|• Type||District Administration|
|• Deputy Commissioner||Bilal Hasham|
|• District Police Officer||N/A|
|• District Health Officer||N/A|
|• Total||6,524 km2 (2,519 sq mi)|
|• Density||230/km2 (590/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5 (PST)|
|Main language(s)||Punjabi, Dhani|
Chakwal District (Punjabi, Urdu: ضِلع چکوال) is in Pothohar Plateau of Punjab, Pakistan. It is located in the north of the Punjab province, Chakwal district is bordered by Khushab to its south, Rawalpindi to its north east, Jhelum to its east, Mianwali to its west and Attock to its north west. The district was created out of parts of Jhelum and Attock in 1985.
During British rule, Chakwal was a tehsil of Jhelum district, the population according to the 1891 census of India was 164,912 which had fallen to 160,316 in 1901. It contained the towns of Chakwal and Bhaun and 248 villages. The land revenue and cesses amounted in 1903-4 to 3–300,000. 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 Muslims refugees from India settled down in the Chakwal District.
The district of Chakwal, which covers an area of 6,524 km², is subdivided into five tehsils. These tehsils were formerly part of neighbouring districts:: 1
The district is administratively subdivided into five tehsils and 68 union councils.
|Name of tehsil||No. of union councils||No. of villages||No. of public schools||No. of police stations||No. of post offices||Parent tehsil|
|Choa Saidan Shah||7||47||96||1||14||Chakwal|
There is one district council, two municipal committees — Chakwal and Talagang — and two town committees — Choa Saidan Shah and Kallar Kahar.
The district is represented in the National Assembly by two constituencies: NA-60 and NA-61. The district is represented in the provincial assembly by four elected MPAs and in National Assembly by two MNAs who represent the following constituencies:
|(PP-21)||Raja Yasir Hamayun Sarfaraz||Pakistan Tehreek Insaf |
|(PP-22)||Tanveer Aslam Malik||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|(PP-23)||Sardar Aftab Khan||Pakistan Tehreek Insaf|
|(PP-24)||Ammar Yasir||Pakistan Muslim League (Q)|
|(NA-64)||Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan||Pakistan Tehreek Insaf|
|(NA-65)||Choudari Perwaiz Ilahi||Pakistan Muslim League (Q)|
Chakwal district borders the districts of Rawalpindi and Attock in the north, Jhelum in the east, Khushab in the south and Mianwali in the west. The total area of Chakwal district is 6,609 square kilometres, which is equivalent to 1,652,443 acres (6,687.20 km2).
The southern portion runs up into the Salt Range and includes the Chail peak, 3,701 feet (1,128 m) above the sea, the highest point in the district. Between this and the Sohan river, which follows more or less the northern boundary, the country consists of what was once a fairly level plain, sloping down from 2,000 feet (610 m) at the foot of the hills to 1,400 feet (430 m) in the neighbourhood of the Sohan; the surface is now much cut up by ravines and is very difficult to travel over.
According to the 1998 census of Pakistan, the total population is 1,083,725 of which only 12.01% were urban — making Chakwal the most rural district in Punjab. The literacy rate in 1998 was 57%.
According to the 1998 census, the predominant first language of the district is Punjabi, spoken by 97.7% of the population. Pashto is the first language of 1.2%, and Urdu – of 0.9%.: 23 The local Punjabi dialects are Dhani and Awankari.
Chakwal has a total of 1,199 government schools out of which 52 percent (627 schools) are for female students. The district has an enrollment of 181,574 in public sector schools.
Educational institutions in the Chakwal District include: