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The Districts of Pakistan (Urdu: اِضلاعِ پاكِستان‎), are the third order administrative divisions of Pakistan. Districts are the third order of administrative divisions, below provinces and "divisions". Although the "divisions" were abolished due to the reforms of August 2000, Punjab province restored them back in 2008 followed by Balochistan in 2009, Sindh in 2011 and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2013.[1][2][3][4] Nevertheless, the 149 districts still form the top tier of a three-tier system of local government with the two lower tiers composed of approximately 596 tehsils (included the Kashmir region) and more than 6,000 union councils.

Prior to 2001, there were 106 districts but with the reorganisation, these were reduced to 102 by the merger of the five districts of Karachi Central, Karachi East, Karachi South, Karachi West and Malir to form Karachi District. The five districts had formed the division of Karachi which was abolished. The number of districts rose to 106 again in December 2004, when four new districts were created in the province of Sindh of which one (Umerkot) had existed until 2000 and three districts (Kashmore, Qambar and Jamshoro) were newly created.[5][note 1] The new districts were carved out of Mirpur Khas, Jacobabad, Larkana and Dadu Districts respectively.

In May 2005, the Punjab provincial government created a new district by raising the status of Nankana Sahib from a tehsil of Sheikhupura District to a district in its own right.[6][note 2] On 11 July 2011, the Sindh Government restored again the districts of Karachi South, Karachi East, Malir, Karachi West and Karachi Central, then later in 2013, the district of Korangi was carved out of Karachi East District.

In Azad Kashmir, the second tier of government is formed by three administrative divisions with a third tier of ten districts. In Gilgit–Baltistan, there are nine districts divided between the two regions of Gilgit and Baltistan; Baltistan being a part of Ladakh under Pakistani control, the other part being under Indian control.

Chagai is the largest district of Pakistan by area while Lahore District is the largest by population with total population of 6,318,745 by 1998 census. Quetta is the largest district of Balochistan by population with total population of 744,802 by 1998 census. Bahawalpur is the largest district of Punjab by area. Chitral is the largest by area and Peshawar is the largest by population from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sindh's largest district by area is Thatta and by population its one of the Karachi districts since combined population of six Karachi districts is over 13 millions by 1998 census making average population of these six districts over 2 millions each. South Waziristan Agency and Bajaur Agency are the largest from FATA by area and population respectively while Neelum and Kotli are Azad Kashmir's largest in the same order. Gilgit is the largest by area and population both for Gilgit-Baltistan.

Overview[edit]

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Sr. No. Subdivision Districts Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Density
(people/km²)
Country of Comparable Size
1 Balochistan 32[7] 347,190 6,566,000 18.9 Germany
2 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 26[8] 74 521 17,744,000 238.1  Panama
3 Punjab 36[9] 205,345 73,621,000 358.52 Belarus
4 Sindh 29[10] 140,914 30,440,000 216.02 Tajikistan
5 Islamabad Capital Territory 1 906 805,000 880.8 Turks and Caicos Islands
6 Federally Administered Tribal Areas 7 tribal agencies
6 frontier regions
27,220 3,176,000 116.7 Rwanda
7 Azad Jammu and Kashmir 10 13,297 2,972,500 258 Montenegro
8 Gilgit-Baltistan 10 72,971 35,00,000 24.8 Sierra Leone

Balochistan[edit]

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
Balochistan Districts.svg 1 Awaran Awaran 12,510 118,173 4 Kalat
2 Barkhan Barkhan 3,514 103,545 29 Zhob
3 Kachhi (Bolan) Dhadar 7,499 288,056 38 Nasirabad
4 Chagai Chagai 44,748[11] 300,000 7 Quetta
5 Dera Bugti Dera Bugti 10,160 181,310 18 Sibi
6 Gwadar Gwadar 12,637 185,498 15 Makran
7 Harnai[12][note 3] Harnai 4,096 140,000 19 Sibi
8 Jafarabad Dera Allahyar 2,445 432,817 177 Nasirabad
9 Jhal Magsi Jhal Magsi 3,615 109,941 30 Nasirabad
10 Kalat Kalat 6,622 237,834 36 Kalat
11 Kech (Turbat) Turbat 22,539 413,204 18 Makran
12 Kharan Kharan 8,958 132,500 4 Kalat
13 Kohlu Kohlu 7,610 99,846 13 Sibi
14 Khuzdar Khuzdar 35,380 417,466 12 Kalat
15 Killa Abdullah Killa Abdullah 3,293 370,269 112 Quetta
16 Killa Saifullah Killa Saifullah 6,831 193,553 28 Zhob
17 Lasbela Uthal 15,153 312,695 21 Kalat
18 Loralai Loralai 9,830 295,555 30 Zhob
19 Mastung Mastung 5,896 179,784 30 Kalat
20 Musakhel Musa Khel Bazar 5,728 134,056 23 Zhob
21 Nasirabad Dera Murad Jamali 3,387 245,894 73 Nasirabad
22 Nushki[13] Nushki 5,797 137,500 23 Quetta
23 Panjgur Panjgur 16,891 234,051 14 Makran
24 Pishin Pishin 7,819 367,183 47 Quetta
25 Quetta Quetta 2,653 744,802 281 Quetta
26 Sherani[note 4] Sherani Zhob
27 Sibi Sibi 7,796 180,398 23 Sibi
28 Washuk[note 5] Washuk 29,510 118,171 4.0 Kalat
29 Zhob Zhob 20,297 275,142 14 Zhob
30 Ziarat Ziarat 1,489 33,340 22 Kalat
(31) Lehri Bakhtiarabad 9,830 295,555 30 Nasirabad
(32) Sohbatpur Sohbatpur 7,796 180,398 23 Nasirabad

Note: In this map, Lehri is shown within Sibi District on #27. Sohbatpur is shown within Jafarabad District on #8.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK)[edit]

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Districts.svg
1 Abbottabad Abbottabad 1,967 880,666 448 Hazara
2 Bannu Bannu 1,227 675,667 551 Bannu
3 Battagram Battagram 1,301 307,278 236 Hazara
4 Buner Daggar 1,865 506,048 271 Malakand
5 Charsadda Charsadda 996 1,022,364 1,026 Peshawar
6 Chitral Chitral 14,850 318,689 21 Malakand
7 Dera Ismail Khan Dera Ismail Khan 7,326 852,995 116 Dera Ismail Khan
8 Hangu Hangu 1,597 614,529 385 Kohat
9 Haripur Haripur 1,725 692,228 401 Hazara
10 Karak Karak 3,372 430,796 128 Kohat
11 Kohat Kohat 2,545 562,644 221 Kohat
12 Upper Kohistan Dassu 7,492 472,570 63 Hazara
13 Lakki Marwat Lakki Marwat 3,164 490,025 155 Bannu
14 Lower Dir Timergara 1,582 717,649 454 Malakand
15 Malakand Batkhela 952 452,291 475 Malakand
16 Mansehra Mansehra 4,579 1,152,839 252 Hazara
17 Mardan Mardan 1,632 1,460,100 895 Mardan
18 Nowshera Nowshera 1,748 874,373 500 Peshawar
19 Peshawar Peshawar 1,257 2,019,118 1,606 Peshawar
20 Shangla Alpuri 1,586 434,563 274 Malakand
21 Swabi Swabi 1,543 1,026,804 665 Mardan
22 Swat Saidu Sharif 5,337 1,257,602 290 Malakand
23 Tank Tank 1,679 238,216 142 Dera Ismail Khan
24 Upper Dir Dir 3,699 575,858 156 Malakand
25 Tor Ghar Tor Ghar 497 185,000 372 Hazara
26 Lower Kohistan Pattan 7,492 472,570 63 Hazara

Note: In this map, the Upper and Lower Kohistan District both are shown as one district on #12 of map. Tor Ghar is shown within Manshera District on #16.

Punjab[edit]

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
Punjab (Pakistan) Districts.svg
1 Attock Attock 6,858 1,274,935 186 Rawalpindi
2 Bahawalnagar Bahawalnagar 8,878 2,061,447 232 Bahawalpur
3 Bahawalpur Bahawalpur 24,830 2,433,091 98 Bahawalpur
4 Bhakkar Bhakkar 8,153 1,051,456 129 Sargodha
5 Chakwal Chakwal 6,524 1,083,725 166 Rawalpindi
6 Chiniot Chiniot 965,124 Faisalabad
7 Dera Ghazi Khan Dera Ghazi Khan 11,922 2,643,118 238 Dera Ghazi Khan
8 Faisalabad Faisalabad 5,856 5,429,547 927 Faisalabad
9 Gujranwala Gujranwala 3,622 3,400,940 939 Gujranwala
10 Gujrat Gujrat 3,192 2,048,008 642 Gujranwala
11 Hafizabad Hafizabad 2,367 832,980 352 Gujranwala
12 Jhang Jhang 8,809 2,834,546 322 Faisalabad
13 Jhelum Jhelum 3,587 936,957 261 Rawalpindi
14 Kasur Kasur 4,796 1,466,000 595 Lahore
15 Khanewal Khanewal 4,349 2,068,490 476 Multan
16 Khushab Jauharabad 6,511 1,205,460 185 Sargodha
17 Lahore Lahore 1,772 6,318,745 3,566 Lahore
18 Layyah Layyah 6,291 1,120,951 178 Dera Ghazi Khan
19 Lodhran Lodhran 2,778 1,171,800 422 Multan
20 Mandi Bahauddin Mandi Bahauddin 2,673 1,160,552 434 Gujranwala
21 Mianwali Mianwali 5,840 1,056,620 181 Sargodha
22 Multan Multan 3,720 3,116,851 838 Multan
23 Muzaffargarh Muzaffargarh 8,249 2,635,903 320 Dera Ghazi Khan
24 Narowal Narowal 2,337 1,265,097 541 Gujranwala
25 Nankana Sahib[6] Nankana Sahib 2,960 1,410,000 476 Lahore
26 Okara Okara 3,004 2,232,992 510 Sahiwal
27 Pakpattan Pakpattan 2,724 1,286,680 472 Sahiwal
28 Rahim Yar Khan Rahim Yar Khan 11,880 3,141,053 264 Bahawalpur
29 Rajanpur Rajanpur 12,319 1,103,618 90 Dera Ghazi Khan
30 Rawalpindi Rawalpindi 5,286 3,363,911 636 Rawalpindi
31 Sahiwal Sahiwal 3,201 1,843,194 576 Sahiwal
32 Sargodha Sargodha 5,854 2,665,979 455 Sargodha
33 Sheikhupura Sheikhupura 5,960 2,321,029 557 Sheikhupura
34 Sialkot Sialkot 3,016 1,688,823 903 Gujranwala
35 Toba Tek Singh Toba Tek Singh 3,252 1,621,593 499 Faisalabad
36 Vehari Vehari 4,364 2,090,416 479 Multan

Sindh[edit]

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2012)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
Sindh Districts.svg
1 Badin Badin 6,726 1,136,044 169 Banbhore
2 Dadu Dadu 19,070 1,688,811 89 Hyderabad
3 Ghotki Mirpur Mathelo 6,083 970,549 160 Sukkur
4 Hyderabad Hyderabad 5,519 1,565,000 524 Hyderabad
5 Jacobabad Jacobabad 5,278 1,425,572 270 Larkana
6 Jamshoro[note 1] Jamshoro Hyderabad
7 (7) Karachi Central Karachi 3,527 13,215,631 2,795 Karachi
8 Kashmore[note 1] Kashmore 2,592 662,462 255 Larkana
9 Khairpur Khairpur 15,910 1,546,587 97 Sukkur
10 Larkana Larkana 7,423 1,927,066 260 Larkana
11 Matiari Matiari 1,417 515,331 364 Hyderabad
12 Mirpur Khas Mirpur Khas 2,925 1,569,030 536 Mirpur Khas
13 Naushahro Firoze Naushahro Feroze 2,945 1,087,571 369 Shaheed Benazir Abad
14 Shaheed Benazir Abad Nawabshah 4,502 1,071,533 238 Shaheed Benazir Abad
15 Qambar Shahdadkot[note 1] Qambar Larkana
16 Sanghar Sanghar 10,720 1,453,028 135 Mirpur Khas
17 Shikarpur Shikarpur Larkana
18 Sukkur Sukkur 2,512 890,438 350 Sukkur
19 Tando Allahyar Tando Allahyar 5,165 908,373 176 Hyderabad
20 Tando Muhammad Khan Tando Muhammad Khan 2,310 550,000 238 Hyderabad
21 Tharparkar Mithi 19,638 955,812 49 Mirpur Khas
22 Thatta Thatta 19,638 914,291 47 Banbhore
23 Umerkot[14] Umerkot 17,355 1,113,194 64 Mirpur Khas
24 Sujawal Sujawal 7,355 383,194 18 Banbhore
25 (7) Karachi East Karachi Karachi
26 (7) Karachi South Karachi Karachi
27 (7) Karachi West Karachi Karachi
28 (7) Korangi Korangi Karachi
29 (7) Malir Malir Karachi

Note: In this map, Sujawal is shown within Thatta District on #22.

Federally Administered Tribal Areas[edit]

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2012)
Density
(people/km²)
FATA Districts.svg
1 Bajaur Agency Khar 1,290 595,227 461
2 Khyber Agency Landi Kotal 2,576 546,730 212
3 Kurram Agency Parachinar 3,380 448,310 133
4 Mohmand Agency Ghalanai 2,296 334,453 146
5 North Waziristan Agency Miranshah 4,707 361,246 77
6 Orakzai Agency Kalaya 1,538 225,441 147
7 South Waziristan Agency Wana 6,620 429,841 65
8 FR Bannu Bannu 745 19,593 26
9 FR Dera Ismail Khan Dera Ismail Khan 2,008 38,990 19
10 FR Kohat Kohat 446 88,456 198
11 FR Lakki Marwat Lakki Marwat 132 6,987 53
12 FR Peshawar Peshawar 261 53,841 206
13 FR Tank Tank, Pakistan 1,221 27,216 22

Azad Jammu and Kashmir[edit]

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
AJK Districts.svg
1 Muzaffarabad Muzaffarabad 2,496 615,000 375 Muzaffarabad
2 Hattian Hattian Bala 854 225,000 263 Muzaffarabad
3 Neelum Athmuqam 3,621 171,000 47 Muzaffarabad
4 Mirpur Mirpur 1,010 419,000 415 Mirpur
5 Bhimber Bhimber 1,516 401,000 265 Mirpur
6 Kotli Kotli 1,862 746,000 401 Mirpur
7 Poonch Rawalakot 855 524,000 613 Poonch
8 Bagh Bagh 770 351,000 456 Poonch
9 Haveli Forward Kahuta 598 138,000 231 Poonch
10 Sudhnati Pallandari 569 278,000 489 Poonch

Gilgit–Baltistan[edit]

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Division
Gilgit-Baltistan Districts.svg 1 Ghanche Khaplu 6,400 88,366 Baltistan
2 Skardu Skardu 15,000 214,848 Baltistan
3 Astore Eidgah 8,657 71,666 Gilgit
4 Diamer Chilas 10,936 131,925 Gilgit
5 Ghizer Gakuch 9,635 120,218 Gilgit
6 Gilgit Gilgit 38,000 243,324 Gilgit
7 Hunza Ali Abad 17,145 80,355 Gilgit
8 Kharmang Tolti 20,000[15] Baltistan
9 Shigar Shigar NA NA Baltistan
10 Nagar Nagar II 15,567 89,420 Gilgit

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d No data is available on the recently created districts of Sindh Province.
  2. ^ No data is available on the recently created district of Nankana, which was part of Sheikhupura District.
  3. ^ No data is yet available on the recently created district of Harnai, which was part of Sibi District.
  4. ^ No data is yet available on the recently created district of Sherani, which was part of Zhob District.
  5. ^ No data is yet available on the recently created district of Washuk, which was part of Kharan District.

All the figures require to be re-checked. Data entry error has occurred in Sindh Province.

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Districts | Punjab Portal". Punjab.gov.pk. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Country escapes major earthquake damage". Daily Times. 20 January 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Harnai is new district of Balochistan". Dawn.Com. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Historically & Geographically". District Government Umerkot. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  15. ^ http://pakobserver.net/201303/24/detailnews.asp?id=201427

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