Upper Dir District

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Upper Dir District
ضلع دیر بالا
Jazz banda dir.jpg
Hindukush Lowaro Top - 10.jpg
Top: Jahaz Banda in Kumrat valley
Bottom: Lowaro Top
Location of Upper Dir District (highlighted in red) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa map
Location of Upper Dir District (highlighted in red) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa map
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
 • TypeDistrict Administration
 • Deputy CommissionerN/A
 • District Police OfficerN/A
 • District Health OfficerN/A
 • Total3,699 km2 (1,428 sq mi)
 • Total947,401
 • Density260/km2 (660/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Number of Tehsils6
Main language(s)Pashto (93%),[2]: 21  Gawri

Upper Dir District (Pashto: بر دير ولسوالۍ, Urdu: ضلع دیر بالا) is a district in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The city of Dir is the district headquarters. Badogai Pass connects it to Utror.

At the time of independence, Dir was a princely state ruled by Nawab Shah Jehan Khan. It was merged with Pakistan in 1969 and later on declared as a district in 1970. In 1996, the Dir District was divided into Upper and Lower Dir districts. This district is situated in the northern part of Pakistan. It borders Chitral district and Afghanistan on the north and northwest and Swat district to the east, and on the south by Lower Dir District.People of Dir are very hospitable. Dir is also called The Land of Hospitality and Brave People.

Kalkot Kumrat valley,Kakad,{Doag Dair}°Upper Dir


The British Raj honored Muhammad sharif Khan as Nawab of Dir in 1898 . By declaring his allegiance to the British Raj, Khan/Nawab, once exiled to Afghanistan by Umara Khan Mastkhel was seated as Nawab of Dir. He was succeeded by his son Nawab Aurang Zeb in 1904, who ruled until his death in 1925. His son Sir Shah Jehan succeeded him and ruled the state for 35 long years. He was dethroned and kept in house arrest in Lahore until his death in 1966 . He was succeeded by Mohammad Shah Khisro Khan. He left all the business at the mercy of his advisor, a man deputed by the Govt:of Pakistan to mould the state into a settled district through gradual implementation of laws. In 1969, it was merged as a district with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In 1996, Dir District was divided into two districts-Lower and Upper Dir- with Timergara and Dir as their respective headquarters.


At the time of the 2017 census the district had a population of 947,401, of which 466,594 were males and 480,766 females. Rural population was 903,301 (95.35%) while the urban population was 44,100 (4.65%). The literacy rate was 46.09% - the male literacy rate was 64.84% while the female literacy rate was 28.85%. 471 people in the district were from religious minorities.[1]

Pashto was the predominant language, spoken by 90.78% of the population. Other languages, mainly various Kohistani languages, are spoken by 8.60% of the population.[1]


Upper Dir District has 3 Tehsils.[3]

National Assembly[edit]

This district is represented by one elected MNA (Member of National Assembly) in Pakistan National Assembly. Its constituency is NA-5 (Upper Dir).[4]

Member of National Assembly Party Affiliation Year
Molana Asad Ullah Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal 2002
Najum-din Khan Pakistan Peoples Party 2008
Sahibzada Sebgat Ullah Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf 2018

Provincial Assembly[edit]

Member of Provincial Assembly Party Affiliation Constituency Year
Malak Badsha Saleh Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians PK-10 Upper Dir-I 2018
Sahibzada Sanaullah Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians PK-11 Upper Dir-II 2018
Inayat Ullah Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal PK-12 Upper Dir-III 2018


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Except for Dir and a number of rapidly growing bazaar towns along the main roads, the population is rural, scattered in more than 1200 villages in the deep narrow valleys of the Panjkora and its tributaries.

Of these, notable villages are

Division of Dir[edit]

Dir upper pakistan 3.JPG

Popular places[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "District Wise Results / Tables (Census - 2017)". www.pbscensus.gov.pk. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  2. ^ 1998 District Census report of Upper Dir. Census publication. Vol. 104. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
  3. ^ "District Dir Upper".
  4. ^ "Election Commission of Pakistan". Archived from the original on 10 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.pdma.gov.pk/documents/District_Tehsil_and_Union_code_Reference_Map_Upper_Dir.pdf[permanent dead link]

Coordinates: 35°12′15″N 71°52′20″E / 35.20417°N 71.87222°E / 35.20417; 71.87222