Qila Didar Singh
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Qalla Didar Singh (Urdu: قلعہ دِيدار سِنگھ), is a town of Gujranwala District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is located at 32°8' N 74°1' E, west of Gujranwala city - the district capital. Its population was estimated to be 54,849 in 2005. Qila Didar Singh lies on the Gujranwala-Hafizabad Road, 17 km west of Gujranwala. The town's rice market is one of the largest in the Punjab. In 2007, Qila Didar Singh was administratively upgraded to City Town, one of four in the Gujranwala District.
Affiliated with the University of the Punjab, there are two Govt colleges in town, one each for boys and girls, which offer BA and BSc degrees, among others. Qila Didar Singh is centre of education and shopping for nearby villages.
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The origin of the town is related to a Sikh land owner called Didar Singh. When Didar Singh was married, his father gave him the lands surrounding the part of Qila Didar Singh that is currently known as "Old/Inside part of Qila". The name Qila implies a fort; this name originates in the fact that Didar Singh's family had a very large and tall mansion, which was surrounded by smaller houses. Because there was a wall surrounding the whole town with several gates, the town had the appearance of a fort.
During the Indian rebellion of 1857, British troops during chase of the rebels, arrived at the Qila and surrounded it, believing it to be a fort. Representatives of the townpeople however managed to convince the troops that the town was not in fact a fortification.
In 1947, the year of Pakistan's independence from the British Indian Empire, Qila Didar Singh was a very small town with mainly Sikh and Hindu population. Most of the Sikhs and Hindus living in the town moved to the Indian part of the Punjab and many Muslim immigrants moved to the area from the East Punjab, Haryana.
Source of income
Most people from Qila Didar Singh are self employed, have their own business because of very big rice market and lot of customer for other commodities also come from the surrounding villages. There are government employees, private employees and factory workers. There has been considerable migration from the area to other countries. Residents of Qila Didar Singh are not farmers but people living in villages around Qila Didar Singh earn their living from rice and wheat fields. A couple of hundred people from Qallla Didar Singh commute to Gujranwala daily for labour or to do technical jobs in various small industries in the city. Leaving their families at home, many others work in different parts of Pakistan for their living. also in Qalla Didar Singh's some small Factories (karkhana) is too working and many people makes different kinds of Mechanical items.qila didar is a market for sarounding villages and peoples from all villages come to qila didar sing for shopping
Qila Dev,Chak Umer, Chahil Kalan, Thatha Basao, Noor Pur, Juana,Khaliqpur , Hager, Uggu Chak, Herdo Deuory, Jodeh Pur, Kot Shah Muhammad,Bair Wala Botala Janda Singh,Wazir ke Chattha, Papnakha, SaahnKy, Ball, Kalowali, Nokhar,Qalla Diwan Singh,Philoki, Sago Pago, Panj Graïn, Chugian, KamoMalhi. Kheewa, Mosa, Chak Jaid, Herdoopur, Maan, Qazi Kot,Kot Ladha, Abdullah pur and Nawan Pind are villages surrounding Qila Didar Singh.Qazi Kot.
Khabekay village also.