Quetta District

Quetta (Pashto: کوټه, Balochi: کویته, Urdu: کوئٹہ) is a district in the north-west of the Balochistan province of Pakistan, on the border with Kandahar province, Afghanistan. It is part of Quetta Division. The district is famous for its agriculture produce, most notably fruit orchards but also including apples and grapes. The Hanna Valley is an area where almonds are grown. The population counted in the 1998 census was 760,000, while in 2010 it was estimated at 1,235,000.[4]

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Top: Bolan Mosque, Quetta
Bottom: Hanna Lake
Map of Balochistan with Quetta District highlighted
Map of Balochistan with Quetta District highlighted
Coordinates: 30°10′N 67°00′E / 30.167°N 67.000°E / 30.167; 67.000Coordinates: 30°10′N 67°00′E / 30.167°N 67.000°E / 30.167; 67.000
Country Pakistan
Province Balochistan
EstablishedApril 1983
 • Deputy CommissionerAzeem Kakar[1]
 • District Police OfficerN/A
 • District Health OfficerN/A
 • Total3,447 km2 (1,331 sq mi)
 • Total2,269,473
 • Density660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PKT)
Number of Tehsils2


The ancient name of Quetta was Shalkot, a term by which it is still known among the people of the country. The district was held in turns by the Ghaznavids, Ghurids, and Mongols, and towards the end of the fifteenth century was conferred by the ruler of Herat on Shah Beg Arghun, who, however, had shortly to give way before the rising power of the Mughals. The Ain-i-Akbari mentions both Shal and Pishin as supplying military service and revenue to Akbar, however these areas passed with Kandahar to the Safavids. On the rise of the Khilji power in Kandahar at the beginning of the eighteenth century, simultaneously with that of the Baloch in Kalat, Quetta and Pishin became the battle-ground between Afghan and Baloch, Ahmad Shah Durrani finally handed Quetta over to the Khan of Kalat Nasir I for helping him against Persians in 1751, against the Marathas in Third Battle of Panipat (1761) and against the Sikhs in 1765.[5]

British EraEdit

During the 19th century Quetta (Shalkot) was captured by the British troops during the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1879.[citation needed]

On the advance of the British Army of the Indus in 1839, Captain Bean was appointed the first Political Agent in Shalkot, and the country was managed by him on behalf of Shah Shuja-ul-mulk. After Sir Robert Sandeman's mission to Kalat in 1876, the Quetta Fort was occupied by his escort and the country was managed on behalf of the Khan of Kalat up to 1883, when it was leased to the British Government for an annual rent of Rs. 25,000 through a treaty between Khan and the British Empire. It was formed, with Pishin and Shorarud, into a single administrative charge in 1883. Up to 1888 Old Chaman was the most advanced post on the frontier; but, on the extension of the railroad across the Khwaja Amran, the terminus was fixed at its present site, 7 miles (11 km) from that place. The boundary with Afghanistan was finally demarcated in 1895–6.[5]

The city area of Shalkot was inhabited by the Kasi tribe and the surroundings were occupied by Bazai Tribe with few other nomads including the tribes of Sulaimankhail, Kharoti, Nasar, and Baitanai. Being on the outskirts of Kandahar, it was not much developed. With the arrival of British troops, doors of development were opened. Very soon people saw roads, trains and schools in the area.[citation needed]

Administrative divisionsEdit


In 1975, Quetta and Pishin were made separate districts. Quetta District today consists of two towns,[6] and one sub-tehsil. District Quetta was declared as City District in 2001 having two tehsils and one sub-tehsil with total 67 Union councils.

Also categorized as the following:

Provincial assemblyEdit

The district is represented in the provincial assembly by six constituencies.[7]


In 2017, the population of the district was 2,269,473, of which 1,190,476 were male and 1,078,718 female. Rural population was 1,270,088 (55.96%) while the urban population was 999,385 (44.04%). The literacy rate was 58.76% - the male literacy rate was 69.56% while the female literacy rate was 46.74%. Islam was the predominant religion with 98.54% while Christians are 1.09% of the population.[3]

Languages of Quetta district (2017)

  Pashto (55.90%)
  Brahui (15.69%)
  Balochi (7.29%)
  Punjabi (4.60%)
  Urdu (2.34%)
  Sindhi (1.61%)
  Saraiki (1.46%)
  Hindko (1.15%)
  Others (9.96%)

At the time of the 2017 census, 55.90% of the population spoke Pashto, 15.69% Brahui, 7.29% Balochi, 4.60% Punjabi, 2.34% Urdu, 1.61% Sindhi, 1.46% Saraiki and 1.15% Hindko as their first language. Around 200,000 speakers of 'Other' languages were recorded in the census, mainly Hazaragi.[3] Hazaras, who speak Dari, are one of the other main ethnic groups in Quetta, having fled there as refugees since the 1990s.

In 1998, 74% of the population resided in urban areas.[8] The major religion is Islam (96%), but there are also Christian (2.7%) and Hindu (0.5%) communities.[9] The most common first languages according to the 1998 census are Pashto (30%), Balochi (28%) and Punjabi (16%).[10] The number for Balochi speakers also includes speakers of Brahui, who are normally bilingual with Balochi. Languages in the 1981 census were counted at the level of the household: Pashto was the language of 36% of households, Punjabi of 19%, Brahui of 17%, Urdu of 11% and Balochi of 5.1%.[11] There is also a population of Hazaras.[12]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Steps for improving law & order situation in Duki: DC Azeem Kakar". The Nation (newspaper). 20 January 2022. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  2. ^ 1998 Census, p. 1.
  3. ^ a b c "TABLE 5: 2017 Census" (PDF). pbs.gov.pk. Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  4. ^ PDD 2011, p. viii.
  5. ^ a b Quetta-Pishin - Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 21, p. 13-4
  6. ^ Towns & Unions in the City District of Quetta Archived February 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Provincial Assembly – Balochistan
  8. ^ 1998 Census, pp. 17, 21.
  9. ^ 1998 Census, p. 20.
  10. ^ 1998 Census, p. 22.
  11. ^ 1981 Census, p. 77.
  12. ^ 1998 Census, p. 7.


  • 1981 District census report of Quetta. District census report. Vol. 2. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1983.
  • 1998 District census report of Quetta. Census publication. Vol. 158. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 2001.
  • Planning & Development Department, Government of Balochistan (2011). Quetta District Development Profile (PDF) (Report).

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