Akora Khattak

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Coordinates: 34°0′2.17″N 72°7′18.06″E / 34.0006028°N 72.1216833°E / 34.0006028; 72.1216833 Akora Khattak (Pashto: اکوړه خټکUrdu: اکوڑہ خٹک) is a city along the Grand Trunk Road, in the Nowshera District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Birthplace of Khushal Khan Khattak[edit]

Akora Khattak[1] (اکوڑہ خٹک) is the birthplace and burial place of the poet great pashto poet Khushal Khan Khattak. The Khushal Khan Khattak Memorial Library has been constructed there to commemorate him. Along with museum, where we can find medieval era artifacts. Some of them where used by Khushal khan khattak.

Akora Khattak is named after Malik Akor Khan khattak, the grandfather of the warrior and Pashto poet Khushal Khan Khattak.

Akhund Adyan Baba Seljoki[edit]

Sheikh Akhund Adyan seljoki (1)

Among the historical places of Akora Khattak, Shrine of Great Turki Sufi Master and aalim Hazrat Qutb e Aalam Sheikh Akhund Adyan( شیخ اخوند ادین سلجوقی قطب عالم) is situated near Kabul river. The road in front of the shrine itself traces back to Sher Shah suri regime, the road is called Shahi laar(شاہی لار) or royal road. Starting from civil hospital to military camp. The descendants of Sheik Akhund Adyan Baba Seljuki are living in Ziarat kaka Sahib and called Qazyan or Qazi. Sheikh Akhund Adyan Baba died in 1074 AH. Sheikh was a close friend of Khushal Khan Khattak and teacher of Hazrat Kaka Sahib.Outside the tomb of Akhun Adyan baba the grave of Shahbaz Khan Khattak (father of Khushal Khan Khattak) is lying. Due to his religious sacrifices of that time Mughal government built his fort like area for his shrine.

History[edit]

Sher Shah Suri Period

When the emperor “Sher Shah Suri’s army dug two wells in this place and made it a rest place and named the place Sarai Malik Pura. Caravans came from the Central Asia for trading purpose and stayed at this place.

Mughal Period

In 1581 Mughal emperor ‘Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar’ came to Peshawar to finish the mutiny of his brother ‘Mirza Hakeem’ and stayed there for a few years. During this stay, he met (jarga) with all the tribal chiefs for the betterment of the area. In the meeting the name of Malik Akor Khan often came up. It was reported to the emperor that Malik Akor Khan was a robber and often robbed the troops on the highway. He lived at Neelab (Nizampur) and continually created problems for the Mughal government. The emperor Jalal-ud-din Mohammad Akbar decided to resolve this problem by making Malik Akor Khan a government servant and charged him with the responsibility of collecting tolls from the caravans on the crossing of the Indus at Attock.

Malik Akor Khan came to the Sarai Malik Pura (Akora Khattak) for this purpose and made this area his living place. In time this place was renamed as ‘Sarai Akor Khattak’ which later became “Akora Khattak”. (Greek word: Agora Katika .... Khatak market place)

Sikh Period

In 1820 Sikhs of Panjab conquered Peshawar and other Pathan areas and ruled it up to 1849. In 1826 the Mujahidin-I-Islam (Sayed Ahmad Barelvi) fought a battle against Sikhs at this place. In 1834 Sardar lehna Singh built the fort of Akora Khattak near the river Kabul.

British Period

The British period starts from 29 August 1849. In 1809 the colonial Indian administrator and later Governor Of Bombay, Sir Mount Stewart Elphinstone visited Peshawar.

The cantt. of Akora Khattak was established in 1850 and at 23 March 1851 Lord Dalhousie, Governor-General of India, visited the place.

In 1916 the first police station of Akora Khattak was established.

Historical places at Akora khattak[edit]

Among the Historical places are the following;

  • Shirine Sheikh Akhund Adyan seljuki Baba/Akhuna din Baba ( شیخ اخوند ادین بابا سلجوقی)
  • Rang mahal (رنگ محل ) of Mughal era situated near meera akora
  • Shrine of malik Akora Khan
  • Shrine of Shahbaaz Khan, it is inside the lawn of Shirine Sheikh Akhund Adyan seljuki Baba
  • Ruines of jamia Islamai(registered)
  • Tomb of Khushal Khan Khattak
  • Bawli, situated AAqil abad village, khushal khan shrine Road.
  • Speen jumat of Mughal era.
  • akbar badshah well
  • Aman Fort, Surya Khel
  • ummah academy suria khel

Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania[edit]

Darul Uloom-e-haqqania was founded by Maulana Abdul Haq (father of Maulana Sami Ul Haq) along with his companion Haji Mohammad Yousaf in 1947. It is the second largest Islamic religious seminary in Pakistan.[citation needed] More than 8000 students have been educated there.

Khushal Khan Khattak memorial library[edit]

Khushal Khan Khattak memorial library is located here. Many visitors come from other parts of the country to visit here. Auditorium is also available there for events

Education[edit]

  • Tamir-e-millat high school
  • Govt Khushal Khan Khattak degree college (boys)
  • Govt Khushal Khan Khattak college (girls)
  • Govt Centennial Model high school (boys)
  • Govt high school (boys) Baghbanpura
  • Govt Girls Middle School Baghbanpura
  • Sir Syed public High school
  • Govt high school (girls)
  • Haqqania High School
  • Public collegiate high school
  • The student model high school and College
  • Bright Start English school
  • Jamia Shams Ul Madaris Surya Khel for (boys and girls)
  • Rahman public school
  • The Aryana English Language & Computer Academy
  • Army Public school Akora Khattak
  • National Institute of Technology
  • National Children Academy
  • The Sun Rise public school
  • The Safah public school
  • The Quaid Public School
  • The Suffa Public School
  • The Sarhad Public School Akora Khattak
  • AIMS (Alqalam Islamic Model School)
  • ummah higher secondary school soria khel akora khattak
  • Scientific Learnig tution Academy Akora khattak

Khyber Model College and School Akora Khattak Campus

Health care[edit]

The main health source in Akora Khattak is the govt hospital(CIVIL HOSPITAL).

Dr. Ali Clinic founder Dr. Muhammad Ali is a big name in allopathic practices in akora Khattak now since more than 20 years.

  • LRBT FREE EYE HOSPITAL. [1]

Sports[edit]

The youth of Akora Khattak are very active in every field of sport but unfortunately there are few facilities available for their use. However, cricket, volleyball, bodybuilding are sports played in akora khattak. Gulli danda is also a famous game played among different age groups..

Notable people of Akora Khattak[edit]

See also[edit]

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