Nankana Sahib District

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Nankana Sahib
ضِلع ننكانہ صاحِب
Coordinates: 31°26′58″N 73°42′23″E / 31.449561°N 73.70648°E / 31.449561; 73.70648Coordinates: 31°26′58″N 73°42′23″E / 31.449561°N 73.70648°E / 31.449561; 73.70648
Country Pakistan
Province Punjab
Capital Nankana Sahib
Established May 2005
Headquarters Nankana Sahib
 • Total 2,960 km2 (1,140 sq mi)
Population (2017)[1]
 • Total 1,356,374
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Number of Tehsils 3

Nankana Sahib District (Punjabi and Urdu: ضِلع ننكانہ صاحِب‎) is a district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. Nankana Sahib is the seat of the district government, and Shahkot is the largest urban center. The district of Nankana Sahib is located about 75 kilometres (47 mi) west of Lahore and about 55 kilometres (34 mi) east of Faisalabad.

According to the 1998 census results, the most widely spoken first language[2] in the Nankana Sahib Tehsil was Punjabi, accounting for 98.6% of the population, while Urdu was the native language of 0.41%.[3] According 2017 census, total district population is 1,356,774 of which 1,110,321 residing in rural area and 246,053 in urban area.


The area around Nankana Sahib was formerly a tehsil of Sheikhupura District. In May 2005, the Punjab government decided to raise the status of Nankana Sahib to that of a district[4] as a way of promoting development in the area, and investment from Indian Sikhs.[citation needed]

District development[edit]

The possibility of the development of a university, named after Guru Nanak, has been raised.[5]

The Punjab government decided to link Nankana Sahib District with the provincial capital, Lahore. With these plans the Punjab government is completing "Khanqah Dogran Interchange" (on the M-2) very swiftly, which is a helpful project to develop the newly created District of Nankana Sahib. This will also give access to the Grand Trunk Road, which leads to the Indian Punjab from the Wagah border. Nankana Sahib-Amritsar bus was inaugurated by Ex-Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh.[6]


  1. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-29. 
  2. ^ "Mother tongue": defined as the language of communication between parents and children.
  3. ^ 1998 District Census report of Sheikhupura. Census publication. 79. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000. pp. 105–6. 
  4. ^ District Profile: Central Punjab- Nankana Sahib - Dawn Pakistan
  5. ^ "Pak govt to start work on Guru Nanak varsity at Nankana Sahib". Indian Express. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Department of Transport, Punjab, India". Retrieved 2013-02-18.