Nagar, Pakistan

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District Nagar
ضلع نگر
Hunza valley.jpg
District Nagarضلع نگر is located in Gilgit Baltistan
District Nagarضلع نگر
District Nagar
ضلع نگر
Coordinates: 35°14′N 73°29′E / 35.24°N 73.48°E / 35.24; 73.48Coordinates: 35°14′N 73°29′E / 35.24°N 73.48°E / 35.24; 73.48
Country  Pakistan
Autonomous state Gilgit–Baltistan
Elevation 2,688 m (8,819 ft)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Nagar (Urdu:نگر) (formerly State of Nagar) is a district with namesake town as district's headquarter, in northmost autonomous territory of Gilgit–Baltistan. It was created in 2015 by subdividing the Hunza-Nagar District.

It is located at 35°24'0N 73°48'0E with an altitude of 2688 metres (8822 feet).[1]

Today, the famous Karakoram Highway crosses Nagar, connecting Pakistan to China via the Khunjerab Pass. The road follows the Hunza river for some distance through Nagar and into the hunza region.


Nagar Valley in spring.

The Nagar valley is situated at an elevation of 2,438m (7,999 feet). Nagar Khas is the main town and the capital of the former State of Nagar. Ghulmet, Minapin, BAR, Chaprote and Hopper Valleys are popular tourist attractions in the Nagar region because of the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains such as Rakaposhi at 7,788m (25,561 feet), and Diran, and Spantik peak (Golden peak.)


Following the Hunza-Nagar Campaign of 1889–1892 (known locally as the Anglo-Burusho war) the area passed under British control and then as a vassal of the Kashmir Durbar, but was ruled by the same royal family. In 1974, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto dissolved the Princely States of Nagar and Hunza and gave democratic representation to the Northern Areas Council, now known as the Northern Areas Legislative Council.

Reign Mirs of Nagar[2]
Unknown dates Fadl Khan
Unknown dates Daud Khan
Unknown dates Ali Dad Khan (1st time)
Unknown dates Hari Tham Khan
Unknown dates Ali Dad Khan (2nd time)
Unknown dates Kamal Khan
Unknown dates Rahim Khan I
Unknown date – 1839 Rahim Khan II
1839–1891 Jafar Zahid Khan (1st time)
1891–1892 Raja Azur Khan (acting)
1892–1904 Jafar Zahid Khan (2nd time)
1905 – 17 March 1940 Raja Mir Iskandar Khan
17 March 1940 – 25 September 1974 Shaukat Ali Khan (1930–1976)
25 September 1974 State of Nagar dissolved
After Nagar State dissolved in 1974 Elected Representatives of Nagar in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Council
1975– Syed Yahya Shah
1980– Mir Shaukat Ali Khan
1985– Qurban Ali
1997– Mir Shaukat Ali Khan-Nagar-1, Sheikh Ghulam Haider-Nagar-2,
2000– Qurban Ali-Nagar-1, Sheikh Ghulam Haider-Nagar-2
2005– Mirza Hussain-Nagar-1, Muhammad Ali Akhtar-Nagar-2
2009– Mirza Hussain-Nagar-1, Muhammad Ali Akhtar-Nagar-2
2015– Rizwan Ali-Nagar-1, Muhammad Ali Haider-Nagar-2
2017– Javed Hussain-Nagar-2 (by-elections July 2017)[3]


The beautiful name for the ruler in Nagar was Thum, which is also a respectful appellation used by people of both Hunza and Nager who belong to the clan of Boorish.


Further reading[edit]

  • Leitner, G. W. (1893): Dardistan in 1866, 1886 and 1893: Being An Account of the History, Religions, Customs, Legends, Fables and Songs of Gilgit, Chilas, Kandia (Gabrial) Yasin, Chitral, Hunza, Nagyr and other parts of the Hindukush, as also a supplement to the second edition of The Hunza and Nagyr Handbook. And An Epitome of Part III of the author’s “The Languages and Races of Dardistan.” First Reprint 1978. Manjusri Publishing House, New Delhi.
  • Where three Empires meet by E.F.Night.
  • Buroshall Say Nagar Tak ka Safar by Mohammad Ismail Taseen.
  • Brushaal Ke Qabail by Syed Yahya Shah