Awaran District

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Awaran
آواران
District
Map of Pakistani districts with Awaran district highlighted in maroon
Map of Pakistani districts with Awaran district highlighted in maroon
Country Pakistan
Province Balochistan
Notified 11 November 1992[1]
Headquarters Awaran
Government
 • Members of National Assembly Jam Kamal Khan (NA-270)
Area
 • Total 21,630 km2 (8,350 sq mi)
Population (1998 Census)
 • Total 118,173[2]
 • Density 5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zone PKT (UTC+5)
Number of Tehsils 3
Tehsils Awaran
Jhal Jhao
Mashkai
Website www.bdd.sdnpk.org/awaran.htm

Awaran District (Urdu: ضِلع آواران‎), is a district in the south of the Balochistan province of Pakistan. It was created as a separate district in November 1992; but previously it was a sub-division of Khuzdar District.[3] The old name of Awaran was Kolwa. It is considered the poorest district in the province.[4]

It is located in the south of the Balochistan province, Awaran district is bordered by Gwadar to its south and south west, Lasbela to its east and south, Kech and Panjgur to its west, Khuzdar to its north east and Kharan to its north.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The district is administratively subdivided into the following three tehsils,[5] which are sub-divided into eight union councils:[6]

Demographics[edit]

The population of the district was as follows:

  • 1981 census: 110,353[2]
  • 1998 census: 118,173[2]
  • 2007 estimate: over 480,000[7]

Over 98% of the people of the area are Muslims[7] with a small Zikri minority. The major tribes are the Bizenjo, Muhammad Hassani, Sajdi, Siapad, Mirwani, Rakhshani, Musiani, Sumalani and Mengal.[8] The predominant language is Balochi which accounted for 99.7% of the population in the 1998 census.[9] The previous census of 1981 reported that 8% of the households in the then subdivision of Awaran had Brahui as a first language.[10]

Agriculture[edit]

Awaran is known as oasis of dates. Annual production of dates is approx 15,000 ton. Beside dates, onion is grown on large scale; estimated annual production is 53,000 tons. Wheat and [barley]] are the other major Rabi crop. Kharif crops are fruits and pulses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Awaran Archived 31 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. UN profile. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Awaran District Archived 12 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Population Census Organisation, Government of Pakistan. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  3. ^ 1998 Census report, p. 1.
  4. ^ Awaran District Balochistan Flood Assessment pg 6. July 2007 Archived 11 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. PDI,Khuzdar. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d Awaran District Archived 1 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Government of Balochistan. Retrieved 24 July 2012
  6. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Awaran - Government of Pakistan
  7. ^ a b Awaran District Balochistan Flood Assessment pg 4. July 2007 Archived 11 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. PDI,Khuzdar. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  8. ^ 1998 Census report, p. 5.
  9. ^ 1998 Census report, p. 16.
  10. ^ 1981 Census report, p. 84.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 1981 District census report of Khuzdar. Census publication. 12. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1983. 
  • 1998 District census report of Awaran. Census publication. 89. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 26°10′N 65°30′E / 26.167°N 65.500°E / 26.167; 65.500