Its population is about 60,000.
There is a government high school for girls and secondary school for boys. Kernel Sher Khan Cadet college is located here. There is also a basic health unit in the town.
Crops like wheat, maize and rice are grown here and the lands are aggregated by the Malakand Canal.
Within about a 10 km radius from Ismaila, there are several archaeological sites. The village of Hund had been the capital of Kabul Shahi for about 300 years. The archaeological site Rani Gatt, part of the ancient Gandhara Kingdom, is also nearby.
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