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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
Tehsils (4)
 • Members of National AssemblyAbdul Majeed Khan (NA-97)
Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla (NA-98)
 • Total8,153 km2 (3,148 sq mi)
 • Total1,650,518
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
LanguagesSaraiki, 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] and has the city of Bhakkar as its headquarters. 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. According to the census held in 2017.


The district is administratively divided into four Tehsils and 64 Union Councils:[5]

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 2017 the total population of the district was 1,650,000. According to the 1998 census, the major first languages[6] are Saraiki (73%), Punjabi (18%) and Urdu (7%).[1]:19

Gender (C 2017)
Males 844,247
Females 806,235
Transgender 36


According to the census held in 2017, the literacy rate of Bhakkar is about 55%. There are 19 different colleges for both men and women, also about 1300 primary, elementary, secondary and higher secondary schools available throughout the district with more work to do for the new government in the upcoming years.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 1998 District Census report of Bhakkar. Census publication. 74. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
  2. ^ "District Wise Census Results – Census 2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  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. ^ "Mother tongue": defined as the language of communication between parents and children and recorded of each individual.

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