Sialkot (Punjabi, Urdu: ), the capital of Sialkot District, is a city situated in the north-east of the Punjab province in Pakistan at the feet of the snow-covered peaks of Kashmir near the Chenab river. Formerly, Sialkot has been the winter-capital of the State of Kashmir. The city is about 125 km (78 mi) north-west of Lahore and only a few kilometers from Jammu in India. Sialkot (district) has a diverse population of 3,500,000 which mainly consists of Punjabis, Kashmiris and Pashtuns. The population of the Sialkot city (proper) is about 502,721. Population Density is 1160/km. Population Growth Rate is very low as compared to other urban areas of Pakistan. In 1947, Sialkot was the 6th largest city in Pakistan (150,000) and in 2009, it is the 13th largest.
Sialkot Junction is the main railway station in Sialkot city on the Wazirabad Narowal Railway line. It was established in 1880. Before partition (1947), it was also linked with Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) with Sialkot Jammu Line. As of 2008, this line is in working condition up to Sialkot Cantonment station only. Sialkot Junction has three passenger platforms, one luggage platform and one goods paltform with 5 central tracks four goods tracks and one oil terminal track. Computerised online reservation is also available. There are plans for setup of International Bussinus Trade and Display Centre at Sialkot Junction. (More...)
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