Bahawalnagar District

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Location of Bahawalnagar District (highlighted in red) within Punjab.
Location of Bahawalnagar District (highlighted in red) within Punjab.
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
Headquarters Bahawalnagar
 • Members of National Assembly Syed Muhammad Asghar Shah (NA-188)
Alam Dad Lalika (NA-189)
Tahir Bashir Cheema (NA-190)
Ijaz-ul-Haq (NA-191)
 • Total 8,878 km2 (3,428 sq mi)
Population (2017)[1]
 • Total 2,981,919
 • Density 340/km2 (870/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+5 (PKT)
No. of Tehsils 5
Tehsils Bahawalnagar
Fort Abbas

Bahawalnagar District (Urdu: ضِلع بہاولنگر‎), is a district of Punjab province in Pakistan. Before the independence of Pakistan, Bahawalnagar was part of Bahawalpur state governed by the Nawab of Bahawalpur. The city of Bahawalnagar is the capital of the district. Its population according to the 2017 census is 2,982,000 people.[2]


Tehsils of Bahawalnagar district

The district of Bahawalnagar is spread over an area of 8,878 square kilometres comprising five tehsils and 118 Union Councils:[3]

Tehsil name No of Unions
Bahawalnagar 31
Chishtian 29
Fort Abbas 16
Haroonabad 22
Minchinabad 20
Total 118

Dahranwala is an upcoming Tehsil


According to the national census of 1998, the predominant first language[4] in the district was Punjabi, spoken by 90% of the population, followed by Urdu at 3 % and Saraiki at 7 %.[5]:42


Nawab Bahawal Khan-1[6] as second nawab of Bahawalpur ascended the throne in 1746 A.D. He was successful to a great extent in organizing and repopulating both his old and new possessions, but his enemies Wadera Muhammad Khan Kehrani, Bahadur Halani and others were envious of his prosperity and bothered him continuously.[citation needed]

Muhammad Mubarik after ruling successfully for years died issueless in 1772 A.D. He was succeeded by nephew Sahibzada Jafar Khan alias Nawab Muhammad Bahawal Khan-II[7] in 1772.

District boundaries[edit]

The boundaries of Bahawalnagar in the east and south touches the Indian territory while Bahawalpur district lies on its west and river Sutlej flows on its northern side. District Bahawalnagar spreads over an area of 8878 square kilometers.[8]

Shrine of Tajuddin Chishti[edit]

Shaikh Khawaja Tajuddin Chishti also known as Taj Sarwar Chishti was a Sufi saint of Chishti Order. He was a grandson Shaikh Farid-ud-din Ganjshakar of Pakpattan and his descendants founded the village of Chishtian around 1265 CE (574 Hijri, Islamic calendar). Many native tribes in Punjab region accepted Islam due to his missionary Daawah. Shaikh Khawaja Tajuddin Chishti faced hostility from tribes that opposed his Muslim missionary Daawah and he was martyred in a battle and was buried in Chishtian. Shrine of Sufi saint Shaikh Khawaja Tajuddin Chishti, located at the city of Chishtian. The dargah of Shaikh Taj-ud-din Chishti is called Roza Taj Sarwar.[9]

Population and literacy rate[edit]

The population of Bahawalnagar, according to the 1998 Census of Pakistan, is 2,061,447.[10]

The sub-campus of Islamia University is located here. Presently this sub campus is offering limited subjects for postgraduate education and graduation while there is only one post-graduation degree college for boys with an area nearly equal to 75 acres, formed in 1945, and one for girls.

See also[edit]


  2. ^
  3. ^ Unions in Bahawalnagar Government of Pakistan Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  4. ^ defined as the language for communication between parents and children
  5. ^ 1998 District Census report of Bahawalnagar. Census publication. 110. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
  6. ^ "CDA". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  8. ^ "Bahawalnagar | Punjab Portal". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Population Archived May 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°00′N 73°15′E / 30.000°N 73.250°E / 30.000; 73.250