Shangla District

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Shangla District
ضلع شانگله
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Headquarters Alpuri
 • Total 1,586 km2 (612 sq mi)
Population (1998)
 • Total 435,563
 • Density 274/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
District Council 28 seats

Shangla District is located in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

The district headquarters are located at Alpuri.[1] It was previously a subdivision of Swat District, but was upgraded to the status of a district on July 10, 1995.[2] The total area of the district is 1,586 square kilometres.[2] Shangla comprises two sub division, Alpuri and Puran Tehsil.[1]

Shangla has the lowest Human Development Index in the province and second lowest in the country.[3][4]


The district is bounded in the north by Kohistan District, in the east by Battagram District and the tribal area of Kala Dhaka (Black Mountain of Hazara), in the west by Swat District and in the south by Buner District.[2]


There are relics of the ancient Greek period at Pirsar, Chakesar and Daut. it is believed that Alexander the Great camped at Pirsar for a few days. There are also relics of the Hindu Shahi in Olandar-Ajmair.[5][better source needed]


Map of Shangla district

Shangla district consists of small valleys, and is situated between the hillocks and surrounded by high mountains full of forests comprising Pindrow Fir, Morinda Spruce, Blue Pine (Kail), Chir Pine and Deodar Cedar trees. The average elevation of the district is 2000 to 3000 meters above sea level.[2] The highest point (3,440 m) is near Kuz Ganrshal in the north of the district.[2]


According to the 1998 census, the district had a population of 435,563 with an average annual growth rate of 3.3% and population density of 274 persons per square kilometre.[6] The total number of households is 64,391 with an average household size of 8.1.

Almost the entire population is Muslim (99.8%) with very small numbers of Christians, Hindus, and Ahmadis.[6]

The district was hit by the 2015 Hindu Kush earthquake in which more than 18 people killed.[7]



  • 1998 District Census report of Shangla. Census publication. 106. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.