Rahim Yar Khan

Coordinates: 28°25′12″N 70°18′0″E / 28.42000°N 70.30000°E / 28.42000; 70.30000
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Rahim Yar Khan
رحیم یار خاں
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; 70.30000
Country Pakistan
ProvincePunjab, Pakistan Punjab
DistrictRahim Yar Khan
 • Total210.2 km2 (81.2 sq mi)
83 m (272 ft)
 • Total517,000
 • Density2,500/km2 (6,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Postal code
Calling code068
Number of tehsils4
Number of Union councils139

Rahim Yar Khan (Urdu: رحیم یار خان, romanizedRahīm Yār Khān; Urdu pronunciation: [ɾəɦiːm jɑːɾ xɑːn]) is a city in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is the 16th most populous city of Pakistan and the capital of the Rahim Yar Khan District. The administration of the city is subdivided into nine Union Councils.[2]

Famous Places

  • City Pull
  • City Centre
  • Royal Desert Palm Hotel
  • Taj Mahal Marquee
  • Etihad Club
  • Shaikh Zayed International Airport
  • Gulberg Town
  • Dari Sangi Canal
  • Etihad Town
  • Zam Zam Ladies Park
  • Jugnoo Park
  • City Park RYK
  • Press Club Chok
  • Town Hall
  • Abbasia Under Pass
  • Govt. Khawaja Fareed Graduate College
  • Dua Chowk
  • Bhong Mosque
  • Patan Minara
  • Islam Garh Fort


It has been renamed several times over the last 5,000 years. The earliest recorded 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 stands 13 km to the south of the city center in its original form. Ummayads led by Muhammad Bin Qasim conquered the 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 the city its current name by naming it after his first-born son and crown prince Rahim Yar Khan.

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 (1877-1881).[5]


The population of the city is 517,000 during the 2023 Census.[1]


Universities and colleges



Flyover in Rahim Yar Khan City


Shaikh Zayed International Airport is located in Rahim Yar Khan. It serves the people of city with domestic and international flights.[6] 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 railway station

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

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan Metro Area Population 1950-2024". macrotrends.net. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  2. ^ "county & Unions in the District of Rahim Yar Khan". National Reconstruction Bureau, Government of Pakistan website. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  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. ^ "Brief History of Rahim Yar Khan". District Courts Rahim Yar Khan website. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Shaikh Zaid Airport– Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan".