Battagram District

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Battagram District
ضلع بټګرام
District & Town
ضلع بٹگرام
Medan region Battagram
Medan region Battagram
Location of Battagram District (highlighted in yellow)
Location of Battagram District (highlighted in yellow)
Coordinates: 34°25′N 73°06′E / 34.41°N 73.1°E / 34.41; 73.1
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Capital Battagram
Established July 1993
Government
 • MNA Qari Muhammad Yousuf (2013-Present)
 • MPA Nawab Zada Wali Muhammad Khan (2013-Present)
 • MPA Shah Hussain Khan (2013-Present)
Area
 • Total 1,301 km2 (502 sq mi)
Elevation 1,038 m (3,406 ft)
Population (2004-2005)
 • Total 361,000
 • Density 236/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC5)
Zip/Postal Code 21040
Area code(s) 0997
Number of Tehsils 2

Battagram (Urdu: ضلع بٹگرام; Pashto: ضلع بټګرام) is a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It has a total land area of 1301 square kilometres. Battagram obtained the status of district in July 1993 when it was upgraded from a Tehsil and separated from Mansehra District.[1] The population counted in the 1998 census was 307,000.[2] The predominant language is Pashto, which according to the census of 1981 was the language of communication within 84% of households, whereas Hindko accounted for 3.6%.[3]

Administration[edit]

The district has geographical borders with the districts of Kohistan to the north, Mansehra to the east and southeast, Torghar to the south and Shangla to the west. The district consists of two sub-divisions or Tehsils, containing 20 in total. Union Councils:[4]

Tehsil No. of Unions Name of Unions
Allai Tehsil 8 Banna, Bateela, HootalBatkulBiari, Jambera, Pashto, Rashang and Sakargah
Batagram Tehsil 12 Ajmera, Banian, Battagram, Batamori, Gijbori, Kuza Banda, Paimal Sharif, Peshora, Rajdhari, Shumlai, Thakot and Trand

The district is represented in the provincial assembly by two MPAs from its constituencies PF-59 (Battagram-1) and PF-60 (Battagram-2).[5]

2005 earthquake[edit]

Battagram was one of the areas affected by the Pakistan earthquake of October 8, 2005 when more than 4,500 people were killed and approximately 35,000 were injured.[6] Many residents of the area were rendered homeless and without shelter. Since October 8, 2005, the NGOs and the governmental organization Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority have been engaged in reconstruction work but as of 2009, the reconstruction work is not completed. In some cases residents have rebuilt houses themselves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ PCO 1998, p. 18.
  2. ^ PCO 1998, p. 73.
  3. ^ PCO 1981, p. 73.
  4. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Battagram – Government of Pakistan, NRB, archived from the original on 9 February 2012, retrieved 19 March 2012 
  5. ^ Constituencies and MPAs – Website of the Provincial Assembly of the NWFP, PANWFP, archived from the original on 28 April 2008, retrieved 19 March 2012 
  6. ^ Educational Institutes in Battagram, Hazara, retrieved 19 March 2012 

Bibliography[edit]

  • 1981 District Census report of Mansehra. District Census Report. 23. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1983. 
  • 1998 District Census report of Batagram. Census publication. 18. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1999. 

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