Mansehra District (Pashto: مانسہرہ ولسوالۍ, Urdu: ضِلع مانسہرہ) is a district in Hazara Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. Mansehra district and town are named after the Sikh Khalsa Army general Mahan Singh Mirpuri, who founded the city. It is an important and popular tourist destination due to the Lulusar-Dudipatsar National Park and Kaghan Valley area being located in the district and the Karakoram Highway passing through the district. It is main gateway to upper valleys of Kaghan, Naran and also to Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.
|Founded by||Sardar Raja Mahan Singh Mirpuri|
|• District Nazim||Sardar Said Ghulam (PLM(N))|
|• Total||4,579 km2 (1,768 sq mi)|
|• Density||340/km2 (880/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5 (PST)|
|Number of union councils||59|
|Number of tehsils||5|
It was established as a district in 1976, prior to which it was a tehsil within the former Hazara District. Two former subdivisions of Mansehra were split off into separate districts: Battagram in 1993, and Torghar District (formerly known as Kala Dhaka) in 2011.
The predominant language is Northern Hindko, which according to the 1981 census data for the Mansehra Tehsil was the language of communication within 72% of households. Pashto had a share of 14%. There are also speakers of the widely dispersed Gujari language, particularly in the Kaghan Valley. The local variety is intermediate between the eastern dialects of Gujari (spoken in Azad Kashmir) and the western group (from Chitral, Swat and Gilgit). There is also a small community in the village of Dani in Oghi Tehsil who speak the endangered Mankiyali language. Many people can write and speak Pakistani English.
Muslims dominates the district as a majority population along with minor population of Hindus and sikhs(who were very dominant here before 1947 indo-pak partition).
The district is represented in the National Assembly of Pakistan by two elected MNAs who represent the following constituencies:
The Kala Dhaka tehsil was separated as Torghar District in 2011.
Mansehra Tehsil union councils:
- "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). www.pbs.gov.pk.
- Census report of Mansehra 1998, p. 1.
- Census report of Batagram 1998, p. 18.
- Census report of Mansehra 1998, p. 96.
- Census report of Mansehra 1981, p. 73.
- Hallberg & O'Leary 1992, p. 96.
- Hallberg & O'Leary 1992, pp. 112–13, 135The particular variety studied was from the village of Mittikot, six kilometres west of Balakot.
- Anjum & Rehman 2015.
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- 1998 District census report of Batagram. Census publication. 18. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1999.
- 1981 District census report of Mansehra. District Census Report. 23. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1983.
- 1998 District census report of Mansehra. Census publication. 62. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2000.
- Anjum, Uzma; Rehman, Khawaja (2015). "A First Look at Mankiyali Language: An Endangered Language". Journal of Asian Civilizations. 38 (1): 177–90. ProQuest 1816873650.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
- Hallberg, Calinda E.; O'Leary, Clare F. (1992). "Dialect Variation and Multilingualism among Gujars of Pakistan". In O'Leary, Clare F.; Rensch, Calvin R.; Hallberg, Calinda E. (eds.). Hindko and Gujari. Sociolinguistic Survey of Northern Pakistan. Islamabad: National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University and Summer Institute of Linguistics. pp. 91–196. ISBN 969-8023-13-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)