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Khari Sharif (كهڑي شريف) is an agricultural area in Mirpur District of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. Broadly speaking, Alaqa-e-Khari (translation in English: Area of Khari) refers to the fertile plains of Khari which exist between the hills of mirpur and the river Jhelum. Khari has some 80 small and large villages and one of the villages itself is known as Khari Sharif. It is located at a distance of 8 km from the city of Mirpur, Azad Kashmir and is known for housing the Shrines of Sufi Saints known as Pira Shah Ghazi Qalandar Damri Wali Sarkar and Mian Muhammad Bukhsh. The place acts as a great seat of learning for students of Islam. Dervishes (disciples) of the Saint can be seen today wandering not just in Pakistani Kashmir but throughout Pakistan. The Current Sajjada Nasheen of Darbar E Alia Khari Sharif is Sahibzada Mian Umar Bukhsh (DBA)
According to the 1998 census of Pakistan, the population was 9,632.
Khari Sharif is the Shrine of the [Mian Muhammad Bukhsh] who wrote the famous tale of Prince Saif Ul Malook and Badeh Ul Jamaal also known as Saif Ul Malook. This tells of a Prince who fell in love with a fairy called Badi-U-Jamal who he saw in a dream. The story chronicles his travels in search of the fairy and the spiritual lessons he learns on the way. Saif Ul Malook is read throughout Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan, and even has its own council.
Khari has the distinction of being the home of Mirpur's first prime minister Barrister Sultan Mehmud Choudhary. Other prominent politicians of Khari are ex-MLA Khadam Hussain(Late) of Chechian ex-MLA, Deputy speaker of AJK assembly Choudhary Mohammad Azam of Pothi.(Chairman)Raja Altaf Hussain of Pakhral (Khari Sharif) and the ex-MLA and minister AJK Govt.Choudhry Rukhsar of Chabrian Gujjran and MLA and Minister Choudhry Arshad Memood. The current MLA is Choudhry Rukhsar ahmed who was elected for the second time in 2016. Also Choudry Abdul Rashid Prime Ministers Advisor, Late choudhary Feroz Khan of Banni, Barrister Mahmood Khan of Banni Principal of Nationwide Law Associates and Chairperson of HA&FK Memorial Trust. Choudhary Mohammed Abdul Rashid (M.A.Rashid)late of Khar-Ratali was one of the first Muslim Civil Servant after the partati
Khari has a number of primary, secondary and intermediate level institutions for both boys and girls. There is a college of education for the training of teachers. Famous educator of Azad kashmir Dr Mohammad Sharif Chattar belonged to one of its villages Pindi Subherwal. The most famous educational institute of khari sharif is education college Afzal pur. Its teacher training centre it famous and high quality education institute of whole Pakistan. The second most famous institute of education is Govt Model High School afzal pur.
Khari has a long tradition of serving the Army. Lieutenant General Raja Saroop Khan of Chechian (ex Governor of Punjab) and Lieutenant General Agha Umar Farooq also belong to Khari.
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