Dera Ghazi Khan District
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|Dera Ghazi Khan District
ضِلع ڈيره غازى خان
Location of Dera Ghazi Khan District
(highlighted in orange) within Punjab.
|Headquarters||Dera Ghazi Khan|
|• District Coordination Officer||Iftikhar Ali Sahu|
|• District Police Officer||Ch.Muhammad Saleem|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
|Number of Tehsils||2|
Dera Ghazi Khan (Punjabi, Urdu: ضِلع ڈيره غازى خان), is a district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Its capital is Dera Ghazi Khan city. The district covers an area of 5,306 m² and it is a long narrow strip of country, 198 km. in length, sloping gradually from the hills which form its western boundary to the river Indus on the east.
|Tehsil||No. of Unions|
|Dera Ghazi Khan||41|
The city was founded at the close of the 15th century and named after Nawab Ghazi Khan Mirani, son of Nawab Haji Khan Mirani, a Balochi chieftain, who had declared independence from the Langah Dynasty's Sultans of Multan. Together with two other Deras i.e. settlements, Dera Ismail Khan and Dera Fateh Khan, it gave its name to Derajat. Derajat eventually came into the possession of the British after the Sikh War in 1849 and was divided into two districts: Dera Ghazi Khan and Dera Ismail Khan. After the independence, many of the city's Hindu residents settled in Derawal Nagar colony of Delhi, India. The district of Rajanpur was later carved out of the Dera Ghazi Khan district. Some of them also settled in various part of India, including Bhiwani, Delhi, Jhansi, Ranchi, Ambala and Haridwar.
Dera Ghazi Khan was founded in the 15th century by Amar, a Tribal Sardar of Mirani tribe. The old city of Dera Ghazi Khan was situated at the distance of 10 miles (16 km) towards east of the present city. In 1908, the old city of Dera Ghazi Khan was abolished due to heavy flood in the river Indus. Resultantly the existing city of Dera Ghazi Khan was came into being in the year 1910. The city is divided into different blocks. The British ruler established colonial system in the continent and declared Dera Ghazi Khan as district in the year 1849. General Court Land was appointed as first Deputy Commissioner of this District. Keeping in view the rapidly increasing population of the area and deteriorating law and order situation district Dera Ghazi Khan was divided in two districts i.e. Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur. Presently there are two revenue sub division of the District. A tribal belt/political area spread along with western side of the District. Mirani has been extinct three centuries ago.
Based on the surveys of 2004–2005, Dera Ghazi Khan district is considered one of the twenty most poorest districts of Pakistan with about 51% of its population living under the poverty line.
||Musakhel District (Balochistan), North Waziristan (FATA)||Dera Ismail Khan District (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)||Layyah District (Punjab)|
|Barkhan District (Balochistan)||Muzaffargarh District (Punjab)|
|Dera Bugti District (Balochistan)||Kashmore District (Sindh)||Rajanpur District (Punjab)|
Dera Ghazi Khan Tehsil
As well as being district capital, Dera Ghazi Khan is also the capital of Dera Ghazi Khan Tehsil, an administrative subdivision of the district. The city of Dera Ghazi Khan is itself administratively subdivided into seven Union Councils.
- Dera Ghazi Khan District – Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 11, p. 248
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- Tehsils & Unions in the District of D.G. Khan Archived February 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Colonies, posh and model in name only!". NCR Tribune. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
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