Dina, Pakistan

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Dina
City
Dina دِینہ
Skyline of Dina
Dina is located in Pakistan
Dina
Dina
Coordinates: 33°01′42″N 73°36′04″E / 33.02833°N 73.60111°E / 33.02833; 73.60111Coordinates: 33°01′42″N 73°36′04″E / 33.02833°N 73.60111°E / 33.02833; 73.60111
CountryPakistan
ProvincePunjab
DistrictJhelum District
TehsilDina Tehsil
DivisionRawalpindi
RegionIslamabad
FortRohtas Fort
Population
 (2017–18)
 • Total56,886[1]
 • Demonym
Jhelumi
Languages
 • OfficialPunjabi, Urdu
Postal code
49400
Calling code0544

Dina (Urdu: دِینہ‎), is a city in Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan.Dina is a city and capital of Dina Tehsil in Jhelum District, Punjab province of Pakistan.University Of Punjab Jhelum Campus is located In Dina Tehsil Area.3 Miles drive from Dina City. Dina City (Punjabi: ضِلع جِہلم), is in Pothohar Plateau of the Punjab province of Pakistan. Dina is one of the oldest Town of Punjab > According to the 2017 census, the Dina had a population of 56,885 of which 31.48% were urban.[2] Dina has a diverse population of 56,886 (2016).[3] Dina is known for providing a large number of soldiers to the British and later to the Pakistan armed forces due to which it is also known as city of soldiers or land of martyrs and warriors.[4] The district of Jhelum stretches from the river Jhelum almost to the Indus. Salt is quarried at the Mayo mine in the Salt Range. There are two coal-mines in the district from which the North-Western railway obtains parts of its supply. These are the only coal-mines in Punjab province which are in working condition. The chief centre of the salt trade is Pind Dadan Khan. The district is crossed by the main line of the North-Western railway, and also traversed along the south by a branch line. It is located in the north of the Punjab province, Dina city is bordered by Jhelum and Sohawa to its south, Rohtas City to its south west, Garh Mahal to its south and east, Mirpur to its east, Chakwal to its west, Mangla Cantt to its north east, and Domeli to its north.

Location[edit]

Dina is roughly 200 kilometres (120 mi) northwest of Lahore, and around 90 kilometres (60 mi) southeast of Islamabad, at the junction of roads, one leading to the Mangla Dam and Mirpur, and another to Rohtas Fort and Tilla Jogian mountain. The historic Grand Trunk Road passes through the centre of the city.

Economy[edit]

There is limited industrial activity including woodworking, ironworking and marble processing. The main source of income for residents is remittances from relatives working in the UK and the Gulf states. Many residents join the Pakistan Army. There is some small-scale agriculture with wheat and pulses as the main crops.

History[edit]

Dina is the nearest town to the Pothohar Plateau which is rich in archaeological sites of the ancient Soanian culture.[5]

Culture[edit]

The main languages spoken in Dina are Punjabi and Urdu. English is widely understood.

Several poets and famous personalities were born in Dina, including TV presenter Kamran Pirzada, the popular Pakistani poet Zamir Jafri and the Indian poet Gulzar. Gulzar wrote the following lines for his birthplace:

Zikr Jhelum ka, baat ho Dine ki.
Chand Pukhraj ka, raat Pashmine ki

Transport[edit]

Dina is about an hour by car from Islamabad and 2.5 hours from Lahore. It can also be reached by Pakistan Railways.

Education[edit]

Panoramic view of Dina

Notable people[edit]

Boundaries[edit]

city has these towns in its surrounding areas:

West[edit]

Gujarkhan

East[edit]

Jhelum

North[edit]

Mirpur

South[edit]

Rohtas City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jhelum District – Population of Cities, Towns and Villages 2017-2018". Politic. 15 November 2017. pp. 33–35. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Urban Resource Centre". urckarachi.org. Archived from the original on 13 May 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  3. ^ Population of Jhelum District
  4. ^ "BBC NEWS - South Asia - Rise of Pakistan's 'quiet man'". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  5. ^ Shahid, Jamal (22 February 2016). "Three million-year-old fossilised tusks found in Jhelum". Dawn. Retrieved 26 August 2018.