Location of Khanewal District (highlighted in orange) in Punjab
|• District Coordination Officer||Khalid Mahmood Sheikh|
|• Total||4,349 km2 (1,679 sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+5)|
|Number of Tehsils||4|
Khanewal District (Urdu: ضِلع خانیوال) is a district of the Punjab province of Pakistan. Its capital is Khanewal the host city to the second-largest railway station in the country. According to the 1998 census of Pakistan, the district had a population of 2,068,490, of which 17.42% were urban.
Its boundaries meet the districts of Jhang and Toba Tek Singh in the north, Sahiwal in the east, Vehari in south and with Multan in the west. Underground water resources are generally adequate throughout the district. The subsoil water is sweet and suitable for industrial purposes. There is no mentionable nullah available in the district. However, effluent of industry can be disposed of in the rivers, namely Chenab and Ravi, after pretreatment, with permission from the Irrigation and Power Department, Government of the Punjab.
There are 26 telephone exchanges operating in the district (ranging in capacity from 200 lines to 7200 lines). Cellular phone services are also available. The area has 20 national bank branches, 24 post offices, 7 textile mills, 1 sugar mill, 71 cotton gin factories, 17 police stations on 1,058,641 acres (4,284 km2).
Languages and Demography
As per national census of 1998, Punjabi is the main language of Khanewal district spoken by 1.68 Million people which accounts for 81% of total population of 2.06 Million (mostly spoken in northern, central and eastern parts of the district). Saraiki is spoken by only 0.11 Million people (6%) of the district population (spoken in the south). Raangri is also the mother tongue of the Muhajir community that migrated from India to Pakistan in 1947. Urdu, the national language, is spoken widely, while English is spoken by an educated elite. Another language is Pashto, spoken by a few Afghan refugees.
The population of Khanewal District was 2,068,000 in the 1998 Census. In the 2005 Economic Survey the population was reported at 2,376,000 with a growth rate of 2.4%. In 2015 the population of Khaewal District was estimated to be 2,941,000.
The climate of the District is hot and dry. The summer Season starts in April and continues till October. May, June and July are the hottest months.
Notable People from Khanewal
- Maulana Tariq Jameel, Islamic Scholar
- Syed Fakhar Imam, Ex. Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan
- Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA of NA-157 Khanewal
- Rana Muhammad Asif Saeed, former Chairman of Punjab Bar Council.
- Masood Anwar is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in one Test in 1990.
- Shabbir Ahmed is a former Pakistani cricketer. He is a line-and-length pace bowler who took eight wickets for 109 runs on his Test debut against Bangladesh.
- Rao Iftikhar Anjum was selected for the Pakistani squad to play in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, he now represents Islamabad Leopards in Pakistan's Domestic T20.
- Population - Urban Resource Centre
- List of tehsils and districts - Statpak.gov Archived December 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.