Toba Tek Singh District
ضلع ٹوبہ ٹیک سنگھ
ضلع ٹوبھا ٹیک سنگھ
ਜ਼ਿਲ੍ਹਾ ਟੋਭਾ ਟੇਕ ਸਿੰਘ
|Headquarters||Toba Tek Singh|
|• Type||District Administration|
|• Deputy Commissioner||N/A|
|• District Police Officer||N/A|
|• District Health Officer||N/A|
|• District of Punjab||4,364 km2 (1,685 sq mi)|
|• District of Punjab||2,191,495|
|• Density||500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5 (PST)|
|Number of Tehsils||4|
Toba Tek Singh District (Urdu: ضلع ٹوبہ ٹیک سنگھ, Punjabi: ضلع ٹوبھا ٹیک سنگھ) is a district of Faisalabad Division in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is located between 30°33' to 31°2' Degree north latitudes and 72°08' to 72°48' Degree longitudes. It became a separate district in 1982.
The city and district is named after a Sikh religious figure Tek Singh. Legend has it that Tek Singh, a kind-hearted man served water and provided shelter to the worn out and thirsty travelers passing by a small pond ("TOBA" in Punjabi) which eventually was called Toba Tek Singh, and the surrounding settlement acquired the same name. There is also a park here named after Tek Singh.
Toba Tek Singh was developed by the British toward the end of the 19th Century when a canal system was built. People from all over the Punjab (currently Indian and Pakistani Punjab) moved there as farmlands were allotted to them. Most of the people who migrated there belonged to Lahore, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur districts. The Imperial Gazetteer of India described the tehsil of Toba Tek Singh as follows:
Tehsil of the new Faisalabad District, Punjab, lying between 30°50' and 31°23' N. and 72° 20' and 72°54' E., with an area of 865 square miles (2,240 km2). The population in 1906 was 148,984. It contains 342 villages, including Toba Tek Singh (population, 1,874), the headquarters, and Gojra (2,589), an important grain market on the Wazirabad-Khanewal branch of the North-Western Railway. The land revenue in 1905-6 amounted to Rupees 470,000. The tehsil consists of a level plain, wholly irrigated by the Chenab Canal. The soil, which is very fertile in the east of the tehsil, becomes sandy towards the west. The boundaries of the tehsil were somewhat modified at the time of the formation of the new District of Faisalabad (formerly called Lyallpur).
The predominantly Muslim population supported Muslim League and Pakistan Movement. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, the minority Hindus and Sikhs migrated to India while the Muslim refugees from India settled in the Toba Tek Singh District.
During the 1970s, when many Pakistani cities were renamed to change names given after British Rulers to their original or native names, or to names more acceptable to the local population (for example, Montgomery was renamed to its old original name Sahiwal), Toba Tek Singh remained one of the very few cities to maintain its original name mainly because of noble reputation of Tek Singh. In 1982, Toba Tek Singh, formerly a subdivision, was separated from Faisalabad District and became a separate district.
in 1970, the historical Kisan Conference saw 200,000 Kisans (peasants) and progressive people from the whole country gathered in Toba Tek Singh. The conference had a great impact on the political history of Pakistan and led to the land reforms during the regime of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
Toba Tek Singh is located in central Punjab and occupies 3252 square kilometers and is made up of large areas of lowlands that flood frequently during the rainy season; the floods originate from the Ravi River that runs along the southern and southeastern borders. During the British Raj, Toba Tek Singh had a small Sikh population, much of which migrated to India after the partition in 1947, while many Muslim refugees from modern-day India settled in the Toba Tek Singh District.
At the time of the 2017 census the district had a population of 2,191,495, of which 1,100,365 were males and 1,090,879 females. Rural population is 1,749,524 while the urban population is 441,971. The literacy rate was 67.32%. Muslims were the predominant religious community with 96.83% of the population while Christians were 3.05% of the population.
Toba Tek Singh People
As per University of Agriculture, Faisalabad research, after Karachi, Toba Tek Singh is the second hub of poultry products in Pakistan. Farmers grow orange (kinoo) gardens and have a major role in the export of oranges from Pakistan. Many Toba people are overseas Pakistanis and these make a major contribution to the Pakistani economy.
|Name of Tehsil||No of Union Councils||Parent Tehsil|
|Gojra||24||Toba Tek Singh|
|Toba Tek Singh||30||Toba Tek Singh|
|NA-111||Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|NA-112||Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|NA-113||Riaz Fatyna||Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf|
|PP-84||Bilal Asghar Warraich||Pakistan Muslim League (Q)|
|PP-85||Abdul Qadeer Alvi||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|PP-86||Saeed Ahmed Saeedi||Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf|
|PP-87||Lieutenant Colonel (R) Sardar Muhammad Ayub Khan Gadhi||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|PP-88||Nazia Raheel||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|PP-89||Makhdoom Syed Ali Baba||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
Major towns in Toba Tek Singh District are:
- Muhammad Hamza Former Member of the Senate of Pakistan (PML-N) NA-92.
- Amjad Javed Saleemi Ex-Inspector General, Punjab Police (October 2018 to April 2019).
- Riaz Fatyana MNA (PTI) NA-113 Chairman Standing Committee on Law and Justice, Member Public Accounts Committee, Convener SDG's, Member NACTA EX Minister for Education, Finance and Information, Punjab.
- Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry MNA NA112-NA93, Minister Postal and Communication Services (2017-18), Member Public Accounts Committee.
- The Governor of Punjab, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar (2013 – 2018 )(2018 – 2023), Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), Chairman of Sarwar Foundation.
- Ashifa Riaz Fatyana MPA (PTI) (Minister for Women's development), Punjab
- Ehsan Riaz Fatyana MPA PP-58 (Independent).
- Ijaz ul Haq EX-MNA (son of former President of Pakistan, Zia ul Haq)
- Asad Ur Rehman EX- MNA (PML-N).
- Nazia Raheel EX-MPA (PMLN).
- Khalid Ahmed Khan Kharal EX-MNA (PPPP).
- Shafqat Rasool Pakistan Hockey Team player
- "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)". www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
- "Toba Tek Singh District". District Government Toba Tek Singh website. 2 February 2007. Archived from the original on 24 March 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
- "Toba Tek Singh District profile". Government of Punjab website. 30 August 2003. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
- Muhammad Hassan Miraj (10 June 2013). "The story of Toba Tek Singh (For whom the bell tolls)". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 2 June 2021.
- Toba Tek Singh – Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 23, p. 406 Digital South Asia Library website, Retrieved 1 June 2021
- University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Sub-Campus Toba Tek Singh - Overview) Retrieved 1 June 2021
- TOBA TEK SINGH: Citrus plants to be grown in 30 orchards Dawn (newspaper), Published 30 January 2004, Retrieved 1 June 2021
- "Legislators from Toba Tek Singh – Provincial Assembly of Punjab". Provincial Assembly of Punjab website. Archived from the original on 2 July 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
- "Election Results 2008 Punjab Assembly". Election Commission of Pakistan website. 13 April 2008. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
- Toba Tek Singh profile on Punjab's government website