Chagai District

Chagai District (Balochi: ضِلع چاغى‎; Urdu: ضلع چاغی‎), also known as Chaghi District, is the largest district of Pakistan and is located on the north west corner of Balochistan, Pakistan.[2]

According to the 1998 census, the total population in the Dalbandin and Taftan subdivision was 93,000, the majority of which (96%) had Balochi as a first language.[3]

ضِلع چاغى
Chagai District
Map of Balochistan with Chagai District higlighted
Map of Balochistan with Chagai District higlighted
Country Pakistan
Province Balochistan
DivisionQuetta Division
 • District ChairmanDawood Jan Notezai
 • Total44,748 km2 (17,277 sq mi)
 • Total226,008
 • Density5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5 (PST)


Chagai District is administratively subdivided into the following tehsils and union councils:[2]


According to Pakistan District Education Rankings, a report by Alif Ailaan, district Chaghi is ranked at number 91 nationally, with an education score of 52.06. The learning score is 55.58 and gender parity is at 60.11.

The national rank according to readiness is 91, with a readiness score of 55.58 and gender parity of 60.11. The school infrastructure rank of District Chaghi is 114 nationally, with a severe shortage of electricity with a score of 4.55 and building condition score of 12.27.

Lack of girls schools is the main issues reported on TaleemDo! App by the residents of the place and lack of facilities in the existing ones.

See also

Former extent of Chagai District within Balochistan


  1. ^ "DISTRICT WISE CENSUS RESULTS CENSUS 2017" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-08-29. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  2. ^ a b Tehsils & Unions in the District of Chaghi - Government of Pakistan
  3. ^ 1998 Census report, pp. 84–85.


  • 1998 District census report of Chagai. Census publication. 38. Islamabad: Population Census Organization, Statistics Division, Government of Pakistan. 1999.

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Coordinates: 29°00′N 64°00′E / 29.000°N 64.000°E

Amuri, Pakistan

Amuri is town and union council of Chagai District in the Balochistan province of Pakistan.

Armaan Khan

Armaan Khan (born 4 April 1980) is a female Pakistani cricketer from Chaghi, Balochistan, Pakistan. She is playing as wicket-keeper in Pakistan women's national cricket team. She played international matches as well as domestic matches. She also played in ICC Women's World Cup 2009. She played her last match on 6 May 2010 vs Sri Lanka.


Bekodik is an area of Chagai District located in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. In October 2006, the world's fifth largest ore reserves of gold and copper were discovered there.


Chagai may refer to:

Chagai District, a district in Balochistan, Pakistan

Chagai, Pakistan, the capital city of Chagai District

Chagai Hills, a mountainous region in the district

Chagai-I, the codename for Pakistan's first nuclear weapon tests

Chagai-II, the country's second nuclear weapon test

Chagai, Pakistan

Chagai (Urdu: چاغى‎), is the capital city of Chagai District in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. It is located at 29°18'0N 64°42'0E and has an elevation of 850 m (2791 ft).

Chagai Hills

The Chagai Hills is a range of granite hills in the Chagai District in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

Chagai Militia

The Chagai Militia is a paramilitary unit of Pakistan's Frontier Corps, originating in the area of Chagai District in Baluchistan (Pakistan). The regiment was initially known at the Chagai Levies and was raised by British Indian Army and Police officers in the early 1900s, and renamed in 1950. It recruits traditionally from the Tareen tribe and has a sanctioned strength of 2,500 men and 70 officers. Like the other Frontier militias, it is led by commissioned officers from the Pakistan Army.


Dalbandin (Balochi:دالبندین) is a city in District Chaghi, Balochistan,near the Iran and Afghanistan border. It has a population of 16319, and the remainder of the entire Dalbandin Tehsil has a population of 110503. It is located at an altitude of 843 m (2769 ft).Dalbandin is famous for fruit orchards and more.

Dalbandin Airport is a small domestic airport located at city's centre. There are two weekly flights of Pakistan International Airlines to/from Karachi.

List of tehsils of Balochistan

In Pakistan, a tehsil is an administrative sub-division of a District. Those are sub-divided into union councils. Here is a list of all the tehsils of Balochistan Province.

Nok Kundi

Nok Kundi ("the blunt point"), is a township and region in western Pakistan in the province of Balochistan. This region of western Pakistan, was historically known to these people as Dzaranga ("water producing land"). It was recorded by the Greeks and Hellenized to Drangiana in Greek literature. The original word for this region is Zaranka which means "watermill" or a "spring". This word occurs in old Balochi and Persian as "Waterland".

Provincially Administered Tribal Areas

The Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) were Pakistani administrative subdivisions designated in the Article 246(b) of the Constitution of Pakistan. No Act of Provincial Assembly can be applied to PATA whereas the Governor of the respective province has mandate parallel to the authority President of Pakistan has over Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Provincially Administered Tribal Areas as defined in the Constitution include four former princely states as well as tribal areas and tribal territories in districts:


Chitral District (former Chitral state)

Upper Dir District (former Dir state)

Lower Dir District (former Dir state)

Swat District (former Swat state including Kalam)

Buner District

Shangla District

Kohistan District

Kala Dhaka District

Malakand and Tribal Area adjoining Mansehra District (Battagram, Allai and Upper Tanawalormer) and former Amb state.


Zhob District

Killa Saifullah District

Musakhel District

Sherani District

Loralai District

Barkhan District

Kohlu District

Dera Bugti District

Dalbandin Tehsil of Chagai District


Tribal areas in Dera Ghazi Khan District

Tribal areas in Rajanpur District

Quetta Division

Quetta Division is an administrative division of Balochistan Province, Pakistan, being the third tier of government.

It contains the following districts:

Chagai District

Killa Abdullah District

Nushki District

Pishin District

Quetta District

Ras Koh Hills

The Ras Koh Hills is a range of granite hills forming part of the Sulaiman Mountain Range in the Chagai District in Pakistan's Balochistan province. The word "Ras" means "gateway" and the word "Koh" means "mountain" in Balochi. Ras Koh, therefore, means "Gateway to the Mountains." Pakistan's first nuclear tests were carried out in the Ras Koh Hills on 28th May 1998.

Reko Diq

Reko Diq is a small town in Chagai District, Balochistan, Pakistan. It is located in a desert area, 70 kilometres north-west of Naukundi, close to Pakistan's border with Iran and Afghanistan. The area is located in Tethyan belt that stretches all the way from Turkey and Iran into Pakistan.

Reko Diq is a remote location in the North-West of Chagai district. Chagai is a sparsely populated western desert district of Balochistan. It is mostly low relief and thinly populated desert. The weather of Chagai ranges from very hot summers of 40-50 °C to very cool winters of up to -10 °C with less than 40 mm precipitation (winter rain and minor snow). It also exhibits periods of high wind and dust/sand storms which have a demobilizing impact on the local activities and trade. Access to the Chagai district is via the Zahidan - Quetta highway also known as the London Road.

According to the 1998 census the population of Chagai District was 202,562, along with approximately 53,000 Afghan refugees. The population of Chagai District was estimated to be over 250,000 in 2005. Over 50% of the people of the area are Muslims. According to Dr. Samar Mubarakmand (Member Science & Technology, Planning Commission of Pakistan) Geological Survey of Pakistan had discovered the Reko Diq reserves way back in 1978.Reko Diq, which means sandy peak in Baluchi language, is also the name of an ancient volcano.

Reko Diq Mine is famous because of its vast Gold and Copper Reserves and its believed to have the world 5th largest gold deposit.

Reko Diq Mine

The Reko Diq mine is located near Reko Diq town in Chagai District, Baluchistan, Pakistan. It is a large copper mine located in the west of Pakistan in Balochistan. Reko Diq represents one of the largest copper reserve in Pakistan and in the world having estimated reserves of 5.9 billion tonnes of ore grading 0.41% copper. The mine also has gold reserves amounting to 41.5 million oz.The Reko Diq area is part of the Tethyan Magmatic Arc, extending through central and southeast Europe ( Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece) Turkey, Iran and Pakistan through the Himalayan region into Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. It contains wealth of large copper-gold ore deposits of varying grades.

The eastern and central sections of the belt are well recognized hosting world class mineralization such as Grasberg, Batu Hijau in Indonesia, Ok Tedi in Papua New Guinea and Sar Cheshmeh in Iran. Whereas in the eastern Europe it hosts world class porphyry/epithermal cluster of Bor, Majdanpek in Serbia and more recent developments include Skouries and Olympias Greece, and Copler in Turkey.

Reko Diq area is one of many eroded remnant volcanic centers in the Chagai volcanic chain of mountains which runs in an east–west line across Balochistan between the Quetta to Taftan railway and the border with Afghanistan. TCC has identified a large, low-grade copper-gold resource at Reko Diq.

Sadiq Sanjrani

Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani (Urdu: صادق سنجرانی‎; born 14 April 1978) is a Pakistani politician who is the 8th and current Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan. He took his oath of office as Member and Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan on 12 March 2018. He is the youngest and first ever Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan who hails from the province of Balochistan.


Saindak (Urdu: سیندک‎), is a town in Chagai District, Balochistan, Pakistan. Large deposits of Copper and Gold have been discovered at Saindak. The Saindak Copper Gold Project has created economic prosperity in the town. Saindak is also regional headquarters of Pakistan Frontier Corps.

Saindak Copper Gold Project

Saindak Copper-Gold Mine is located near Saindak town in Chagai District of Balochistan, Pakistan. The discovery of copper deposits at Saindak was made in the 1970s in collaboration with a Chinese engineering firm. The Saindak Copper-Gold Project was set up by Saindak Metals Ltd, a company fully owned by the Government of Pakistan, by the end of 1995 at a cost of PKR 13.5 billion.

Pakistan and China signed a formal contract worth $350 million for development of Saindak Copper-Gold mine. The mine was leased for a 10-year period to Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd. (MCC), a subsidiary of the China Metallurgical Group Corporation.

Taftan, Balochistan

Taftan (Urdu: تفتان‎), (Balochi: تفتا‎) is a town located in Chagai District, Balochistan, Pakistan. It is Pakistan's only legal official border crossing into Iran. Over 600 km from Quetta and 9–12 hours drive.

The border crossing point on the Iranian side is at Mirjaveh.


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