Zhob

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Zhob (Zhobak)
Zhob (Zhobak) is located in Pakistan
Zhob (Zhobak)
Zhob (Zhobak)
Coordinates: 31°12′N 69°16′E / 31.20°N 69.26°E / 31.20; 69.26
Country Pakistan
Province Balochistan
Elevation 1,426 m (4,678 ft)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Zhob (Pashto: ژوب) is a small town and district capital of Zhob District in Balochistan province of Pakistan.[1] Zhob is located on the banks of Zhob River. The city was originally named Appozai after a nearby village. During the colonial era it was named Fort Sandeman. It obtained its current name in 30 July 1976 when the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had the name changed.[2]

History[edit]

A Chinese pilgrim, Xuanzang, who visited the region in 629 AD mentioned Pashtuns living in Zhob. He also pointed out Sardar Shams uddin as the bravest man ever known to him. Sardar Shams Uddin's companion Mohammad Siddiq is also known as (Takra Sarai) of the region.[3] The prime historical importance of Zhob is having been a cradle of the Pashtuns. In the 7th century, Hiuen Tsiang, a Chinese pilgrim has described the Pashtuns as living in Zhob. Early in the 13th century the country came within the sphere of the barbaric Mongol raids organised by Genghis Khan. In 1398 AD, an expedition against the Pashtuns of the area was led by Pir Muhammad, grandson of Amir Timur. Although no authentic information exist about any foreign occupation, many forts, mounds and karezes are attributed to the Mughals. Both Nadir Shah (1736-47 AD) and Ahmed Shah Abdali (1747-73 AD) extended their power through Balochistan and thenceforth Zhob remained under the more or less nominal suzerainty of the Durranis and Barakzais until it came under British protection.

In the middle of the 18th century Ahmed Shah granted a sanad (certificate) to Bekar Nika, fourth in descent from Jogi and the head of the Jogizai family, conferring upon him the title and position of "Badshah or Ruler of Zhob". This family continued to exercise authority over the Kakars until the British were first brought into contact with them.

Until the Zhob Valley expedition of 1884 the area was practically unknown to Europeans, and in 1889 the Zhob Valley and Gomal Pass were taken under the control of the British Government.[4] In December 1889 the town of Zhob, then known as Apozai, was occupied by the British and named Fort Sandeman after Sir Robert Sandeman.

The district of Zhob was formed in 1890, with Fort Sandeman as the capital. The population was 3552, according to the 1901 census of India. The military garrison included a native cavalry and a native infantry regiment. It was also the headquarters of the Zhob Levy Corps. In 1894 a supply of water from the Saliaza valley was established, allowing irrigation and planting of fruits and trees and providing drinking water. It cost a little over a lakh of rupees.

During the colonial era the Political Agent resided in a building known as "the Castle" that lay to the north of the town and 150 feet (46 m) above the surface of the plain. The military lines, bazaar, dispensaries, and school lay below. During this time the railway system was built. The nearest railway station in Baluchistan is Harnai, 168 miles (270 km) distant. Bhakkar, the railway station for Dera Ismail Khan, is 122 miles (196 km) distant. The population numbered 3,552 in 1901.

A local fund was created in 1890; the income during 1903-4 was 18,000 rupees and the expenditure 17,000 rupees. One-third of the net receipts from octroi was paid over to the military authorities. Therw is small sanitarium, about 8,500 feet (2,600 m) above sea-level, about 30 miles (48 km) away at Shinghar on the Sulaiman range, to which resort is made in the summer months.[5]

Zhob is also the location of a Pakistan Army cantonment.

The main tribes of Zhob are Mandokhail, Kakar, Sherani, Nasar, Khosti, Babar, Lawoon, Harifal and Safi. The main political dignities of Zhob are Naqeeb Ullah Mandokhail of PTI, Abdul rahim Mandokhail of PKMAP,Sheikh Jaffer Khan Mandokhail of PML,Maulana shamusdin shaheed of JUI,Saleh Muhammad Khan Mandokhail of ANP,Malak Sheikh Muhammad Yar Khan of ANP and many more.

Climate[edit]

Zhob has a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSh) and its rainfall is just high enough to avoid from the arid climate category found at lower elevations. Unlike most of Balochistan, Zhob does on occasions receive rainfall from the monsoon though this occurs very erratically.

Climate data for Zhob
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 22.8
(73)
26.0
(78.8)
32.0
(89.6)
36.1
(97)
40.0
(104)
42.8
(109)
41.7
(107.1)
40.6
(105.1)
39.6
(103.3)
35.0
(95)
29.2
(84.6)
24.4
(75.9)
42.8
(109)
Average high °C (°F) 12.8
(55)
14.4
(57.9)
20.3
(68.5)
26.7
(80.1)
32.2
(90)
36.8
(98.2)
35.9
(96.6)
35.3
(95.5)
32.9
(91.2)
27.9
(82.2)
21.4
(70.5)
15.6
(60.1)
26.0
(78.8)
Daily mean °C (°F) 6.0
(42.8)
8.1
(46.6)
13.9
(57)
19.9
(67.8)
25.0
(77)
29.8
(85.6)
29.5
(85.1)
28.9
(84)
25.9
(78.6)
19.9
(67.8)
13.6
(56.5)
8.2
(46.8)
19.06
(66.3)
Average low °C (°F) −0.9
(30.4)
1.8
(35.2)
7.4
(45.3)
13.2
(55.8)
17.8
(64)
22.7
(72.9)
23.2
(73.8)
22.5
(72.5)
19.0
(66.2)
11.9
(53.4)
5.8
(42.4)
0.8
(33.4)
12.1
(53.8)
Record low °C (°F) −8.9
(16)
−6.7
(19.9)
−2
(28)
4.0
(39.2)
8.0
(46.4)
15.0
(59)
14.4
(57.9)
11.5
(52.7)
10.0
(50)
3.3
(37.9)
−4.4
(24.1)
−7.7
(18.1)
−8.9
(16)
Precipitation mm (inches) 18.3
(0.72)
26.2
(1.031)
48.1
(1.894)
29.9
(1.177)
14.5
(0.571)
10.5
(0.413)
48.5
(1.909)
58.9
(2.319)
10.5
(0.413)
2.9
(0.114)
3.7
(0.146)
13.0
(0.512)
285
(11.219)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 237.8 218.1 241.1 256.0 323.4 312.7 298.2 300.9 301.0 300.3 275.0 249.6 3,314.1
Source: NOAA (1961-1990)[6]

Transport[edit]

Roads[edit]

Zhob is 333 kilometres (207 mi) from Quetta and 225 kilometres (140 mi) from Dera Ismail Khan. However, the road linking with Dera Ismail Khan is for the most part a track passing through water streams and almost complete road is metalloid[clarification needed]. Quetta to Zhob National highay has been completed recently on the expandeture of 7 Billion rupees by NHA in five years in two shifts(Quetta-Killasaifulah and Killasaifulah-Zhob. Zhob has an important link with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because it connects Balochistan with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and then with Punjab; originally it took 12 hours or more to reach Dera Ismail Khan, but now it is distance of almost 4 hours. On this route there is a heavy traffic of cargo and goods carrying vehicles to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. The route is very convenient for transportation between Punjab and Balochistan. This road is very important for carrying goods from province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the sea port of Karachi.

Railway[edit]

Zhob is linked by rail with the Pakistan Railways network. In 2006, the Pakistan Railways converted the narrow gauge railway track into a broad gauge. The Zhob line splits off the Chaman line north of Quetta at Bostan. A more direct route to the capital via Dera Ismail Khan and Darya Khan is also proposed. The new project will link Quetta with Peshawar via Bostan, Zhob, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu and Kohat.[7]

Air[edit]

The Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan has constructed an airport at Zhob with a 6,390 feet (1,950 m). runway that links Zhob by air with the major cities of Pakistan. A Pakistan International Airlines flight operates from Quetta, linking Zhob with Multan, Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar and Islamabad. The Zhob Airport was used by NATO from 2009 to 2011[clarification needed]. However, it is once again under the control of Civil Aviation. It is a very important airport for Pakistan due to its location in the center of Pakistan. From Zhob Airport to anywhere in Pakistan the travel time is at most 1 hour. While it is not an international airport, it is a national airport, although not used as much as other airports of Pakistan.

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Coordinates: 31°21′N 69°27′E / 31.350°N 69.450°E / 31.350; 69.450