Nowshera District

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Nowshera District
District
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
District Nowshera District
Headquarters Nowshera
Union Councils 47
Government
 • District Nazim Liaquat Khattak
Area
 • Total 1,748 km2 (675 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,394,000
 • Density 500/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)

Nowshera (Pashto: نوشار/نوشہرہ‎) is a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, its capital is Nowshera.

Previously it was known as Nowkhaar Province till it was annexed into British India via the Durand Line Agreement.

Prior to its establishment as a separate district in 1990, Nowshera was part of Peshawar District.[1] The district was also part of the Peshawar Division until the reforms of The Government of Pakistan.

Geography[edit]

Map of Nowshera district

1,748 km² total area. The population density is 608 persons per square kilometre. Total agricultural area is 52,540 hectors. The main source of income of the region is agriculture. Until 1988 Nowsehra was a tehsil (sub division) of Peshawar; in 1988 it became a district.

It is bordered by Peshawar District to the West, Mardan District to the North, Charsadda District to the North West, Swabi District to the North East, Kohat District to the South, Orakzai Agency to the South West & Attock District to the East.

Demography[edit]

The population counted in the 1998 census was 874,000,[2] and the predominant first language was Pashto, spoken natively by 91% of the population.[3] The previous census of 1981 reported that in the tehsil of Nowshera, Pashto was the language of 88% of households, while Punjabi accounted for 4.3%, Hindko – 4.2%, and Urdu – 2.9%.[4]

Religion[edit]

  • Sunni Islam is followed by 99% of the population.
  • Christianity is followed by 0.5% of the population.
  • Ahmadiyya is followed by 0.3% of the population.
  • Hinduism is followed by 0.1% of the population.

Cities and towns[edit]

Surya kheil

Tribes[edit]

Grand trunk road[edit]

The world famous Grand Trunk Road runs through the district.

Rivers[edit]

These rivers flow through Nowshera District

Parks[edit]

  • Kund Park
  • Mangloot Wildlife Park
  • Aza Khel Park
  • Jinnah Park
  • Cherat Chapri Wildlife Park

Notable people[edit]

Famous buildings[edit]

Hospitals/medical facilities[edit]

There are many other Government Health Care Facilities, Rural Health Care Centres, Basic Health Units & Civil Dispensaries all over the district.

Highways and motorways[edit]

Shrines[edit]

Kaka Sahib the most well respected saint of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa hails from Nowshera. His real name was Syed Kasteer Gul also known as Sheikh Rehamkar. He was descendant of Imam Jafar as Sadiq and his forefathers settled in this area some four generations ago. His descendants are known as Kakakhels. The family is highly respected in the Pashtun tribes and are respected even in the wildest tribal clans. They are big landlords and have an impressive presence in politics, military and civil bureaucracy.

Syed Abdul Wahab alias Akhund Panju Baba aka Baba Sahib was a famous Sufi and preacher of Islam. Thousands of Hindus embrace Islam on his hand. Baba sahib was migrated from Kalu Khan Sawabi area to Akbarpura, he started his teachings and preaching from the Misri Pura area of Akbarpura, where today his tomb is present. Baba Sahib Family is Syed and locally being called as Miangaan which still exists in the area. The Miangaan family is carrying on the Baba Sahib tasks of Preaching Islam till today, the present Gaddi Nasheen of the Akhund Panju Baba shrine is Peer Syed Obaid Ullah Shah S/O Syed Shamshad Ali Shah locally known as Pir Sb.

Sheikh Bahadur Baba shrine is in kanakhel and is visited daily by hundreds of devotees. He was father of Kaka Sahib and a very pious saint of his time.

Nandrak is Beautiful and Green Village of Distt Nowshera and the peoples of this village is hospitable and respectable and cooprative,(Muhammad Naeem Al Nandraki)

Wars and battles[edit]

Cantonments[edit]

These cantonments were created by the British Raj during British rule. There are three cantonments in Nowshera District:

Union councils[edit]

Nowshera District is divided into 47 Union Councils.

The councils are:

The largest by area is Nizampur & the smallest by area is Pabbi.

Provincial and National Assembly Seats[edit]

The district has 5 Provincial Seats in The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

They are:

  • PK-12
  • PK-13
  • PK-14
  • PK-15
  • PK-16

The district has 2 National Assembly Seats in The National Assembly of Pakistan.

They are:

  • NA-05
  • NA-06

The District is currently represented by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf who won all 7 Seats in the recent elections.

Military installations in Nowshera District[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PCO 1998, p. 1.
  2. ^ PCO 1998, p. 19.
  3. ^ PCO 1998, p. 24.
  4. ^ PCO 1981, p. 87.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 1981 District census report of Peshawar. District census Report. 26. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1983. p. 86. 
  • 1998 District census report of Nowshera. Census publication. 55. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1999. 

Coordinates: 33°56′N 71°59′E / 33.933°N 71.983°E / 33.933; 71.983