Mansehra District

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Mansehra District
ضلع مانسہرہ
Top: Malika Parbat and Lake Saiful Muluk
Bottom: View of Besal
Mansehra District (red) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Mansehra District (red) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerBilal Shahid Rao (BPS-18 PAS)
 • District Police OfficerZahoor Babar Afridi (BPS-19 PSP)
 • Total4,579 km2 (1,768 sq mi)
 • Total1,555,742
 • Density340/km2 (880/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Area code0997
Number of union councils59
Number of Tehsils5[2]

Mansehra District (Punjabi, Urdu: ضلع مانسہرہ) is a district in the Hazara Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northern Pakistan. Mansehra city serves as the headquarters of the district.

Mansehra was established as an independent district in 1976. It was previously a tehsil within the broader Hazara District.[3] In 1993, a former subdivision of Mansehra, Battagram, was separated as an independent district.[4] Similarly, in 2011, another subdivision of Mansehra, Kala Dhaka, was separated which is now known as Torghar District.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1951 260,631—    
1961 373,975+3.68%
1972 552,842+3.62%
1981 686,308+2.43%
1998 978,157+2.11%
2017 1,555,742+2.47%
2023 1,797,177+2.43%

At the time of District the 2017 census, the district had 235,230 households and a population of 1,555,742. Mansehra had a sex ratio of 1015 females per 1000 males and a literacy rate of 62.56% - 75.25% for males and 50.41% for females. 144,898 (9.31%) lived in urban areas. 28.73% of the population were under 10 years of age. 427 (0.03%) people in the district were from religious minorities.[1]

Languages of Mansehra district (2017)

  Hindko (Punjabi) (66.48%)
  Pashto (17.02%)
  'Others' (mainly Dardic languages) (14.26%)
  Others (2.24%)

Similarly, 66.48% of the population spoke the Punjabi variety of Hindko and 17.02% Pashto as their first language. 14.26% of the population spoke a language recorded as 'Others' on the census, mainly Kohistani languages.

Many of these, especially in the upper Kaghan Valley, are speakers of the Kohistani dialects. There are also speakers of the widely dispersed Gujari language, particularly in the Kaghan Valley.[6] The local variety is intermediate between the eastern dialects of Gujari (spoken in Azad Kashmir) and the western group (from Chitral, Swat and Gilgit).[7] There is also a small community in the village of Dana in Oghi Tehsil who speak the endangered Mankiyali language.[8] Many people can write and speak English.[citation needed]


The district is represented in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly by elected MPAs who represent the following constituencies:[9]

Constituency and current member :

The district is represented in the National Assembly of Pakistan by two elected MNAs who represent the following constituencies:

Administrative divisions[edit]

Administrative subdivisions of Mansehra District plus district Kala Dhaka (Torghar)

Mansehra District consists of six tehsils, with Tanawal Tehsil separated from the other five in December 2022.[10]

  • Balakot (Urdu: تحصیل بالاکوٹ; Pashto: بالاکوټ تحصیل)
  • Mansehra (Urdu: تحصیل مانسہرہ; Pashto: مانسهره تحصیل)
  • Oghi (Urdu: تحصیل اوگی; Pashto: اوګي تحصیل)
  • Baffa Pakhal (Urdu: تحصیل بفہ پکھل; Pashto: بفه پکلي تحصیل)[11]
  • Darband (Urdu: تحصیل دربند; Pashto: دربند تحصیل)[12]
  • Tanawal

The Kala Dhaka tehsil was separated as Torghar District in 2011.

Provincial Assembly[edit]

Member of Provincial Assembly Party Affiliation Constituency Year
Munir Lughmani Swati Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-36 Mansehra-I 2024
Babar Saleem Khan Swati Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-37 Mansehra-II 2024
Zahid Chanzeb Swati Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-38 Mansehra-III 2024
Ikram Ghazi Khan Tanoli Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PK-39 Mansehra-IV 2024
Sardar Shah Jahan Yousaf Pakistan Muslim League (N) PK-40 Mansehra-V 2024

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)". Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  2. ^ "Kolai-Palas made district, Baffa-Pakhal tehsil". 26 August 2017.
  3. ^ Census report of Mansehra 1998, p. 1.
  4. ^ Census report of Batagram 1998, p. 18.
  5. ^ "Population by administrative units 1951-1998" (PDF). Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  6. ^ Hallberg & O'Leary 1992, p. 96.
  7. ^ Hallberg & O'Leary 1992, pp. 112–13, 135The particular variety studied was from the village of Mittikot, six kilometres west of Balakot.
  8. ^ Anjum & Rehman 2015.
  9. ^ › reports
  10. ^ "Tanawal notified as sixth tehsil of Mansehra". Dawn. 26 December 2022. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  11. ^ "Kolai-Palas made district, Baffa-Pakhal tehsil". 26 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Kolai-Palas made district, Baffa-Pakhal tehsil". 26 August 2017.


  • 1998 District census report of Batagram. Census publication. Vol. 18. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1999.
  • 1981 District census report of Mansehra. District Census Report. Vol. 23. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1983.
  • 1998 District census report of Mansehra. Census publication. Vol. 62. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
  • Anjum, Uzma; Rehman, Khawaja (2015). "A First Look at Mankiyali Language: An Endangered Language". Journal of Asian Civilizations. 38 (1): 177–90. ProQuest 1816873650.
  • Hallberg, Calinda E.; O'Leary, Clare F. (1992). "Dialect Variation and Multilingualism among Gujars of Pakistan". In O'Leary, Clare F.; Rensch, Calvin R.; Hallberg, Calinda E. (eds.). Hindko and Gujari. Sociolinguistic Survey of Northern Pakistan. Islamabad: National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University and Summer Institute of Linguistics. pp. 91–196. ISBN 969-8023-13-5.