Rahim Yar Khan (Urdu: رحیم یار خان, romanizedRahīm Yār Khān; Urdu pronunciation: [ɾəɦiːm jɑːɾ xɑːn]) is a city in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is the 9th largest city of Pakistan by population. It is the capital of the Rahim Yar Khan District and Rahim Yar Khan County. The administration of the city is subdivided into nine Union Councils.[2]

Rahim Yar Khan
رحیم یار خاں
Rahim Yar Khan is located in Punjab, Pakistan
Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan
Location of Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan is located in Pakistan
Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan
Rahim Yar Khan (Pakistan)
Coordinates: 28°25′12″N 70°18′0″E / 28.42000°N 70.30000°E / 28.42000; 70.30000
Country Pakistan
ProvincePunjab, Pakistan Punjab
DistrictRahim Yar Khan
 • Total102.54 km2 (39.59 sq mi)
83 m (272 ft)
 • Total504,000
 • Density4,900/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)
Postal code
Calling code068
Number of tehsils4
Number of Union councils139

History edit

It has been renamed several times over the last 5,000 years. The earliest recorded name was AROR or ALOR, and then it became City of Pattan, Phul Wada, Noshehra and now Rahim Yar Khan. The ancient tower of Pattan Minarah stands 13 km to the south of the city center in its original form. Ummayads led by Muhammad Bin Qasim conquered the key cities of Uch and Multan after conquest of Sindh. After that Arabs ruled the vast areas of Punjab including Rahim Yar Khan region.[3]

Rahim Yar Khan region was part of Multan province of Mughal Empire.[4] In 1881, Nawab of Bahawalpur gave the city its current name by naming it after his first-born son and crown prince Rahim Yar Khan.

Rahim Yar Khan has had the status of a separate district since 1943. The district derives its name from its headquarters, the city of Rahim Yar Khan, which was known as "Naushehra" until 1881. To avoid confusion with the similarly named city of Nowshera, the ruler of Bahawalpur, Nawab Sadiq Khan IV, renamed it after his first son, Rahim Yar Khan (1877-1881).[5]

Demographics edit

The population of the city is 504,000 during the 2023 Census. [6]

Education edit

Litercy rate of Rahim Yar Khan edit

The literacy rate for persons 15 years or older in the city is 78.6%.

Universities and colleges edit

Schools edit

  • Radiant way Grammar School
  • Beaconhouse School System
  • Lahore Grammar School
  • Oxbridge Secondary School
  • Sheikh Zaid Public School
  • The City School
  • IIUI Schools RYK Campus
  • Star Schools of Sciences
  • MTB Schools and Colleges
  • National Garrison Cadet School
  • Holy Cross Catholic High School
  • Al-Muslim Schools and Girls College
  • Muslim Scholar Secondary School
  • Al Shoaib Grammar School
  • Al Meezan Schools
  • Punjab Daanish School (Boys/Girls) Rahim Yar Khan
  • NIMS School System
  • Moazzam-Ur-Rehman Public School

Academies edit

  • KIPS Academy
  • Star Academy
  • A-One Academy
  • The Standard Academy of Science
  • Inspire Academy
  • M Academy
  • Punjab Academy
  • Iqra Academy
  • AAK Academy
  • The Social Science Academy

Transport edit

Flyover in Rahim Yar Khan City

Airport edit

Shaikh Zayed International Airport is located in Rahim Yar Khan. It serves the people of city with domestic and international flights.[7] There are daily flight from this airport to Karachi, twice in a week to/from Lahore, and once a week to Islamabad.

Railway edit

Rahim Yar Khan railway station

Rahim Yar Khan is connected with rest of the country by rail. The Rahim Yar Khan railway station is a major railway station of Pakistan Railways on the Karachi-Peshawar Railway Line.

Notable people edit

References edit

  1. ^ "TABLE - 2 Rahim Yar Khan Population 2023". Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  2. ^ "county & Unions in the District of Rahim Yar Khan". National Reconstruction Bureau, Government of Pakistan website. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  3. ^ Firishtah, Muḥammad Qāsim Hindū Shāh Astarābādī (1770). The History of Hindostan. T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt.
  4. ^ Dasti, Humaira Faiz (1998). Multan, a Province of the Mughal Empire, 1525–1751. Royal Book. ISBN 978-969-407-226-5.
  5. ^ "Brief History of Rahim Yar Khan". District Courts Rahim Yar Khan website. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  6. ^ "TABLE - 2 Rahim Yar Khan Population 2023". Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 4 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Shaikh Zaid Airport– Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan".
  8. ^ "Chaudhry Mahmood ul Hassan - Member Profile from Rahim Yar Khan". Provincial Assembly of Punjab website. Archived from the original on 12 July 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2023.