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The Districts of Pakistan (Urdu: اِضلاعِ پاكِستان‎), are the third-order administrative divisions of Pakistan, below provinces and divisions, but form the first-tier of local government. In total, there are 156 districts in Pakistan.

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HistoryEdit

Prior to 2001, there were 106 districts but with the reorganization, these were reduced to 102 by the merger of the five districts of Karachi Central, Karachi East, Karachi South, Karachi West and Malir to form Karachi District. The number of districts rose to 106 again in December 2004, when four new districts were created in the province of Sindh of which one (Umerkot) had existed until 2000 and three districts (Kashmore, Qambar and Jamshoro) were newly created.[1][a] The new districts were carved out of Mirpur Khas, Jacobabad, Larkana and Dadu Districts respectively. In May 2005, the Punjab provincial government created a new district by raising the status of Nankana Sahib from a tehsil of Sheikhupura District to a district in its own right.[2][b] On 11 July 2011, the Sindh Government restored again the districts of Karachi South, Karachi East, Malir, Karachi West and Karachi Central, then later in 2013, the district of Korangi was carved out of Karachi East District. In Azad Jammu & Kashmir, a second-tier of government was formed from three administrative divisions into ten districts. In Gilgit–Baltistan, there are nine districts divided between the two regions of Gilgit and Baltistan. In 2018, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and FATA agencies were converted into districts.

Chagai is the largest district of Pakistan by area while Lahore District is the largest by population with total population of 11,126,285 by 2017 census. Quetta is the largest district of Balochistan by population with total population of 2,275,699 by 2017 census. Bahawalpur is the largest district of Punjab by area. Chitral is the largest by area and Peshawar is the largest by population from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the population of 4,269,079 by Census 2017. Sindh's largest district by area is Tharparkar[3] and by population its Karachi West with a population of 3,914,757 by 2017 Census. The combined population of six districts of Karachi division is over 16 million by 2017 census making an average population of these six districts of Karachi division over 2.675 million each. Neelum and Kotli are the largest from Azad Kashmir by area and population respectively. Gilgit is the largest by area and population both for Gilgit-Baltistan.

Provinces and TerritoriesEdit

Sr. No. States / Provinces Districts Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)[4]
Density
(people/km²)
Country of Comparable Size
1 Azad Jammu & Kashmir 10 13,297 2,972,500 223.55   Montenegro
2 Balochistan 34[5] 347,190 12,344,408 35.55   Germany
3 Gilgit-Baltistan 10 72,971 3,500,000 47.96   Sierra Leone
4 Islamabad Capital Territory 1 906 2,006,572 2214.76   São Tomé and Príncipe
5 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 34[6] 101,741 35,525,047 349.17   Iceland
6 Punjab 36[7] 205,345 110,012,442 535.74   Belarus
7 Sindh 29[8] 140,914 47,886,051 339.82   Tajikistan

Azad Jammu & KashmirEdit

# District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
1 Muzaffarabad Muzaffarabad 2,496 615,000 375 Muzaffarabad
2 Jhelum valley Jhelum valley 854 225,000 263 Muzaffarabad
3 Neelum Athmuqam 3,621 171,000 47 Muzaffarabad
4 Mirpur Mirpur 1,010 419,000 415 Mirpur
5 Bhimber Bhimber 1,516 401,000 265 Mirpur
6 Kotli Kotli 1,862 746,000 401 Mirpur
7 Poonch Rawalakot 855 524,000 613 Poonch
8 Bagh Bagh 770 351,000 456 Poonch
9 Haveli Forward Kahuta 598 138,000 231 Poonch
10 Sudhnati Pallandari 569 278,000 489 Poonch

BalochistanEdit

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)[9]
Density
(people/km²)
Division
1 Awaran Awaran 29,510[10] 122,011 4 Kalat
2 Barkhan Barkhan 3,514 171,556 48.8 Zhob
3 Chagai Chagai 44,748[11] 226,008 5 Quetta
4 Dera Bugti Dera Bugti 10,160 312,603 31 Sibi
5 Gwadar Gwadar 12,637 263,514 21 Makran
6 Harnai[12] Harnai 4,096 97,017 24 Sibi
7 Jafarabad Dera Allahyar 2,445 513,813 210 Nasirabad
8 Jhal Magsi Jhal Magsi 3,615 149,225 41 Nasirabad
9 Kachhi Dhadar 7,499 237,030 32 Nasirabad
10 Kalat Kalat 6,622 412,232 62 Kalat
11 Kech Turbat 22,539 909,116 40 Makran
12 Kharan Kharan 8,958 156,152 17 Kalat
13 Khuzdar Khuzdar 35,380 802,207 23 Kalat
14 Killa Abdullah Chaman 3,293 757,578 230 Quetta
15 Killa Saifullah Killa Saifullah 6,831 342,814 50 Zhob
16 Kohlu Kohlu 7,610 214,350 28 Sibi
17 Lasbela Uthal 15,153 574,292 38 Kalat
18 Lehri Bakhtiarabad 9,830 118,046 12 Nasirabad
19 Loralai Loralai 9,830 397,400 40 Zhob
20 Mastung Mastung 5,896 266,461 45 Kalat
21 Musakhel Musa Khel Bazar 5,728 167,017 29 Zhob
22 Nasirabad Dera Murad Jamali 3,387 490,538 145 Nasirabad
23 Nushki[13] Nushki 5,797 178,796 31 Quetta
24 Panjgur Panjgur 16,891 316,385 19 Makran
25 Pishin Pishin 7,819 736,481 94 Quetta
26 Quetta Quetta 2,653 2,275,699 858 Quetta
27 Sherani Sherani 2,800 153,116 55 Zhob
28 Sibi Sibi 7,796 135,572 17 Sibi
29 Sohbatpur Sohbatpur 7,796 200,538 26 Nasirabad
30 Washuk Washuk 29,510 176,206 6 Kalat
31 Zhob Zhob 20,297 310,544 15 Zhob
32 Ziarat Ziarat 1,489 160,422 108 Kalat

Gilgit–BaltistanEdit

# District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(1998)
Division
1 Ghanche Khaplu 6,400 88,366 Baltistan
2 Skardu Skardu 15,000 214,848 Baltistan
3 Astore Gorikot 8,657 71,666 Gilgit
4 Diamer Chilas 10,936 131,925 Gilgit
5 Ghizer Gakuch 9,635 120,218 Gilgit
6 Gilgit Gilgit 38,000 243,324 Gilgit
7 Hunza Ali Abad 17,145 80,355 Gilgit
8 Kharmang Tolti 20,000[14] Baltistan
9 Shigar Shigar 8,500 109,000 Baltistan
10 Nagar Nagar 15,567 89,420 Gilgit

Khyber PakhtunkhwaEdit

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)[15]
Density
(people/km²)
Division
1 Abbottabad Abbottabad 1,967 1,332,912 785 Hazara
2 Bajaur Khar 1,290 1,093,684 848 Malakand
3 Bannu Bannu 1,227 1,167,892 952 Bannu
4 Battagram Battagram 1,301 476,612 366 Hazara
5 Buner Daggar 1,865 897,319 481 Malakand
6 Charsadda Charsadda 996 1,616,198 1,623 Peshawar
7 Chitral Chitral 14,850 447,362 30 Malakand
8 Dera Ismail Khan Dera Ismail Khan 7,326 1,627,132 222 Dera Ismail Khan
9 Hangu Hangu 1,097 518,798 473 Kohat
10 Haripur Haripur 1,725 1,003,031 581 Hazara
11 Karak Karak 3,372 706,299 209 Kohat
12 Khyber Landi Kotal 2,576 986,973 383 Peshawar
13 Kohat Kohat 2,545 993,874 390 Kohat
14 Kurram Parachinar 3,380 619,553 201 Kohat
15 Kolai Pallas - - - - Hazara
16 Lakki Marwat Lakki Marwat 3,164 876,182 277 Bannu
17 Lower Dir Timergara 1,582 1,435,917 908 Malakand
18 Lower Kohistan Pattan 7,492 784,711* 105 Hazara
19 Malakand Batkhela 952 720,295 757 Malakand
20 Mansehra Mansehra 4,579 1,556,460 340 Hazara
21 Mardan Mardan 1,632 2,373,061 1,454 Mardan
22 Mohmand Ghalanai 2,296 466,984 203 Peshawar
23 North Waziristan Miranshah 4,707 543,254  115 Bannu
24 Nowshera Nowshera 1,748 1,518,540 869 Peshawar
25 Orakzai Kalaya 1,538 254,356 165 Kohat
26 Peshawar Peshawar 1,257 4,269,079 3,396 Peshawar
27 Shangla Alpuri 1,586 757,810 478 Malakand
28 South Waziristan Wana 6,620 679,185  103 DI Khan
29 Swabi Swabi 1,543 1,624,616 1,053 Mardan
30 Swat Saidu Sharif 5,337 2,309,570 433 Malakand
31 Tank Tank 1,679 391,885 233 Dera Ismail Khan
32 Torghar Judba 497 171,395 345 Hazara
33 Upper Dir Dir 3,699 946,421 256 Malakand
34 Upper Kohistan Dasu 7,492 784,711* 105 Hazara

The following subdivisions are not part of any specific district.

Sr. No. Subdivision Headquarters Households Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)
Density
(people/km²)
1 Bannu Bannu 4,188 745 43,114  58
2 Dera Ismail Khan Dera Ismail Khan 6,924 2,008 68,556 34
3 Kohat Kohat 14,339 446 118,578 266
4 Lakki Marwat Lakki Marwat 3,348 132 26,359 200
5 Peshawar Peshawar 7,065 261 64,691 248
6 Tank Tank 4,165 1,221 36,389  30

PunjabEdit

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)
Density
(people
per
km²)
Division
1 Attock Attock 6,858 1,883,556 275 Rawalpindi
2 Bahawalnagar Bahawalnagar 8,878 2,981,919 336 Bahawalpur
3 Bahawalpur Bahawalpur 24,830 3,668,106 148 Bahawalpur
4 Bhakkar Bhakkar 8,153 1,650,518 202 Sargodha
5 Chakwal Chakwal 6,524 1,495,982 229 Rawalpindi
6 Chiniot Chiniot 2,643 1,369,740 518 Faisalabad
7 Dera Ghazi Khan Dera Ghazi Khan 11,922 2,872,201 241 Dera Ghazi Khan
8 Faisalabad Faisalabad 5,856 7,873,910 1,345 Faisalabad
9 Gujranwala Gujranwala 3,622 5,014,196 1,384 Gujranwala
10 Gujrat Gujrat 3,192 2,756,110 863 Gujranwala
11 Hafizabad Hafizabad 2,367 1,156,957 489 Gujranwala
12 Jhang Jhang 8,809 2,743,416 311 Faisalabad
13 Jhelum Jhelum 3,587 1,222,650 341 Rawalpindi
14 Kasur Kasur 4,796 3,454,996 720 Lahore
15 Khanewal Khanewal 4,349 2,921,986 672 Multan
16 Khushab Jauharabad 6,511 1,281,299 197 Sargodha
17 Lahore Lahore 1,772 11,126,285 6,279 Lahore
18 Layyah Layyah 6,291 1,824,230 290 Dera Ghazi Khan
19 Lodhran Lodhran 2,778 1,700,620 612 Multan
20 Mandi Bahauddin Mandi Bahauddin 2,673 1,593,292 596 Gujranwala
21 Mianwali Mianwali 5,840 1,546,094 265 Sargodha
22 Multan Multan 3,720 4,745,109 1,275 Multan
23 Muzaffargarh Muzaffargarh 8,249 4,322,009 524 Dera Ghazi Khan
24 Narowal Narowal 2,337 1,709,757 732 Gujranwala
25 Nankana Sahib[2] Nankana Sahib 2,960 1,356,374 458 Lahore
26 Okara Okara 4,377 3,039,139 694 Sahiwal
27 Pakpattan Pakpattan 2,724 1,823,687 669 Sahiwal
28 Rahim Yar Khan Rahim Yar Khan 11,880 4,814,006 405 Bahawalpur
29 Rajanpur Rajanpur 12,319 1,995,958 162 Dera Ghazi Khan
30 Rawalpindi Rawalpindi 5,286 5,405,633 1,322 Rawalpindi
31 Sahiwal Sahiwal 3,201 2,517,560 786 Sahiwal
32 Sargodha Sargodha 5,854 3,703,588 633 Sargodha
33 Sheikhupura Sheikhupura 5,960 3,460,426 580 Lahore
34 Sialkot Sialkot 3,016 3,893,672 1,291 Gujranwala
35 Toba Tek Singh Toba Tek Singh 3,252 2,190,015 673 Faisalabad
36 Vehari Vehari 4,364 2,897,446 664 Multan

SindhEdit

Sr. No. District Headquarters Area
(km²)
Population
(2017)
Density
(people/km²)
Division
1 Badin Badin 6,726 1,804,516 268 Banbhore
2 Dadu Dadu 7,866 1,550,266 197 Hyderabad
3 Ghotki Mirpur Mathelo 6,083 1,646,318 270 Sukkur
4 Hyderabad Hyderabad 5,519 2,199,463 398 Hyderabad
5 Jacobabad Jacobabad 5,278 1,006,297 191 Larkana
6 Jamshoro Jamshoro 11,250 993,142 88 Hyderabad
7 Karachi Central Karachi 69 2,971,626 43,067 Karachi
8 Karachi East Karachi 165 2,907,467 17,610 Karachi
9 Karachi South Karachi 122 1,791,751 14,686 Karachi
10 Karachi West Karachi 929 3,914,757 4,214 Karachi
11 Kashmore Kashmore 2,592 1,089,169 420 Larkana
12 Khairpur Khairpur 15,910 2,404,334 151 Sukkur
13 Korangi Korangi 95 2,457,019 25,918 Karachi
14 Larkana Larkana 7,423 1,524,391 205 Larkana
15 Malir Malir 2,268 2,008,901 886 Karachi
16 Matiari Matiari 1,417 769,349 543 Hyderabad
17 Mirpur Khas Mirpur Khas 2,925 1,505,876 515 Mirpur Khas
18 Naushahro Feroze Naushahro Feroze 2,945 1,612,373 548 Shaheed Benazir Abad
19 Qambar Shahdadkot Qambar 5,599 1,341,042 239 Larkana
20 Sanghar Sanghar 10,720 2,057,057 192 Mirpur Khas
21 Shaheed Benazir Abad Nawabshah 4,502 1,612,847 358 Shaheed Benazir Abad
22 Shikarpur Shikarpur 2,512 1,231,481 490 Larkana
23 Sujawal Sujawal 7,355 781,967 106 Banbhore
24 Sukkur Sukkur 2,512 1,487,903 592 Sukkur
25 Tando Allahyar Tando Allahyar 5,165 836,887 162 Hyderabad
26 Tando Muhammad Khan Tando Muhammad Khan 2,310 677,228 293 Hyderabad
27 Tharparkar Mithi 19,638 1,649,661 84 Mirpur Khas
28 Thatta Thatta 10,000[3] 979,817 98 Banbhore
29 Umerkot[16] Umerkot 5,608[3] 1,073,146 191 Mirpur Khas

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ No data is available on the recently created districts of Sindh Province.
  2. ^ No data is available on the recently created district of Nankana, which was part of Sheikhupura District.

All the figures require being re-checked. Data entry error has occurred in Sindh Province.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Four new districts in Sindh". Daily Times. 11 December 2004. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Nankana becomes district". Dawn.Com. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Population - Pakistan Bureau of Statistics" (PDF). pbscensus.gov.pk/. 
  4. ^ http://www.pbs.gov.pk/sites/default/files/PAKISTAN%20TEHSIL%20WISE%20FOR%20WEB%20CENSUS_2017.pdf
  5. ^ "Districts". Balochistan.gov.pk. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Government". Khyberpakhtunkhwa.gov.pk. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Districts | Punjab Portal". Punjab.gov.pk. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Map of Sindh". Government of Sindh. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.pbscensus.gov.pk/
  10. ^ "Home - Government of Balochistan" (PDF). balochistan.gov.pk. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "Country escapes major earthquake damage". Daily Times. 20 January 2011. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Harnai is new district of Balochistan". Dawn.Com. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kharan and Noshki District" (PDF). American Refugee Committee. July 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  15. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbscensus.gov.pk. 
  16. ^ "Historically & Geographically". District Government Umerkot. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 

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