori Darwaza and ends at the first ever underpass of Gujrawala Division to contact with the main G. T. Road. The holy tomb of great Sufi saint Hazrat Shaykh-ul-Quran Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Hazarvi is located in village Bahttikei. He was founder of Darul Uloom Jamia Nizamia Ghousia which is the famous religious Madrasa of the Gujranwala Division.
Here in small educational institutions in public and private sectors. Govt schools are Govt Public high School, Govt High School Nizamabad.
Private schools include The Educators Shaheen Junior Model School Musamman Burj, Mumtaz Grammar School, Sir Syed Pilot School. Latif model high school is the first English medium high school for boys and girls.
Muslim Hands International is the only International NGO working in Wazirabad. It has educational and community development projects in Wazirabad where needy and orphans are provided services free of cost. Moulana Zafar Ali Khan Govt Degree College Wazirabad one of the major institute of Govt Sector of this area and the current principle of this college is religious scholar Prof. Dr. Mohammad Asif Hazarvi.
There is also a Women Government Degree College and a government MC Girls high school, Muslim hands technical training center, City Science College Imperial public High School.
Many other new schools and colleges have been opened especially in the private sector. These schools include Arham Educational Heights School, S.Z Elahi model school and Allied schools. The newly opened college is Punjab college which is having the campuses both for the females and males. The newly opened is Jamea tul Madina University Near Hawa Memorial Hosptaial & Faizan e Madina Maddrissa 3 Branches (Dawat e Islami Wazirabad). The newly opened Technical college is Dilawar Institute Of Technology for boys.
- Zafar Ali Khan (journalist in Pakistan Movement)
- Mohammad Abdul Ghafoor Hazarvi (Former President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and Majlis-e-Tahaffuz-e-Khatme Nabuwwat)
- Hamid Nasir Chattha (former speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan)
- S. A. Rahman (5th Chief Justice of Pakistan)
- Jawwad S. Khawaja (Senior Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan)
- Atif Aslam (singer)
- Ata ul Haq Qasmi (columnist)
- Krishan Chander (writer)
- Razia Butt (writer)
- Munnu Bhai (writer)
- Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema (I.G Motorway)
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