Kharian Cantonment

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Kharian Cantt
کھاریاں ﮐﻴﻨٹ
Kharian Cantt is located in Pakistan
Kharian Cantt
Kharian Cantt
Coordinates: 32°29′N 73°32′E / 32.48°N 73.53°E / 32.48; 73.53Coordinates: 32°29′N 73°32′E / 32.48°N 73.53°E / 32.48; 73.53
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
District Gujrat
Population (2009)
 • Total 90,462
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Calling code +92-537
Postal Code 50070
Administrative Control
Cantonment Board Kharian

Kharian Cantt. (Urdu/Punjabi: کھاریاں ﮐﻴﻨٹ) or Kharian Cantonment is one of the largest cantonment (Army Base) of Pakistan. It is located near Kharian city in Gujrat district of Punjab province of the Pakistan.

The Cantonment was built in late 50's with the support of the US as part of the military assistance to Pakistan. Its construction was supervised by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was built according to American standards.[1] The population of cantonment is 90,462 whereas the population of the parent city Kharian is around 30,000.[2]

Geography[edit]

Kharian Cantonment is located on the GT Road (N-5) at a distance of 125 km from Capital city of Islamabad and 145 km from provincial capital Lahore. Prominent nearby cities and towns include Jhelum, Lalamusa, gulyana, Dinga, Sarai Alamgir, and district city of Gujrat.

History[edit]

The construction of Kharian Cantonment was completed in 1958 with the assistance of the US as part of the military assistance to Pakistan. Its construction was supervised by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and it was built according to American standards which differed considerably from the standards laid down by the British for Indian and British troops. The master plan of the cantonment is a planned grid like network of roads.[1] It was one of the few cantonments which was established post partition era. It was constructed to station US troops in Pakistan, a plan which was partly reversed because of the U2 spy plane crash scandal. It was one of the biggest army bases and the home of BURAK, (the Armoured division of Pakistan Army Reserve North) until 2008.

Residential areas[edit]

The residential areas of the cantonment include the I.J. Colony, Defence Colony, Shami Colony, North Colony, M-Block, Afzaal Colony, Gammon Colony and Johar Colony. In addition there are number of small camps and residential areas for the residence of troops.

Notable people[edit]

  • Mian Danyial Aziz ( Kharian Cantt)
  • Qamar zaman kairah
  • General Raheel Shareef
  • Aziz bhatti shaheed
  • Arif lohar

Transportation[edit]

As the cantonment is located on the main National Highway N-5 (known as the GT road) and the main Rail line, kharian cantt can be reached in a number of ways either by road or train. As there is not much rail traffic for the city, all express trains do not stop at the kharian cantt Railway station; public and private buses are the main means of transportation.


Education[edit]

Kharian Cantt offers a number of education institutes for basic, intermediate as well as the higher education. The prominent schools and colleges include:

  • F.G Degree College For Men
  • F.G Degree College For Women
  • F.G Boys Public School
  • F.G Girls Public School
  • F.G. Boys High School
  • F.G Girls High School
  • Govt. Institute of Commerce, Kharian (TEVTA)
  • Govt. Technical Training Center (Thapla) Kharian (TEVTA)
  • Govt. Vocational Training Institute (Women), Kharian (TEVTA)
  • Garrison Academy and College
  • Bloom Field Hall School
  • Cambridge Standard School Kharian
  • Army Public School & College
  • Cantonment Board Public School
  • Islamic Asian College of Commerce & Computer Sciences G.T. Road Kharian
  • Kharian College of Commerce & Computer Sciences G.T. Road Kharian
  • Rosebelt College G.T. Road Kharian
  • New Vision College of information Technology Kharian

In addition there are number of good schools in the neighborhood of cantonment which include The Beaconhouse School Systems, International School of Cordoba, Dar-e-Arqam School and The City School (Pakistan) etc. A famous Cadet College with a name of Military College Jhelum is located at a distance of 15 km at Sarai Alamgir.

Health facilities[edit]

The cantonment has an "A" class standard, 600-bed teaching hospital known as CMH (Combined Military Hospital) Kharian. It is the second largest CMH after Rawalpindi.

Shopping[edit]

The cantonment has number of markets with small to medium shopping stores offering variety of products.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Way It Was - 1". www.defencejournal.com. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Cities in Pakistan: 2005 Population Estimates". Mongabay.com. Retrieved 2017-01-25.