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The village gets its name from the Jalap tribe, who were said to be founders of the village. This was a very small settlement with uncultivated surroundings. In 1860's when India was under the British Raj, they started selling uncultivated lands of different areas of this region under they colonization policy, Nawab Mohammed Sarfaraz Khan from Isakhel Niazi Pathan clan bought this land with his brothers with a total area of 200 squares(5000 acres) for a handsome sum of Rs.18000.
Khan began a process of encouraging settlers from the local tribes. The village now home to a number of Jat clans.
Then came the process of getting this area cultivated and for cultivation you need water and thus the first ever canal of Punjab was dug from river Jahlum to Jalpana by Nawab himself. The land on which a 20 miles long canal was dug, was also bought by Nawab from the local land owners. He dug out a canal on his personal expense to irrigate barren lands of not only this village but surrounding villages also. The Farmers of these surrounding villages paid 1/4th of their agricultural produce to Nawab M. Sarfaraz Khan in lieu of irrigation water used from this canal. This privately owned and managed irrigation system worked successfully for almost a century when Punjab government under CM Mumtaz Doultana nationalized all privately owned irrigation systems in Punjab in 1950's. Subsequently, the management of this canal was handed over to Irrigation department of Punjab by Shahnawaz Khan Niazi in 1970's.
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