Map of Chakwal city
|Elevation||498 m (1,634 ft)|
|• Rank||65th, Pakistan|
|Time zone||UTC+5 (PKT)|
|Number of Union councils||5|
Chakwal (Punjabi and Urdu: چکوال) is the capital and main city of Chakwal District, located in Punjab province, Pakistan. It is the 65th largest city of Pakistan. Chakwal is located 90 kilometres south-east of the federal capital, Islamabad and 270 kilometres from the provincial capital, Lahore.
Chakwal is former tehsil of Jhelum District. Chakwal is located in the Dhanni Region of the Potohar in northern Punjab, Pakistan. During the Mutiny of 1857 Chaudharials of Chakwal strengthened the hand of the British Raj by escorting the treasury from Chakwal to Rawalpindi and got the khilats and Jagirs. Chakwal is also known as the land of honor or the land of army people due to a lot of people servicing in army and all defense forces.
Chakwal's landscape features the canyons in Thirchak-Mahal. There are man-made and natural lakes around the city in neighbouring communities.
In addition to being the district headquarters, Chakwal city is also the administrative centre of Chakwal tehsil (a subdivision of the district). The Chakwal District is divided into five Tehsils, namely, Kalar-Kahar, Choa Saidan Shah, Talagang, Lawa and Chakwal itself. The city of Chakwal itself is divided into five Union councils: and Chakwal district is divided into 68 union councils.
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