Layyah (Saraiki and Urdu: ليّہ), previously spelled as Leiah, is a city in the Pakistan.[2] The city is headquarter of Layyah District and Layyah Tehsil. It is the 72nd largest city in Pakistan.[3]

Old Layyah city in Pakistan
Old Layyah city in Pakistan
Layyah is located in Pakistan
Coordinates: 30°57′55″N 70°56′38″E / 30.96528°N 70.94389°E / 30.96528; 70.94389
DivisionDera Ghazi Khan
DistrictLayyah District
 • Metro
6,291 km2 (2,429 sq mi)
143 m (469 ft)
 • City321,505
 • Rank72nd, Pakistan
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Calling code0606
Number of towns1
Number of Union councils36
Shrine of Rajan Shah, Layyah city in Layyah district, Pakistan

The main languages spoken in the city include Saraiki, Punjabi, and Urdu.


It lies between 30–45 to 31–24 deg north latitudes and 70–44 to 71–50 deg east longitudes. The area consists of a semi-rectangular block of sandy land between the Indus River and the Chenab River in Sindh Sagar Doab. The total area covered by the district is 6,291 km2 with a width from east to west of 88 km and a length from north to south of 72 km.


The town was founded around 1550 by Kamal Khan Mirani, a descendant of Ghazi Khan Mirani who laid foundation of Dera Ghazi Khan. The region was part of Multan province of Mughal Empire.[4] Around 1610, the town was taken from the Mirani rulers by the Jaskani Balochs, who held it until 1787. Abdun Nabi Sarai was appointed Governor by Timur Shah Durrani, but three years later it was included in the Governorship of Muhammad Khan Sadozai, who transferred his seat of Government to Mankera. In 1794, Humayun Shah, the rival claimant to the throne of Kabul, was captured near Layyah and brought into the town, where his eyes were put out by order of Zaman Shah. Under the Sikh Government, the town once more became the centre of administration for the neighbouring tract, and after the British occupation in 1849, was for a time the headquarters of a Civil Administrative Division. This administrative status of Layyah was short-lived and the British reduced it to the level of Tehsil headquarters, making it a part of Dera Ismail Khan. In 1901, Layyah was transferred to the new District of Mianwali. Later on, it was made part of the Muzaffargarh District. In 1982, Layyah Tehsil was upgraded to District headquarters comprising three Tehsils: Layyah, Karor and Chaubara. The municipality was created in 1875.[5]

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  1. ^ "PAKISTAN: Provinces and Major Cities". PAKISTAN: Provinces and Major Cities. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  2. ^ Tehsils & Unions in the District of Layyah Archived 2011-08-07 at the Wayback Machine. National Reconstruction Bureau, Government of Pakistan
  3. ^ "PAKISTAN: Provinces and Major Cities". PAKISTAN: Provinces and Major Cities. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ Dasti, Humaira Faiz (1998). Multan, a Province of the Mughal Empire, 1525-1751. Royal Book. ISBN 978-969-407-226-5.
  5. ^ History Layyah Archived 2019-04-05 at the Wayback Machine.

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