Haripur District

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Tilla Charouni, On the border between Haripur District and Islamabad capital territory
Tilla Charouni, On the border between Haripur District and Islamabad capital territory
Location of Haripur District (highlighted in red).
Location of Haripur District (highlighted in red).
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
 • Deputy CommissionerN/A
 • Total1,725 km2 (666 sq mi)
 • Total1,003,031
 • Density580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
MNA (NA-17)Omar Ayub Khan

Haripur District (Pashto: ہری پور ولسوالۍ‎, Urdu: ضِلع ہری پور‎ "The Town of Hari") is a district in Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The town of Haripur (meaning 'Hari's town') was founded in 1822 by Hari Singh Nalwa, the Commander-in-Chief of Ranjit Singh's army. Before becoming a district in 1991, Haripur had the status of a tehsil in Abbottabad District.[2]: 5 Its headquarters is the city of Haripur.


Early history[edit]

The region came under the influence of the Nanda Empire of ancient India from 300 BCE, and with the rise of Chandragupta Maurya, the region came under the complete control of the Mauryan Empire. Afterward, the region was briefly and nominally controlled by the Shunga Empire. However, with the decline of the Shungas, the region passed to local Hindu and Buddhist rulers, and interrupted by foreign rulers. Many of these foreign rulers, like the Indo-Parthians, Sakas, and Kushans converted to Hinduism and Buddhism, and promoted these Indian religions throughout Central and South Asia. The region reached its height under the Buddhist ruler Kanishka the Great. After the fall of the Kushans, the region came under the control of the Gupta Empire of ancient India. During the period, Hindu and Buddhist art and architecture flourished in the area.[3]

With the decline of the imperial Guptas, the Hindu Shahis came to rule the area. The Hindu Shahis massive forts and Hindu and Buddhist temples and monasteries around the area. The Hindu Shahi forts were known for their high towers and steep defensive walls. The Hindus also built many Hindu temples around the area, however, much of them are now in rubble. The Hindu Shahis remained in control of the area until their defeat by the Turkic Muslim army of Ghaznavids.[4]

Durrani rule[edit]

When Ahmad Shah Durrani expanded his kingdom to Punjab, Hazara came under his control. Durrani considered it wise to rule the area through local tribal chiefs, especially the Tareen chiefs who remained the main administrators from around the 1760s to 1818/1819.[5] The Durranis' rule ended abruptly in the beginning of the 19th century, circa 1819 or 1820, with the advent of the Sikhs.

Sikh annexation[edit]

The Sikhs annexed Hazara in two stages: first, Lower Hazara was annexed when the Sikhs under Makhan Singh took over the plains, on the invitation of a Turk chieftain, who betrayed his country to save himself.[6] Upper Hazara suffered a similar fate when the Sikhs took Kashmir from the Barakzai Afghans in 1819.[7]

The town of Haripur (meaning 'Hari's town') was founded in 1822 by Hari Singh Nalwa, the Commander-in-Chief of Ranjit Singh's army. On the successful completion of his tenure as governor of Kashmir in 1821, Pakhli and Damtaur were bestowed upon Nalwa as a jagir. Tanolis were the greater threat to Sikhs. Nawab Painda Khan Tanoli of Amb State defeated Ranjit Singh near Tarbeela. As soon as Nalwa received this grant, he built the walled town of Haripur in the heart of the Haripur plain, centered on the fort of Harkishan Garh, which he encircled with a deep trench. The site selected had seen some of the fiercest fighting between Sikhs and Afghans.[8] Despite the presence of the fort and a strong Sikh garrison, the Lahore government wasn't finally able to get full control of the Lower Hazara until they had defeated and captured and executed the Tareen chiefs and warriors like Muhammad Khan, Bostan Khan, and some others.[9]

British India[edit]

The presence of the fort at Harkishangarh, with its four-yard thick and 16-yard high wall, eventually brought a feeling of security to the region. In 1835, Baron Heugel, a German traveler found only remnants of that wall remaining.[10]

Haripur was the sole example of a planned town in this region until the British built Abbottabad many years later.[citation needed] It continued to grow, eventually becoming a city and later a district.[citation needed]

Haripur once bore the official name of Haripur Hazara and was the capital of Hazara until 1853, when the new capital Abbottabad was built. In March 1849, the Punjab was annexed by the British Indian Empire. Abbott later painted a noted picture of the town of Haripur and its commanding fort of Harkishangarh.[11]


The district of Haripur was a tehsil (sub-division) of Abbottabad District, until 1992 when it became a district. The district was (2010–2011) represented in the provincial assembly by four elected MPAs. One of those MPAs is elected to the National/Federal Assembly.[citation needed]

Currently, Haripur District is divided into three tehsils, Haripur Tehsil, Khanpur Tehsil, Ghazi Tehsil further subdivided into 45 Union Councils of which 15 are urban Union Councils:

  • Ali Khan
  • Bagra
  • Baitgali
  • Bakka
  • Bandi Sher Khan
  • Barkot
  • Beer
  • Breela
  • Dheendah
  • Dingi
  • Ghazi
  • Haripur Central
  • Haripur North
  • Haripur South
  • Hattar
  • Jabri
  • Jatti Pind
  • Kalinjar
  • Khalabat Township
  • Khanpur (On 15 October 2016 the chief minister of KP announced status of tehsil to Khanpur.)
  • Kholian Bala
  • Kot Najeebullah
  • Kotehrra
  • Kundi
  • Lalogali
  • Landarmang
  • Mankrai
  • Maqsood
  • Najafpur
  • Nara Amaz
  • Pandak
  • Panian
  • Pind Hasham Khan
  • Pind Kamal Khan
  • Pharhari
  • Qazipur
  • Rehana
  • Sarai Saleh
  • Serai Niamat Khan
  • Sikandarpur
  • Sirikot
  • Sarian Bajwala
  • Sirya
  • Tarbela
  • Tofkian

Provincial Assembly[edit]

Member of Provincial Assembly Party Affiliation Constituency Year
Akbar Ayub Khan Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-40 Haripur-I 2018
Arshad Ayub Khan Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-41 Haripur-II 2018
Faisal Zaman Independent PK-42 Haripur-III 2018

Natural resources[edit]

The area is rich in natural resources[citation needed] and contains two reservoirs, the Tarbela Dam and Khanpur Dam. Geographically, it is the gateway to Hazara, the Hazara Division, and the Pakistani capital Islamabad.


Boundaries of Haripur

Geographically, the district borders Abbottabad District to the northeast, Mansehra District in the northeast, the Punjab to the southeast, the Buner to the northwest and Swabi to the west. The Federal Capital of Islamabad is adjacent to the district in the south.


As of the 1998 census, Haripur's population was 692,228. By 2005, it was estimated to have increased to 803,000. 12.0% live in urban districts with the remaining 88.0% residing in rural areas.

The population is spread over an area of 1,725 square kilometres (666 sq mi), resulting in a density of 401.3 persons per km2.[12] This compares to an average density of 233 persons per km2 in Hazara as a whole. The average household size of the district is 6.6 persons compared to 8 at the provincial level. Agriculture is the predominant livelihood of the population while the total arable area is 77,370 acres (313.1 km2).

According to the 1981 census data for Haripur tehsil, the predominant language is Hindko, spoken as a first language in 89% of all households, followed by Pashto (7.6%) and Punjabi (1.3%).[13]

The literacy rate in the Haripur district is 53.7%, substantially higher than the literacy rate in the region of Hazara, which is 35.2%. The female literacy rate is only 37.4% compared to male literacy of 63.6%, and urban literacy rate of 69.7% is significantly higher than the rural rate of 51.4%.


Haripur District has two government-funded postgraduate colleges, providing higher-level education, as well as four-degree colleges for women. Haripur University was established in 2012 by the efforts of Higher Education Minister Qazi Muhammad Asad.[citation needed]. In addition to that,[14] the project of Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology has also been continuing since 2017 in Mang at Khanpur road.

In 2000–2001, Haripur had 907 government primary schools, including 656 for boys and 251 for girls.[citation needed] In addition to government primary schools, 166 mosque schools were in the district. The primary school population (5–9 years) consisted of 101,670 students, of which 52,240 (51.38%) were boys and 49,430 (48.61%) were girls.[citation needed]

The district had 83 middle schools (56 for boys and 27 for girls), during 2001.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-29. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  2. ^ 1998 District Census report of Haripur. Census publication. 91. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
  3. ^ https://www.google.com/books/edition/Ancient_Pakistan/R4jiAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=Dera+Ismail+Khan+hindu+shahi&dq=Dera+Ismail+Khan+hindu+shahi&printsec=frontcover
  4. ^ https://www.google.com/books/edition/Ancient_Pakistan/R4jiAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=Dera+Ismail+Khan+hindu+shahi&dq=Dera+Ismail+Khan+hindu+shahi&printsec=frontcover
  5. ^ Dr SB Panni 'Tarikh i Hazara' Peshawar 1969
  6. ^ Hazara District Gazetteer 1883-84, Lahore, 1884, pp 23-24
  7. ^ Nalwa, V. (2009), Hari Singh Nalwa — Champion of the Khalsaji, New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 77-104, ISBN 81-7304-785-5.
  8. ^ Panni, 1969
  9. ^ Hazara Gazetteer 1883-84, p. 26
  10. ^ Nalwa, V. (2009), Hari Singh Nalwa — Champion of the Khalsaji, New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 224-5, ISBN 81-7304-785-5.
  11. ^ 'The Rock Aornos from Huzara', British Library Online Gallery
  12. ^ Information Pakistan - Districts of Pakistan Archived 2009-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ 1981 District Census report of Abbottabad. District Census Report. 24. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1983. p. 76.
  14. ^ http://www.paf-iast.edu.pk/

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 33°44′N 72°35′E / 33.733°N 72.583°E / 33.733; 72.583