Fort Abbas

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Fort Abbas
Pholra Fort
Tehsil
Fort Abbas is located in Pakistan
Fort Abbas
Fort Abbas
Location in Pakistan
Coordinates: 29°11′33″N 72°51′13″E / 29.19250°N 72.85361°E / 29.19250; 72.85361
Country Pakistan
Region Punjab
District Bahawalnagar District
Towns 1
Union councils 16
Renamed 1927
Government
 • MNA Ijaz ul Haq
 • MPA Muhammad Naeem Anwar
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC+6)

Fort Abbas (Urdu: فورٹ عبّاس‎), (Punjabi: فورٹ عباس), formerly Pholra, is a town and a tehsil in Bahawalnagar District in the Cholistan Desert of Punjab, Pakistan. It is situated south of Haroonabad, near Faqirwali, on the border of Pakistan and India.

History[edit]

Fort Abbas is a historical city and has strategic importance during the Nawab of Bahawalpur's rule. It was known as Pholra until it was renamed in 1927 by Nawab Sir Sadiq, who named it on his eldest son, Muhammad Abbas.

Geography[edit]

Fort Abbas is a Tehsil of Bahawalnagar District, in southern Punjab, Pakistan. It is famous for its desert Chulistan. The city is surrounded by forests, deserts and agricultural land. The land of Fort Abbas is highly fertile, but there is a shortage of water, causing much of the fertile land to be left uncultivated. Hackra Canal is the main source to provide most of the water to the area. The major crops are wheat, cotton and sugar cane.

Demographics[edit]

The language of this city is Punjabi, In city areas some people speak Urdu. Saraiki is also spoken in desert areas. The tribes that are in majority are Arain including jalahndri, patvalyvi etc, Malkera, Joiya, Syed, Malik including punjabi, chouhan, alvi,ghauri, teli, Abbasi, Jatt including bajwa, waraich, Lodi, Rajput, Meher siraiki speaking.

Transportation[edit]

The city is connected by the roads to other parts of the country. The main roads are from Fort Abbas to Haroon Abad which also leads towards Bahawalnagar, Sahiwal and Lahore. The 2nd road is from Fort Abbas to Chishtian, while a third road leads to Bahawal Pur via Yazman.

The Main Transport companies:

  • Matyana Movers Daewoo
  • Raja Travels
  • New Chaudry
  • Naeem Coach
  • Ideal Coach
  • Rao Ahtasham Coach
  • Moon Coach


The railway track has not been used since 2002. The track was used by Pakistan Railway but nowadays the situation is so poor that even Pakistan Railway cannot manage to run any kind of train service.

Banks[edit]

Bank Alfalah Limited started business as on September 9, 2013. Other banks are MCB - UBL - ABL - BOP - PPCB - HBL - NBP - KBL - NRSP - ZTBL - National Saving Center - Bank Alflah

Educational institutes[edit]

  • Govt. Degree College for Boys
  • Govt. Degree College for Girls
  • Govt. Commercial College of Commerce
  • Govt. Model High School for Boys
  • Govt. Model High School for Girls
  • Govt. High School Phoolra

There are many other Govt primary and Madrisa schools in the city and surroundings.

Major private educational institutes are:

  • Islamia College
  • Sir Syed Science Public School
  • Golden Gate High School
  • Allied School Ali Campus
  • Rangers Public School
  • Saad Grammar School

See also[edit]