Haveli Lakha

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حویلی لكهّا
City
Haveli Lakha
Country  Pakistan
Province Punjab
Government
 • Mayor Sardar Haseeb Khalid Paracha
Area
 • Total 53 km2 (20 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 301,342
 • Estimate (2009) 162,447
 • Density 5,685.70/km2 (14,725.9/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Calling code 044
Number of towns 1
Number of Union councils 06

Haveli Lakha[1] (Punjabi,Urdu: حویلی لكهّا‎) is a city in Depalpur Tehsil of Okara District in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is located around 158 km (98.4 miles) south west of Lahore.

Head Sulaimanki [2] is located around 18 km from Haveli Lakha.

Haveli Lakha is part of Depalpur Tehsil and is administratively subdivided into three Union councils.[3] Haveli is famous for its Reed Stools and Hubble Bubble which are sent to numerous other cities of Punjab and even to Karachi.[citation needed]

According to the 2009 census it had a population of 141,741.[4] Haveli Lakha has been significant as it has produced people of such high stature as Mian Muhammad Yasin Wattoo (former Federal Minister of Finance from village Jamal Kot)& Mian Manzoor Ahmad (Former CM & Speaker of punjab) and Mian Iftikhar Hussain Daula (District Accounts Officer) under the Accountant General of Pakistan.

Haveli Lakha.[citation needed] It is significant for its strategic location as it is the last major town of Lahore Division at the border of Bahawalnagar District, formerly under the State of Bahwalpur. It serves as a major connecting point between Lahore and remote areas of South Eastern Punjab like Haroon Abad, Bahawalnagar, Chisthian and Fort Abbas. Located on formerly Delhi-Multan road, it is also Pakistan's first and key major town from Sulemanki sector border with India. The town remained a strategic point in pre-independence era as it served as road pivot and as a railway junction linking Delhi to Lahore-Kasur-Multan route. However, after the independence of Pakistan in 1947, it lost its strategic status and have not developed at par with the other towns of the Lahore Division. Town Planning remains one of the biggest challenges of the area.

History[edit]

There is a tradition about the name "Haveli Lakha"; the town was founded by Lakha who had his Mansion (Urdu, Punjabi:حویلی) here. The passengers used to stay there. As this mansion was near then Delhi-Multan Road, so it got the name "the Haveli of Lakha" which gradually became "Haveli Lakha".

Language[edit]

Most of the people of the district speak Punjabi Language in Standard (Majhi) and Jaangli (Rachnavi) dialects but the other major language is 'Haryanvi" speak Ranghari/رانگڑی.

Agriculture[edit source | edit][edit]

It is famous for its fertile lands, peaceful natural environment and green fields of Potato, tomato, sugarcane, wheat, rice and maize crops.

Livestock[edit]

Okara is also famous for its cattle breed known as Sahiwal and a water buffalo breed known as Nili-Ravi/Niliravi. It is very rich in livestock population and production. The Livestock Production Research Institute (LPRI) Bahadar Nagar Farm is a very large Government farm near Okara city (18.5 Km on Faislabad road from DepalPur Chowk Okara). The farm has large number of cows, buffalos, bulls (for reproduction), goats and sheep.

Culture[edit]

It is also known for the wide variety of culture reflecting the traditions and customs of the area. Melas (fairs) in the month of 'Saawan' are notable among these traditions where different types of games are played on the drum-beat and shops of sweets and toys etc. are decorated. The population mostly relies on agriculture as their main source of livelihood, although a number of people work in factories and offices as well. Dairy and fruit products are the identical mark of the area.

Notable People[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  3. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Okara - Government of Pakistan
  4. ^ 2009census of Pakistan