Rahim Yar Khan

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Rahim Yar Khan
رحیم یار خاں
Road in Rahim Yar Khan.jpg
Canal Road in Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan is located in Punjab, Pakistan
Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan
Location of Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan is located in Pakistan
Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan (Pakistan)
Coordinates: 28°25′12″N 70°18′0″E / 28.42000°N 70.30000°E / 28.42000; 70.30000Coordinates: 28°25′12″N 70°18′0″E / 28.42000°N 70.30000°E / 28.42000; 70.30000
Country Pakistan
ProvincePunjab, Pakistan Punjab
DistrictRahim Yar Khan
 • AdministratorMr Abdul Latif
 • Total92.71 km2 (35.80 sq mi)
83 m (272 ft)
 • Total477,100
 • Rank16th, Pakistan
 • Density5,100/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Calling code068
Number of tehsils4
Number of Union councils139

Rahim Yar Khan (رحیم یار خاں) is a city in Punjab province of Pakistan. It is the 16th largest city of Pakistan by population.[2] It is the capital of the Rahim Yar Khan District and Rahim Yar Khan Tehsil. The administration of the city is subdivided into nine Union Councils.


It has been renamed customarily amid last 5000 years, first available (on record) name was AROR or ALOR, and then it became City of Pattan, Phul Wada, Noshehra and now Rahim Yar Khan. The ancient tower of Pattan Minarah is standing just 13 km away from city center in the south in its original form. Ummayads led by Muhammad Bin Qasim conquered the key cities of Uch and Multan after conquest of Sindh. After that Arabs ruled the vast areas of Punjab including Rahim Yar Khan region.[3]

Rahim Yar Khan region was part of Multan province of Mughal Empire.[4] In 1881, Nawab of Bahawalpur gave this city its current name by naming it after his first-born son and crown prince Rahim Yar Khan.[5][6]

Rahim Yar Khan has had the status of a separate district since 1943. The district derives its name from its headquarters, the city of Rahim Yar Khan, which was known as "Naushehra" until 1881. To avoid confusion with the similarly named city of Nowshera, the ruler of Bahawalpur, Nawab Sadiq Khan IV, renamed it after his first son, Rahim Yar Khan.[7]


The population of city in 1998 was 233,537, but according to the 2017 Census of Pakistan, the population rose to 420,419 with a growth of about 80.02% in 19 years.[8]


Rahim Yar Khan Tehsils Population
Cities & Town Name 1999 2017 2021
Sadiqabad 133,986 239,677 278,935
Rahim Yar Khan 280,263 419,419 477,983
Khanpur 120,382 184,793 233,232
Liaqatpur 20,342 43,454 53,454


Litercy Rate of Rahim Yar Khan[edit]

The literacy rate for persons 15 years or older in the city is 78.6%.

Universities and colleges[edit]


  • Beaconhouse School System
  • Lahore Grammar School
  • Oxbridge Secondary School
  • Oxbridge College
  • Sheikh Zaid Public School
  • The City School
  • IIUI Schools RYK Campus
  • Star Schools of Sciences
  • MTB Schools and Colleges
  • National Garrission Cadet School
  • Holy Cross Catholic High School
  • Al-Muslim Schools and Girls College
  • Al Shoaib Grammar School
  • Al Meezan Schools
  • Punjab Daanish School (Boys/Girls) Rahim Yar Khan
  • NIMS School System
  • Moazzam-Ur-Rehman Public School


  • Oxbridge Pre Schools
  • EDUCATE Pre School
  • New Day School


  • Madrassa Al Khair, First Class Madrassa



Flyover in Rahim Yar Khan


Shaikh Zayed International Airport is located in Rahim Yar Khan. It serves the people of city with domestic and international flights.[9] There are daily flight from this airport to Karachi, twice in a week to/from Lahore, and once a week to Islamabad.


Rahim Yar Khan is connected with rest of the country through rail. The Rahim Yar Khan railway station is a major railway station of Pakistan Railways on the Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Pakistan: Provinces and Major Cities – Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information".
  2. ^ "Pakistan City & Town Population List". Tageo.com website. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  3. ^ Firishtah, Muḥammad Qāsim Hindū Shāh Astarābādī (1770). The History of Hindostan. T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt.
  4. ^ Dasti, Humaira Faiz (1998). Multan, a Province of the Mughal Empire, 1525–1751. Royal Book. ISBN 978-969-407-226-5.
  5. ^ Profile of the city of Rahim Yar Khan on world66.com website Retrieved 11 March 2018
  6. ^ Rahim Yar Khan to become municipal corporation Samaa TV News website, Published 13 December 2017, Retrieved 11 March 2018
  7. ^ "District Website". rahimyarkhan.dc.lhc.gov.pk. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Pakistan: Provinces and Major Cities – Population Statistics, Maps, Charts, Weather and Web Information".
  9. ^ "Shaikh Zaid – Pakistan".