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Lower Dir District

Lower Dir District (Pashto: لر / کوز دير ولسوالۍ‎, Urdu: ضِلع دیرِ زیریں‎) is a district in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. Timergara city is the district headquarters and largest city, while the second largest city is Chakdara.

Lower Dir District


ضلع دیرِ زیریں
Pakistan - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - Lower Dir.svg
Country Pakistan
Province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
HeadquartersTimergara
Area
 • District1,582 km2 (611 sq mi)
Population
 • District1,435,917
 • Density910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
 • Urban
40,373
 • Rural
1,395,544
Time zonePST
Main languagePashto (99.4)[2]:27
Websitehttp://dirlower.com/

At the time of independence, Dir was a princely state ruled by Nawab Shah Jehan Khan. It was merged in Pakistan in 1969 and later on declared a district in 1970. The district was formed in 1996, when the district of Dir was divided into Upper Dir and Lower Dir. The District borders with Swat District on its East, Afghanistan on its West, Upper Dir and Chitral on its North & north-west respectively and Malakand and Bajaur Agency on its South.

AdministrationEdit

The district is administratively subdivided into seven tehsils, Adenzai, Timergara, Balambat, Khall, Munda, Samar Bagh and Lal Qila Maidan, which contain a total of 41 Union Councils.[3] In Lower Dir, there are 7 tehsils:

Tehsil Union councils
Adenzai

Asbanr, Badwan, Chakdara, Khadagzai,Tazagram, Khanpur, Kotigram, Ouch

Balambat

Balambat, Hayaserai, Lajbook, Munjai, Koto, Rabat

Khall

Khall-I, Khall-II, Toormang-I, Toormang-II, Sultankhel (Payeen Dara)

Lal Qilla

Bishgram, Lal Qilla, Gall Maidan, Kotkai (Maidan), Zaimdara,

Munda

Khazana, Mia Kalai, Munda,

Samarbagh

Darangai, Kambat, Mayar, Maskini, Sadbar Kali, Samar Bagh

Timergara

Bagh Dush Khel,Saddo, Bandagai, Khungai, Malak Abad Ghara, Noora Khel, Shahi Khel Ziarat Talash, Timergara (Urban)

National AssemblyEdit

This district is represented by one elected MNA (Member of National Assembly) in Pakistan National Assembly. Its constituency is NA-34.[4]

Member of National Assembly Party Affiliation Year
Qazi Hussain Ahmad Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal 2002
Maulana Ahmad Ghafoor Ghawas Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal 2003
Malak Azmat Khan Pakistan Peoples Party 2008
Shahib Zada Muhammad Yaqub Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan 2013

Qazi Hussain Ahmad won the general elections in 2002 but he left the seat as he had also won from his native constituency. Therefore, in January 2003 bye-elections were held.

Provincial AssemblyEdit

The district is represented by four elected MPAs in the provincial assembly who represent the following constituencies, after shifting of three union council from the Upper Dir to Lower Dir the provincial constituency of upper Dir, PF-93 now consists of UCs Khall, Toor Mang and Akha Gram of Lower Dir :[5]


Notable peopleEdit

  • Syed Mehbob Shah (Current MNA PTI)

Siraj ul Haq, Emir of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DISTRICT AND TEHSIL LEVEL POPULATION SUMMARY WITH REGION BREAKUP: KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA" (PDF). Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  2. ^ 1998 District Census report of Lower Dir. Census publication. 31. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1999.
  3. ^ "Tehsils & Unions in the District of Lower Dir – Government of Pakistan". nrb.gov.pk.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2015-11-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Constituencies and MPAs – Website of the Provincial Assembly of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Archived 2008-04-28 at the Wayback Machine

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