|• Total||Approx. 0.5 Million|
Dina (Urdu: دینہ) is a commercial town in the Jhelum District of the province of Punjab, Pakistan. It is about 200 kilometers northwest of Lahore, and around 100 kilometers southeast of Islamabad, at the junction of a roads to the Mangla Dam/Mirpur, Azad Kashmir and Rohtas Fort/Tilla Jogian mountain. The historic Grand Trunk Road / N-5 National Highway / Asian Highway Network passes through the center of the town. A small industry exists in the city including wood, iron and marble industry outside the city. The main source of income of residents of city is remittances from abroad, as a large number of residents are working in UK and Gulf states. The other popular occupation of the residents is Pakistan Army. Agriculture is equally popular hobby of the rest of the residents and villagers which grow wheat and pulses as major crops.
For his birthplace Gulzar penned following lines:
"Zikr Jhelum ka, baat ho Dine ki. Chand Pukhraj ka, raat Pashmine ki"
Dina is the bordering town of the terrain called Pothohar Plateau.There are many archaeological sites in the Dina where the discovery of fossils, tools, coins showed remains of ancient Soanian culture. http://www.dawn.com/news/1241100
The Potohari dialect of Punjabi language is main local language in the city apart from the national language whereas, due to higher literacy and once a tourist destination English is widely understood by the residents of he Dina city.
Dina is hardly an hour drive away from the Islamabad and 2.5 hour drive from Lahore. It can also be reached by Pakistan Railways