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Bhakkar District

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Location of Bhakkar District (highlighted in orange) within Punjab.
Location of Bhakkar District
(highlighted in orange) within Punjab.
Coordinates: 31°37′23″N 71°03′45″E / 31.6230°N 71.0626°E / 31.6230; 71.0626Coordinates: 31°37′23″N 71°03′45″E / 31.6230°N 71.0626°E / 31.6230; 71.0626
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
Headquarter Bhakkar
Tehsils (4)
 • Members of National Assembly Abdul Majeed Khan (NA-73)
Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla (NA-74)
 • Total 8,153 km2 (3,148 sq mi)
Population (2017)[2]
 • Total 1,650,518
 • Density 200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+5 (PKT)
Languages Saraiki, Punjabi

Bhakkar District (Urdu: ضِلع بهكّر‎), is a district in the province of Punjab, Pakistan. The district was created out of parts of Mianwali in 1982[3] with Bhakkar city as the headquarter and main city. Its area consists of a riverine tract along the Indus, called Kaccha, and most of the district area lies in the desolate plain of the Thal desert.[4]

It is located in the west of the Punjab province, Bhakkar district is bordered by Layyah to its south, Jhang to its south east, Dera Ismail Khan to its west, Khushab to its north east, and Mianwali to its north.


The district is administratively divided into four Tehsils and 42 Union Councils:[5]

Name of Tehsil No of Unions
Bhakkar Tehsil 17
Darya Khan Tehsil 8
Kaloorkot Tehsil 10
Mankera Tehsil 7
Total 42

Khansar Union Council is one of the major Union Councils in Bhakkar. Mari Shah Sakhira Union Council is very close to Bhakkar District boundary


In 2011 the total population of the district was 1,390,000.[6] According to the 1998 census, the major first languages[7] are Saraiki (73%), Punjabi (18%) and Urdu (7%).[1]:19




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  1. ^ a b 1998 District Census report of Bhakkar. Census publication. 74. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
  3. ^ "Bhakkar – Punjab Portal". Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  4. ^ Bhakkar Tahsil - Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 8, p. 43
  5. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Bhakkar - Government of Pakistan Archived 2012-02-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Bhakkar District at a Glance". Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Mother tongue": defined as the language of communication between parents and children and recorded of each individual.

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